Friday, May 10, 2013

Chicken and Biscuits Pot Pie

Good morning bloggers! Today, I really wanted to do a recipe for something that I really enjoy. Normally, I would enjoy a recipe of this kind even more so if it were Fall, or even Winter. But let's be realistic. This is me we're talking about. I am a foodie to the core, so despite it not being Fall or Winter, I would eat this any time, haha.

You're probably wondering what I'm talking about, right? Well, folks, today we are doing a pot pie bake. When most people think pot pie, they think round little disks of unappealing gunk. That is not what we are making today, I promise! We are going to take a stroll away from the ordinary. No little disks of gunk for us!

So if you're ready, I'll meet you in your kitchen and we can get started!

Chicken and Biscuits Pot Pie
Yields 8 servings

For the Biscuits, you will need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter chilled, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk

For the Pot Pie Filling, you will need:

  • 1.5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped fine
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut crosswise 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 small ribs celery, cut crosswise 1/4-inch thick
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 2.75 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves


To make the Biscuits:

  1. In a large bowl, stir the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar together. 
  2. With a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter resembles course meal with some larger butter lumps remaining. 
  3. Stir in 3/4 cup of the buttermilk with a fork until the mixture forms a soft, slightly sticky ball. 
  4. If the dough is too dry, add a little extra buttermilk - 1 tablespoon at a time up to 2 tablespoons.
  5. Transfer the dough to a well-floured work surface and pull it together into a ball with your floured hands. 
  6. Pat the dough out to 3/4 inch thickness and cut out 12 rounds with a 3-inch biscuit or cookie cutter. 
  7. Transfer the biscuits to a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill until you're ready to use them. 

To make the Filling:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the oil. 
  3. Once the oil is hot, sauté the onions, carrots, and celery until tender, about 5-7 minutes. 
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Transfer the cooked vegetables to a bowl with the chicken, then set aside.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter to the same pot. When melted, stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. 
  7. Whisk in the milk, chicken broth, and thyme. 
  8. Allow the sauce to come to a simmer and let it simmer for 1 minute to thicken. 
  9. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the sherry. 
  10. Turn off the heat and transfer the vegetables and chicken to the pot, stirring until the filling is well-combined. 
  11. Mix in the peas and parsley. 
  12. If the filling is too thick, stir in the extra chicken broth, about 1/4 cup at a time up to 3/4 cup until the filling loosens up a little.
  13. Pour the filling into a 13x9-inch baking dish and bake for 18 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven (keeping the oven on and door closed) and top the filling with the biscuits. 
  14. Return the baking dish to the oven and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  15. Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me today! Stay tuned tomorrow for our very first Breakfast Saturday segment. It's going to be delicious, and fun! So with that, I hope you have a great day, and happy blogging to all. I'll catch you on the flip side!