Up until a few years ago, I had ZERO clue what Chicken and Biscuits was. The mental image was a chicken breast, some sauce and then a biscuit (a la Kentucky Fried Chicken) on the side.
This is so much more.
Think creamy stew, chicken bites, cheese (OH! The cheese!), and dumpling-esque biscuits on top. Baked together. Bubbling goodness of veggies mingling with a flavor explosion in your mouth.
It’s just THAT darn good.
And I have a dear, dear Wyomingite to thank for this recipe. It’s in a fairly regular rotation (every 4 months-ish) and was a recipe that I planned on cooking for a dinner guest this weekend. Except the dinner guest stood me up. So now I have lots of leftovers for work. Not complaining.
For a single batch of this recipe, you will need:
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked, chopped (I think 2 cups is a lot. I tend to put closer to 1.5 cups)
- Assorted spices for chicken (see below)
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 small onions or 1 large onion, chopped
- Handful of cherry tomatoes or 1 large tomato, chopped
- Bacon (However much you want… might I suggest 5-8 pieces?) cooked, chopped
- 3/4 cup sweet peas, frozen
- 1 can cream of chicken
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 can pre-made biscuits (You CAN make your own!)
- 1 to 1.5 bags of shredded cheese (so 12 oz. total)
Get your multitasking pants on.
Chop chicken. Place in bowl. Add chili powder, minced garlic, cracked pepper, SMIDGEON of salt, olive oil. Toss to coat. Place on heated griddle to cook while you do other stuff.
Chop bell pepper and onion. Place in another skillet to cook. Sprinkle with a touch of salt and oil so it doesn’t stick.
Take chicken off skillet (assuming it is done). Put in a large bowl. Then lay out bacon on that skillet to cook.
Chop tomatoes. Add to bowl. (Yes. Not cooked. They will cook in the oven! Promise!).
Add frozen peas, sour cream, cream of chicken, milk, and onion/bell peppers to the bowl.
Take bacon off griddle, let it cool, chop, then add to bowl.
You can add 3/4 of the cheese to the bowl if you have room. Mix well, then pour into greased 9×11″ pan or an 8×8″ if you’re doing a single serving. If you don’t have room in your bowl to mix, you can do what I did. Pour mixture in greased pan, dump cheese on top, then mix with a spoon.
Stick in oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Then pull this bad boy out and open your can of biscuits. Lay them out on top. If you have extras, just cut them and squeeze them in. They’ll taste delicious all the same ;)
Stare at the goodness you’ve created.
Sprinkle rest of cheese on top of biscuits. Shove back in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the biscuits are a medium-dark color.
Let cool a bit before you dig in. It’ll be a soupy mess of goodness. Plating will not be pretty, but, rather, delicious!