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.

Chicken pot pie and biscuits

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

  • Bake/heat/toast biscuits.

  • Place bottom half of biscuit in a shallow bowl. Spoon chicken & gravy over biscuit bottoms and cover with biscuit tops.

Cooking tips:

  • 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!

 

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