Sunday, October 21, 2012

Creamy Chicken and Cheddar Biscuit Casserole

When it comes to cooking I firmly believe there are 2 kinds of people. Those that follow recipes and those that just whip things together.
I am most definitely a recipe follower, the easier the recipe the better.
Pinterest has broadened my culinary horizons to some extent but my husband is the true culinary master in this house. (Though to be fair he did go to culinary school so he has quite the edge over me)
In my aspirations to become a "whipper upper", I decided to try my hand at throwing a little something together this weekend. It's a cross between a chicken and dumpling casserole and those chicken pillows everyone keeps pinning. It was so quick and easy, it is a great weeknight dinner. And as an added bonus, 90% of this recipe requires NO measuring!

Creamy Chicken and Cheddar Biscuit Casserole
Here is what you'll need:
For Biscuits:
2/3 cup milk
2 cups Bisquick
Handful cheddar cheese
a dash of garlic powder and old bay seasoning
Melted butter
First things first, make your biscuits. Add 2 cups Bisquick to a large bowl, 2/3 cups milk and a big ol' handful of finely shredded cheddar cheese. Add a few dashes of garlic powder and old bay seasoning. Now mix it all together with your hands until its combined and set it aside for later.
For the casserole filling:
4oz cream cheese
Can of cream of mushroom soup
Splash of milk
Small can of mixed veggies (I used peas and carrots)
Ample spoonful of Sour Cream
4 tbsp. butter
2-3 chicken breasts shredded
Preheat your oven to 375.
Whip out a large pan and throw the veggies, cream cheese, soup and splash of milk in. Over med high heat, stir until they are combined. Then add shredded chicken and butter. Stir and combine.
Now for the marriage of the two...
Pour the filling into the bottom of an 8x8 dish. Use a spoon (I like to use an ice cream scoop) to drop biscuit mixture over the top of the filling.
Bake for 15-20 mins or until biscuits are golden brown. Midway through, I like to take the. Out and slather some melted garlic butter on top of them but that's totally your call. (and the right one)
The great thing about this dish is most of the ingredients are those we always have on hand AND a lot of them are interchangeable. You could swap out any other Cream based soup for the mushroom soup, use turkey instead of chicken, use different veggies or even skip the biscuits and use store bought ones.
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