Chicken a la Gurnham filling next to two cooked biscuits on a round white plate with a fork in front of it and a white and black towel behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Chicken a la Gurnham

Chicken a la Gurnham is a family recipe that includes delicious gravy sauce with chicken and carrots topped with golden biscuits for ultimate comfort food.

Never heard of this? That’s because it’s a recipe that my grandparents created. Gurnham is their last name so we call it Chicken a la Gurnham. It’s one of my favorite dinners that they make.

We have had to tweak the recipe a little bit because one of the ingredients is no longer available in the US. When their neighbor goes home to London they used to have him pick them up some from there!

I found a pretty good substitute, though, that gives it almost the same flavor and have been making it with that for a few years now. Also, my grandparents always make it with peas. I can’t stand peas so we leave those out. So I guess I have changed the recipe a couple of times too. But it is still based on their recipe, so I leave the name as is.

Chicken a la Gurnham is similar to Chicken a la King, but the sauce is a bit different. The concept is the same, though. Veggies with a sauce and chicken in the bottom of a glass dish, topped with biscuits and baked together. 

I’ve always enjoyed this meal at any time of the year, but it’s especially great for the fall and winter. It’s a warm dish and just makes me feel cozy; it’s definitely a comfort-food recipe.

A few other family recipes to try: Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatloaf and Christmas Sandwiches.

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 450F. Boil the chicken until it is cooked through. Then either cut into bite-sized pieces or shred the chicken. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the gravy mix, milk, and chicken broth. Stir constantly until it boils. I find a whisk works well for this.

Medium saucepan with liquid and biscuit mixture next to the packaging all on a white surface

Add the butter and simmer for one minute, stirring constantly, then remove from the heat. 

Medium saucepan with gravy mixture and a nylon whisk all on a white surface

In a large mixing bowl, mix the sauce, chicken, and carrots together.

Medium saucepan filled with gravy and a nylon whisk next to a stainless steel mixing bowl of shredded chicken and shredded carrots all on a white surface
Stainless steel mixing bowl with shredded chicken and carrots mixed in gravy with a wooden spoon next to a glass baking dish

Pour the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.

Glass baking dish filled with a mixture of gravy, shredded chicken, and shredded carrots on a brown towel on a white wooden surface

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, then remove from the oven. Reduce the temperature to 350F and place the biscuits on top of the chicken mixture.

Glass baking dish filled with a mixture of gravy, shredded chicken, and shredded carrots on a brown towel on a white wooden surface topped with uncooked biscuits

Bake again for about 10 minutes, or until the biscuits are done. Serve warm, making sure to scoop plenty of the chicken mixture with each biscuit.

Chicken a la Gurnham filling next to two cooked biscuits on a round white plate with a fork in front of it and a white and black towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: February 12, 2016

Last Updated On: October 28, 2019

Chicken a la Gurnham filling next to two cooked biscuits on a round white plate with a fork in front of it and a white and black towel behind all on a wooden surface

Chicken a la Gurnham

Chicken a la Gurnham is a family recipe that includes delicious gravy sauce with chicken and carrots topped with golden biscuits for ultimate comfort food.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuits, chicken, comfort food, gravy
Servings: 4
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 pkg biscuit gravy (Pioneer Brand)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 10 oz chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup carrots (shredded)
  • 1 can biscuits

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450F
  • Boil chicken until cooked through, then cut into bite-sized pieces
  • In a medium saucepan, combine gravy, milk, and chicken broth
  • Stir until it boils
  • Add butter and simmer for 1 minute, stirring constantly, then remove from heat
  • In a large bowl, mix the sauce, chicken, and carrots together
  • Pour into 9×13 baking dish
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes then remove from oven
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350F
  • Place biscuits on top of the mixture
  • Place back in oven and back for 10 minutes or until biscuits are done
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Nutrition Facts
Chicken a la Gurnham
Amount Per Serving (2 biscuits)
Calories 766 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 1697mg71%
Potassium 1297mg37%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 56g112%
Vitamin A 5640IU113%
Vitamin C 9.6mg12%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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46 thoughts on “Chicken a la Gurnham”

  1. This looks so yum! I am so glad you shared this family recipe with us! And I have to say, I tried your paddle-setting KitchenAid hack to shred some pork for tacos last week! So cool – thanks again! 🙂

  2. I love family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. I too have had to make a few tweaks on family recipes from my grandma. But doing that just makes the recipe even more special! Thank you for sharing your grandparents’ recipe.

    1. It’s so hard when it’s something they started making so long ago, and products change. But, as you said, it allows us to take a family recipe and make some changes to then make it our own!

  3. That is so cool and I love the name of the recipe. You know I am going to try it. I will let you know how it turns out.

  4. Yum! This looks delicious. I have been looking for different things to make for my family and I think this would be perfect.

  5. Family recipes are the best. This looks like a perfect meal on a cold night. And anything topped with a biscuit is amazing!

    1. I haven’t tried it with a different sauce than the biscuit gravy, but any white gravy would probably work. It would just change the flavor just a bit. If you try it, I would love to know how it comes out!

  6. Ooooooo I bet my hubby would love this!! He’s always asking me to make more chicken. Definitely think it would be a hit!

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