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Biscuit-topped Chicken Potpies

For a grown-up take on this childhood favorite, we dropped the traditional pastry crust in favor of a no-fuss biscuit topping, then added cremini mushrooms and fresh thyme to the filling for a little earthiness. Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes. Notes: One standard-size rotisserie chicken supplies just enough meat for the pies. You will need six or seven 8- to 10-oz. ovenproof containers for this recipe.

Sunset JANUARY 2007

  • Yield: Makes 6 or 7 individual potpies
  • Total: 1 Hour, 45 Minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 12 small cremini or button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 5 tablespoons plus 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken, preferably a mixture of white and dark meat (see Notes)
  • 1/4 cup frozen sweet peas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. well-shaken buttermilk
  • Egg wash (1 egg yolk whisked with 1 tbsp. milk)


1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring chicken stock to a boil. Add carrots, potatoes, and celery. Lower heat to medium and cook until vegetables are tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain vegetables, reserving stock; set both aside separately.

2. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt salted butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes. Add fresh thyme and 5 tbsp. flour and cook 2 minutes. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly, until combined, then add stock and cook, stirring often, until mixture thickens, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with nutmeg, 1 tsp. salt, and pepper to taste. Add parsley, chicken, cooked vegetables, and peas and divide filling evenly among 6 or 7 ovenproof containers (8 to 10 oz. each), leaving the top 1/4 in. unfilled.

3. Preheat oven to 425°. To make biscuit topping, sift remaining 2 cups flour with baking powder, baking soda, and remaining 1 tsp. salt. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work in unsalted butter to form a coarse meal, working quickly to keep the butter from warming up and melting into the dough. Stir in cheese and sage. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg and buttermilk and add to the flour mixture, stirring gently until a shaggy dough forms.

4. Lightly flour a counter, a rolling pin, and your hands. Divide dough into 2 balls. Roll out first ball to a 1/4-in. thickness, then use a 2 1/2-in. biscuit cutter to cut into rounds, scraping and rerolling dough as needed. Repeat with second ball.

5. Place 3 rounds of dough on each potpie, overlapping as necessary (any unused rounds can be baked on their own as biscuits). Brush dough with egg wash, put potpies on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil, and bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling, 17 to 22 minutes.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 538
  • Calories from fat: 42%
  • Protein: 28g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrate: 51g
  • Fiber: 3.5g
  • Sodium: 1034mg
  • Cholesterol: 160mg

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