Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday Eats - Chicken Run

When it's minus three in the GARAGE you know it's cold out.  With the wind off of Lake Michigan our local accu-hunch weather man said it was minus 21.

El Nino my A**

Abby!  No HBO words!

But it's really cold, a good day for a warm hearty casserole (and pieces of cooked chicken your furry best friend would like to have a nibble of as a treat.)

You can make this with veggie "chicken strips", just prepare as directed and put in with the rest of the ingredients but it was great Sunday with leftover cooked chicken breasts.
Biscuit Topped Chicken Pot Pie

I make my own "cream of cluck" soup which is cheaper and has a lot less sodium than the canned (recipe included) but you can use canned cream of chicken if you prefer..

The creamy chicken and broccoili mixture is topped with some shredded cheddar and a layer of biscuits that are covered with an easy to whip up sauce of egg, sour cream and celery seed to give them a nice brown top and yummy flavor. You can use canned biscuits - with the tasty topping you won't notice they aren't homemade.

1 and a 3/4 cups of homemade cream of cluck soup (or use cream of chicken soup and omit the salt in the chicken filling.)
2/3 cup mayo
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
two pinches of crushed red pepper
dash or two of salt and pepper
4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast (or veggie protein equivalent)
3 cups chopped veggies (if frozen - thaw but don't cook)
1 medium onion chopped
1 cup grated sharp cheddar
2-3 tubes refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (if using the smaller four pack of bargain biscuits it will take  a few biscuits shy of 3 tubes. If using regular size (not Grand)single tubes, it will take two. If using homemade or thawed uncooked biscuits from the freezer you'll need a couple of dozen)

Topping:

2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons celery seed
3/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 375 F. Saute chopped onion in a tablespoon of butter or olive oil to caramelize and release the sweetness. In a very large bowl, mix onion with soup, mayo, Worcestershire, red and black pepper, salt, chicken and veggies. Transfer to a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch glass casserole or lasagna pan. Sprinkle with cheese, cover with foil and bake at 375 F.for 20 minutes.

It's important you get the filling very hot before you put the biscuits on, or they will not bake properly.

While it cooks, separate the biscuits and cut in half.

In a bowl, combine sour cream, celery seed, eggs and salt, whisk up with a fork and set aside.

Remove casserole and place biscuits, cut side down over hot chicken mixture, about an inch apart. (If using canned biscuits, you will have a few biscuits left, save for later or freeze).  Pour the sauce over the top and spread with a spatula.
Is it ready Mom?

Immediately return to oven at 375 F. and bake uncovered until top is golden. Bake about 4 minutes more than what the biscuit package calls for. For me, using small biscuits in my 70 year old gas oven, it was about 18 minutes after returning it to the oven with toppings, turning it half way through.

With the 13 x 9 pan, it will serve 8 hungry people and kids love it.  Recipe also cuts in half easily to make an 8 x 8 pan and leftovers freeze well.

*Cream of Cluck Soup

Makes about 4 cups worth, I put in separate freezer containers and freeze and  thaw and use as needed.

4 cup half and half or whole milk
2 and 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon melted butter
2 teaspoons white sugar
chicken bullion cube
2 cups finely chopped, cooked chicken meat
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of sage
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cloves roasted garlic  finely chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder).

Directions
Make a white sauce of milk (or half and half), flour, and melted butter. Add chicken. Add sugar, salt, pepper,sage and garlic (may use more or less as desired). Mix well and simmer for 20 minutes over low heat.

If soup is not as thick as desired, mix a small amount of cornstarch with a small amount of water and whisk in slowly to soup. Simmer for 10 minutes



17 comments:

  1. Think I'm gonna have to try this tonight. We could use a good hot comfort meal.

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    1. We're having leftovers tonight of it. Looking forward to it.

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  2. OMD OMD you are KILLIN us here.... We don't know WHICH is the funniest...
    Accu-HUNCH Weather or Cream of Cluck Soup We are Laughing and LAUGHING over BOTH... BUTT that Casserole is Nothing to Laugh over... it LOOKS and Sounds DELIGHTFUL..... So What time should we be there fur Supper???
    Accu-HUNCH Cream of Cluck

    BTW.... it is FREEZING cold HERE too... and OUR A**es got cold when we went out. BRRRRRRRRRR

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    1. It would be great to have you here for dinner, but I don't think you could make it in time. I'll eat a little extra for you.

      Abby Lab

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  3. Hari om
    "Cockle-warming" foodables!!! YAM xx

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  4. I LOVE LOVE pot pies. You are right this is perfect weather for a casserole and some hearty soup!

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    1. Mom does this and she also makes Cornish Beef Pasties for dinner sometime. I love just eating a piece of the crust of that

      Abby Lab

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  5. Stop the bus! That looks VERY delish! And mom typed that, not me cuz she went wild when she saw it! You are a lucky dog Abby!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. I know your Mom doesn't like to cook, but with the Gardein strips and the biscuits and soup, I bet she and your Dad could whip this up one nignt.

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  6. Yikes, I hope you don't freeze your furry butt off, Abby.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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    1. Dad got me little stocking thingys for my feet so the cold pavement doesn't hurt my paws - then he and I went out for a morning run, but not too far.

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  7. Looks yummy! It's getting colder here right now, and it's snowing.

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    1. Mom used to live in Northern Ohio - she knows ALL about lake effect snow.

      Abby Lab

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  8. We are having the same temperatures. Stay warm and enjoy!

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  9. OMD, that is COLD!!!! Hey, come on overs here guys...it's 62 today with TONS of rain...seems ol' El Nino likes us best...you can have him!!!! I'm tired of wet feets and frizzy furs!!! And Ma likes the cold storms TONS better! (when I say 'cold storms' I mean 'California cold' storms...you knows, like low 30's high 20's...NOT MINUS THREE!!! that be too cold for this CA gurl!!! ☺)
    Okays, Nows, I'll take a plate of that..and don't be stingy!!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  10. that looks like something what will chase the cold and the wind and every winterblues away... I love it :o) can you bring me some crumbs to my blankie cave please ?

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