Chicken Potpie With Cornbread Biscuits
A showstopper of a dinner made for cold nights, this spin on classic chicken pot pie is the perfect all-in-one dinner when you’re craving something hearty and comforting. The cornmeal and buttermilk biscuits that bake on top of the filling are the best of both worlds: crisp and flaky on top and soft and dumpling-like on the bottom. A hint of sweetness in the biscuits makes them reminiscent of classic American cornbread. This is not a recipe for rushed weeknights, though you can save time by making the biscuit dough and prepping the vegetables in advance (see Tip).
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1 ½to 2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (2 breasts)
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 3tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 4large celery stalks, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 2teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
- 3tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 ½cups chicken stock
- ½cup whole milk
- 3tablespoons dry sherry
- 2tablespoons minced fresh chives or parsley
- 1egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
- 1 ¼cups/160 grams all-purpose flour
- ¾cup/105 grams yellow cornmeal
- 2tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1tablespoon baking powder
- ¾teaspoon kosher salt
- 5tablespoons/70 grams chilled unsalted butter, diced
- ¾cup/180 milliliters buttermilk, shaken
Step 1Heat the oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Step 2Pat the chicken breasts dry and place them on the prepared sheet pan. Rub all over with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast until just cooked through, 35 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the breasts. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then discard the skin and bones and shred the meat into bite-size pieces.
Step 3While the chicken roasts, begin making the biscuits: In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk until well combined. Add the butter, and working quickly, cut the butter into the flour using your fingers or a pastry cutter, until it forms crumbles about the size of peas. Switch to a fork, and stir constantly while adding the buttermilk in a slow, steady steam. Mix just until a wet, sticky dough forms. (Do not overmix!) Scrape the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, pat it into a mound, then wrap and chill it in the refrigerator while you make the filling.
Step 4In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, melt the 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion and rosemary, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
Step 5Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds, or until no white clumps of flour are visible. Add the chicken stock, milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn the heat to low and simmer, stirring often and scraping the bottom of the pan, until very thick, 7 to 10 minutes; remove from heat. Add the sherry, chives and chicken, and stir until well combined.
Step 6Unwrap the chilled biscuit dough and place it on a well-floured surface. Working quickly (you want the biscuits to be as cold as possible when they go into the oven) lightly press the dough with your hands into a rectangle about 3/4-inch thick. Fold the dough in half and press once more to a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle. Cut out biscuits with a 2 1/2- to 3-inch-round cutter and arrange them on top of the filling. (You should have about 10 biscuits.)
Step 7Brush the tops of the biscuits with the egg wash. Place the skillet on a sheet pan to catch any drips, and bake, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes, until biscuits are puffed and golden. Cool for 10 minutes to let the filling thicken slightly, then serve.