Chicken and Dumplings


Confession: I've never had chicken and dumplings before. 
I know, I know, what the hell did I eat during my childhood right? The same old boring stuff. Repeatedly. But yes, I realize that almost everyone I know had chicken and dumplings for dinner on a regular basis except for me. I'm going to take a pretty accurate guess that the reason why I never had it is because my mom didn't like the dumplings.

Chicken and Dumplings
Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman 
Servings: 8

    • 1 traditional flavored rotisserie chicken, shredded with skin included
    • 3 large carrots, peeled and diced
    • 3 stalks celery, diced
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 6 cups chicken stock  
    • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
    • 1/2 cup frozen peas
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup apple cider
    • 2 tbs. unsalted butter
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 1/2 tsp. thyme 
    • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup cornmeal
    • 1 heaping tbs. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 1/2 cups fat free half and half
1. In a large pot or Dutch Oven melt the butter over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery and onions and cook for 5-7 minutes or until soft. 
2. Add the chicken and skin, chicken stock, apple cider, salt, pepper and thyme. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, covered for 20 minutes. 
3. Meanwhile, make the dumplings by combining the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Add the half and half and stir until a batter forms. Set aside. 
4. Add the corn, peas and heavy cream to the Dutch oven. Cook for 2-3 minutes more and return to a simmer.
5. Skim the the mixture to remove any skin from the pot. Make sure the liquid is still simmering and then use a cookie scoop or small ice cream scooper to drop the dumpling dough into the pot. Cover the pot halfway and continue to let simmer for 15 minutes. 
6. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

I will be calling my mother to ask her why she decided to deprive me of such delicious goodness for my childhood. I had a really, really hard time no joining Tom and eating a second bowl. This may have just become my new favorite comfort food. By using a rotisserie chicken, this took hardly any time at all to make so it's definitely something I can easily make after work on those cold nights!

1 comment:

  1. i've never had dumplings before either. glad to know this is another PW winner. :)


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