Today’s recipe is a bit of a beast but so worth every second it takes to prepare. Biscuits and gravy is a dish that I’ve recently come to enjoy but sparingly. It’s such a classic comfort food but it’s also very heavy and rich making it more of a treat than a regular meal. Inspired by biscuits and gravy, this recipe adds a little fried chicken to make it an even more comforting dinner. There are a few steps so I’d recommend making this one day on a weekend but you won’t be disappointed in the results!
Are you team Chicken & Biscuits or Biscuits & Gravy? This recipe is the best of both worlds but it takes a little extra work. I start everything by getting the biscuits in the oven so that they’re done and ready to go for when it’s time to assemble the sandwiches. Store-bought biscuits are a time saver but if you have a go-to recipe you like to make from scratch, I won’t stop you!
The chicken is a pretty simple fried chicken recipe. The trick here is double dredging the chicken in the egg and breadcrumbs. You also want to season the breadcrumbs well because that’s how you’ll get tons of flavor. These two simple steps are crucial to a sandwich with lots of texture and plenty of flavor. Start the cooking process by shallow frying the chicken in canola oil. Once the chicken is nice and golden brown, transfer to a cooling rack that’s laid over a baking sheet and finish cooking in the oven. Baking the chicken at 350 degrees will make the breading crisp up even more while it finishes cooking but it won't burn.
The gravy is a pretty basic recipe. Flour, milk and butter act as the base but sage, thyme, salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg bring a depth of flavor for balance. You want the gravy to get nice and thick which takes a minute. Be sure to give it a stir regularly to avoid a film from forming on top and the bottom from burning. You also want to be careful to avoid any clumps, the gravy should be nice and smooth.
Once all the individual parts of the sandwiches are prepared, it’s time for assembly and finishing touches. Build the sandwiches, toss them into the oven to melt the cheese, and serve! They’re very tasty, very comforting, and very filling. Make sure you have no plans the night you serve these because the only energy you’ll have left is for a little Netflix binging.
For the Chicken
2 Chicken Breasts (halved and pounded to equal thickness)
¼ cup Flour
2 Eggs + 2 tbsp. Water
1 ½ cups Panko Breadcrumbs
1 ½ tsp. Garlic Powder
3 tsp. Parsley
¾ tsp. Thyme
⅓ cup Vegetable Oil
Salt & Pepper
For the Gravy
2 tbsp. Butter
2 tbsp. Flour
1 - 1 ½ cups Milk
¼ tsp. each Sage & Thyme
Dash of Nutmeg
Salt & Pepper
For the Sandwiches
4 Homestyle Biscuits
4 slices Gouda Cheese
1 - Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and bake 11-15 minutes or according to package directions.
2 - Meanwhile, fry the chicken. In three separate bowls, add the flour and season with salt & pepper. Whisk the eggs and water in a second bowl, and mix the breadcrumbs together with the spices in a third. Heat the oil over a medium-high heat. Dredge the chicken in the flour, followed by the egg, and then the breadcrumbs. Dredge in the egg and breadcrumbs a second time before carefully laying in the oil.
3 - Fry 6-8 minutes per side until nice and brown. Set a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet. Place the fried chicken breasts onto the cooling rack and move to the oven to finish cooking for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
4 - While the chicken bakes, make the gravy. In the same pan that you fried the chicken, add two tablespoons of butter and melt. Whisk in the flour and cook 2-3 minutes until golden. Slowly whisk in the milk, continuously whisking until there are no lumps. Turn the heat to low and continue to whisk occasionally until thickened, about 12-15 minutes. Season with the spices, taste, and adjust any seasoning as necessary.
5 - To prep the sandwiches: halve the biscuits. Place a piece of chicken on each bottom half. Top with a slice of cheese, spoon a bit of gravy (as much as you’d like) over the top of the cheese and return to the oven for 2-3 minutes. Just long enough to melt the cheese. Top with the second biscuit half and serve with extra gravy on the side.