Sep 21, 2012

Creamy chicken and dumplings


 It's that time of year: Leaves are changing colors, there's a chill in the air. Fall is here and that means our palates began to crave stick-to-the-ribs meals and warm, hearty, and comforting soups and stews.  

I'm a true soup lover and I am so excited to be at the time of year where I can make my old favorites and try some new ideas.  One of my all-time favorite fall meals is creamy chicken and dumplings.  It's a fantastic economical meal that tastes delicious and warms the soul!  Here's how you make it:
Assemble your ingredients:

4 stalks celery, chopped
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 whole carrots, peeled and chopped
1 (14oz) can chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley 
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 lb raw chicken tenders cut into thick chunks
(Note: You can also use a whole chicken and just take the cooked  meat off and discard bones and skin.  )

For dumplings (which you make later) you'll need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup broth from the pot 
2-3 tbsp flour for flouring your surface

Taking a large stock pot, add the can of chicken broth.  Use the same can to add 4 cans of water to the pot.  Place on stove over med-low heat.


Add the chicken, carrots, celery, onion, salt, black pepper, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, parsley, and oregano to the pot.  Give it stir and let it cook uncovered.

After about 30 minutes for chicken tenders, (45 mins to an hour for whole chicken), carefully! take one cup of broth from the pot--toss back any pieces of veggies/meat--and set aside to cool.


Once broth has cooled down, you can begin to prepare your dumplings.  Add the flour, baking powder, and cooled chicken broth to a medium bowl and mix into a stiff ball.

Use about 2-3 tbsp all-purpose flour to lightly flour a clean surface.  Roll your dough flat.  Be careful not to over handle the dough or it will become chewy and tough.


If you want to be all fancy, you can use a knife or pizza cutter to cut dough into small pieces.  I prefer to tear mine by hand and my daughter was more than happy to help :).  Remember the dough will plump when cooked so don't make the pieces too large.

Drop the pieces of dough into the pot a few at a time.  Don't stir to much, because again you don't want to over do it with the dough.  I use a spoon to gently make room for more dough in the pot.  

Cook uncovered for about 15 minutes.  Every 5 minutes or so, use a spoon to gently move the dough around so that they all cook evenly.

After 15 minutes, add the 1/2 cup heavy cream and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Discard the bay leaves and serve.

Creamy and delicious with chunky vegetables and chicken in every bite. This is truly food for the soul. 
 

13 comments:

  1. My mouth is already watering!!!! Following you back via GFC. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad to share what I love :)).

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  2. I love chicken and dumplings but never made it because I assumed the dumplings would be difficult. Either they're not or you've explained it well. I'll try this recipe for sure! Followed you back.

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    1. Hi Karen! Trust me--the dumplings are so easy in this recipe. I can't wait for you to try it. Be sure to stop back in and let me know how it turns out! Thanks so much for the follow :).

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  3. Looks so yum! I love Fall foods! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I am now following you back! Have a great weekend! xo

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    1. Thanks Leslie! I definitely love fall foods. I appreciate the follow and hope you have a great weekend also.

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  4. I am drooling on my keyboard!! Mmmmmmm! Absolutely delish!

    Happy Weekending!

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    1. Haha! Wipe your keyboard off and try this dish! Thanks Veronica and have a happy weekend yourself :))

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  5. Oh I want to make this! It's a perfect autumn recipe :)

    I'm now following you and found your blog through life in a breakdowns blog hop, would love it if you had a few mins to check out my blog too http://jo-beautyandthebooks.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hi Jo! I agree, this is the perfect meal for a cool autumn day. I hope you make it--I know you'll love it! Thanks so much for visiting and becoming a friend. I will absolutely head your way :). Have a great day.

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  6. YUM!! That looks amazing!! Sounds so good right now too. The first day of fall and the cool air. Would love to make this tonight.

    Thanks for following. Looking forward to reading more. : ) Did you enter my Flower Ring/Watch Giveaway? If interested stop by and enter. Thanks! Julie from Stlavonlady – Scatterbrained In St. Louis

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    1. Thanks so much. Yes! Make this tonight! I'd love to know how it turns out. Look forward to "seeing" you here and at your site. Oh a ring/watch did you say? I'll check that out :D. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  7. This looks so delicious and perfect for Autumn weather!

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