Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie

Yesterday, I went online looking for a recipe that I didn't need to go to the store for. I went to, which is my go-to place, and they had a picture of this pot pie on the front page. I realized I'd never made a pot pie before, but that sounded good, so I decided to try it.

I didn't have buttermilk for the biscuits, but my mom said I could add lemon juice to milk to make my own buttermilk. Well, it didn't turn out quite right for me (maybe you have to use whole milk? I only had fat free), but after all was said and done, and it was baked, you couldn't tell a difference. Which tells me, that this recipe is virtually impossible to mess up! Oh, and it's healthy. For the filling, the recipe (actually the video of the recipe) calls for 1% milk. Ellie Krieger said that it will make the filling creamier than fat free milk. But when I made it with fat free, it was plenty creamy, and in fact, I don't think it could have been creamier! It was delicious!

For the filling:
Cooking spray
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups lowfat milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup peas, thawed if frozen
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

For the biscuit crust:
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk

To make the filling: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a large shallow casserole dish, or 6 individual casserole dishes with cooking spray.

Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over a medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the chicken with its juices to a bowl. .

Add 2 more teaspoons of oil to the same pan and heat it over a medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the green beans, garlic and remaining salt and pepper and cook for 2 minute more. Add the milk. Stir the flour into the broth until it is completely dissolved and add to the pan. Cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 2 minutes more. Return the chicken with its juices back to the pan. Add the peas and thyme and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon the mixture into the baking dish or individual dishes.

To make the crust: Put the whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse about 12 times, or until pebble sized pieces are formed.

Add the buttermilk then oil to the food processor and pulse until just moistened. Do not over mix. Drop the batter in 6 mounds on top of the chicken mixture (1 mound on each individual dish, if using) spreading the batter out slightly. Bake until filling is bubbling and the biscuit topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.


  1. Anonymous8:38 AM

    In the past, I have used milk and white vinegar in place of buttermilk. This recipe sounds yummy, I may have to make it this weekend!

  2. Did Kendall like it, too???

  3. you need lighter % milk and an acid to make your own buttermilk - both lemon juice and vinegar are great. the fat free was probably a good choice for the milk! :)

    sounds delish. next time take pics!

  4. mom, kendall took a few bites and seemed to like it, but she wasn't too interested.

    marybeth, i thought about taking a picture, but it really didn't turn out too pretty.

  5. i seriously just got back from the store with the fixings for chicken pot pie... how funny is that? great minds think alike!

  6. tinka what what8:24 PM

    good stuff. yay for learning-disabled dogs.