Monday, September 10, 2012

OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEBODY Old-Fashioned Chicken and Biscuits

Obama is ahead, but the door may be open for Romney.  I have a feeling that much money will be spent during this election.

OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEBODY Old-Fashioned Chicken and Biscuits
Makes 6 servings

Leftover chicken means an opportunity to make a down-home dinner that delights everybody.

4 Tbsp. olive oil
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, chopped
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1-1/4 cups flour, divided
2-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup white wine
1 cup heavy cream
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. each salt, cream of tartar and sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/3 cup milk

Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat.  Add mushrooms; cook 2 minutes without stirring, then cook and stir 2 minutes, adding garlic during last minute.  Add shallots and pepper; cook and stir 2 minutes or until shallots and mushrooms are tender.

Add 1/4 cup flour; cook and stir 1 minute.  Whisk in broth, wine and cream.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 4 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in meat. Pour into greased 11x7-inch baking dish (or 1-1/2 qt casserole dish).

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Sift remaining 1 cup flour, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar and sugar in medium bowl.  Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Add milk; stir with fork or spatula until soft dough forms.

Place dough on lightly floured surface; knead 8 to 10 times or until smooth.   Pat dough into 6-inch square.  Cut evenly into 6 pieces.  Place on top of chicken mixture.

Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until biscuits are lightly browned and casserole is bubbly.

I used a rotisserie chicken, purchased at the supermarket, to make this.  Just remove the skin and pull the meat off of the bones.  Most rotisserie chickens have between 3 and 4 cups of meat, and it's OK if there's a little more meat.

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