Total Time
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 1 hr

This is a local favorite from the Piedmont of North Carolina. Though many recipes these days use all white meat, older recipes call for white and dark meat. To cook the chicken and make the broth, cooks typically simmer a whole chicken in water until it is almost falling off the bone. The broth is strained and simmered some more as needed to concentrate the flavor. The chicken skin and bones are discarded and the meat finely chopped.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For Pie Crust, combine flour and salt in a bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Stir in water just until dough forms. Divide dough into two equal pieces. Cover and chill 30 minutes, or until ready to use.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out one piece of dough to cover bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate and place in the plate. Roll out second piece of dough for top crust and set aside.
  3. Place chicken on bottom crust in pie plate. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and flour, and pour in broth. Dot with butter, if desired. Cover with top crust, moisten edges with a little flour and crimp to seal.
  4. For Crumb Topping, rub butter into flour until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top crust of pie. Cut a few slits in top crust to allow steam to escape. (Unbaked pies may be frozen at this point.)
  5. Place pie plate on a cookie sheet for easier handling and better browning of the bottom crust. Bake pie 45 minutes to 1 hour, until golden brown and bubbly. (If pie is frozen, bake at 400 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.) If desired, stir a mixture of flour and water into any extra chicken broth, plus salt and pepper to taste, and simmer until thickened to make a gravy to serve with the pie.
  6. Makes one 9-inch pie.
  7. Note: Many Moravians make chicken pies with a 10-inch pie plate. To adapt this recipe for a 10-inch pie plate, increase the filling ingredients to 3 cups chopped chicken, 1/4 cup flour and 1 1/4 cups chicken broth, but use the same amounts of all the other ingredients.


Most Helpful

Wonderful recipe! Tasted like Salem Tavern in Winston-Salem, NC. I did use premade pie crust you just unroll but was still delicious! I also made the gravy but didn't photograph with the gravy. Thanks, Jewel

carolinajewel January 09, 2008

Great Recipe! Simple, easy to follow and SPOT ON! It's perfect, as is, but easy to make faster with pre-made crusts, and easy to embellish with veggies. 5-Stars!!

John H. December 28, 2013

Really good! I was looking for some easy comfort food, and this hit the spot! I used rotisserie chicken so only used about 1/2 tsp of kosher salt. When I make this again I'll use more than 2 cups of chicken - I think 3-4 cups would be better to actually fill up the pie pan! I'll have to try another serving with the gravy - but by itself it was just what this fall evening called for!

jesrn2000 October 18, 2009

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