Last updated on December 11th, 2018 at 06:51 pm
This easy recipe for Chicken and Dumplings screams comfort food. A hearty recipe using roasted chicken and fluffy buttermilk and chives dumplings that’s simple to make and the whole family will love.
CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS
Chicken and Dumplings is something I grew up with. My mom’s version of dumplings is made with semolina flour and it’s more of a thin clear soup with dumplings versus this one here which is more traditional and more of a stew than a soup.
But I have to tell you that dumplings have always been a favorite of mine. I remember as a kid when my mom would make chicken soup with dumplings, I would eat the soup quickly and leave the dumplings for last because I wanted to savour them and enjoy them at a slow pace, without the soup getting in the way. Yeah, the things we do as kids. Well I’m an adult now, so I’d like to think, and still love dumplings! I guess even back then I was a carboholic.
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS
Start by cooking the onions, carrots and celery like you do with any soup or stew. Cook them a bit until the onion starts to sweat, and becomes soft and translucent.
After about 7 minutes or so, the onion and the carrots should be somewhat soft now, so it’s time to add the thyme and the chicken broth. You know I am not a fan of thyme, but some things just ask for thyme, and this recipe here, asks for thyme, as a matter of fact it begs for some thyme.
I have to tell you something here though. Although I don’t tell you to do this in the recipe because I’m trying to make things easier for you, I did make my own chicken broth. Basically I took a whole chicken and boiled it for about an hour or so until the chicken was nice and cooked to the point that it almost falls off the bones.
However, I have made this before with roasted chicken, so whatever is easier for you my friends. Anyway you can dump the chicken into the pot including some frozen peas. The more chicken the better!
We want to thicken this a bit, so you need to take about 1/3 cup of flour with a couple ladles of broth from the pot and whisk it, then just dump it back in the pot while whisking a bit. This will thicken up the soup nicely. Let this cook for a few minutes while we make the dumplings.
The dumpling batter is really simple to make, it’s a simple mixture of flour, buttermilk, an egg, baking powder, some chives and salt, whisk it all together and that’s that. You simply drop tablespoonfuls of this batter into your pot, keep in mind that they will double in size, probably more like triple in size, so drop small amounts of batter.
The dumplings need to steam in the pot so they cook and become nice and fluffy, so cover the pot with a lid and don’t peak for the next 15 or 20 minutes. Leave them alone, go do your nails or drink a coffee, or tea in my case.
When the time’s up you are done. You have a nice thick broth loaded with chicken and dumplings. Comfort food at its finest, my friends.
Mangia! Mangia! And bon appetit!
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Chicken and Dumplings
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp chives chopped
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 large carrot chopped
- 1 stalk celery chopped
- 1/2 tsp thyme dried
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 cups roasted chicken shredded (any part of the chicken will do, both white and dark meat would be great for flavor)
- In a large Dutch oven add the olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, carrot and celery to the pot and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes until the onion sweats and becomes translucent.
- Add thyme to the pot and the 4 cups of chicken broth. In a small bowl whisk the flour with a ladle of the broth from the pot then pour back into the pot and whisk making sure there are no lumps. Stir in the frozen peas and the shredded chicken. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes.
- While the broth is cooking, prepare the dumplings. In a bowl whisk together all the dumpling ingredients, making sure not to overmix, if you overmix the dumplings will turn out too dense.
- Drop dumpling batter using a spoon into the thick broth. Make sure you don't take too much batter at once because the dumplings will double in size while they cook, so make them as big as you wish.
- Cover the pot and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked. Make sure you don't peek while the dumplings are cooking, because they need to steam in order for them to cook and be nice and fluffy, lifting the lid will release the steam. After about 15 minutes use a toothpick to test if the dumplings are cooked through.
- Check out how to make this soup in an Instant pot!!
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.