Monday, November 7, 2011

Secret Recipe Club: Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits

Whew! I sure did cut it close with getting this recipe done in time! I attempted to make it last weekend, figuring they were calling for snow (grrr!) but right in the middle of making it, the power went out for 5 HOURS! Of course I used the last of the carrots and potatoes on the original recipe so I couldn't make it again until I bought more.

For the Secret Recipe Club this month I was assigned Holly's blog PheMOMenon. Considering she's the mother of three and wife to a skydiver, I'd definitely consider her a phenomenal mom! I can't imagine what type of interesting stuff goes on at her house! When I first looked through her blog, I immediately found some recipes I wanted to make. I originally planned to make them all and have them all post this week, but that just didn't turn out. I'm pretty sad I didn't get a chance to try her caramel apple rice pudding, chocolate biscotti or ciabatta bread but hey, at least they're on my list to make in the future!

For months, Tom has asked me to make chicken pot pie. Honestly, I didn't think I would like it so I kept putting it off and telling him I forgot about if after he saw the menu for the week. So when I found chicken pot pie on Holly's blog, I knew it was just the push I needed to finally make it and to make Tom happy. Of course when Tom saw the recipe called for biscuits, not a pie crust he said it wouldn't be real chicken pot pie. I  stuck my tongue out at him, rolled my eyes smiled and told him that he'd get over it.

Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits 
Slightly Adapted From: PheMOMenon
Servings: 4-6
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Ingredients:
    • 9 buttermilk biscuits, baked for 10 minutes at 425
    • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
    • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
    • 1 1/4 cup water, divided
    • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
    • 1 can corn, rinsed and drained
    • 1 cup frozen peas
    • 1/4 cup cornstarch
    • 1 chicken bouillon cube
    • 1/2 tsp. parsley
    • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400. In a medium saucepan, add the potatoes and cover with salt. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook the potatoes for 10-15 minutes or until fork tender.
2. Drain the potatoes, reserving at least 2 cups of the cooking water. Transfer the potatoes to a 9x13 baking dish and spread evenly in the dish.
3. In another medium saucepan, add the chicken stock and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then add the chicken pieces. Cook for 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, spread the chicken over the potatoes in the baking dish.
4. Pour the reserved potato water into the saucepan with chicken cooking liquid. Heat on low.
5. In another medium saucepan (or rinse and use the one from the potatoes), add the carrots and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 5-7 minutes. Add the canned corn and frozen peas and add more water to cover if necessary. Bring back to a boil and continue to cook for 5-7 minutes more or until the carrots are fork tender but not mushy. Drain all liquid and spread the vegetable mixture on top of the chicken and potatoes in the baking dish.
6. Increase the heat of the reserved cooking liquid to high and add the chicken bullion cube. Whisk until it has dissolved. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup of water until a slurry forms. Once the chicken liquid is boiling, pour in the cornstarch/water mixture, whisking constantly.
7. Season with parsley, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. The mixture should thicken into a gravy.
8. Pour the gravy into the baking dish, spreading it around to make sure everything is coated. Place the biscuits on top.
9. Place the baking dish on a foil-lined baking sheet (in case it bubbles over) and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly and the biscuits are golden brown.
10. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

I needed to get some homework done so I ate dinner in another room from Tom. When I came out to put my plate in the sink, he said "You can make that again." I looked at the dish and all that was left was a biscuit and about a tablespoon of vegetables. I think that explains just how much we liked the dish!

So much for him not wanting it with biscuits! And so much for me having leftovers for lunch the next day. I was really looking forward to that! I guess I'll just have to make it again.






9 comments:

  1. Looks wonderful! I had Holly's blog in September: she's so talented! Great SRC pick!

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  2. This looks great! I think that crazy power outage we had threw lots of people for a loop. Glad you got it done, though!

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  3. Yum! That looks perfect for this time of year. Now I want it for dinner. Love Holly and her blog!

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  4. So easy with the biscuits, glad it was such a success.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  5. I'm SO glad you both liked it! I have to agree with Tom, it's not the same as having it as an actual pie, but I just have to have more crust/bread to filling ratio :) You've reminded me that it's time to make it again. Thanks!!

    Holly

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  6. Chicken pot pie is one of my favorite winter meals!

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  7. Yum, I love chicken pot pie! This looks so delicious. :) Great biscuit topping!

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  8. LOL@ I stuck my tongue out at him, rolled my eyes smiled and told him that he'd get over it.

    How perfect that chicken pot pie was on your assigned blog - being able to 'partially' satiate your guy?! I love it with biscuits, more veloute/gravy soaking! Sorry about the power outage right in the middle of it! I would have screamed - yes, literally screamed! lol It looks fantastic - great choice!

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  9. Yum, I love chicken pot pie! And I totally think biscuits make for real pot pie :-D Great SRC pick!

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