Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings
Dumplings can seem intimidating, but they don’t have to be. These are so easy to make, and this dish is perfect when you’re looking to snuggle up under a blanket and chow down on some thing warm during a brisk winter evening.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Yield: Serves 6-8 1x
- Category: Soups
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 large onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 2 celery stalks, sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 3/4 cup cold whole milk
- For the soup: Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium Add the chicken and cook until all sides are lightly golden brown. Add the onion, celery, and carrots and cook until the vegetables are tender and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the broth, garlic, and bay leaf and season with salt and pepper; bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Stir in the frozen peas and return to a gentle simmer.
- For the dumplings: While the soup is simmering, whisk the ﬂour, baking powder, salt, and pepper together in a medium bowl. Add the shortening and, using a pastry cutter or 2 forks, mix until the shortening is the size of small peas. Stir in the milk. For lighter, ﬂufﬁer dumplings, be sure not to overmix.
- Drop the dough by large spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons each) onto the simmering Cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes. The dumplings will puff up and ﬂoat as they cook. Remove from the heat, remove the bay leaf, and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve, topping each bowl with 2 or 3 dumplings and additional salt and pepper to taste.
Keywords: chicken, dumplings