Family of N

Chicken ‘n Dumplings

Posted in Recipes by Laura on January 4, 2010

This is a lazy-man’s adaptation of a heavenly recipe by Cook’s Illustrated. The original recipe (available here) is far better, but on days when I don’t have time to make fresh stock and pick chicken meat off the bones (read: every day since Savannah was born!), I make it this way, and it’s still a rather tasty dish. I always have stock in the freezer and often already have the cooked, shredded chicken in the freezer, too. When those two ingredients are on hand, this dish comes together pretty easily.

Stew Ingredients
3 stalks celery, diced
4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
oil for sauteeing
4-6 cups chicken stock
4 Tbs unsalted butter, softened
6 Tbs flour
3 cups cooked, shredded chicken meat
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 cup milk (or heavy cream for special occasions)
1-2 Tablespoons buttermilk, or to taste
3/4 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves, or dried parsley to taste
Dumpling Ingredients
2 cups soft white wheat flour (cake flour or all-purpose flour will work fine)
1 Tbs baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 Tbs unsalted butter
1 cup buttermilk (or milk)
Preparation
1. In a large stockpot, sautee onions, celery, and carrots in oil until soft.
2. Add chicken stock; bring to a simmer.
3. Mix 4 Tbs unsalted butter with 6 Tbs flour. Add to stock/vegetable mixture. Cook until thickened, then add chicken, milk/cream, a splash of buttermilk, thyme, and peas.
4. Meanwhile, make dumplings: mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Heat the butter and buttermilk to a simmer (we use the microwave). Make sure the milk mixture is hot — this makes a big difference in the texture of the dumplings.
5. Add buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix with a fork until it just comes together. (Do not overmix.)
6. Roll dough into ~ 18 round balls and place on top of the chicken stew. Cover with a lid and simmer until the dumplings are done, about 15 minutes.
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