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Chicken and Green Onion Cobbler Recipe

7 C. canned chicken broth
3 to 3 1/2 lbs. chicken breast halves with skin and bones
1/8 t. crushed saffron threads
2/3 C. diced carrots
2/3 C. diced celery
1 C. chopped green onions
1 C. frozen petit peas, thawed
1/4 lb. smoked ham, chopped
2/3 C. chopped onion
3 T. chopped parsley
1/2 C. unsalted butter
3/4 C. all purpose flour

1 1/4 C. milk
1 egg
2 T. butter, melted
1 C. all purpose flour
1 C. yellow cornmeal
1/2 C. grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 T. chopped parsley
4 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 t. ground pepper

For Filling:
Combine 7 cups broth, chicken and saffron in heavy large pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to large bowl and cool briefly; reserve broth. Remove skin and bones from chicken. Cut chicken into 3/4-inch cubes; place in 15x10x2-inch (4 quart) glass baking dish.

Bring broth to boil. Add carrots and celery; cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to dish with chicken. Add green onions, peas, ham, onion and parsley to chicken.

Spoon fat off top of broth. Measure broth, adding more if necessary for 6 1/2 cups. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Ad flour; stir 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in broth. Boil until thick and smooth, whisking constantly, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add to chicken. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. Bring to room temperature before continuing.)

For Topping:
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400F. Whisk milk, egg and butter to blend in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls over filling.

Bake cobbler until topping is firm and golden brown, about 35 minutes.

Serves 10.


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