Chicken Pot Pie With Buttermilk Biscuit Crust
Chicken pie makes me think of rainy days, sweaters, and curling up with Mum on the couch to watch Jeopardy. This is such a homey, simple dish, and what I love about it is that you can add whatever leftovers you like to it: peas, carrots, kale, sausage, cheese—odds and ends of all kinds. This isn't a super-rich chicken pot pie where the liquid inside the pie is a thick béchamel. This pie strikes a nice balance, and the buttermilk biscuit crust adds the perfect tang to every bite.
NOTE: For 1 10-inch pie
1 chicken, about 3 lbs., quartered and deskinned
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups half-and-half, plus a little extra for glazing dough
2 tbsp. parsley
2 tbsp. chervil (if you can't find chervil, a mix of half tarragon and half parsley will do)
2 recipes biscuit dough (recipe below)
1 10-inch pie or tart dish
Preheat oven to 425°F.
In a large pot, add the chicken, onion, and 2 cups of water. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. The meat should come off the bones pretty easily, so slice or pull the meat off of the bones but keep it in large pieces. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, and herbs. Add the chicken, onion, and enough chicken cooking liquid to just cover the chicken.
Prep 2 recipes of the biscuit dough (below), and on a lightly floured counter, roll the bottom layer of dough out to about 1/4-inch thick. Line the pie dish with the thin pie dough, and fill with chicken mixture, about 3/4 full. Don't overload the pie! It will bubble out of the vents. Roll out the second pie dough about 1/4-inch thick, cover the pie, cut vents and roll the edges of the dough together to seal the pie together, and glaze with a little extra half-and-half.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the dough is a deep golden brown.
Ingredients for the biscuit dough
NOTE: The key to fluffy, light biscuits is ice-cold ingredients, so make sure your butter and buttermilk are thoroughly chilled and that you’re working lightly and quickly. If you need to pause the process, pop the ingredients in the fridge to keep them cold.
4 oz. cold butter, chopped into small, 1/2-inch cubes
2 1/4 cups self-rising soft-wheat flour, sifted, plus more for the counter
1 cup buttermilk, plus more for glazing biscuits
Directions for the biscuit dough
Scatter the butter over the flour in a large bowl. Cut the butter into flour with a pastry blender (or using your fingertips) until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas. Add the buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened and coming together into a ball of dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times to form it into a ball. With floured hands, press the dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle, and fold dough over onto itself in 3 sections, like you would a letter. Pat down the dough to 3/4-inch thickness, and repeat this entire process 2 more times. This is creating the fluffy layers that will puff and add lift as the biscuit crust bakes. Wrap in plastic or parchment, and set aside in the fridge.