15-minute, Fool-proof Dinner

My favorite TV chef is Nigella. But I think she bit the dust. Though fancy dust it is with her millions. I don't think this would be in her repertoire, but every once in awhile I need:

a) a quick dinner
b) a cheap dinner
c) comfort food
d) something everyone will love

or, all of the above. I assume you have those times, too, when you're sick of ordering pizza or Chinese, and you want to serve your family some real food, but you're real tired. So, I am willing to share the family recipe with the world! *sigh*

It seems like a recipe found in a home journal type of magazine from the 70's, but it is honestly, very yummy. I got it from my Scots-Irish mother-in-law, modified just a tad by moi:

Creamed Chicken With Biscuits
Serves 4

Put pop-open type biscuits in the oven. I've even seen them in whole grain.

In a 2-qt sauce pan:
  • Chopped onions - stir fry in olive oil
  • Chopped celery added to above
Add in order:
  • 1 can each Condensed Cream of Chicken & Cream of Celery soup (reduced fat and sodium or "healthy" version) Remember to keep stirring occasionally - it is cream soup
  • 1/2 to 1 can of water
  • 1 cup of frozen baby peas (Optional - nice for color)
  • 1 cup of cut-up pieces of chicken (I usually buy a roasted chicken. See a) above.)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of pimentos, or to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
Serve over the biscuits.




AmyP said...

My mom used to make something like this, but she'd put it in a casserole dish with the uncooked biscuits on top. Then she'd put it in the oven to cook the biscuits. Sort of a pot pie without the work of the pie crust. I'd completely forgotten about it until my sister was making it the other day. I think I might need to make this happen at our house this week. Thanks for the idea!

mamawhelming said...

Yummy! Thanks! Must try that, or AmyP's idea.

Grace said...

This sounds so good. I'd like to try it. I love the emphasis on presentation, too, with peas for color. I noticed the same thing at your Thanksgiving dinner...such lovely arrangement of the food. Beautiful.