Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chicken Stew & Biscuits

Think chicken 'n dumplings, but replace the dumpling with a big, fluffy biscuit.  This was something my grandma made often.  Of course, she made hers with homemade biscuits, but it was not beneath her to take a short cut from time to time by using a canned variety.

I followed the short cut path when I made these and I think they were fabulous.  This is definitely comfort food so get on some stretchy pants and cuddle up on the couch to reward your efforts in the kitchen!  You'll thank yourself when you're done. ; )

What you'll need...
1 package of a split chicken breast, skin and bones attached
4 cups water
1 onion, chopped
1 pkg. baby carrots, approx. 2 cups
4 ribs celery, chopped
1 Russet potato, peeled and diced small
1/2 cup all purpose flour 
1/2 cup butter
2 tsps. Better than Bouillon, chicken flavor
1 tsp each, Sage and Thyme 
1 small handful chopped parsley (optional)
Salt, black pepper, & Cajun seasoning to taste
1 can peas, drained
2 cans refrigerated biscuits, not the flakey variety.

To begin, I placed chicken in 4 cups of water and set on med.-high heat.  Throw in onion, celery, potato, and carrots.  When chicken is done, remove from pot to cool.  Skim and discard any fat from top of water.
While chicken is cooling, make a roux.  To do this heat butter and flour in a skillet to make a blonde roux. Stir  often so that roux doesn't go dark.

Once chicken is cooled, remove skin and bones.  Dice breast meat and add back to the pot.  Add seasonings and roux, and reduce heat to a low simmer.  Turn oven on to temperature recommended to cook biscuits.

When vegetables are tender and sauce has thickened add peas and transfer to a casserole dish; top with biscuits.  I placed them one right next to the other so that they would squish together as they baked.  Remove from oven once biscuits turn golden in color.

*If your stew is not as thick as you like, you may add a tablespoon of cornstarch which works as a thickening agent, but don't just throw cornstarch into the pot or you'll get lumps.  Mix it in a bowl with a tablespoon or two of water, first, so that you smooth out any lumps.  Bring your stew back up to a simmer if you add cornstarch and let it cook for about 5 minutes.  Also keep in mind that the stew will thicken as it cools so it's kind of difficult to gauge how thick your sauce will be right off.  You want it to coat the back of a spoon, if it runs off you've got a soup not a stew ; )

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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like a nice hearty meal! Just need the cooler temps to come back:@)

Stephen said...

Ah, now I need to cook again...thank you.

Really Rainey said...

That looks like a great recipe to get me outta the kitchen for a while... plus I could make two (split the recipe) and freeze one! Thanks for sharing...
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Anonymous said...

oh my that says stretchy pants to me,, comfy couch with a throw and just settle down with this,, yummo!

A Kitchen Witch said...

Thanks, gang! This was one of those recipes where the leftovers didn't last long ; )

Marguerite said...

Looks so delicious and comforting, indeed! Thanks for the great recipe!