Chicken and Dumplings

I love this time of year! When it finally cools off enough to enjoy those yummy soups and hearty winter dishes.

By finally I mean just now and by cooled off enough I mean 85 degrees. We set a record for latest date to hit  100 degrees on October 27th.

So I’ll take the 85.

I’ve been promising a very special man for some time I would make him chicken and dumplings. I’ve been hinted at and reminded many times. I better make good on that promise. 🙂

What you need

For the Soup

  • Chicken ( whole chicken or breast)
  • 1 Cup of Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 3 Celery Stalks
  • 2 Cups Carrots
  • Thyme
  • Bay Leaf
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 8 Cups of Water
  • Milk
  • Flour

For the Dumplings

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 1/2 to 3 T. Shortening
  • About 3/4 C. Milk

 

 

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Chop celery, carrots, garlic and onion. Put onion aside. In a large stock pot heat about 1 T. of coconut oil. Add the celery, carrots, and garlic. To the celery mixture add 1 1/2 tsp. of Thyme. Cook until fragrant. It smells so good already!

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Add your chicken and cover with water. To the water add 2 to 3 Bay Leaves, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to simmer until chicken is done.

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When the chicken is cooked through remove from the broth and let cool. Remove the chicken from the bone if using bone in chicken. Then shred the chicken. If using boneless just shred the chicken. I’ve found the easiest way to do this is by using two forks. After the chicken is shredded add it back to the broth.

In another pan heat 1 T. Coconut oil on medium heat. Add the onion and brown until golden. To the onion and oil mixture slowly add flour stirring constantly until it has incorporated all of the oil and made a paste or rue. Start adding milk (about 2 Cups) slowly. Stirring constantly until there are no lumps and it is gravy consistency.  Don’t worry if it’s a little thick. It won’t matter.

Add the gravy to the chicken and broth. Stir and continue simmering on low heat. The broth will be thin but it will thicken later.

Make the dumplings. Measure two Cups of flour into a bowl. Add salt and baking powder. Mix well. Then add the shortening 1 T. at a time. Cut the shortening in using a fork. Continue working the shortening in adding more until it forms pebbles or peas. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and slowly stir in milk a little at a time. Add just enough milk to make a soft dough. It will grab the spoon and form a loose ball of dough. Set the dough aside.

Turn the heat up on the soup and bring to a slow rolling boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and drop the dough in by spoonful’s. The dumplings will rise to the top when they are done and the sauce will begin to thicken. Reduce the heat to low and simmer about 30 minutes.

Serve and enjoy 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Chicken and Dumplings

  1. First let me say thank you to a very special woman for making my day yesterday! The funny thing is when i walked into the kitchen I was just happy to see you and didnt notice what was sitting on the stove but after realizing you had this bizarre look on yoru face it finally hit me and I looked over and saw the pot. You did an wesome job as always and after 2 hearty bowls(was full after the 1st) i decided to stop eating. The good thing is I am having a small portion for breakfast this morning at work so thank you sweetie.

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  2. This looks amazing!!!
    I just might have to try and make this one since it has been awhile lol…and the perfect time of year for all this yummy homemade food…
    Thank you for the follow and the love…
    Hugggs
    Suzette

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