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Chicken Potpie with Chive Biscuits

End your busy day with this comfort food favorite—Chicken Potpie with Chive Biscuits. This one-dish meal is a perfect make-ahead recipe. Prepare the filling through step ! up to two days in advance and store covered in your refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before continuing with the rest of the recipe.

All You SEPTEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves: 6
  • Cook time: 45 Minutes
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.50


  • Filling:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 6 oz. each, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 3 oz. each, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • Topping:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives


1. Make filling: Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add flour and stir for 1 minute. Pour in broth and increase heat to high. Boil, stirring and scraping bottom of skillet, until mixture is thick, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in half-and-half. Add chicken and cook until firm, turning once or twice, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a 2-quart baking dish.

2. Preheat oven to 425°F; line a large baking sheet with foil. Make biscuit topping: In a food processor, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Pulse briefly to mix. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. With machine running, add 1 cup buttermilk all at once. Add chives and process just until dough forms a ball. Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead for about 10 seconds. Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness. Use a 2-inch cookie cutter to form biscuits. Gather dough, roll out and cut out more biscuits (you should have about 16 total). Place on top of filling. Brush biscuits with 2 Tbsp. buttermilk. Place baking dish on lined sheet and bake until filling bubbles and biscuits are lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Serve hot.

Make It Ahead: Prepare the filling through Step 1 up to two days in advance. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before proceeding. To Freeze: Make the pie but do not bake. Freeze uncovered until firm, then wrap in plastic wrap and foil and return to freezer. To reheat, uncover, re-cover in foil and bake at 375ºF for 1 hour. Raise heat to 425ºF, remove foil and bake 20 minutes longer, until filling bubbles and biscuits are lightly browned.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 520
  • Fat: 24g
  • Saturated fat: 14g
  • Protein: 24g
  • Carbohydrate: 52g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 102mg
  • Sodium: 810mg