Harrows Chicken Pies

Review by: Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

What foods do you turn to when you want, no, need to have jangly nerves soothed; to enjoy the culinary equivalent of a liesurely backrub; to shut out the modern world for a quiet evening at home? A mug of hot cocoa? A big plate of macaroni and cheese? Yes, those might work, but how does a warm chicken pie sound? Better yet, one you don’t have to cook yourself? Like the kind you can bring home from Harrows.

Harrows Chicken Pies is a take-out only shop in the northern suburbs of Boston, which offers a limited menu of chicken pies in various sizes, and a few things that go well with chicken pie, like mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and fruit pie for dessert. All of these things are sold cold for you to heat at home, except… if you give an hour’s notice, Harrows will heat your pie up so it’ll be nice and hot when you arrive. Don’t worry, like take-out Chinese these heated pies will stay hot for a long time.

Chicken pies come with or without vegetables. Without is nothing but silky, creamy-blond homemade chicken gravy, with the distinct flavor of chicken and chicken fat, loaded with large hunks and shreds of white-meat chicken, all topped with a browned and flaky crust (no bottom crust with these pies). With vegetables means that chunks of potatoes and a few carrot pieces get added to the mix. While we expected to prefer the pie sans veggies, it turns out that we enjoy the textural contrasts the vegetables provide, and the large amount of good gravy contained in these pies goes very well with potatoes. In fact, we think the extra gravy would be fantastic over a big mound of mashed potatoes. We haven’t tried Harrows’ mashed potatoes yet so we don’t know if they are the real thing but, if they’re not, we think mashing a few yourself would be worth the effort.

Years ago they offered sit-down service, but today there’s not much more to Harrows than a counter and some refrigerator cases. They are located in part of a garden center/produce market, with one small section devoted to Harrows. And they close at 7:30 P.M. daily.

Directions & Hours

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

What To Eat

Apartment Size Chicken Pie with Vegetables

Apartment Size Chicken Pie Without Vegetables

Chicken Soup

Mashed Potatoes


Individual Size Chicken Pie with Vegetables


Harrows Chicken Pies Recipes


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