Who doesn’t love a good bowl of comfort food? Something that warms your belly and your soul is perfect for those crisp fall evenings or bitter cold winter days. I had a hankering for some chicken and dumplings so I tried this recipe and it turned out pretty good. The dumplings plumped up nicely and I loved the consistency of this chicken stew.
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp olive oil
3 14.5 oz cans of chicken stock
2 celery stalks trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 medium carrots peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium onion chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
1-2 T skim milk or cream
3/4 c frozen peas thawed
1T sea salt
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat and brown your chicken on both sides. Remove the chicken and place in a second pot containing the simmering chicken stock. Poach the chicken for 20 minutes and then remove and shred. In the pot containing the olive oil saute the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, salt, pepper and thyme over medium high heat for about 5 minutes until the veggies have softened. Add your flour and turn heat to medium low then cook for 1-2 minutes. Add your stock to the pot stirring constantly and bring to simmer. Add your shredded chicken meat and peas. Taste the stew and adjust your salt and pepper to taste.
2 C King Arthur GF All Purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 T unsalted butter melted
3/4 c milk
2 tsp each minced fresh rosemary, parsley and thyme
Add the dry dumpling ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Add chopped herbs. Add butter and milk to dry ingredients and gently stir to combine. Drop dumpling batter into stew by heaping teaspoonfuls. Cover the stew and cook for 15 minutes. DO NOT LIFT THE LID UNTIL AFTER THE 15 MINUTES IS UP. The dumplings need to steam to cook through. Check the dumplings with a toothpick and if it comes out clean they are done. Gently stir in your 1-2 T of milk or cream to finish.
Now sit in a quiet corner watching the leaves fall slurping up this yummy chicken stew and dumplings!
What is your favorite comford food?