Chicken and Biscuits
This dish with slight variations goes by many names — Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping, Chicken a la King, Easy Chicken and Dumplings, or Creamy Chicken and Biscuits.
Whatever you call the dish, it makes use of leftover slow cooker chicken for a tasty and EASY weeknight dinner.
See the cooking tips following the recipe for variations.
Cooked chicken, cubed — use a slow cooker whole chicken or store-bought rotisserie
2-3 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 small onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth (add more if needed to reach desired consistency, you can also can deglaze the pan with a little white wine before adding broth)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/3 cup half-and-half (use less or more to taste)
Juice of 1/4 lemon
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (opt)
Biscuits — homemade or store-bought
Heat butter over moderate heat. Cook onion, carrots, celery, bell pepper, salt, and pepper, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes.
Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
If desired, deglaze the pan with a little white wine. Stir in chicken broth and thyme and bring to a boil, stirring, then boil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. If needed, at this point you can refrigerate and continue later.
Turn down heat. Add half-and-half and chicken to gravy and gently simmer until chicken is heated through, about 3 minutes.
Stir in lemon and parsley.
Place bottom half of biscuit in a shallow bowl. Spoon chicken & gravy over biscuit bottoms and cover with biscuit tops.
Use any mix of vegetables your family prefers: frozen corn or peas (thawed), fresh mushrooms, chopped pimento, etc.
If using store-bought biscuits, look for something all-natural like Robinhood Meetinghouse biscuits in the frozen section.
Instead of biscuits, you can serve with hot rice, toast, noodles, or puff pastry shells.
Wondering what to do with that leftover Thanksgiving turkey? Make it Turkey Pot Pie or Turkey a la King!