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Not Just For The Kiddies (but they’ll LOVE it): Chicken and Dumplings

This post is adapted from my other site (HERE).  I wanted to include it here, because when Boy was little, he loved this meal. It’s cold, y’all.  How cold is it?  (relative, Northerners, relative!) Cold enough to make Chicken and Dumplings! Let the pictorial begin (I feel it necessary to express how much I hate the fluorescent lighting in my kitchen.  While  it lights the way for cooking, it’s horrible for pics): This is the easy version of Chicken and Dumplings, I’ve Sandra Lee’d this because I was short on time. One rotisserie chicken, with all the meat stripped, leaving the carcass for making chicken stock.  You can use canned stock, but this way is tastier. Chicken and Dumplings   Carcass in a pot! Chicken and Dumplings   Set aside meat, with some still needing to be deboned. Chicken and Dumplings   Fill pot with water and bring to a boil. Chicken and Dumplings   While waiting on water to boil, chop your veggies.  I used both packages in their entirety. Chicken and Dumplings   Flash used on my bowls.  Overexposed! Chicken and Dumplings   IMPORTANT NOTE: Reserve one stalk, schmear generously with Cookie Butter, eat, mumble to yourself about Heaven, then proceed with rest of meal. Chicken and Dumplings   Place the butts of the celery and carrots meant for the trash into your pot.  No worries.  They will be strained out and not eaten, but they add flavor. Chicken and Dumplings   Once water comes to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20ish minutes.  More if you’re on Facebook leaving a HIGHlarious status update and you forget the stock is waiting on you. Strain the stock. Chicken and Dumplings   I may or may not double strain stock.  The second strain was with a smaller meshed strainer to catch the finer bits. Chicken and Dumplings   This goodness is what’s left as your base.  Because I don’t like to cook just for two, but an invisible army instead, I used all the stock.  You can certainly measure out what you’ll use and freeze the rest for future meals. Chicken and Dumplings   Add chopped veggies and cook until tender, about 10 minutes on a high flame. Chicken and Dumplings   The secret for the dumplings: Pioneer Brand Baking Mix!  Bisquick is also acceptable.  You can also make those dumplings from scratch as I have many times, but this is the easy way. Chicken and Dumplings   Simple recipe is on the box.  Handy! Chicken and Dumplings   For this batch, I tripled the recipe (x3, yo!). Measure your mix out and pour in the milk (note: I didn’t have regular milk in the house…thought i did, but didn’t…so I substituted evaporated milk ~NOT SWEETENED~and a bit of half-and-half. Chicken and Dumplings   Mmmm, baby dumplin’s… Chicken and Dumplings   Place cut up meat into broth.  Place batter in by spoonfuls.  I spoon in “dumpling” sized dollops. Follow dumpling cooking instructions on box. I allow another 10 minutes or so of uncovered cooking because of sheer quantity.  You may not need this step. Oh, momma…. Chicken and Dumplings   Can we have enough dumplin’ pics? Chicken and Dumplings   Can we?! Chicken and Dumplings   Finished product, my bowl: Chicken and Dumplings   Husband’s bowl:

Chicken and Dumplings

  Leftovers have always been fought over in our house, especially the dumplings.  One caveat: The broth is burn-your-taste-buds-right-out-of-your-head hot.  Don’t be like me, let this divine meal cool a bit before you dig in.  Or dig in and live to tell the tale. LIKE ME! Happy Eating!

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Michelle Wotruba

Tuesday 11th of June 2013

Chicken n dumplings are my All time favorite!! My Mom makes them for me every time I go home to visit no matter the time of year. My daughter loves them just as much so I'll have to carry on the tradition but I'm try your easy way!! :) Michelle

Mrs. Tucker

Tuesday 11th of June 2013

This is a family hit no matter what time of year! It's incredibly easy and we all hog the dumplings. Great as leftovers too!

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Tuesday 29th of January 2013

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Wednesday 9th of January 2013

These look so yummy! The first time I ever tried making dumplings as a young bride nearly 40 years ago, I made the mistake of stirring them as they cooked! Looked like a nice pot of navy beans! :)

Mrs. Tucker

Wednesday 9th of January 2013

HA! This recipe is sooo easy (albeit longish) and delish. IF you make it let me know how it turns out.

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

Tuesday 8th of January 2013

Oh, how delicious this looks! I just finished dinner a bit ago and still, this makes me hungry. I love chicken and dumplings but haven't had them in years. Thank you for the reminder of their goodness. Great recipe...and I love the Sandra Lee reference as most of my cooking anymore is Sandra Lee style.

Another great one for linking to the GRAND Social. Thank you for doing so!

Mrs. Tucker

Tuesday 8th of January 2013

Would it help you to know I even drank a little, Sandra Lee Style, while making the CnD? (I really didn't, but now kinda wish I had!) This recipe is so easy, albeit a little long, and delish. A family favorite.