Monday, September 10, 2012
Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken and Biscuits - SRC
I first heard about the Secret Recipe Club (SRC) about nine months ago and I was instantly intrigued. Food bloggers are put into groups and assigned another blog from which to make a recipe. Then the group all reveals their chosen recipe on a designated Monday. I thought that sounded like SO. MUCH. FUN.
I applied to be included, but there was a waiting list. Boo. I'm not fond of waiting. But in August, I finally got the word that I was in the club and in Group B. Hurray!!
So my first assignment was Danielle, who has a really cool blog called Mostly Food and Crafts.
The first thing that I noticed about her was that she's from Nashville - instant connection here.
I lived in Nashville for two years after college, and that's where Grant and I met.
My older sister still lives outside of Nashville with her family.
LOVE that place.
Anyways, Danielle has some really cute craft ideas like Holiday Coasters, a Thankful Tablecloth, Photo Canvas Ornaments, and lots more. Man, I wish I was crafty. (or is it "craftsy"?)
A few of her recipes that I really want to try were the Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs, Pumpkin Pie Smoothies, and Slow Cooked Pernil (a Puerto Rican pulled pork).
However, as I perused her recipe index, I began to realize how little I cook with ethnic ingredients.
Yucca Fritters with a Sunshine Aioli - wow, they looked great, and I had no idea what yucca was!
I never use goat cheese or feta cheese or garam marsala or tahini or artichokes or chickpeas. Or cucumbers. Or eggplant. My goodness, I am pickier than I ever thought!
I have to say, I am inspired to step out of my comfort zone and try some new things, so thank you, Danielle!
But for this time, I chose something that I knew my family would all like - and boy, did I pick a winner.
It's similar to my Chicken Pot Pie, but since you toss everything in the crock pot, it's easier and quicker and my goodness, was it delicious. It's got all the wonderful flavors of the vegetables, the chicken is tender and easy to shred, and the cream added in the last 30 minutes adds an incredible richness. Grant and I agreed that this is a new favorite for sure.
The original called for some white wine, which I didn't have on hand, so I just added more broth. I also added a sweet potato for extra nutrition and I made the biscuits from scratch - but you can use canned ones if you want - whatever kind you like.
Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken and Biscuits
(adapted from Mostly Food and Crafts, biscuits adapted from Allrecipes)
1 lb carrots, cut into 1-inch lengths
4 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1 large sweet potato, diced into bite-size pieces
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup flour
2-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1-1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups frozen peas
1/2 cup heavy cream (can add more if desired)
Extra salt and pepper to taste, if desired
*Biscuits (recipe follows), or use store bought ones, baked according to directions on can
In a crock pot, combine the carrots, celery, sweet potato, onion, and flour. Place chicken on top and season with the poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add the broth (and wine, if using) to the pot. Cover the crock pot and cook until the chicken and vegetables are tender, on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-1/2 to 3 hours. (I actually started with frozen chicken breasts and cooked on low for 5 hours - turned out perfect. Can vary depending on how hot your slow cooker gets.)
About 30 minutes before serving, prepare the biscuits.
While they're baking, remove the chicken and shred it into bite sized pieces and return to crock pot. Add the frozen peas, cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well and cover and cook until heated through.
To serve, place the bottom halves of the biscuits in shallow bowls, then top with the chicken mixture and the remaining biscuit halves.
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, very cold
3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Grate cold butter into it, and combine with your fingers or a fork until the mixture has a fine crumb texture. Stir in milk to make a soft dough. A few additional drops of milk may be needed. Knead 8-10 times, and then roll out to a thickness of at least 1/2 inch. Cut into rounds with a cookie or biscuit cutter. Place on baking sheet and allow to rest a few minutes. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve warm.
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