Lemon Hen

Heat your loved ones with this lemon-zested hen fricassee with biscuits.


  • eight skinless, boneless hen thighs (about 1 3/four kilos), quartered
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, chilled, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
  • 1 can hen broth (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, divided


Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.

Season the hen with salt and pepper. In a big, ovenproof skillet, warmth 2 tablespoons shortening over medium-high warmth. Add the hen and cook dinner, stirring, till browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and cook dinner, stirring, till softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons flour and cook dinner, stirring, for two minutes. Add the broth and produce to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Stir within the peas and carrots, lemon peel and lemon juice.

In a bowl, mix the remaining 2 cups flour, the baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Utilizing your fingertips, rub the remaining shortening into the dry components. Stir in 1 cup buttermilk to kind a dough. Switch to a floured floor and roll out to 1/2-inch thick. Utilizing a 3-inch cookie cutter, kind eight biscuits.

Prime the hen combination with the biscuits and brush the dough with the remaining 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Bake till browned and cooked by means of, about 25 minutes.

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