Chicken and Biscuits

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr 15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 strip bacon, cut into small lardons
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound chicken legs
  • 1 pound chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Sour Cream Garlic Biscuits, recipe follows
  • Sour Cream Garlic Biscuits:
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons sour cream
Directions

Cook the bacon in 2 teaspoons of the oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove and set aside, reserving the bacon fat in the pot.

Use dry hands to pull off the skin from the chicken thighs and discard. Trim any large pieces of fat. Sprinkle the chicken legs and thighs with salt and pepper and brown over medium-high heat in the Dutch oven. Remove the chicken and set aside. Lower the heat to medium and cook the carrots, celery and onions in the remaining oil over medium heat until tender and fragrant. Sprinkle with flour and cook 1 minute, stirring. Deglaze the pan with the chicken stock. Add back the chicken and the bacon, and pour enough water to almost cover the chicken, 1 to 2 cups. Cook, covered, over low heat for 30 minutes and then uncovered for 15 minutes. If the sauce is not thick enough, let it reduce longer. Serve over the Sour Cream Garlic Biscuits.

Sour Cream Garlic Biscuits:

Chill the butter in the freezer while gathering the other ingredients. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the flour, baking powder, baking soda, oregano, salt and garlic in a food processor and pulse. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles wet sand. Add 1/2 cup sour cream and pulse until a dough is formed. Place the dough on a floured surface and form into a thick disc, about 4 inches in diameter. Cut into 6 wedges. Brush the tops with the remaining sour cream. Bake until fluffy and golden, 11 to 15 minutes.


