I was looking for something special to make this week. For inspiration I visited the Barefoot Contessa page on Food Network to browse recipes by Ina Garten. Among the most popular recipes featured was her “Chicken Stew with Biscuits”. I had nearly everything needed on hand, just had to get some frozen peas and fresh parsley.
Oh my gosh! This is one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. The dish is a little time-consuming to make, but it is well worth the time and effort.
To make it, you will roast six chicken breasts, bone-in and skin on. That takes a good bit of prep time to cook, cool and dice up the chicken. Then you make the stew base of onions, butter, flour, stock, cream. Into that goes the chicken, carrots, peas and pearl onions. Lastly, you make a baking powder biscuit dough with fresh parsley mixed in.
The recipe makes enough for a large pan 10″x13″, but I don’t have one quite that big, so I ended up with two dishes. It’s certainly high in flavor (and calories) but wasn’t too salty. The flavor is like a rich chicken pot pie. It’s such a wonderful cold weather dish. A perfect way to celebrate the beginning of autumn.