Chicken Pot Pie w/ Corn Meal Biscuit Crust
For the pot pie filling:
3 tablespoons butter or oil
1 onion, sliced thin
1 1/2 - 2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup sliced carrots*
1 cup peas or green beans
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, or one teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 -1 teaspoon salt fresh ground pepper to taste
16 oz. chicken, boneless and skinless, cut in 1/2 inch dice
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup dry white wine (you can skip this and use an additional 1/4 cup chicken broth if you prefer)
1 tablespoon Rumford Cornstarch
For the cornmeal biscuit crust:
3/4 cup corn meal, preferably stone ground
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon Rumford Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
Pre heat the oven to 375°. Brush a 9x13 baking pan lightly with oil or butter. To prepare the pot pie filling: Heat one tablespoon of the butter or oil in a skillet and saute the onions for about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms for 2-3 minutes then add the remaining vegetables and seasonings all at once.
Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, then remove the cooked vegetables to a side dish and set aside. While the vegetables are cooking, add the chicken to flour and toss to coat. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter or oil in the emptied skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken and any remaining flour and stir until chicken is browned, about 5 minutes. Mix in broth and the cooked vegetables. Bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce heat, cover skillet and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Whisk white wine and Rumford Cornstarch together until smooth and add. Increase the heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils for 2 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper and pour the contents of the skillet into the 9x13 pan. To prepare the corn meal biscuit crust: Combine the corn meal, flour, sugar, Rumford Baking Powder and salt. Cut the butter into the corn and flour mixture using a pastry cutter or your hands till it resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add the milk and egg. Mix briefly with a wooden spoon to moisten, do not over mix. Drop the biscuit mix by the spoonful onto the pot pie filling. Place it evenly over the surface and the edges, leaving some of the filling visible. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, until the biscuits are a deep golden yellow and the edges are browned.
* You may use any other combination of vegetables you prefer, such as celery, turnips, corn, okra, peas, etc. The total amount should be about 2 cups. Frozen vegetables can simply be added when the broth is poured into the chicken, no need to pre-cook them.
Recipe by: Mani Niall
This dish is surprisingly quick and a real favorite of mine.