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One of my families favorites!  Easy and great for a dinner party too.  Make ahead and your guests will love it.  I serve with mashed potatoes.   item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! It took a bit more reducing, but favor and comfort were amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You've never had real southern gravy, have you? item not reviewed by moderator and published
It wasn't a bad flavor but the liquid was too much like a chicken noodle soup, which made the chicken itself not as flavorful. I agree, this is an inspiration recipe but by itself, not that great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't print from this page......what happened to that capability!! Dislike!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was terrible. Sorry Melissa. Just sayin. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love this recipe! It is easy and delectable! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only made the biscuits. Next time I make this I will bump up the garlic as that couldn't be tasted. They were tender, even the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed this recipe exactly. (no biscuts Sorry Melissa, this one was a snooooze. Bland, boring and mushy. Not to mention skinning chicken legs (so Ive found out is GROSS! Love you, but this one is not going to be a family favorite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was ok. A little bland, and the biscuits were too salty for my family. Might try them again as they were pretty easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
just like she said, Comforting!! the biscuits are super easy and delicious with the sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome chicken dinner. I made double the biscuits and froze what we didn't eat with dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe....the chicken is beyond yummy and the biscuits are fabulous.....my daughter who is almost 30 and a mother herself is really picky and even she liked it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter, 4, who has become rather picky, loved it! I thought that the amount of time/effort left more to be desired but it was good none the less. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is absolutely delicious! The biscuits, in particular, are amazing!! Ive made them several times as just a side dish for other meals, changing up the seasonings to fit the meal or leaving them out for plain ones. Best biscuits ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Melissa, being an ex-sous chef myself, I used your recipe as my inspiration. Had some saved-up chicken bones which I made a homemade stock, which was used in place of the canned. A useful tip to all of the viewers, if you buy a whole chicken and cut it up yourself, don't throw away the backs, necks, or wing tips, put them in a freezer bag in the freezer, and after a while you will have enough to make a stock. Now back to the recipe. By itself, a little pepper was useful in basic taste. A variation, which went over well was to add a little Herbs d'Provance, I have my own personal kitchen herb garden, so I added my own fresh blend in a bouquet garni, but there are plenty of good dried blends in local groceries. Plus added a little Sauvignon Blanc, about a 1/4 cup, some lemon zest and beurre blanc to help thicken it and it was simply to die for. Thanks for the inspiration! BTW: Switched out garlic and oregano with 1/3 tsp Old Bay and 1/2 cup shreadded chedder in biscuits item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty and simple, such basic ingredients and rather quick to make too. Whole family loved it! Thanks Melissa, you never disappoint!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Biscuits were better than the chicken. Not enough flavor for us. Probably won't make it again. Although it was very affordable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband & I loved this recipe. I added some fresh herbs from my garden it was excellent. We love your recipes because we have all the ingredients in our cupboard! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for dinner tonight and my husband made a point several times of saying how much he liked it. He even commented specifically on the biscuits and, like another reviewer, I had even used Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. I think Melissa is great and as others have said before, they need to remove the $10 limit from her. We've liked all the recipes of hers that I've tried. My husband asked where I got this one and I told him Food Network, the same person where I got the recipe for the Vanilla Dutch Baby. 'Nuff said! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DELICIOUS!!!! I made this tonight and my boys said I have to make this again soon. I used leg quarters and seperated them as they were on sale for $0.79 per lb. I bought 4lbs and just upped the liquid to 5 cups using all stock and added 2 bay leaves, a few sprigs of fresh thyme and parsley stem tied with kitchen twine for added flavor. I also substitued fresh thyme for the oregano in the biscuits because I was out and they were still yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! I didn't read the recipe, just watched the show - so I had added 2 T flour, and I did turn the heat back up to medium high for the last 10 minutes. I also used all chicken stock, no water. This was fantastic, the meat just fell of the bones! I used all chicken thighs, %5.47 for 2 lbs. The biscuits were also perfect for this meal. It's a lot of onions if your kids don't like onions, but don't leave them out for the flavor. Mmmmmmm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the chicken, but not the biscuits. We ate it over mashed potatoes, which worked out great because the chicken and potatoes could both cook on the stove and be ready at the same time, and I didn't have to heat up the kitchen. Based on the reviews I read here, I added some more flour earlier, and the gravy did cook up thinner after the chicken was cooked in it. I did not add any water, just the two cups of stock and the sauce was plenty thick for serving atop the potatoes. Delicious, and I love the whole food/slow food take that Melissa has on this show. I only wish there was enough room in my pot for more food, because we did not have leftovers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good...the biscuits were great....this is a great show if you are looking to save money feeding your family and having something that tastes good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had this for dinner today and it was wonderful! Keep those receipes comming. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved it ! It’s hard for me to make something that everyone likes. Ill need to double the recipe next time so we can all have seconds. Oh and the biscuits YUMMY and really easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the Biscuits and they were easy and delicious. Looking forward to trying the chicken recipe too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe! I've made this dish several times and each time has been more delicious than the last. My family loves it, too, and there are never any leftovers. I agree about the gravy... it's not very thick, but flour thickens it up nicely! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We had dinner guests and this got RAVE reviews....the biscuits were so easy and just scrumptious and the chicken was probably my favorite chicken I have made. I look forward to each Sunday morning for Melissa's new show to see what we'll be having for dinner that night. Thank you so much! Update: I followed ivy_ from NJ's advice to add 2 TB of flour and that worked like a charm to get the gravy thicker...I LOVE THIS RECIPE! