Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chicken Stew with Biscuits


The snow came last weekend and the cold arrives this weekend. Winter is coming. Yay. :P

It does make me want to turn on the oven and make dinners like chicken pot pie, meatloaf, lasagna and beef stew. I saw this a while ago on the Food Network website listed under one of Ina Garten's most popular recipes. EVERYTHING from Ina is great, so I knew this had to be wonderful. I was not disappointed.
Adapted slightly from this original.

Ingredients:

3 Whole (6 Split) Chicken Breasts, bone in, skin on
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Kosher Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
5 cups Chicken Stock, preferably homemade
2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
12 Tbsp (1 ½ sticks) Unsalted Butter
2 cups Chopped Yellow Onions (2 Onions)
¾ cup Flour
¼ cup Heavy Cream
2 cups Medium-Diced Carrots (4 Carrots)
1 10-ounce Package Frozen Peas (2 Cups)
½ cup Minced Fresh Parsley

For The Biscuits:

2 cups Flour
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp Sugar
¼ pound (1 stick) Cold Unsalted Butter, diced
¾ cup Half-And-Half
½ cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
1 Egg Mixed With 1 Tablespoon Water, for egg wash

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

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 dissolve the bouillon cubes in the stock. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter and saute the onions and carrots 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, ½ teaspoon pepper, and the heavy cream. Add the cubed chicken, peas and parsley. Mix well. Place the stew in a 10 x 13 x 2-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. Dump the dough out on a well-floured board and, with a rolling pin, roll out to ⅜-inch thick. Cut out twelve circles with a 2 ½-inch round cutter.

Remove the stew from the oven and arrange the biscuits on 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.

*I made about half of this recipe; starting with two chicken breasts. It sounds complicated with lots of ingredients and long instructions, but it really isn't difficult. The stew has a few steps, but it's not hard and thickens beautifully. Making the biscuits was easy in the stand mixer. Be very generous with the flour as the dough is sticky, but with that tip in mind rolling out the dough wasn't difficult.
This recipe is lick-the-plate-clean good. You savor every bite.

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