Chicken and Dumplings
While this freezing weather keeps you inside, chicken and dumpling soup is a perfect way to warm everyone in your house up and make the best of the winter. Chicken and dumplings are a hearty, delicious and a classic dish for many. There are many different ways to enjoy chicken and dumplings, so feel free to experiment and add your own favorite spices or vegetables to suit your own tastes.
What You Need:
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 4 chopped carrots
- 3 chopped stalks celery
- 2 chopped cloves garlic
- 1 chopped medium onion
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup peas
- 2 lb cooked chicken breast
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp salt/pepper to taste
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or 3/4 cup buttermilk
- In a dutch oven, add the olive oil and turn heat to medium high. Add in all of the carrots, celery, garlic, and onion. Let them cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until softened.
- Add in the thyme, basil, and chicken broth to the dutch oven.
- Whisk in flour to thicken the soup. Stir for at least 2 minutes to avoid lumps in the soup.
- Add in shredded cooked chicken and the peas. Season with salt, pepper, or any other herbs to your own tastes.
- Once all ingredients are added, bring to a simmer and cook for five minutes. In the meantime, prepare the dumplings.
- To make the dumplings, simply combine all the ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk together, however, be careful to not over-mix. You can use either heavy cream or buttermilk for the dumplings.
- When mixed, make 1-inch balls from the dumpling batter or use a small spoon for small scoops. Drop the dumplings into the soup, making sure not to add too many. The dumplings double in size when cooked and you should cook so many at a time. Ensure dumplings do not touch each other as well.
- Close the lid on the soup, and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. The dumplings should come out fluffy as long as you keep the lid on to help keep the steam in. After they’re out, ensure they’re done the whole way through by doing a toothpick test.
- Add dumplings and soup to bowls, and enjoy!
We hope this recipe helps you stay warm over this cold, bitter winter! Chicken and dumplings are still one of the best ways to stay warm on a cold winter day and your family will agree with that whenever they try it… it’s also not too hard to make and is fairly inexpensive for how good it tastes.
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