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How to make Chicken and Biscuits (a casserole)

When Sonia and Zoe stayed with my parents recently, my mom made a dish from my childhood: chicken and biscuits.

Homemade Chicken and Biscuits

It’s basically leftover chicken or turkey in gravy, topped with biscuit dough and then baked until the biscuits are browned.  Serious comfort food!

Sonia in particular was quite enamored with this casserole, so Mr. FG and I made a pan when we got home.

chicken and biscuits

Our first attempt

But I felt like the proportions weren’t quite like what I remember my mom using.

(The recipe is sort of cobbled together and not very specific and my reading of it was a little off, I think. My grandma wrote recipes directing stuff like, “bake until browned” with no oven temperature or time!)

homemade chicken and biscuits

So I gave it a second try with some tweaks.

(More sauce and chicken, a different biscuit dough, a deeper pan)

The result was most excellent.

Several of you asked for the recipe after seeing the dish on Instagram.

And I wanted to write down what I did so I can replicate this version.

So, here we are! This post will serve you AND me. 😉

The gravy is not at all complicated to make. Melt butter, stir in flour, boil for a minute.


Then you whisk in a 50/50 mixture of chicken broth and milk.

chicken broth and milk

Bring that to a boil, whisking the whole time, and once it boils, whisk and cook it for one minute.

You should have nice, smooth gravy at this point.

chicken gravy

Add 3 cups of cooked chicken, and you’ve got your filling.  A rotisserie chicken is a super easy option if you don’t feel like cooking chicken.

chicken and gravy

To make the biscuits, just mix the dry ingredients, add in the cream, stir, and then knead for 30 seconds.

cream biscuit ingredients


cream biscuit dough

Press the dough about 3/4 inch thick, and use a small biscuit cutter to cut circles. Place biscuits on top of chicken and gravy.

unbaked chicken and biscuits

I’ll use a cutter one size smaller next time and I think the biscuits will fit perfectly.

Bake the pan, uncovered, in a preheated 375° F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuits are browned and gravy is bubbling.

homemade chicken and biscuits

Let it cool for at least 5 minutes before serving, or you will definitely burn your mouth.

Let’s talk about pans for just a sec.

If you have an 8×8 pan with deep sides, you can use that.

I personally use my 11-cup Pyrex dish, which is about the same total size as an 8×8 pan, but with taller sides, which helps prevent boiling over in the oven.

chicken and gravy

This pan is one of my VERY favorites; I use it all the time, for overnight French toast casserole, for marinating meats, for storing leftovers…it is just so super useful and I love that it has a lid for storage purposes (not for cooking, because it’s plastic!)

The cheapest way to get it on Amazon is in a three-piece set of rectangular dishes, so that’s what I’d recommend.

And I think that’s all the words I’ve got to say. Printable recipe below!

homemade chicken and biscuits

Chicken and Biscuits

Yield: 1 8x8 pan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes 20 seconds
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes 20 seconds

This comfort food casserole comes together quickly, especially if you use a rotisserie chicken. Don't be scared by the homemade biscuit topping; the dough is super quick to make!


  • 3 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite-size pieces (rotisserie chicken works great!)


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt (depending how salty your broth is)
  • pepper to taste

Cream biscuits

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus extra for the counter
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream


  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, bring to a bubble; cook and stir for one minutes.
  3. Add milk and chicken broth to flour mixture, whisking constantly. Bring to boil, stirring every few minutes. Once gravy reaches a boil, cook and stir for one minute.
  4. Off heat, stir in salt, pepper, and chicken. Pour gravy and chicken into 8x8 or 9x9 inch dish (or equivalent) with tall sides. Set aside.
  5. To make biscuits, combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in cream until combined. Turn dough out onto counter and knead for 30 seconds.
  6. Roll dough out 3/4 inch thick on lightly floured counter. Use a small biscuit cutter to cut rounds; place rounds on top of gravy/chicken.
  7. (alternatively, roll dough out to mimic shape of pan; place dough rectangle/square atop chicken and gravy.)
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuits are beginning to brown and filling is bubbly.
  9. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.


If your broth is salty, taste the gravy before adding any additional salt.

Note that you need 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream for the biscuit dough; shop accordingly!

If you have a larger household, you can double this and use a 9x13 inch pan. Just make sure it has high sides so that the filling doesn't bubble over. If you're worried about it, you can put a large sheet pan underneath your 9x13 pan.

I use my Pyrex 11 cup rectangular dish for a single recipe and it works perfectly. I linked to the set I have below. I LOVE these rectangular dishes.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 675Total Fat 44gSaturated Fat 24gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 167mgSodium 1110mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 1gSugar 4gProtein 26g

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Tuesday 15th of August 2023

Does this dish freeze well? I am preparing meals for postpartum and this comfort food would be such a yummy dish to eat during that time.


Wednesday 16th of August 2023

You know, I have never tried it! But here's what I'd do: make a batch as usual, but set aside a small portion, freeze it for a few days, and then thaw it.

That way you can test a little bit and see if you like the results.


Sunday 17th of November 2019

This was a win with my family down under, thank you for the recipe! The biscuits were easy to make and tasted delicious-so much better than any scone I've made. A very adaptable recipe which is always useful.


Sunday 17th of November 2019

Those cream biscuits are insanely good, aren't they??

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe.

Cindy McCullough

Saturday 16th of November 2019

I thought this was basically what my mom made and called it Chicken A la king. Okay, maybe adding some peas and carrots, but otherwise the same. Something like this.


Tuesday 20th of August 2019

This is very similar to how my family makes chicken pot pie - my mom doesn't like making pie crust, and really dislikes soggy pie crust (which is what frequently happens to the bottom crust of traditional pot pie), so she would just do drop biscuit dough on top of a filling like this one.

However, she was also a bit of a nutrition nut, so she'd mixed a bag of frozen mixed vegetables into everything, including this!


Tuesday 20th of August 2019

Thought I'd share this: when I need cooked chicken for a recipe, I usually just poach some chicken breasts. Easy, fast & cheap! Just put raw (not frozen) skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a cold skillet, cover them with water, put on a lid and get the water to boiling. Once the water has boiled, turn the heat down and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes. I generally check the internal temp with a meat thermometer, but it's usually spot on. You can season the chicken or poach in broth for some flavor (pretty bland otherwise). Anyway, it's easy to make while you're doing other things.

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