Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sunday Dinner: Chicken & Dumplings

As someone who cooks, it's nice when I try out a recipe for a second time and finally get it really, really right.

That's what happened a couple of weeks ago when I took my second stab at Chicken & Dumplings. The first time I made it, the chicken soup-like part of the dish turned out fine. But, I failed my dumplings. Instead of puffing up into nicely poached biscuits, they fell apart in the stew.

So, this time, I changed some things and finally got it right!

Chicken & Dumplings (adapted from Mad Hungry by Lucinda Scala Quinn)

1 Cornish Hen
1 Onion, roughly chopped
Several Large Carrots, roughly chopped
1 bag Frozen Corn
2-4 Yukon Gold Potatoes, cut in fourths
2 Bay Leaves
Parsley (I almost never measure seasoning. Start with a teaspoon for each and add more later if you need to.)


1 Cup All Purpose Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Coarse Salt
Dill or Parsley
Garlic Powder

Put your chicken, onion, carrots, bay leaves, parsley, sage, salt and pepper into a large pot with a tight fitting lid, add enough water to cover everything and bring to a boil on high heat.

Reduce to a simmer, partially cover (or cover completely if the lid is vented) and simmer for 50 minutes. Take out the chicken and use a couple of forks to take off the skin and shred the meat as the broth and veggies continue to simmer. Add the corn and potatoes to the pot. Fish out your bay leaves. Add the meat back to the pot, taste to see if the soup needs more seasoning and add as necessary. Keep everything simmering.

In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients, including seasoning and mix well. Add milk until mixture is moist but still thick. Drop the dough by spoon fulls onto the simmering broth around the pot. Cover and simmer until dumplings have cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.

Once you get everything into bowls, you can spice things up with some hot sauce and/or add some Parmesan or other grated/shredded cheese. Enjoy!


Susan Cooper said...

That is great. Your recipe made me super hungry so now I'v got to get the ingredients and give it a try. :-)

Debra Yearwood said...

This looks amazing. I can't wait to try it out. said...

This looks amazing! I love chicken and dumplings - is there a more homey comfort food? I also love that you rememebr to "fish out your bay leaves." Nothing ruins a bite like a mouth of bay leaf to me. LOL! Will try your recipe!

Citygirl said...

Susan: I was indeed trying to make everyone hungry. Success!

Debra: Thanks, I think you'll enjoy it!

Eva: The only food more homey I can think of would be homemade mac n cheese...Ooey gooey goodness!

Anonymous said...

My mouth watered at these pictures. The dumplings look like they have such a rich texture! Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I have never had chicken dumplings in my life. But they look good. I will have to delete a few items that i am intolerant to, but I think I can pull this off :)


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