Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chicken and Biscuits




Hello everyone, so today's post is a mistake I made in the kitchen.  Sometimes mistakes we make turn into something even better.  My original idea was to make a chicken pot pie. I knew early on that this was not going to be a pot pie because I made way too much filling.  This is the same idea of a pot pie but it has a biscuit topping, the filling is the same but there is so much of it there is no way it was going to fit in a pie pan.  So I grabbed my biggest casserole dish I have.  I took a little help from a cookbook one of my newest ones and one of my favorites too, Miss Kay's Duck Commander Cookbook.  I am not the best biscuit maker, just ask my oldest child.  She will tell you that my biscuits turn out to be more like crackers than biscuits.  Oh the memories.  However when I tried Miss Kay's recipe I was pleasantly surprised.  I had to improvise on one ingredient but you will understand when I get there.  So before I keep rambling on and on, I will just get to how to make this ok.

Ingredients for the Filling:

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 stalks of celery diced
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 large onion diced
3 carrots diced
1 large potato diced
1 tablespoon of butter
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of flour
4 cups of chicken stock or broth
1 teaspoon of dried mustard
1 teaspoon of rosemary
1 teaspoon of thyme
1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 pinch of poultry seasoning
black pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of old bay seasoning

Ingredients for Biscuit Topping:

4 cups of prepared biscuit mix 
1 stick of cold butter
1/2 to 1 cup of soda water (in the cookbook she recommends 7 up or sprite I had neither)
1 teaspoon of old bay seasoning 
1 teaspoon of thyme 
1 teaspoon of rosemary
(the seasonings were my touch to pick up the flavors from the filling, you can leave them out and the biscuits will turn out just fine.)

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350, throw your chicken breasts on a cookie sheet and season them with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.  Let roast in the oven for about 45 minutes to an hour.  I roast my chicken even for soups because it gives the chicken more flavor and makes the chicken more moist. When the chicken is fully cooked, set it aside to cool.  Now grab a large stock pot and throw in your butter and extra virgin olive oil.  Let the oil and butter heat up just until melted and throw in all veggies.  Let them soften a little and add in all your seasonings.  Add in the flour, and mix it all through the veggies.  You will want to add water now but please dont not until the raw flour flavor cooks out and that only takes about couple of minutes.  Now add in the stock or both, stirring constantly.  While that comes up to a boil, dice up the cooled chicken and throw that in pot as well.  Make sure when you stir it you get the stuff on the bottom, that is called fond and fond means kick ass flavor. It should look like this in your pot:


 While the filling is simmering and thickening, its time to get started on the biscuit topping.  Grab a large mixing bowl, throw in biscuit mix and seasonings and add in the butter diced.  With a pastry blender or a fork, cut in the butter, almost like your making a pie crust.  Once the butter starts to get cut through all the biscuit mix, slowly add in the soda water 1/4 cup at a time.  Mix it through until it forms a ball like this:
Put the biscuit dough aside to rest and go back to your filling.  Give it a good stir and if the filling coats the back of the spoon your are stirring with its done.  Grab a large casserole dish and spray it with non stick cooking spray.  Carefully pour in your filling and then take small pieces of your biscuit dough and make little balls. Place the balls on top of the filling.  Once you have the top of the filling covered in biscuits, drizzle the tops of the biscuits with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with thyme and rosemary.  Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.  When it comes out of the oven its going to be piping hot so let it cool for about 5-10 minutes. 
This is what it looks like served up and ready to eat!  I hope you get a chance to try this its a warm yummy bowl of comfort food.

Thank you for stopping by, Live, Laugh and Love.


Heather

2 comments:

  1. OMG...........YUM!!! I could just eat that filling with a spoon!

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  2. There are plenty of left overs I know that. As much as the kids love this we only can eat so much of it lol.

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