Pork Chops or Chicken with Biscuits and Tomato Gravy

A tomato-veggie gravy adds panache to your choice of chicken or pork. Serve with homecooked biscuits.


  • 1 box biscuit mix, such as Jiffy (8 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small red or green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small rib celery, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 4 bone-in pork chops, 1-inch thick or 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies (15 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • A sprinkle of flour


Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and pre-heat to 375°F.

Prepare the biscuit mix according to the package directions, adding the cayenne. Drop 8 scoops of dough onto a baking sheet and brush with a few tablespoons cream. Bake on the upper rack until golden.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, jalapeño and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes.

In a large, ovenproof skillet, heat the EVOO, two turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Season the chops or chicken with salt and pepper, add to the pan and brown for a few minutes on each side. Transfer the pan to the lower rack of the oven to finish cooking, 10-12 minutes.

Stir the tomatoes, chicken stock and flour into the vegetables. When the tomatoes are hot, stir in the remaining cream and simmer the gravy for 10 minutes to thicken.

Top the chops or chicken with the tomato gravy and serve the hot biscuits alongside.

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