Vegan “Chicken” and Biscuits

By , December 5, 2009 7:33 am

Damn. Vegan “Chicken” and Biscuits make awesome leftovers*. Like, “I can’t stop eating them and am going to turn into a tub-tub, thank goodness that’s the last of them” awesome. Steven’s cooking is so good, I almost always feel like this with his leftovers. We were thinking about making the Vegan “Chicken” and Biscuits for Erin and Jason’s visit tonight, so we tried them out on Wednesday.


Can you spot the biscuit?

Steven followed this recipe for “Chicken” and Dumplings starting at the fourth step. We used biscuits instead of dumplings.

  • Saute onion, celery and mushrooms (we added) in margarine until soft
  • Add flour, celery salt and pepper to make a thick paste
  • Add veggie broth and bring to a boil
  • Add carrots, faux chicken and bay leaf (We used a box of Heartline’s “Chicken” Fillet** for the “chicken.”)
  • Reduce heat, simmer 20 mins, stirring often
  • Pour this awesome soupy mix on your biscuits
  • Nom nom nom away, lick plate clean

Steven excitedly told me that the biscuits had a “surprise” ingredient (before I tried one, without the soupy mix). After a lot of guesses (some silly and some serious), Steven gave me a hint that he thought the biscuits tasted like the ones you get at Red Lobster. I immediately knew what the “secret” ingredient was then – Nutritional Yeast. After my last fiasco with it, I was worried about the biscuits, but he was right, they DO taste like the ones at Red Lobster, and they taste great! (Steven used this recipe for the biscuits. He used 1/4 c. nutritional yeast instead of 1/3 c., and for the “1 teaspoon of dried herbs” used 1/2 tsp. garlic then for the other half teaspoon he used a pinch of rosemary, thyme and dill.).

We loved this recipe – especially during this time of year. It’s such a hearty and filling dish! It makes you feel all warm and good inside. And it’s got that creamy thing going on, with a little bit of a soft chewy biscuit. Yum yum. But since we couldn’t come up with good sides (besides green beans), we are making something else for our guests tonight. Ha! At least we tried something new and it turns out we love it. We*** will definitely be making it again. We both said it reminded us of when our mothers made chicken and biscuits. And Steven suggested turning it into a pot pie…

Did you have chicken and biscuits growing up? Do you like the dish? Do you know what the difference between a biscuit and a dumpling is?! If so, please tell me!

*I took them to work on Friday.
**We order this stuff online.
***By now you must know, that by “we” I most likely mean “Steven.”

16 Responses to “Vegan “Chicken” and Biscuits”

  1. Erin says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had chicken and biscuits. I think my mom grew up eating “traditional Midwest meals” and got really tired of them. Therefore, there are a lot of traditional things I’ve never eaten. It sure does sound good, though!

    My only experience with dumplings are the things in Campbell’s Chicken and Dumpling soup. Probably not the same kind of dumplings recipes are talking about…
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  2. Mmmmm…that looks good! I’m from the south, but my family didn’t really make chicken and dumplings or chicken and biscuits. We were more a chicken enchiladas and multiple margaritas type of family :-)
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  3. Dave2 says:

    GAH! You’re supposed to EAT that?!? I would have to be blindfolded, because that doesn’t look appetizing to me at all! :-)
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    The original title of the post was “Vegan ‘Chicken’ and Biscuits – looks like vomit but tastes amazing!”

    Steven made me change it though.

  4. Kristie Lynn says:

    My family never did chicken and biscuits. I think dumplings are more doughy than biscuits, but I’m not sure what the exact difference is :)
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  5. ShutupandRun says:

    This is one of my most fave meals. I used to ask for it each year on my birthday. It’s making me miss it just looking at your blog.
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  6. Amanda says:

    I love chicken and dumplings! I’ve never had biscuits with it though. Dumplings have a very different texture than biscuits, they’re more doughy and slimy. Sounds gross but it’s delicious:)
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  7. claire says:

    Looked like chicken pot pie filling to me from the 1st photo and I love my friend from HS’s mom’s recipe for that. It’s a lot of work though since the crust is from scratch.

    Dumplings are doughier and go on top of stews in my experience.

    Biscuits- yum! We’re all about the Bisquick round these parts. :)
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  8. JC says:

    A Holiday Thought…

    Aren’t humans amazing Animals? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions of more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”

    ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

  9. Amy says:

    The biscuits sound amazing – I am going to have to give them a try! I stocked up on nutritional yeast last time I was in the US.
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  10. Dumplings are cooked in the broth/stew mixture of whatever is being made. The dough is formed into little balls and then those are dropped right into the sauce mixture and they cook that way. That’s why they are more doughy and soft. :) Biscuits are cooked in the oven, which leaves them a bit dryer and “crispy”. I am officially a food dork now I think. LOL

    The vegan chicken and biscuits look amazing! And I don’t think it looks like vomit because let’s be honest, actual chicken and dumplings or biscuits sort of looks like bad cat food anyway. It’s just not a “pretty” dish, but who cares because it tastes good! :D
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  11. Mica says:

    I am a huge chicken and biscuits/dumplings fan. This looks quite tasty! Nice job to the two chefs!
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  12. JennyMac says:

    This looks fantastic! Love vegetarian options!
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  13. Holly says:

    I have only been to Red Lobster once but LOVED their biscuits…..mmm!!! And I am intrigued by nutritional yeast – anything with the word “yeast” DOES freak me out, but I want to try it. I wonder where I can get it??

    Your meal looks SO good! Surprisingly, we didn’t really eat chicken and biscuits growing up. We were *that family* that had pasta 4-5 nights a week. :-)
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  14. Erica says:

    ah! I so have the Happy Herbivore version of this on my list of to makes .Looks so freaking good
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  15. lifestudent says:

    It todally does look like chicken pot pie. Its definitely a hearty winter meal – with real or fake chicken ;)
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  16. Julia says:

    OMG those look delish! i LOVE biscuits!
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