This recipe came from my late husbands great aunt Pauline McDonald. She cooked for everyone in the family and often the preacher, who cames so frequently the chicken dish began to be called the preachers chicken. At one point she had a number of grandsons attending class at O.U. in Okla City. These boys always felt free to bring friends home on the week-end. The story goes that one week the boys kept telling her how important their guests were cause they played on the football team. "I'm sure," she said, "these boys still eat chicken." Before getting an answer she then said, "I feel sure that since its good enough for Gods men it will be good enough for these boys." Nothing more was said about the foot ball players.
Aunt Pauline came from Big Spring, Texas, but after living several long years in Southern Oklahoma. After her marriage, she became the Okie of them all. She was a great cook and a sharp wit. I was proud to have known her.
Cut together flour & shortening till lumps about the size of peas form. Stir in salt and baking powder. Stir mil in till all dry mixture is moistened. Pour out on well floured board and knead 10 or 12 times. Roll out about 1/3 inch thick. Cut out biscuits with smallest cutter about 1 1/2-2 inches. Bake in 425 degree preheated overn on a greased pan for 17 or 18 minutes.
Flour each piece of chicken after mixing salt, pepper and 1 tsp celery seed in flour. Over med heat, heat hot oil and cook chicken until brown on all sides. Place chicken on large plate and keep warm. Drain oil, replace chicken in pan and pour broth over chicken pieces. You may need to add a littler water to make sure all chicken is covered. Simmer chicken in broth till cooked all the way through & tender. Now place chicken in plate and set aside. Take about 2/3 c of flour left form dredging chicken mix well with cream till a smooth slurry. Stir into broth and heat & stir till thickened and free from lumps. Place celery, carrots & small potatoes in broth. Cook till beggies are tender crisp. At the point, return chicken to thickened broth. Adjust mixture for salt & pepper & add remaining celery seed.
Serve hot with tiny biscuits.
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