chicken and dumplings

What’s your favorite comfort food?  For me, it’s any sort of stew with biscuits or dumplings on top.  I don’t know why this kind of meal makes me so happy.  But I’m just glad that the rest of my family likes it too, so I don’t have to feel selfish when I make this (often) for dinner. 🙂

Chicken and dumplings is a relatively simple meal to make, especially if you already have cooked chicken on hand. You’ll also need a few veggies, some chicken broth, a little half & half, and some basic pantry staples to make the dumplings.

Chicken & Dumplings

2 T. butter OR oil (I use coconut or grapeseed)

2 c. coarsely chopped vegetables (I typically use carrots, celery and onion)

2 T. flour

1 tsp. dried thyme

2 cloves garlic, minced OR 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

5-6 c. chicken broth (homemade is best)

2 (or so) c. cooked and shredded chicken

3/4 c. half & half

Dumplings:

1 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 T. chopped fresh parsley (I’ve used celery tops before when I didn’t have parsley)

1/4 tsp. salt

1 T. melted butter

1/2 c. buttermilk (can be substituted with this: Put 2 tsp. vinegar in a 1/2 c. measuring cup, then add milk to make 1/2 cup.  Allow to sit 5 minutes before using.)

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; add veggies and cook 7-8 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring 2-3 times.  Sprinkle in flour, thyme, and garlic; stir until coated.  Add broth, chicken, salt and pepper to taste; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer at least 15 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine dumpling ingredients: mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and parsley.  Stir in melted butter and buttermilk just until combined.

Add half & half to stew and heat through.  Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the stew.  (I forgot to add the parsley to the dumplings so I sprinkled it on top.)  Cover loosely and cook on low about 15 minutes, or until dumplings appear to be cooked through.

Turn off heat and allow to sit a few minutes before serving–this helps the stew thicken a little more.

I’m comforted just looking at this picture. 🙂

Abby

 

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One Response to chicken and dumplings

  1. Susan says:

    I love his leg warmers! We have hard floors too and I put them on Sarah. Who is 10 months old and still figuring out the crawling thing. 🙂
    He’s adorable.

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