Phew. Glad to have that off my chest.
Believe me, I did NOT let the lack of peas deter me from thoroughly enjoying this big ol' pan of comfort food. And neither did anyone else.
I doubled the original recipe so that my whole family could eat dinner that night. But next time I make this...and there will be a next time...I will most likely triple the chicken mixture. I wanted a higher ratio of the creamy, rich chicken mixture against those tender biscuits.
Chicken 'n Biscuits (Chicken Pie)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: bake entree chicken carrots American
Ingredients (serves 6-8)
- 3 c. all-purpose flour + more for kneading
- 2 Tbs. + 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 6 oz. (12 Tbs./1½ sticks) cold butter, cubed
- 1 c. milk
- 2 large eggs
- 4 Tbs. butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- ½ c. all-purpose flour
- 4½ c. milk
- 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1" chunks
- 4 medium carrots, chopped
- ~1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
- 2 c. frozen peas
Instructionsmake the biscuits:
Beat together eggs and milk in a large measuring cup or bowl; set aside. Place flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to mix. Scatter butter pieces over the flour mixture and pulse 8 times. Turn on processor and slowly pour in milk-egg mixture until just combined, ~4 seconds. The dough will be extremely sticky.
Dump dough out of food processor onto a heavily floured work surface. Quickly and gently knead about 5 times, using floured hands. Pat dough out to about a ¾" thickness. Use a 2-3" biscuit cutter to cut out ~15 biscuits. Let sit on work surface while you continue on.
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Place butter in a medium-large saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the onion and cook, stirring often, until it begins to turn golden, 6-8 minutes. Add flour and stir thoroughly. Whisk in about half the milk. Mixture will begin to thicken. Add other half of milk, whisking almost constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
Add chicken, carrots, 1-2 teaspoons of salt, the black pepper, and the thyme. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for ~10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Add the peas.
Pour the hot mixture into a baking dish (~9"x13") and smooth out the surface. Lay the cut biscuit dough over the top in a single layer. Set on a baking pan in the oven (to catch any eruptions).
Bake for ~25 minutes or until biscuits are browned. Let sit for ~10 minutes to allow mixture to set up a bit. Serve!
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