Last night for dinner I made Chicken Stew with
Dumplings Bacon, Cheddar and Dill Biscuits.
I decided the last minute to switch from dumplings to biscuits because I felt a little ‘flaky’ instead gooey. LOL! 😉
It was a fake-it, make-it recipe. A well stocked pantry helped out, as I always have Bisquick for that ‘just in case’ moment of a recipe development.
The biscuits turned out awesome especially with a pat of butter! 😀
Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of hanging with our friends and their little bundle of sweetness. My friend Lana is a talented professional photographer. She took a few pictures of me and our dinner of flattened chicken. She said “smile even if I’m just snapping pics of your hands”. Obviously, some pics were taken above MY HANDS! Should have combed my hair and changed my top. Yikes!
I aspire to have great pictures like hers on my blog……ONE DAY.
Always check out my Instagram @the5oclockrush to see my daily dinners photos. My food pictures are improving. There are ‘real time’ pictures of my dinner plates.
Please check out Lana’s Facebook page Viva Image Group – Photography and Videography Service
Chicken Stew with Bacon, Cheddar and Dill Biscuits
Preparation 30 minutes Cooking 60 minutes
Mise En Place
For Chicken Stew:
- 1 package of pancetta pieces *
- 5 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 5 medium carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 9 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 tablespoons PC Roast Chicken Spice **
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups (480 ml) chicken broth
- 3 cups water
- 2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 2 stalks of green onions, chopped
- Optional: 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas
- 3 cups Bisquick
- 1 cup skim milk
- 4 slices, pre-cooked bacon strips, cut into bite size pieces ***
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or 3/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
To make the Chicken Stew:
In a Dutch oven (or a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid), cook the pancetta until slightly crispy.
* I had Pancetta in my fridge to use up. You can substitute bacon or omit. If you do omit, add oil to pot to saute the vegetables.
Add the celery, carrots, onions, and garlic to the pot and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate; reserve the pot.
Season the chicken all over with the roasted chicken spice, salt and pepper. In a resealable plastic bag, place the seasoned chicken pieces with flour.
** PC Roast Chicken spice grinder has the typical flavours associated with roast chicken such as sage, marjoram, roasted garlic, thyme etc.
Seal bag and shake until the chicken pieces are evenly coated. Using the drippings and additional oil or butter, brown the chicken, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Add the whole grain Dijon mustard, water and chicken stock.
Add the vegetables and pancetta back to the pot; stir. Cover and place in 350F oven and bake for 60 minutes. (I place the pot on a cookie sheet in case there is spillage and I hate cleaning my oven)
Remove from oven; add the fresh green onions and fresh chopped parsley and dill. Seasoned to taste with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
To make the biscuits:
In a medium bowl, whisk together Bisquick, dill, bacon pieces and cheddar cheese.
*** I always cook the entire package of bacon and IF there is any leftover, I freeze it for future recipes. Or you can use the pre-cooked package bacon. Tip: Use scissors to cut the bacon into small pieces.
With a fork, gradually stir in 1 cup milk to form a moist and soft batter.
Using a spring-loaded ice cream scoop, place a scoop of batter into a greased muffins pan.
If desired, reserved a small amount of bacon and cheddar cheese to sprinkled on top of biscuits.
Bake at 450 for 12 to 15 minutes.
Confession: As you can see from the pictures above, I didn’t follow my own method of preparation. Originally I was planning on using my new smaller crock pot for dinner. I began preparing the chicken for the crock pot by browning it. I quickly determined that the crock pot was too small. Out came my Dutch oven and continue with cooking dinner in 2 pans.
I decided to write the recipe for my readers as if I began the cooking process in my Dutch oven. One pot, less dishes.