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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chicken 'n Biscuits (Chicken Pie)

Let me just get this out there right now - I forgot to add the peas to this dish.  What!?  I don't know, I got all caught up in making dinner and I completely spaced them.  When I was taking the (not-so-fabulous) photos, I kept thinking something was missing...that the dish didn't look quite right.  It was the peas.  Blast it!

Phew.  Glad to have that off my chest.

Believe me, I did NOT let the lack of peas deter me from thoroughly enjoying this big ol' pan of comfort food.  And neither did anyone else.
A second note - these may be some of the finest biscuits that I have ever eaten.  I don't know if they would be as amazing baked separately from the chicken mixture as they were baked right on it, but I'm surely gonna be finding out soon.  They are so tender and melt-in-your-mouth that it's a little insane.

I doubled the original recipe so that my whole family could eat dinner that night.  But next time I make this...and there will be a next time...I will most likely triple the chicken mixture.  I wanted a higher ratio of the creamy, rich chicken mixture against those tender biscuits.
Now. Scoot on back out of here you nasty-hot weather...I want that crispy air that signals Autumn to come woooooshing back in.  So I can enjoy comfort dishes like these on a regular basis.

Chicken 'n Biscuits (Chicken Pie)

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: bake entree chicken carrots American

Ingredients (serves 6-8)
    for the biscuits:
    • 3 c. all-purpose flour + more for kneading
    • 2 Tbs. + 2 tsp. baking powder
    • 2 tsp. sugar
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 6 oz. (12 Tbs./1½ sticks) cold butter, cubed
    • 1 c. milk
    • 2 large eggs
    for the chicken mixture:
    • 4 Tbs. butter
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • ½ c. all-purpose flour
    • 4½ c. milk
    • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1" chunks
    • 4 medium carrots, chopped
    • salt
    • ~1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
    • 2 c. frozen peas
    make the biscuits:
    Beat together eggs and milk in a large measuring cup or bowl; set aside. Place flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Scatter butter pieces over the flour mixture and pulse 8 times. Turn on processor and slowly pour in milk-egg mixture until just combined, ~4 seconds. The dough will be extremely sticky.

    Dump dough out of food processor onto a heavily floured work surface. Quickly and gently knead about 5 times, using floured hands. Pat dough out to about a ¾" thickness. Use a 2-3" biscuit cutter to cut out ~15 biscuits. Let sit on work surface while you continue on.

    make chicken mixture:
    Preheat oven to 425° F.

    Place butter in a medium-large saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the onion and cook, stirring often, until it begins to turn golden, 6-8 minutes. Add flour and stir thoroughly. Whisk in about half the milk. Mixture will begin to thicken. Add other half of milk, whisking almost constantly until mixture comes to a boil.

    Add chicken, carrots, 1-2 teaspoons of salt, the black pepper, and the thyme. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for ~10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Add the peas.

    Pour the hot mixture into a baking dish (~9"x13") and smooth out the surface. Lay the cut biscuit dough over the top in a single layer. Set on a baking pan in the oven (to catch any eruptions).

    Bake for ~25 minutes or until biscuits are browned. Let sit for ~10 minutes to allow mixture to set up a bit. Serve!

    slightly adapted from Rick and Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures
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    1. That's too bad b/c the peas are the best part ... Still looks good ... Happy Tuesday :-)

    2. I would probably forget the peas too (but not by accident--HA!)
      Creamy, comforting...I could do some damage to this dish.

    3. Did you know that Chicken Pot Pie and/or Chicken w/ biscuit dumplings is my absolute all-time favorite dish??? If I had to choose one meal to eat every day for the rest of my life or my last meal ever, this would be it. It's so comforting. And all that creamy goodness.

      You and I must really be on the same wave length, because I have a chicken pot pie recipe waiting in my drafts for me to finish. :P

    4. This pie is just what I need right now. Funny, this morning, when I was driving my son to school, we were talking about chicken pie! :)

    5. Awesome! chicken pot pie and chicken a la king are probably my two fave comfort dishes w/ chicken n biscuits following closely. I have yet to post either of those...but have been meaning to for more than 3 years now. Oi.

      Looking forward to seeing yours!! =)

    6. I love am absolutely crazy about chicken n biscuits and make it in the autumn and winter. With peas :-) Oddly enough, now you have me wondering why I have never made chicken pot pie with a crust? But there is something about having a biscuit to sop up the creamy gravy with, isn't there?

    7. Eh, I don't really like peas anyway :-) Also, I agree those biscuits look divine.

    8. This screams fall! I love pot pies with chunky biscuits on top, this will be on the table the minute the temperature drops below 90!

    9. It's true...there's just something about the biscuits...though I love one with a good crust, too. Hey, I'm easily comforted ;P . And yes, normally WITH peas.

    10. Love this dish and I can imagine how good it is! Must make this fall!

    11. must be such a difference going back to that "hot" side of the country ;)

    12. Thanks Pam...I am DREAMING of cool fall weather...

    13. the second the weather drops below 75, i'm SO making this. PINNED!

    14. Joanne @ Eats Well With OthersAugust 28, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      I can tell fall is coming when I see dishes like this and want them so badly it hurts! Comfort food to the max.

    15. Whoa, that IS a perfect looking biscuit! So fluffy and flaky! I've never made pot pie with biscuits on top (I've always gone the easy, lazy store-bought puff pastry route) but I've always wanted to try it. Since it already feels like fall here in Vancouver, the weather is cool enough for me to make hearty meals like this again. Yay!

    16. No needs for peas, please! The biscuits are PERFECT!

    17. Hi Heather,
      Would you please clarify for me...
      in the ingredient list for the biscuits, it calls for 1 eggs ~ in the directions, it says to 'beat together eggs and milk' ~ because you've used the word egg in the plural form twice, I'm wondering if there was meant to be more than 1 egg in the recipe.
      The recipe looks great and I'd love to make it.
      Thanks kindly, Barbara

    18. It should be 2 eggs. I've updated to reflect that.

    19. This looks delicious. I am going to have to bookmark for colder weather.

    20. Looks so good! I even like the name of the dish! LOL! Sounds so homey! A perfect meal for the family!
      Have a geat week!

    21. Erica@mycolombianrecipesAugust 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Comforting and delicious,Heather! Looks creamy and sounds full of flavor!

    22. Oh Heather, this dish looks wonderful! The ultimate comfort food. However, I would have to make half the amount--my picky eater husband doesn't like chicken pot pie or biscuits! Silly man. ;)

    23. I hate it when I forget to put the peas in stuff! I usually add them last so they don't overcook, and always forget, it seems. I can't wait for cooler weather food, either!

    24. Yum! I am all for tripling the chicken mixture too. Looks absolutely delicious, my friend!

    25. Glennis-Can't Believe We AteSeptember 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      Right there with you folks! There's just not much hot-weather comfort food! I did something similar with turkey.... Seriously yummy. I need this. Soon. 100°F...go away!

    26. I loved the looks of this one so much that I made it myself :) With the peas! We loved it! Now I gotta figure out when to post it.

    27. This looks so homey and wonderful--the perfect comfort dish with or without the peas. ;-)