Welcome to another hearty, delicious and healthier spin on a classic comfort food dish brought to you by Nutrisystem – the Chicken Cobbler! But before we dive into the recipe, let’s take a nostalgic trip back in time to discover the origins of the cobbler.
Cobblers have an intriguing history that dates back to the colonial times in the United States. The earliest known reference to this mouthwatering dessert was found in a book called “What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking”.
But it wasn’t always a dessert – cobblers were a variation of the Roman idea of sealing meat and fruit inside a pastry crust. This concept evolved over centuries and took on a new form in America, where fruit was topped with biscuit dough and baked over an open fire to create the sweet treat we know today.
Fast forward to the present day, and we’re living in an era where food trends go viral at the blink of an eye. One such trend that has taken the internet, particularly TikTok, by storm is twisting classic dishes into unique verities. That’s exactly what is done in the Chicken Cobbler!
The Chicken Cobbler is a savory delight that takes a detour from the traditional fruit-filled dessert. Our healthier version of the social media trend is packed with shredded chicken, a colorful array of frozen vegetables and flavorful spices, all enveloped in a light, fluffy, whole wheat biscuit topping.
But the twist doesn’t end there! We’ve incorporated low-sodium chicken broth, light butter and reduced-fat buttermilk and cheddar cheese to keep it lighter yet satisfying.
This recipe offers a perfect blend of protein from the chicken, fiber from the whole wheat flour, and an array of vitamins and minerals from the vegetables. It’s a comforting, filling and nutritionally balanced dish that’s perfect for any time of the year. If you’re on a Nutrisystem plan, you can log it in your NuMi app journal as one SmartCarb, two PowerFuels and one Vegetable.
So, are you ready to take a bite out of history and enjoy a healthier version of a classic comfort food? Let’s get cooking!
Creating this healthier version of the classic Chicken Cobbler is a straightforward process that involves simple steps. Let’s get started.
First, ensure your oven is preheated to 400 degrees. While the oven is warming up, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet set to medium-high heat. Add your chopped onions and sliced mushrooms into the skillet, letting them cook for about 10 minutes, or until the mushrooms soften.
Next, pour low-sodium chicken broth into the skillet, followed by the poultry seasoning, garlic powder and black pepper. Stir these all together, then add the shredded chicken and your choice of frozen vegetables. Allow this mixture to cook for around 10 minutes.
In the meantime, take a separate bowl and whisk together more broth with some cornstarch to create a slurry. This slurry will help thicken your cobbler filling. Pour this into the skillet, stirring it into the chicken and vegetable mixture. Once thickened, transfer the entire mixture into a greased baking dish.
Now, it’s time to prepare the biscuit topping! In another bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, baking powder and baking soda. Then, crumble cold light butter into this mixture until it becomes coarse. To finish off the topping, mix in reduced-fat buttermilk, an egg and reduced-fat cheddar cheese.
Once your biscuit topping is ready, dollop it over the top of the chicken mixture in the baking dish. Place the dish into your preheated oven and bake it uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the crust turns golden!
Before serving, let the cobbler sit for about 10 minutes to slightly cool and set. Now, your healthier Chicken Cobbler is ready to be enjoyed! It’s the perfect comfort food that not only satisfies your taste buds but also keeps your health in check.