Posted by: Deana | October 12, 2011

Chicken Stew with Biscuits

Chicken Stew with Sweet Potato Biscuits

I originally found these recipes via Posie Gets Cozy, and Z said it’s definitely a repeat dinner, so I’m posting it here so we always know how to find it.  The stew recipe was from Barefoot Contessa and the biscuit recipe was from 3191 Miles Apart.  There’s another chicken pot pie recipes we’ve been enjoying that Mom found recently through America’s Test Kitchen, but that will be another post.  This meal is very similar, I think a little easier, and Z liked it better, I think I did too.  I changed a few little things to suit our taste better, and this was a delicious dinner after a long October day.

In the future, I’ll probably freeze half of this, or make extra to freeze if I’m making this for a larger group.  I made all of it today since it was the first time and since I wanted plenty of left-overs for the rest of the week.  I’m excited to eat the leftovers and already looking forward to making this again.

Chicken Stew

  • 3 whole (6 split) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
    • I used skin-less bone-less breasts, and that worked fine.  Cooking the chicken actually wasn’t too much work, but in the future I may try getting a rotisserie chicken from Costco and using that – easy and tasty!
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 large chopped yellow onions
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups medium-diced carrots (4 carrots), blanched for 2 minutes
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen peas (2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley

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 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, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and the heavy cream. Add the cubed chicken, carrots, peas, onions, 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.

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.

Note: To make in advance, refrigerate the chicken stew and biscuits separately. Bake the stew for 25 minutes, then place the biscuits on top, and bake for another 30 minutes, until done.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes or yam (one large one is usually sufficient)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (chilled), cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Prick the sweet potato and bake until soft (about one hour…you can also do this more quickly in a microwave). Once the sweet potato has cooled, scoop the flesh from the skin and pass through a food mill, ricer or sieve. You should have about 1 3/4 cups puree.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cayenne. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter  until it resembles a course meal. Mix milk with sweet potato puree and add it to the other ingredients. Mix dough, just to incorporate. If the dough is really sticky, add a touch more flour. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead a few times. Pat out to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut biscuits with a biscuit-cutter or glass.  Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes, or until ready to bake with the stew.  Place in preheated oven and cook until risen and slightly brown, about 12 minutes (longer for larger biscuits). Serve warm. Only if you’re not making them with the stew, otherwise follow the baking instructions above.

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