Monday, December 21, 2009

Chicken Stew with Biscuits

I love preparing and eating comfort food this time of year. This recipe is the ultimate in comfort food. A chicken stew, that is essentially the filling for a chicken pot pie topped with homemade buttery, flaky biscuits. I will admit this baked chicken stew takes a little work but, the results will be worth all your efforts.



Chicken Stew with Biscuits
Serves 8
Recipe from: Barefoot Contessa
For the Stew:
3 whole (6 split) chicken breasts
3 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemeade
2 chicken bouillon cubes
12 tablespoons (1- 1/2 sticks) unslated butter
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 cups medium diced carrots (4 carrots), blanched for 2 minutes
1 10-ounce package frozen peas (2 cups)
1-1/2 cups frozen small whole onions
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley

For the Biscuits:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
3/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub them with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then remove the meat from the bones and discard the skin. Cut the chicken into large dice. You will have 4 to 6 cups of cubed chicken.

In a small saucepan, heat the chicken stock and the dissolve the bouillon cubes in the stock. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter and saute the onions over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the flour and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add the hot chicken stock to the sauce. Simmer over low heat for 1 more minute, stirring, until thick. Add 2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and the heavy cream. Add the cubed chicken, carrots, peas, onions, and parsley. Mix well. Place the stew in a 10x13x2-inch oval or rectangular baking dish. Place the baking dish on a sheet pan lined with parchment or wax paper. Bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the biscuits. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas. Add the half-and-half and combine on low speed. Mix in the parsley.

Remove the stew from the oven and arrange biscuits on the top of the filling. Brush them with egg wash, and return the dish to the oven. Bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, until the biscuits are brown and the stew is bubbly.

Enjoy!


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58 comments:

3 hungry tummies said...

That looks so comforting! Bookmarked for colder months :)

Claudia said...

Oh yes, comfort me with chicken and biscuits. So inviting and warm and homey.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I would love that dish! It looks amazing and is exactly what I love for a good hot winter time meal!

Malar Gandhi said...

Dear,

First time to your blog...I am happy to discover your space, you have good collection of recipes here.

This Chicken and biscuit stew recipe sounds incredible...lovely pictures too:)

Happy blogging:)

Meals by Misty said...

How good does that look!??! I am not a fan of the typical chicken pot pie, but this version of it looks ideal! Barefoot Contessa is my hero. I've put 3 of her cookbooks on my Christmas list. Hope I've been a good girl this year :)

TKW said...

Funny---right when I saw the picture, I thought, I bet that's Ina's recipe! Looks like comfort in a dish.

Dajana said...

Yummy, could use some to melt all this snow and ice. I'm freezing. All my tummy wants is warm comfort food.

Chef E said...

I want/need a big helping of this today! Ummm how I would dip those biscuits into the sauce/soup/gravy (Covering all my bases) and pig out!

A Year on the Grill said...

hearty and sure will stick to your ribs!

girlichef said...

That is my idea of perfection!

Luigi said...

Wow I will definitely note down that biscuit recipe, aside from this excellent dish I can think of lots of uses for them..

Marguerite said...

Comfort food is right! This stew looks divine, especially with the biscuits! Thanks for sharing and have a Joyeaux Noel!

5 Star Foodie said...

This is ultimate comfort food with those delicious biscuits on top, yum!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

WOW! this does look wonderful! The perfect pre-Christmas dinner. If I had the time to spare I would make this today but I'll print and save it for after the holidays!
Thanks for sharing!

Sage said...

This looks so good; wow! I'm thinking leftover turkey that I will store in the frezer would make a fantastic meal with your recipe.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Yum! I have never made chicken stew with biscuits.

George Gaston said...

Velva... What time is dinner? This looks so good and perfect for the cold days & nights we are having in the Southeast. I have to say that a meal like this is my all-time favorite. Many thanks for sharing a great comfort recipe that this one.

Catherine said...

Absolutely mouth-watering Velva! Pass me a plate! Happy Holidays! :)

Mags said...

Oh my..... doesn't that look like a big old pan of comfort!

Annalisa said...

This recipe is really interesting! The result looks perfect!
Annalisa

Bridgett said...

Oh my goodness, this looks and sounds like the ultimate comfort food. It would go so well with the dreary day we are having and I know my husband would adore this dish. Thank you for visiting my blog as I am thrilled it has led me back to yours! I wish you a wonderful holiday.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

So Velva,please add this to the growing list of things I need to try....I'll be calling on them in the New Year. The idea of the biscuits (which seem very much like scones) are not new to my ears but I've never tried them!

