Baked Chicken and Biscuits

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I am always looking out for relatively easy recipes which are kid-friendly, and would be suitable for Boy Scouts to make on a camping trip. I remember that one of the better dishes at a Golden Arrow District camporee cooking contest was chicken and biscuits. Here is a version which is adapted from I made this as a two pot dish, with sautéing bacon and vegies in a frying pan followed by baking in a lasagna pan (which could easily have been a Dutch oven.)

This made 8 servings for Carol and me.

This last weekend on a camping trip, we made a double-batch in 3 Dutch ovens (i.e. 2/3 recipe in each Dutch oven), and fed 8 boys and 4 adults.  I used aluminum foil on a picnic table to provide a clean surface for shredding the chicken.


6 slices bacon, cut into lardons

1 large onion, chopped

1 cup chopped carrots

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 2-lb. rotisserie chicken, meat pulled off the bones and coarsely chopped (about 3 cups)

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

6 Tbs. butter

6 Tbs. all-purpose flour

3 cups chicken broth

½ cups half and half

3 Tbs. sherry (optional)

½ tsp. nutmeg (optional)

1 can of biscuits (I used Pillsbury 8 count flaky layers)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an ovenproof dish.


Saute the bacon in a frying pan. When crisp, remove any excess grease, and add the onion, carrots, and celery. Saute until the vegies are softened. Remove from heat. Stir in the peas.


Put the chopped chicken meat on the bottom of the baking dish. Spread on top of the chicken the bacon-vegetable mixture.


Heat the frying pan and melt the butter, Whisk in the flour and stir until the flour-butter mixture has taken a little color, about a minute. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth, bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the half-and-half, and cook another 3 minutes. If using, stir in the sherry and nutmeg. Spread the sauce on top of the vegetables. Half the biscuits and put them on top of the sauce. Put in the oven and bake until the biscuits are browned and cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.


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