After a shortage of chicken on the homestead for the last year, I’m being extra careful to be sure that our freezer-full will last all the way until summer. One way that I’m trying to manage that is by stretching the chickens I prepare so they will feed us for two or three days depending on the size of the bird. The one chicken that I allot for the week is first grilled or roasted depending on the weather then half is eaten and the remaining half is divided into 2 cup sized portions and prepared another night during the week. Biscuit-Topped Chicken Pot Pie helps make that happen!
One of our favorite meals to use stretched chicken with is traditional chicken pot pie. It’s a hearty meal and one that I associate with dark, brisk, winter evenings. And Biscuit-Topped Chicken Pot Pie is equally as comforting without all of the pie crust rolling. The gravy is full of flavor, the biscuit is light and fluffy, and the tender-crisp vegetables are versatile, working well with whatever you have on hand. I’ve omitted both the onion and celery and it’s still just as good.
Biscuit Topped Chicken Pot Pie
- 2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
- ½ small onion, diced
- 3-4 stalks celery, diced
- 4 carrots, peeled & diced
- ½-3/4 cup frozen peas
- 3-4 Tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 ½ cup chicken stock
- 1 cup milk
- 3 cup flour
- 4 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- 1 to 1 ½ cup milk
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a skillet, melt the butter and saute the diced onion, celery, and carrot over medium heat until tender.
- Season with salt and pepper and divide among two pie dishes or a 9 X 13 baking pan.
- Stir in the frozen peas and cooked chicken (dividing among the two dishes if necessary).
- To prepare the gravy, melt the ¼ c. butter in a saucepan over low heat.
- Season with salt and pepper and whisk in the ¼ c. flour and continue to whisk for a couple of minutes.
- Add in the stock and milk and bring to a simmer.
- Continue to simmer the gravy until it begins to thicken up a little.
- Divide the gravy among the chicken mixture dishes and stir in.
- For the biscuit topping, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Cut in the 6 T. butter until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.
- Stir in the milk, beginning with a cup and adding the additional ½ as necessary to bring the biscuit together.
- Dividing among the dishes, spoon the dough, if wet, on top of the chicken mixture and spread with the back of a spoon to cover the entire surface. Or, if the dough is dry enough, pat flat to the size of the pan and place on top of the mixture.
- If desired, brush the top with melted butter and bake the pie for 30 minutes.
Adapted from Biscuit Bliss: 101 Foolproof Recipes for Fresh and Fluffy Biscuits in Just Minutes