Chicken Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
PUBLISHED ON: 09.01.2011
This is one BIG bad ass breakfast.
6 Tbsp. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1/4 cup vegetable shortening or lard
4 cups all-purpose flour plus more
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1-3/4 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place butter and shortening in freezer for 10 minutes.
Blend 4 cups flour and next 5 ingredients in a food processor. Add butter and shortening. Pulse mixture until it resembles coarse meal, 20-25 pulses. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Gradually add buttermilk while tossing mixture with a fork (mixture will not be completely incorporated). Knead in bowl with lightly floured hands just until dough forms, about 3 turns.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Pat out dough until 1″ thick. Lift 1 side and fold it over. Gently repeat 5 more times. Roll dough to 3/4″-thick round. Using a 3″ biscuit cutter, cut biscuits from dough. Gather scraps and repeat patting out and cutting biscuits for a total of 10 biscuits.
Place biscuits on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spaced 1″-2″ apart. Bake until golden brown and tester inserted horizontally comes out clean, 12-15 minutes. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack; let cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Note: Can be made 8 hours ahead. Let cool completely. Store in airtight container.
Recipe for Fried Chicken
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
3-1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1-3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided.
Large pinch of cayenne pepper
10 small boneless, skin on chicken thighs
Vegetable oil (for fying)
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 Tbsp. peanut oil
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1-1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
10 slices cheddar (optional)
Whisk buttermilk, dill. 1-1/2 tsp. salt. 1 tsp. pepper, and cayenne in a large bowl. Add chicken: turn to coat. Cover; chill at least 3 hours or overnight.
Pour vegetable oil in a large pot to a depth of 2″. Attach a deep-fry thermometer to side of pot. Heat oil over medium heat until 350 degrees F.
Whisk 1-1/4 cups water with remaining 2 tsp. salt, remaining 3/4 tsp. pepper, flour, and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Drain chicken well: pat dry with paper towels. Working in batches, dip chicken into batter. Fry chicken, turning occasionally, until skin is crispy and golden brown and chicken is just cooked through, 9-12 minutes per batch. Drain chicken on paper towels.
Recipe for Sausage Gravy
1/2 lb. breakfast sausage
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups whole milk
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
Cook sausage in a medium skillet over medium heat, breaking up into small pieces with the back of a spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes; Set aside on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; stir until pale yellow, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium; continue to whisk until thick, about 10 minutes. Stir in drained sausage and red pepper flakes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Note: Can be made ahead 1 day ahead. Let cool completely, cover, and chill. Rewarm before serving.
Split biscuits in half; place 1 bottom half on each plate. Top each with a cheese slice, if desired, then a chicken thigh. Spoon Sausage Gravy over chicken. Place biscuit top over.
That is one fine looking biscuit!
Dear lord does that look delicious!
WOW all I can say is this is one good looking breakfast!!
I do love homemade biscuits. Nothing better!
I routinely walk barefoot over hot meatballs to get to this breakfast dish. Worth every \”ouch\” along the way.Yours looks truly amazing.
Even as I would feel my heart slowing with every. single. delicious bite….I want this more than anything this Saturday morning!!
OMG, those biscuits almost have me speechless! Almost… gotta try them soon, they look great!PS-No Bloody Mary?:@)
Damn girl – you're killing me putting up a breakfast meal like this – I'm trying to lose a little weight, but I would have flown down to Florida for this. I'm intrigued by the dill in the chicken marinade.
But, oh so good!!!!
T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types
Oh, I just love a big Southern breakfast! This looks amazing!
This looks so good!
Oh, be still my heart!! I LOVE biscuits! With anything or nothing at all. But, that fried chicken with sausage gravy… AND cheese… well, I'm lickin' my chops! 😉
From Beyond My Kitchen Window
I love biscuits and gravy. I don't eat them very often but when I do I clean my plate. I can't imagine how good it must be with fried chicken.
Anna and Liz Recipes
great idea for the biscuits! i love it!:)
Wonderful looking chicken biscuits with gravy. Must have been exhausted within minutes from the breakfast table.Deepa Hamaree Rasoi
Definitely a badass breakfast!
best breakfast EVER! who could pass up smothered goodness with perfectly fried chicken
This looks sinfully good! I had a friend who grew up in the bayous of Louisiana and told me how his mom made biscuits but had no money for gravy or any meat except the squirrels they would hunt, anyway, I am sure he'd be salivating if he saw this!
Velva, I laughed so hard when I read what you wrote. This is a MUST make soon for me, DH would LOVE it. We had our dinner group last night and I took lots of pics. I will be sharing them sometime next week.Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook
Velva Thanks a ton for your sweet words. I hope your Indian guests would be showering you with compliments after tasting your preparation.Deepa Hamaree Rasoi
SavoringTime in the Kitchen
I think I would love this for dinner! You've just made me need to go to the kitchen for a snack 🙂
Chicken and biscuits , in just about most restaurants when i lived in Florida. Richard
This is down-home. comforting, nourishing, wake-me up food! I could spend three hours at your table.
From the Kitchen
Makes me feel right at home–back down south!Best,Bonnie
Oh my garsh, this looks flippin' FANTASTIC! I just want to stare at the picture for a while and \”will it\” onto my table. Yum.
I need this to magically appear on my table right now! Looks like an amazing breakfast or dinner – thanks for sharing!
Oh my goodness, Velva! This looks absolutely mouthwatering!!!! The biscuits look perfect and that gravy sounds delish!Have a happy and safe weekend! Blessings~
oh my gosh, i have to try this sandwich! delicious! i could eat this any time of day.
I could even have this for dinner with some salad! Looks so good! 🙂
My oh my! These biscuit sandwiches look amazing!
Holy Heart Attack! That looks incredibly freaking good! That is a \”get your butt back in bed and take nap because you're so full\” breakfast.
Fried chicken, biscuits and gravy…you can't get comfort food better than that.
Those biscuits are gorgeous! This looks like one very man-friendly meal!
Dear Velva, That truly is a breakfast made in heaven!! I love it!! The fried chicken recipe sounds perfect!! as does everything else. Bravo!! Blessings, Catherine xo
OMG, Velva! You wouldn't be trying to lead me astray, would you?? And right after vacation too.
I saw this in Bon Appetit and bookmarked it to make. Is there anything better than Biscuits and Gravy … and then add fried chicken. ohmy
Oh wow – you weren't kidding when you said \”This is one BIG bad ass breakfast.\” It looks to die for. So glad to have discovered your blog! Thanks for stopping by mine 🙂
This might put me in the hospital but it would definitely be worth it! Looks delish. The cream gravy reminds me of the kind my mother in law (in KY) makes.
Rosa's Yummy Yums
Oh, those are amazing! A scrumptious speciality which I'd love to try. By the way, the biscuits are beautiful.Thanks for your kind words on my blog!Cheers,Rosa
Me encanta esta receta, el pan hecho en casa, el pollo, la salsa, felicidades. Un besoI love this recipe, homemade bread, chicken, salsa, congratulations. a kissIsabel
Hello from SPAIN VIGO … that delicious recipe … and then the filling is fantastic .. bsssMARIMI
I can feel the seams on my jeans stretching just from looking at the pictures. Probably a Krispy Kreme for dessert…? Heart-stopping (literally!) but sooo much Southern yumminess there!
This looks divine. I have never fried chicken in my life and this is seriously tempting me. Your plate looks mouthwatering.