Wednesday Food: Chicken and Dumplings

This week, the stews continue and so do the feel good meals!  Chicken and Dumplings are something that neither Eric or I had made before, but we wanted to take a stab at it!  And Winter is a great time to test it out!

This is basically like making chicken noodle soup, but instead of noodles you drop in a biscuit-like batter which thickens the broth into a stew.  The cornmeal gives them a bit more texture rather than just being a lump of dough.  I will also give you a few other uses for this recipe.  But first - let's get to the dumplings!

Chicken and Dumplings

2#'s Chicken thighs
1 onion. sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery, chopped
1c. frozen peas
6c. chicken stock

1 1/2c. Flour
1/2c. cornmeal
1T. baking powder
1/2t. salt
sprinkle of pepper
1c. + 3T.  half and half

1) Dredge the chicken thighs in some flour, a sprinkle of paprika, a little poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.  Heat your soup/stew pot with some olive oil.  Place the chicken in the pot to brown.

2) Once that is done, remove the chicken and throw the onions and garlic into the pot.  Saute them for about 5 minutes, add the rest of your veggies to the pot.  Saute for another 8-10 minutes.

3) Add the chicken back into the pot.  Then pour in the chicken stock.  Your going to cook this for around 3 hours or till the chicken easily pulls apart.  Also remove bones if there are any.

4) To make the dumpling mixture, blend the dry ingredients together (flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper).  Then using a fork to mix, add the half and half into the dry's and stir till combined.

 5) When your ready use a spoon to drop in the dough to the "stew".  As it cooks and comes to a boil it will thicken.  And there ya go!

Starch, protein and veggie all in one bowl!

So what else can we turn this recipe into???  Like I said before, you can not use dumplings and add noodles to make a yummy chicken noodle soup instead.  You can also thicken the "broth" and use it as a chicken pot pie filling.  These are all great winter essentials, especially if you happen to catch a cold!  Or, with all those veggies, may prevent one from coming on. 

Keep warm, and we'll see ya next week!  Remember, when the kitchen gets too hot, get back in there and keep cooking!


P.S.  I would like to extend a welcome to Nicole, our newest contributor!  She's been a great help to me since starting the blog, and I'm excited to read her stories of life abroad!  

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