Rambling Tart said...

Oh, this is comfort food at its best! I love it :-)

Chris said...

Humada humada humada, that looks INCREDIBLE!!!!

I just want to lick the bottom of one of those biscuits. Jeeze louise that is one hell of a pot pie. Going to make it for sure.

Cathy said...

Yum! Love that you make biscuits from scratch - can't handle the boxed crap.

Simply Life said...

oh my! that is just beautiful and looks absolutely delicious!!!

waytenmom said...

YUM!!! If only my husband would eat peas (but I guess I could substitute ...). This looks delicious, Velva!

Mimi said...

You can comfort me any time. That sounds so delicious, and your biscuits look so flaky and light. Just the thing for a cold winter evening.
Mimi

EatTravelEat said...

This sounds and looks so delicious! Those biscuits are sure flaky. Is it just me or is it that chicken pot pie is being replaced with chicken stew with biscuits? Souplantation had the thought of doing the exact same thing a month ago- of course, it was not as delicious as yours was.

Lea Ann said...

Now this is what I call homecookin comfort food. I could eat a big ol bowl of this for breakfast about now. Will save this recipe.

Pam said...

OMG!....that looks like it needs me eating it...lol! So lovely!

Enjoy!

buffalodick said...

That sure would hit the spot on these cold winter days!

Joanne said...

You have no idea how much I have been craving chicken pot pie lately. I love it with the biscuits on top! ultimate comfort food.

Sarah said...

My absolute favorite comfort food!

Trubes said...

That looks and sounds delicious, i shall make that over Christmas when we're tired of Turkey,

Merry Christmas to you all from all at Chez Trubes in Liverpool UK.

Di.x

Katherine Aucoin said...

I seriously stared at your picture for about a minute drooling! I am printing out this one and can't wait to try it.

Kathleen said...

Wonderful photo! I love this recipe!!!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

This looks like something I could sleep inside. It spells a good night sleep just looking at it. You know, m'lady, whichever girl that wants to marry one of your boys is in serious trouble. Just sayin. They need to have some serious mad cooking skills AND patience to top mom cooking. ;-)

Hungry Dog said...

This looks absolutely delicious, and if it's from Ina Garten, I know that is tastes that way too.

Happy holidays!

Sophie said...

A FABULOUS recipe, Velva!!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM,....all the way!! An excellent presentation too!

Erica said...

Looks comforting and delicious, Velva!!!!!! Happy holidays ;)

Lyndsey said...

Oh yummm...talk about comfort food! I could sure use some of that right now. I'm going to make some!

My Little Space said...

Gosh, this is so divine! Can't wait to try it out. Btw, wishing you & your family have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Enjoy and have lots of fun.
Best wishes, Kristy

Katy ~ said...

Velva, darling, this is one of the dishes of my childhood. I've been thinking about something similar, but you have done it so much BETTER! On my gosh, this is PERFECTION! Hugs.

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Hi Velva,

Oh my that looks divine...comfort food at it's best!

Merry Christmas Sweet Friend!

Love and hugs,
Karyn

doggybloggy said...

there is no where for the comfort to hide in that glorious dish! HAppy HOLIDAYS!

Leslie said...

This looks insanely good! Sometimes things that are time consuming are well worth the effort and this one certainly looks like it would be.

Chow and Chatter said...

looks great Merry Christmas

Love Rebecca

prashant said...

I would love that dish! It looks amazing and is exactly what I love for a good hot winter time meal!

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Lindsay Rudolph said...

Looks really yummy! A good comfort dish. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Natalie said...

This is a down right beauty Velva...totally delicious in every aspect !... Hope you and your family have a wonderful christmas !

Lucia from Madison said...

Good Grief that looks good!

zurin said...

Your dishes look so delicious and yummy! This stew and its biscuits look simply amazing. Ill have to bookmark this. Tq 4 visiting my blog n nice to know you :))

Terrace Crawford said...

Nice. Your food always looks so good!

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Alison said...

This looks delicious! Thank you for visiting my blog!

Kim said...

So happy that you were my 100th follower!! I noticed it right away :D I love this type of chicken stew with biscuits baked on top. I have never seen Ina make this recipe before, but I know it would be delicious and comforting!

Ana said...

This time of year I always make chicken with bisquits. It's the ultimate comfort food. I think I'll give yours a try. Icy rain is on the forecast. This is the dish to keep us warm!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Oh wow. That looks SOOOO good! Happy New Year!

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