11.02.2011

Chicken and Biscuits


Don't tell the chickens, but this is one of our favorite "comfort" foods. If you don't want the biscuits (and really, how could you not???) you can cover the baking dish with thawed frozen puff pastry to make a chicken pot pie. Delectable!

4 T. butter
3 Carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick
2 ribs Celery, sliced 1/4" thick
10 Mushrooms, cut into quarters
1 small Onion, minced
Salt
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 t. dried Thyme
1/3 c. Flour
4 1/4 c. Chicken Broth
1 Chicken Boullion cube
1/2 c. Heavy Cream (I've used milk as well)
2 Bay Leaves
Pepper
3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 1" cubes

Biscuits:
2 c. flour (+ extra for rolling out the dough)
2 t. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. Heavy Cream

For the Chicken Base:

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Melt the butter in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and a pinch of salt. Cook until softened, about 7 minutes.

Stir in the garlic and thyme and cook about 15 seconds. Stir in the flour. Slowly whisk in the broth, scraping up any browned bits. Add the boullion, cream and bay leaves. Simmer until the mixture is thickened, about 10 minutes.

Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the chicken and continue to simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

While chicken is cooking, make the biscuits. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in the cream with a wooden spoon until dough forms, about 30 seconds. Turn dough out onto lightly floured counter and gather into a ball. Knead until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Pat the dough into a rectangle, about 3/4" thick. Cut into 6 wedges, using a knife.

Discard the bay leaves, from the chicken mixture, and pour into a 13x9" baking dish. Top with the biscuits.

Bake until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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