Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tasty Tuesday - Chicken Stew With Biscuits

Ok, first of all, I realized (too late) that I oopsed and forgot to take pictures. And since this was a nasty work week and then I got sick -- and I still have no voice -- the options for me cooking "real" food that I haven't already posted were minimal.

But this is one of my favorite wintertime recipes. I hadn't made it yet this year, but as soon as I did, I realized that I need to make it more often again! If you're up for more, go check out this week's Tempt My Tummy Tuesday with Blessed With Grace for more fun recipes and kitchen tips!

Chicken Stew with Biscuits:

4 chicken breasts
2 1/2 c flour
1 T baking powder
1 t salt
7 T unsalted butter (butter substitute - Crisco or Earth Balance for dairy free)
1 1/3 c milk (rice milk for dairy free)
1 carrot, medium dice
2 stalks celery, medium dice
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
4 c chicken stock (low sodium)
2 T parsley, chopped (tarragon and sage also make great additions)
salt and pepper to taste

Poach chicken, then shred to bite sized pieces.

Heat heavy soup pot (wider is better to fit more biscuits) over medium heat and add 4 T butter. Add carrot and celery and saute until softened (4-5 minutes). Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Stir in 1/3 c flour to make roux, cooking 2 more minutes.

Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil, then simmer 20 minutes until sauce is like a thick soup. Add 1/3 c milk and the poached chicken pieces. Season to taste with salt and pepper and add parsley.

While sauce is thickening, make biscuit dough and heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix 2 c flour, baking powder, and 1 t salt in large bowl. Heat 3 T butter and 1 c milk in small sauce pan, then pour over flour mixture. Gently mix together until it just forms a ball. Roll in your hand to make ~10 biscuits (flatten slightly).

Once the chicken mixture is ready, add biscuits atop the mixture (if your soup pot is too narrow to fit or won't go in the oven, move mixture to an oven safe Pyrex type pan). Don't fill all the space (although some touching is fine), so that the biscuits will cook properly.

Cover the pot (use tin foil, if necessary) and place in the 350 oven. Cook 10-15 minutes until the biscuits are firm and puffy, then serve.

Number of Servings: 10

In fact, my mouth is now watering thinking about this. Enjoy!

PS Yes, I did make this dairy free with soy milk and Crisco (for Little Miss), and it was fine. Not as good as the original, but pretty darn good nonetheless!


Brenda February 17, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

Sounds delicious!

Unknown February 17, 2009 at 2:20 PM  

This sound really good and it would be so warm and delish on a cold MI day. Plus I think my little one will eat all of the components so maybe she'll eat it all together!

John and Lisa February 17, 2009 at 2:53 PM  

This sounds really good- almost like a pot pie? I am so chilly today I might have to try it! Thanks.

Cookie February 17, 2009 at 4:08 PM  

How did it get to be Tuesday so fast?!

Cookie February 17, 2009 at 4:08 PM  

How did it get to be Tuesday so fast?!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace February 17, 2009 at 8:49 PM  

We love stew. Thanks.

Michelle February 17, 2009 at 9:04 PM  

Brenda - It is. In my opinion anyway. Definitely try it :)

Katie - My wee ones also eat the components. I sometimes have to take out bits and pieces for them, but they do actually eat this one!

Lisa - It is kind of like a pot pie but not quite as calorie laden. And easier to make :)

Cookie - I'm still trying to figure that out. I'm either thinking it's Monday or Thursday all day today.

Lisa - I'm with you -- especially in the middle of winter. This is one I miss when it's hot and I refuse to cook indoors :)

Swishy February 18, 2009 at 3:47 AM  

That sounds soooo good on a freezing cold day!

Live.Love.Eat February 18, 2009 at 11:17 AM  

This sounds really good especially for a chilly night!

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home February 18, 2009 at 3:09 PM  

Great recipe! I'm a little under the weather right now, so this would be really good about now!

Michelle February 18, 2009 at 9:32 PM  

Swishy - It might make a bit much for you though :) You'd just have to have a comfort food party!

Live.Love.Eat - Yep, that's exactly when I love it. Actually, I could use some right now.

Jerri - Yuck, I hope you feel better soon. Make someone cook this for you!

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