Homemade Biscuits and Chicken & Rice Soup!

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Not many things are better than your mom’s homemade cookin’. Family dinners are comfort. It brings you back to the beginning years, before life got crazy, before you had responsibilities, and before life turned into reality. Now that my parents are living in the South, I can have those family dinners again. Before I left Tuesday, we did just that, a family dinner.

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Double the comfort: cooked by mom and warm hearty soup.

Notice I said “cooked” by mom. But the original recipe credit goes to the fabulous Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. Her recipe was fantastic and even better the next day. My mom whipped this soup up in about an hour. It isn’t one of those soup recipes that need all day to cook. It can be a last minute fix. The flavors were powerful and all the seasonings were spot on. You weren’t left going “it’s missing this” or “it has too much of this”, there was nothing to complain about.

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Homemade Chicken & Rice Soup

Ingredients *3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts *Olive oil, for drizzling, *1/4 teaspoon ground thyme, *Salt and freshly, *ground black pepper, *2 tablespoons butter, *3 stalks celery, finely diced, *2 carrots, finely diced, *1 onion, finely diced, *1 red bell pepper, finely diced, *2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only, *Pinch turmeric, *8 cups low-sodium chicken broth, *2 cups long-grain rice, *Minced fresh parsley, for serving

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Drizzle the chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with the ground thyme and some salt and pepper. Put the chicken in a roasting pan and roast until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Set aside.
3. In a pot over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the celery, carrots, onions and bell peppers for 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with the fresh thyme and turmeric and cook for another 2 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth, cover, bring to a simmer and simmer 30 minutes.
4. Prepare the rice according to the package instructions; keep warm.
5. Shred or chop the chicken and add it to the pot with the soup. Simmer for another 15 minutes. Stir in the rice and minced parsley and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

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These aren’t canned, these aren’t from a pre made box, but they are from the Food Network’s, Jeff Mauro! They are everything you want in a buttermilk biscuit: flaky, soft, and buttery! I let my biscuit soak up the broth. It was my own version of a dumpling:) My mom did a pretty fantastic job on these!

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Grapevine Kentucky Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingredients *4 cups self-rising flour, plus more for dusting, *1 stick good butter, plus 3 tablespoons melted, *2 to 3 cups cold buttermilk, *1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place heavy cast-iron skillet into oven to preheat. Chill a large mixing bowl, pastry cutter, flour and 1 stick butter in the freezer 15 minutes before assembling the biscuits.
2. Add the flour to the chilled mixing bowl. Working quickly, cut 1 stick butter into the flour using the chilled pastry cutter (or your fingers); the goal here is pea-size balls of butter. In batches, add in the buttermilk until the dough is cohesive yet still moist. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and lightly press into a 1-inch-thick round. Using a biscuit cutter or business end of a dry-measuring cup, cut out 8 biscuits. (Use the extra dough to cook up a big piece of shortcake for dessert….strawberry shortcake!)
3. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and add the oil. Place the dough rounds into the hot skillet, right up against each other, and brush with the 3 tablespoons melted butter. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Recipe courtesy Jeff Mauro

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Now, my specialty, salad…

This was nothing special, just chopped romaine, roma tomatoes, avocados, and homemade balsamic dressing!

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Homemade Balsamic Salad Dressing:

You can make the dressing in small amounts too. In this cup, I have 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, 3 tablespoons honey, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, pink of sea salt, 1 teaspoon of italian seasonings

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This meal didn’t make me feel crappy like most home cooked meals do after filling up. I filled up on healthy salad, a bowl of soup and a biscuit. I could have gone back for more biscuits, but I’m working on that will power!

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The best part of this meal was the leftovers. The soup continues to get better and better everyday.

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What is your favorite meal to have home cooked by your mom?

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Comments

  • Hanes

    I made this last night for the family and they loved it!

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  • Hellen

    great recipe1

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  • silver

    Those biscuits were perfect.

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  • felicia

    Great recipe! family loved it

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  • Chloe stewart

    I made dressing similar to that! The best!! My mom makes the BEST macaroni and cheese! She made up her own recipe years ago and it’s still the best!

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  • Natalie

    Sounds pretty amazing!
    We don’t have foods here called Biscuits unless it’s the sweet variety, and it’s what we call a Cookie!

    Have a wonderful birthday today c

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  • Sarah

    Comfort at it’s finest! Have a great weekend! 🙂

    http://girlwithagrin.com/

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  • Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out

    This is great! Good chicken soup is the best for a cold day!

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  • Sarah @ Sarah’s on the Run

    LOVE the pioneer woman. Everyone at work makes fun of me but when I do my longish runs on the treadmill on the weekends, I ALWAYS plan it around her show. ha.
    And totally going to make those biscuits!!!

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  • HC

    My mother friend everything. Pork chops, chicken, chicken-fried steak, steak, cube steak, fish..vegetables…I swear, she always had a huge can of Crisco somewhere in the house! As a mom myself, I cook healthy. No Crisco in my house! 😉

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  • Emily Braunberger

    My favorite meal of my mom’s is her homemade barbecues (aka – Sloppy Joes) and Mac and cheese. I always but the barbecue meat on top the Mac and cheese. It is so heavenly.

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  • Jessica

    That meal looks delicious! My favorite meal that my mom made is definitely her homemade lasagna. She always would make it for my birthday per my request. She would do a pan of regular and then a smaller pan with extra cheese because I love cheese. So thoughtful of her…

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  • Linda @ TheFitty

    Speaking of biscuits, I’m kind of curious what makes biscuits biscuits. Would it be starchier, saltier cookies, more or less?

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    • Erin

      Biscuits are basically just dinner rolls with a lot of fat and buttermilk added. That’s what makes them flaky and light. The best biscuits are made with lard, IMO. You want a really wet dough and one that is not overmixed.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Well, in the states biscuits are more of a soft bread and overseas like in England they’re more of a cookie scone type! I think the term biscuit is used differently throughout the world!

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      • Kate

        Definitely! I’m from the UK and was so confused when you were talking about biscuits with soup! They’re a sweet snack over here haha, thanks for clearing that up

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  • Ariel

    Oh wow, my mom has been stationed a variety of places (military) so whenever I’d come “home” it could have been a new house altogether, but the meals made it feel homey 🙂

    I’d say my mom’s fried pork chops/gravy/mashed potatoes/”grandma’s green beans” is my most comforting meal. I know it’s not the healthiest… but sometimes you need a comfort-meal haha

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Awww that is wonderful! My mom was also in the service. (navy) That is where she met my dad, on a ship in Italy. Your comfort meal sounds fantastic! I was never a pork chop fan, but mom’s mashed potatoes? yum!

      Tell your mom I said thank you for her service! Such a brae woman 🙂 xo

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      • Ariel

        Aw, thanks!! I’ll let her know… she always says “is that a healthy recipe… is it Taralynn’s?” hahah 😀

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