I love preparing and eating comfort food this time of year. This recipe is the ultimate in comfort food. A chicken stew, that is essentially the filling for a chicken pot pie topped with homemade buttery, flaky biscuits. I will admit this baked chicken stew takes a little work but, the results will be worth all your efforts.
Chicken Stew with Biscuits
Recipe from: Barefoot Contessa
For the Stew:
3 whole (6 split) chicken breasts
3 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemeade
2 chicken bouillon cubes
12 tablespoons (1- 1/2 sticks) unslated butter
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
3/4 cup all-purpose 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 small whole onions
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
For the Biscuits:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
3/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
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 the 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 10x13x2-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.
Remove the stew from the oven and arrange biscuits on the 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.