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Chicken Cobbler

This wonderful chicken cobbler recipe is courtesy of John Barricelli.

  • Servings: 6
Chicken Cobbler

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March Winter 2009


For the Filling

  • 1 (3-pound) chicken
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 large parsnip, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 3 1/2 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or cognac
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup fresh pearl onions, peeled and blanched or frozen, defrosted
  • 3/4 cup fresh peas, blanched or frozen, defrosted
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

For the Chive-Biscuit Topping

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup loosely packed, finely grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, plus more for brushing


  1. Make the filling: Place chicken in a large pot; add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; immediately reduce to a simmer. Season with 1 tablespoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; cook, skimming surface, until chicken is tender, 30 to 40 minutes.

  2. Remove chicken from pot and let cool. Strain broth, set aside 2 1/2 cups; reserve remaining broth for another use. Shred chicken, discarding skin and bones; set aside.

  3. In a very large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until translucent. Add carrots and parsnip; cook, stirring, until softened. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, until softened. Add brandy and stir to deglaze.

  4. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add reserved chicken broth; stir to combine. Add milk, bring to a boil, and cook for 5 minutes. Add onions, peas, thyme, parsley, nutmeg, and reserved chicken; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Divide mixture evenly between six 8- to 10-ounce ramekins; set aside.

  5. Make the chive-biscuit topping: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add cheese and chives; stir to combine. Add heavy cream; stir until well combined.

  6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Shape into a 1/2-inch-thick circle. Using a 3 3/4-inch biscuit cutter, cut out 6 rounds. Top each filled ramekin with a round. Lightly brush with heavy cream.

  7. Transfer ramekins to prepared baking sheet. Bake until chicken mixture is bubbly and biscuits are golden, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Reviews (2)

  • JACKIE2830 10 Nov, 2010

    A ! Everything about this was perfect, however, I changed the Thyme for Herbes de Provence. The huge fluffy biscuit made this superb! Hubby LOVED all.

  • DorM 14 Mar, 2009

    Outstanding! The seasonings and great flavor of the biscuit topping make this an exceptional recipe. I thought it was quite easy to make also. I did have to add a few more tablsepoons of cream to the biscuit, as it was a bit stiff.
    I say this is the best thing I've ever made from a Martha

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