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Chicken Cobbler

Chicken Cobbler- a creamy chicken pot pie filling with peas, carrots and celery is topped with cheesy, golden biscuits. Pure southern comfort food!

Cobbler with chicken in a baking dish.


Cooler weather is just around the corner and I say bring on the comfort food! Hearty, warm casseroles are one of my favorite dinners. This Chicken Cobbler from Paula Deen is one of my absolute favorite chicken casseroles to make. It’s basically a chicken pot pie with a thick layer of soft, pillowy, and cheesy biscuits on top.


Chicken Cobbler takes a fair amount of preparation, but it makes plenty to feed a family of 4 for 2 nights and its a meal the whole family will enjoy.

Chicken Cobbler dished up on a plate.

Chicken Cobbler Recipe Tips:

I usually poach the chicken and remove the meat from the bones a day ahead of time. I shred it into bite-sized pieces and store it in a ziptop bag for easy cleanup. Remember to save 4 cups of the cooking liquid. You will use it to make the filling.


To shorten the prep time, you could definitely use a rotisserie chicken and canned chicken broth.

If you don’t have fresh thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme can be used instead.

Have leftover turkey? You can use it instead of chicken in this recipe.

Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days.


With a creamy chicken filling loaded with carrots, peas, mushrooms, and onions and a cheesy biscuit topping, this meal is sure to become a family favorite. If you’re looking for more casserole recipes to keep you warm during the colder months try Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, Turkey and Dressing Casserole, Cheesy Dorito Chicken Casserole, and Chicken, Mushroom, and Rice Casserole.

Chicken Cobbler in a baking dish.

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Chicken Cobbler

Chicken Cobbler

A creamy chicken and vegetable filling topped with a thick, light, and cheesy biscuit layer.
PREP: 1 hour
COOK: 23 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups reserved chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups reserved chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 (7.5-ounce) bags complete buttermilk biscuit mix, Bisquick
  • 2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk

Chicken and Broth

  • 1 (4 1/2 pound) chicken, giblets removed
  • 2 stalks celery cut into large pieces
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Make Chicken and Broth first. Combine chicken, celery, onion, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, salt, and pepper in a large pot. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes. Remove chicken and let cool. Discard skin and remove chicken, shredding it into bite-sized pieces. Strain broth and reserve 4 cups.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a 13X9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium-high heat. Add celery, carrots, onion, and mushrooms. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Stir in peas. Set aside.
  • Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter in a Dutch oven. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  • Gradually add chicken broth, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Add cream and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, whisking constantly.
  • Add reserved chicken, celery/onion mixture, thyme, salt, and pepper. Check and make sure it is seasoned enough and add more salt if necessary.
  • Pour into prepared dish.
  • In a medium bowl, combine biscuit mix, cheeses, and milk. Stir just until combines. Take a spoon and drop large spoonfuls evenly over filling.
  • Bake 18 to 23 minutes, or until biscuits are golden brown.


As a shortcut, you can use 4 cups of chopped rotisserie chicken and 4 cups of canned broth for this recipe.


Calories: 619kcal
Course: Casserole, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: chicken casserole

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Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Paula Deen

Originally published Feb 1, 2014.

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41 thoughts on “Chicken Cobbler”

  1. Very good and satisfying meal! My modifications were: used 1\2 rotisserie chicken, prepared vegetable stock, fresh mushrooms and carrots. Also, I used heavy cream in the biscuits since I had some left over from carton. I was afraid my biscuits would be too dense, but they were little close of joy. This goes on my meal rotation, thank you.

  2. Eating this as leftovers as I type. It is sooo delicious!!!!
    I boiled and shredded 3 chicken breasts for this.

  3. Brenda Willis

    This sounds delicious, but I’m only cooking for one. Could I half this and bake in a 8×8 pan and if so, what about cooking time?

  4. Shruti Aggarwal

    Wow, what a delicious recipe! It would be perfect to make this recipe for family dinner. Thanks for sharing this. Keep blogging! 🙂

  5. Char Daugherty

    This is similar to Chicken Creole that I have made for years. I am going to try adding items from this recipe to my recipe. I got the Chicken Creole recipe from our church cookbook many years ago. Sounds delicious.

  6. karen dzimitrowicz

    How could I freeze this. I make fundraiser dinners for our local animal rescue. I usually cook for at least 50 people. So, needless to say I must cook and freeze in advance, but I know the folks will love it, thanks

  7. Stephanie Devine

    This has become a favourite in our house. I even made some smaller versions and froze them to send to school with my son! It is filling but so comforting on a cold winter night!

  8. Karen Richards

    If Using A Rotisserie Chicken What About All The Spices. Like the thyme,parsley bay leaves ect..?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      You can just leave them out Karen. A rotisserie chicken will have plenty of flavor.

    2. Susan Jones

      The rotisserie chicken is already seasoned. The veggies/herbs provide flavor for the stock. You will need to use chicken stock you’ve previously made or store bought, which is already seasoned as well.

  9. Is there nutritional information for this recipe? It would be really helpful for those of us trying to eat healthy.

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