From our Food Goddess, TaMara:
They were predicting snow today, it did not show up, but it’s unseasonably cold. SNOW. I am not ready. But it does put me in the mood for cool weather recipes. Soups and tonight’s featured recipe, easy Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuit Pot Pie.
Life has been hectic, I’ve been busy with house hunting, work and of course the puppy, so I’ve kept meals simple. I haven’t linked to it in a while, but I have a bunch of tips for keeping meals quick, easy and full of flavor right here, which may come in handy now that school and activities are back in full swing.
On to the recipes. Soup is what I miss most in summer, so as soon as the temperatures dip, I break out the soup recipes. Here are three for you:
Cream of Chicken Soup (recipe here).
Spicy Black Bean Soup (recipe and full dinner menu here)
Chicken Tortilla Soup (recipe here)
What’s the weather like in corner of the planet? What’s on your plate for the weekend? Hit the comments and share some of your favorite fall recipes.
For tonight’s featured recipe, I brought together some of my favorite comfort foods into one dish. If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, you can transfer the chicken mixture to a baking dish and top with biscuits.
Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuit Pot Pie
2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
Salt & pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoons butter
1/2 small onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cups sliced carrots (frozen ok)
2 tsp crushed garlic
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
2 large Yukon Gold Potatoes, scrubbed and diced
1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 cup peas (frozen ok)
Set a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat
In a large bowl, combine the chicken with salt, pepper and olive oil. Sear chicken in pan, stirring occasionally, until the chicken begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside in a separate bowl. Add butter to the pan and, when melted, add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, stirring occasionally, until lightly caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the stock, browned chicken, potatoes, and spices.
Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce heat so that the sauce just simmers, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken and potatoes are tender…about 25-35 minutes.
While it simmers, prepare Buttermilk Biscuits, below.
Just before adding biscuits, fold peas into chicken mixture and then remove the pan from the heat.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Place the biscuits on top of the chicken and gravy, with 6 biscuits around the edge of the pan and the remaining 4 biscuits in the center (if you have a left over biscuit or two, bake on a separate baking sheet). Be sure the biscuits do not touch, so they cook thoroughly. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the melted butter and bake until the biscuits are golden brown and flaky…14 to 15 minutes. Allow the pot pie to cool briefly before serving. Makes 4-6 servings.
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1/3 cup shortening
¾ cup milk
4 tbsp powdered buttermilk
2 tbsp melted butter to brush on formed biscuits
Mix dry ingredients, make a center hole in the dry ingredients and add in shortening and milk. Blend together, then knead 10-12 strokes on a floured surface, roll out to ½” thick, cut into 8-10 biscuits.
That’s it for this week. Have great weekend. – TaMara