Chef John's Chicken and Biscuits Recipe -
Chef John's Chicken and Biscuits Recipe
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How to Make Chicken and Biscuits
It's like a cross between chicken pot pie and chicken and dumplings. See more
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Chef John's Chicken and Biscuits

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"This recipe is the best of three chicken dinner favorites--chicken and biscuits, chicken pot pie, and chicken and dumplings--all in one!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 35 mins

    3 hrs 20 mins


  1. Place chicken in large (9-quart) stock pot, pour in water, and drop in bay leaf and single clove. Bring to simmer over medium-low heat. As foam rises to the top of the broth, skim and discard with a ladle. Add peeled garlic cloves, cover pot, and simmer on low for 1 hour.
  2. Remove chicken from pot, and allow to cool for a few minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove all meat from the bones, and set the chicken meat aside. Pour stock into a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large oven-safe pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter, and cook and stir carrots, celery, onion, and mushrooms until the vegetables start to become tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper, black pepper and paprika. Mix in flour, stirring to coat vegetables with flour, about 5 minutes. Add half of reserved stock, and stir with the vegetables and flour to form a very thick sauce. Stir in remaining stock until sauce is smooth; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook uncovered for 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  5. Stir milk into the sauce, and gently mix in the reserved chicken meat, herbes de Provence, tarragon, and rosemary. Bring stew back to a simmer, and cook for 10 more minutes. Pop open the can of biscuits, separate, and place biscuits on top of stew.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the biscuits are golden brown and the stew is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Place lid on the pot or Dutch oven, and return to oven; bake until biscuits are cooked through, about 15 more minutes. Test biscuits for doneness by pulling apart a biscuit near the middle of the stew to see if it's cooked through.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • For a richer stew, you can use chicken broth instead of water.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 05, 2012

Wow. I followed this recipe instructions exactly, except for the fact that I had no idea where to find cloves, and I don't personally like mushrooms. Yes, it takes a while, but you can reasonably break down tasks simultaneously. So that not much prep time is needed, and much of your dishes and waste are already dealt with before the meal is prepared. This meal was incredible. It's *better* than most restaurants. I used a stock pot for the first step, and a dutch oven for steps three through six. In hindsight, I wish I had used chicken broth instead of water in step one. Even without, I am telling you this stew is incredible. The combination of herbs is good. One set of herbs (tarragon, rosemary, herbes de Provence) reminds me a little of absinthe for some reason, while the others added plenty of spiciness. I highly recommend this meal. It deserves WAY more reviews. It is spicy hot as some noted, but not overly so. If one doesn't want it, they could probably leave out the cayenne pepper. I think the cayenne pepper makes it perfect, however.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 12, 2013

I gave this 3 stars because the basics are there for a good dish but it's not good as written. For starters, there is way, way too much pepper and it overpowers everything else. The last time I was around someone using this much pepper, they were heavy smokers and their taste buds were zilched. Start out by reducing the pepper asked to 1/2 or 1/3 and increase or reduce it from there next time. If you try to rush the dish and not let it simmer to thicken, then it will turn out very runny. I substitute frozen bisquits and they work out just fine and I like the flavor better than canned biscuits.

Dec 22, 2011

Wonderful flavor. A bit time consuming but overall very good.

Apr 24, 2012

This was tasty, but a bit too spicy. Next time I would not so much fresh taragon since it has a strong licorice flavor to it. I probably would opt for a spoon of it dry. I'd also cut all of the pepper in half and then add individual taste after it's served.

Apr 22, 2012

Full of flavor with perfect results. Be warned this is spicy hot, so do take that into account when preparing this dish. I used dried herbs as I did not have the fresh and just cut back to 1 tsp. of each. I made homemade dumplings instead of the purchased biscuits. Simply dropped them into the stew and done in 20 minutes in the oven (kept the pot top on). Really great recipe, Chef John.

Jul 20, 2012

Awesome recipe! Only a few things I did to make this simpler: One I baked chicken breasts in the oven and used store bought chicken stock, and two I did not cook the stew for 45 min. I let it cook just until the carrots were tender. The fresh herbs make this!! Oh, I baked it in a 9x13 pan, and split the biscuits in half so that they cooked through faster. DEEEEEELISH!!!!!!

Mar 06, 2012

WOW! I can't believe there aren't more written reviews. I didn't have all of the herbs called for but used what I had, and the stew was amazing. I also didn't have mushrooms, so I just added a few more carrots and celery (including the celery leaves because they always add great flavor). It is definitely worth the stove time.

Mar 21, 2012

I am just so happy I found and tried this recipe. It is flavourful and delicious. A warning to those about to make it it is a tad bit spicey. I am not one for spicey foods but I still loved this. Next time I will tone it down with the peppers. I think it is a must to use all the spices otherwise you will lose some of the flavor. I cannot wait to make this again. I should mention I don't own a dutch oven so those like me can use a stock pot and then throw it all in a roaster when it is time to place in the oven. Works just the same. Thanks Chef John for another great recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 746 kcal
  • 37%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 113 mg
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 59.3 g
  • 91%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 24.5 g
  • 49%
  • Sodium
  • 1135 mg
  • 45%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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