Kidlet Food: Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits

You know I love a good bento for the Kidlets and their school lunches . . . and I love going beyond the standard PB&J for “lunch food.”  This year, I ‘ve been forced, in a way, to move away from peanut butter because our new preschool is nut-free.

NUT-FREE!  As much as I understand the reasoning why (after all, we’re talking about severe allergies for some kidlets and I’m all for protecting the kidlets),  I freaked out a bit at first because Mr. Boy is picky.  Not just a wee bit picky.  A whole stinkin’ lot of pickiness in that child.  And he is stubborn.  Bull-headed.  Opinionated.  Strong-willed.

(No idea where he gets all of that.  No. Idea.)

And he would live on peanut  butter sandwiches if I would let him.

Oy.

So, yeah … Mama needed a trick or two up her sleeve for this school year to get that boy to willingly eat lunch at school.  I’m still working on it, but these Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits nearly rival his affection for a PB&J.  They’re light. Full of flavor.  Compact and portable — perfect for placement in a lunch box whether made “big” or “small.”

(this morning’s “Pumpkin Patch” Bento, featuring mini-chicken pot pie biscuits)

The best “trick” to this recipe is using prepared chicken salad (fruit-free, mind you); you only need a cup of it, so it’s perfect for using up leftover chicken salad or for using leftover rotisserie chicken to make a quick salad.

Or  . . . you can use your favorite restaurant or grocery store chicken salad, which — incidentally — is how I came up with this recipe.  When we were in the middle of packing up our home in Houston (prior to our recent move), I reviewed a bunch of “ready to go” food items from a local Houston eatery, Zoe’s Kitchen.  Yup — ready made food.  I did it.  And it was yummy.

(Don’t judge)

Zoe’s chicken salad? That’s what I used the first time I made this.  Easy. Peasy. Done.

I’m all about easy.

Especially when it comes to getting lovely little three-year-old boys to eat without a fight.

Mama definitely likes that.

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Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1 and 1/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  4. 1 cup prepared Chicken Salad (no fruit)
  5. 1/3 cup Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  6. 2 tablespoons Milk (if needed)

Directions

  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. Add the chicken salad and sour cream, stirring till everything is completely incorporated.
  3. If the mixture is too dry and not all of the flour can be absorbed, add in milk (a teaspoon or so at a time) until all of the dry ingredients and wet are fully combined.  Likewise, if your prepared chicken salad is very “wet,” you can add a little flour (tablespoon at a time) as you stir till the dough comes together.
  4. Spoon into regular sized muffin cups or mini-muffin cups.
  5. Bake at 375 until a toothpick comes out clean and the tops are lightly golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and serve warm.
Notes
Can be reheated or packed cold for school lunches!
Depending on your muffin tin size, this recipe will make roughly six regular sized muffins or 25 mini-muffin bites.
*As I’ve learned switching from an electric to gas oven, ovens DO vary.  Your muffins may take more or less time depending on your oven.  In my ovens, the cooking has varied from 20-25 minutes for regular sized muffins and 10-15 minutes for mini muffins.

 

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Recipe by Rachel Lacy

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    • Rachel says

      Actually, I have two different sizes shown — the pics of them in a muffin tin are standard sized. The ones in the bento are minis … I should clarify that in the post!

  1. says

    What perfect timing! I happen to have a bit of chicken left over that I need to use up and I bet this would be a PERFECT solution so the chicken doesn’t go to waste. I bet even my big boys would love these.

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