Chicken a la Gurnham

Chicken a la Gurnham

Chicken a la Gurnham is a family recipe created by my grandparents. It's been tweaked over the years, but still delicious!

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 times too, but it is still based on their recipe, so I still call it that.

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.

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 450F. In a medium pot, boil the chicken until it is cooked through. Then either cut into bite-sized pieces or shred the chicken.

Shredding chicken in the stand mixer

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the gravy, milk, and chicken broth. Stir constantly until it boils. I find a whisk works well for this.

Chicken a la Gurnham
Chicken a la Gurnham

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

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

Chicken a la Gurnham

Pour the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.

Chicken a la Gurnham

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Chicken a la Gurnham

Reduce the temperature to 350F and place the biscuits on top of the chicken mixture.

Chicken a la Gurnham

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

Chicken a la Gurnham

Chicken a la Gurnham is a family recipe created by my grandparents. It’s been tweaked over the years, but still delicious!
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuits, chicken, comfort food, gravy
Servings: 4
5 from 1 vote


  • 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


  • 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
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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15 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.

  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!

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