My Best Chicken and Dumplings

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I love chicken and dumplings.  I adore it.  I crave it on a cold, wintry day.  I desire it even in the middle of a hot summer.  Chicken and dumplings makes me happy.  So when Dan the Man said that my latest version was the best I had ever made, I knew it was far from the crapsmanship I usually do.

I used this recipe from Real Simple as my starter:  http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/classic-chicken-dumplings, but I made a few revisions.  The original recipe calls for browned chicken thighs.  I’m definitely a crapsman at browning any meat — I’m too impatient to wait for it to brown well and I’m worried about burning it.  In addition, Dan the Man likes chicken thigh meat, but I prefer the breast.  So the natural substitution was a rotisserie chicken.  Easy, tasty, and affordable. The original recipe was good, but my tweaks made it better.  Instead of water, I used chicken bouillon, and I added a few more spices to add a punch of flavor.

I started with 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat.  I added 4 stalks of chopped celery, 4 chopped carrots, 4 chopped onions, 2 tsp. dried thyme, and 2 tsp. dried parsley.  I cooked the veggies until they began to soften, about 5-7 minutes.

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While the veggies were cooking, I deboned the chicken and set it aside.

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After the veggies were soft, I added the chicken to the pot, plus two bay leaves, 10 cups of water, and 3 Tbsp. Better Than Bouillon (see below).  (America’s Test Kitchen calls this product a “Best Buy” because it’s just as good and way cheaper than boxed chicken stock.)

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I simmered this mixture for 25-30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.  I tasted the broth and added some pepper and a little bit of salt.  (The Better Than Bouillon is quite salty, so be light-handed with adding more.)  I then discarded the bay leaves and scooped up about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid into a small bowl.  I added 3 Tbsp. cornstarch to this hot mixture to make a slurry and then added it back into the broth.  I simmered this slightly until it was thickened, about 8-10 minutes.

While the broth was simmering on the stovetop, I stirred up the dumpling mixture.  I first whisked together 2 cups AP flour, 1 Tbsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda. 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl.  I whisked in 6 Tbsp melted unsalted butter, 3/4 cup buttermilk, and 2 tsp. dried parsley.  Now for the magic!

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I used a small scoop to drop the dumpling mixture spoonful by spoonful into the broth.  I then covered the pot and let it all simmer until the dumplings were firm, about 10-15 minutes.

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The smell and taste were heavenly!  This recipe is a keeper!!!

Here’s a link to the printable recipe: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pcrz1d58iir91bz/Classic%20Chicken%20and%20Dumplings.docx?dl=0

 

 

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