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was incredibly delicious and definitely hit the spot, if you're looking for a comfort meal! Heads up, the actual episode states to simmer the chicken for 45 minutes, NOT 30 minutes. And based on the reviews, stating the gravy was not thick enough, I added 2 tablespoons of flour and omitted the extra water in between; only added just 2 cups of chicken stock. After 45 min covered, the gravy turned out thick and full of flavor. I didn't even need to simmer the sauce for an extra 15 min. 45 min thickened the gravy just fine! This was the best meal EVER - I had no leftovers. I love how simple this recipe was and yet everything turned out like it came from a restaurant! Melissa is a genius chef! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm giving 3 stars because I didn't care for the taste of the biscuits and the chicken was pretty good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the sour cream garlic biscuits,and was pleasantly suprised! I added scalloins a.k.a chives and also cut them into 8 biscuits. I just kept an eye on the time. This will definetly be a staple recipe for me. Melissa, this is the 1st of your recipes I have made. It won't be the last. Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the Sour Cream Garlic biscuits last night and they were very good. Only difference I did was cut them into 8 pieces instead of 6. I really liked the texture of the biscuits. They were very short. Next time I make them I'll pat the dough a little more so they are cooked more evenly. But that's just a minor thing. We usually use Bisquick for our biscuits but I really liked these. My mom said she could taste the baking powder in them (she always has this complaint. I too could taste it a little so next time I'll add a very small pinch of sugar to combat the bitterness of the baking powder. But that's just us-we don't like the taste of baking powder. Most people probably wouldn't notice this at all. The sour cream on the top did make the biscuits brown up nicely. I want to make these biscuits next as a sweet biscuit, not a savory. I'm sure they'll be really good too. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple to make and very tasty! I did take the meat off the bones then added the meat back to the broth and veggies. I will make again but add some noodles. The biscuits were easy to make and tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this last night, didn't realize I didn't have celery, added more carrots and added some corn. Very tasty. Agree with others, needed to thicken the gravy a bit. Also, needed quick biscuits, used Bisquick and added the garlic and oregano to that and it worked out fine. A quick and easy recipe and a keeper for a work night. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it! Based on reviewers responses I added a bit more flour and added some potatoes during the last 30 minutes of cooking. The potatoes helped thicken the sauce. I lightened the biscuits by using yogurt in place of the sour cream. They soaked up the gravy just fine! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this episode a week or so ago and immediately knew that I wanted to make it. I actually didn't taste the chicken (I'm a vegetarian, but daughter loved it. I did taste the sauce and I liked it. One viewer said that it was more like a soup rather than a gravy. I noticed that the liquid was a little thin, so I just thickened it with corn starch and it thickened up nicely. The biscuits were heavenly!!!!! I did have a little bit of trouble (at first making everything stick together as I had to just work with my fingertips as I didn't want to *overwork* the dough. This recipe will definitely be made again and again. I like the idea of garlic and dill. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made the bisquits 2x already... My family has voted them the best homemade bisquits ever. I made them with garlic & dill. Easy and so flavorful. I will be making the chicken this week. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was more like chicken soup rather than chicken with gravy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made several variations on chicken and biscuits, but this is by far my favorite. It is the most flavorful I have ever made and absolutely delicious. The biscuits were very easy to make, and I love the added tang from the sour cream. I cooked the chicken exactly as the recipe says, but I pulled the chicken from the bones, shredded it and returned it to the gravy. It made it possible for me to stretch the chicken farther as we are a family of six. This will be my new go to recipe for chicken and biscuits. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ugh! So i only made the biscuits. We love buscuits but rarely have buttermilk and this seemed like a great way to use up the leftover sour cream from my son's taco birthday party...it was not! The buscuit have s great flavor but have a sawdust like texture. Such a waste of good butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! We used a little flour/broth slurry at the end to thicken the sauce (maybe we were just impatient, but other than that, followed the recipe to a T. Great addition to our recipe rotation! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. Especially the biscuits. Moist, fluffy and cheap! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight for my family, and it was wonderful. Thank you, Melissa for an easy meal that is very tasty. I'm certain I will be making those biscuits for many years to come. We will probably try substituting other herbs for the oregano and garlic or just make them plain. They are so easy and good. Loved working in one pot and getting such a wonderful result with the chicken. Thanks again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with 2 lbs. of thighs instead of legs and they were much easier to take the skin off. I also mixed French Onion dip that was getting close to expiration with the sour cream and left out the granulated garlic and added a tablespoon of chives. We loved the smell of the chicken as we walked in the door from our evening walking of our dog and quickly made the biscuits. Both things were very simple to make with inexpensive ingredients. The chicken fell off the bones and was so tender and the gravy was incredible with the biscuits. Melissa has become my favorite chef because her food is delicious, easy and cheap! Thank you for coming up with these delicious recipes and sharing them with us. Every Monday I usually try the recipes from your show. THANK YOU!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fabulous! The biscuits went really well with the sauce. The chicken fell right off the bone. This recipe is a keeper!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Haven't made the chicken yet, but the biscuits were very yummy. Five star approval by the kids. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was more like a Chicken pot pie taste, it was filling, but not very fond of it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After watching the show this morning, I knew I wanted to try these biscuits with our lunch today--savory and wonderful texture--can't wait to try the entire recipe next time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Three words for the chicken and biscuits recipe: Quick, Easy, & Delicious! This is the first home cooked dinner I made for my new boyfriend and he loved it. If you're looking for a simple yet yummy meal to impress your man, you can't go wrong with this one, girls! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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