Picky-picky husband loves chicken pot pies, but they definitely have not been on my "quick fix" list until now. This "recipe" is almost a cheater recipe, because you can skip the recipe below and just use your favorite leftover chicken and gravy to make these. They were so tasty that picky-picky husband went back for seconds!! With this quick and easy technique, I can see we will be having mini chicken pot pies a lot more often.
1 cup favorite veggies (I use a frozen pea-corn-green bean mix)
1 stalk celery chopped fine
1 tablespoon onion chopped fine
1 carrot sliced thin
cooked chicken breast small cubed
1 tube of refrigerator rolls (see note about brand)
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2� cups chicken broth (see note)
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
In a large sauce pan, saute the onion and celery in a little butter until soft. Add the chicken broth and the potatoes, veggies, salt and pepper. Boil about 5-8 minutes or until fork tender.
Remove the veggies and SAVE THE BROTH!! In a medium size sauce pan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter then add 3 tablespoons flour and stir, (cook for about a minute to cook out the raw flour taste). Add the saved chicken broth (whisk like crazy when you add the broth). Cook until the mixture thickens, then put the cooked veggies back in. Remove from heat and set aside.
Spray a Texas size muffin pan lightly with vegetable spray (even if it is a non-stick pan). Roll out each refrigerator biscuit very thin and place one in each muffin cup.
NOTE: If you don't have a Texas size muffin pan, see note below.
NOTE: I've tried all brands of refrigerator biscuits, and the very best one (for this recipe) is a Kroger brand biscuit called JUMBO butter biscuits (our Fred Meyer sells them).
Place the muffin pan on a cookie tray and bake in preheated 375 oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
NOTE: If you use broth made from bullion, leave out the salt.
NOTE: On occasion, I buy Pillsbury Grands refrigerator biscuits, but they don't work well for this recipe (too bready). The Kroger brand of Jumbo Butter Biscuits roll out nice and thin and they bake into a thin crusty-buttery shell.
NOTE: I don't think this recipe will work very well in a standard cupcake pan unless you chop everything VERY small and use only half of a refrigerator biscuit (but I've never tried it).