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
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. 🙂