Chicken & Biscuits


My favorite part of fall and winter is eating foods that warm you from your core.  This is a homey casserole made with fresh veggies, leftover chicken and topped with cream biscuits.  The ultimate comfort food!  It's an easy dish that's fairly quick to pull together making it ideal for weeknight or weekend evenings.




Chicken & Biscuits

4 T. butter
3 Carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick
2 ribs Celery, sliced 1/4" thick
10 Mushrooms, cut into quarters
1 small Onion, minced
Salt
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 t. dried Thyme
1/3 c. Flour
4 1/4 c. Chicken Broth
1 Chicken Boullion cube (optional)
1/2 c. Heavy Cream (I've used milk as well)
2 Bay Leaves
Pepper
3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 1" cubes, or 2 cups leftover chicken cubed or shredded

Biscuits:

2 c. flour (+ extra for rolling out the dough)
2 t. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. Heavy Cream


For the Chicken Base:


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Melt the butter in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and a pinch of salt. Cook until softened, about 7 minutes.

Stir in the garlic and thyme and cook about 15 seconds. Stir in the flour. Slowly whisk in the broth, scraping up any browned bits. Add the boullion, cream and bay leaves. Simmer until the mixture is thickened, about 10 minutes.

Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the chicken and continue to simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

While chicken is cooking, make the biscuits.


For the biscuits:
Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in the cream with a wooden spoon until dough forms, about 30 seconds. Turn dough out onto lightly floured counter and gather into a ball. Knead until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Pat the dough into a rectangle, about 3/4" thick. Cut into 6 wedges, using a knife.

Discard the bay leaves, from the chicken mixture, and pour into a 13x9" baking dish. Top with the biscuits.


Bake until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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