Thursday, October 18, 2012

Stewed Chicken and Biscuits

This is one of my favorite comfort foods. It's the perfect dinner for a cool rainy day, but definitely not on my list of healthy dinners. Sometimes we all need an old fashioned unhealthy dinner right????

Here is the recipe:  It's a long one and has a lot of ingredients but it's not a hard as it seems,
 and there some ways to short cut it too. For example you can buy frozen biscuits. I recommend the Pillsbury southern style they are easy and taste homemade.

2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup whole milk
all-purpose flour, for dusting

For Chicken In Gravy

1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 carrots, finely chopped  (I used frozen peas instead of carrots)
1 1/2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups chicken broth  
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (from a 3- to 3 1/2-lb rotisserie chicken)
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  Make Biscuits:.
  Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F.
  Blend together flour and butter in a bowl with a pastry blender or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Stir in milk with a fork just until a sticky dough forms.
  Turn dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead 7 or 8 times, (Do not overwork, or biscuits will be tough).
  Pat dough into a 9- by 6-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface, then cut into 6 (3-inch) squares.
  Arrange squares 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.
  Cool to warm on baking sheet on a rack.
  Make Chicken In Gravy While Biscuits Bake:.
  Cook onion, carrot, celery, salt, and pepper in butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  Stir in broth and bring to a boil, stirring, then boil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.
  Add cream and chicken to gravy and gently simmer until chicken is heated through, about 3 minutes.
  Stir in lemon juice. 
To Serve:.
Halve biscuits and put each bottom half in a shallow bowl.
Spoon chicken in gravy over biscuit bottoms and cover with biscuit tops.

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