Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hangry Children - Will do anything to feed them fast.

We have a new routine in our house - whoever gets home first - cooks dinner.  It certainly isn't a rule written in stone - but it works.  Andy has been getting home before me, but that doesn't mean I'm off the hook for cooking.  After a long day of work and school, all we want to do is sit down and eat dinner together as a family.  I've continued my efforts in freezer cooking, but I also make meals the night before so it's as easy as possible at dinner time.
This chicken pot pie is like that.  I made the filling the night before so all that had to be done was to heat it up, add the liquid to the biscuit mix, add the dough when the chicken mixture was getting hot and then it was ready to serve.  Sometimes I even set the oven to turn itself on before Andy gets home so the oven is preheated.  That's the kind of magic we work.  I guess that's actually just a sign of how serious we are about getting food on the table for dinner as fast as possible.  Have you seen hangry children?  It's not pretty.  For sure not.
This recipe is a winner, what is extra nice is there is no cream of anything soup.  It's a lighter take on pot pie with yummy biscuits to soak up the sauce.  You could even freeze the filling and have them standing by in the freezer for even easier dinner making.  That is, if you are allowed to put things in your freezer... but I guess we shouldn't talk about that, should we Andy.

Chicken and Biscuits
3 Tablespoons olive oil
¾ cup chopped onion
1¼ cup chopped carrots
¾ chopped celery
3 cups chicken broth
3 Tablespoons flour
2½ cups chopped rotisserie chicken (or cooked chicken breast)
1¼ cup frozen peas
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoons salt
1 egg
⅓ cup milk

In a large skillet heat oil and add onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until tender. Add flour and ¼ cup broth. Stir until thickens and then slowly add the rest. Cook over medium heat until it thickens, about 3 minutes. Add chicken, peas, salt and pepper.
Pour into baking dish.
Preheat oven to 400.
To make dumplings: In a medium mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, and salt. Wisk together. Add egg and milk and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Drop dough over chicken mixture with a spoon. (Makes about 8 dumplings) Bake for 15 minutes or until the dumplings are golden brown.

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