Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is a delicious, comforting meal. It combines the best of chicken noodle soup and chicken pot pie into a thick, rich dish that's low in fat and high in protein. The easiest approach to this dish is to tackle it in three stages. While the chicken is poaching in the first stage, you can dice vegetables and prepare the dumpling dough to knock off 15 minutes from the total time.
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Total: 1 hour 15 min
  • Serves 8
Chicken and Dumplings

Carbohydrate Counts

Carbs-per-gram ratio: 0.1159

Serving Size 321g (about 38g carbs)

Carb calculations Weight Carbs
Stalks celery (8g)
Carrots (20g)
Onion (12g)
All purpose flour 41 (31g)
Cake flour 257g (197g)
Milk (9g)
Peas 134g (20g)
Heavy cream (1g)
Net Weight 2571g (298g)

* Multiply serving weight in grams by the carbs-per-gram ratio to calculate the total estimated carbs. Provided for informational purposes only. Consult your doctor for insulin dosing advice.

  • Chicken Stock
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • Heat chicken stock over medium-high heat, in a large sauce pan. Once simmering, reduce heat to medium-low and reserve.
  • Chicken
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breast
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • Remove an excess fat from chicken and sprinkle lightly with salt.
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Heat butter in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Once foaming subsides, add chicken and sauté until browned, about 5 minutes each side.
  • Remove chicken from pot and transfer to cutting board. When cool enough to handle, slice into 2 inch sized cubes and place in pot with simmering chicken broth. Raise heat to medium-high and poach chicken until completely cooked, about 15 to 20 minutes. If you want, while the chicken is poaching you can slice vegetables and prepare the dumpling dough to further reduce the overall prep time.
  • When done poaching, remove chicken from pot with tongs or slotted spoon, but leave stock in the pot and over low heat to simmer.
  • Set chicken on a wire rack to cool. When cool enough to handle, shred into small pieces and place in a medium bowl.
  • Vegetables
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Heat now empty stock pot with reserved butter and chicken fat over medium-heat. Cook celery, onion, carrots, and thyme until soft, about 5 minutes. (The juices released from the onion will deglazed the pot.)
  • 41 / ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • Add flour and stir until it has absorbed the fat in the bottom of the pot. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir constantly for 2 minutes to prevent burning.
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • Slowly add sherry, stirring to combine.
  • reserved, simmering chicken stock
  • reversed shredded chicken
  • Using a soup ladle, slowly transfer chicken stock from medium pot into the large stock pot with vegetables. Stir to combine well. Add shredded chicken breast and bring to a slow simmer while you prepare dumplings.
  • Dumplings
  • 257g / 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Whisk together cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Add milk, minced parsley, and melted butter. Combine with a dough whisk or wooden spoon until it just comes together.
  • Using a spoon, drop dumpling dough into stock pot in teaspoon sized drops. Each dumpling will double or triple in size as it cooks.
  • Cover pot and simmer until dumplings are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Note that the dumplings should be steamed in the simmering liquid, not boiled. Therefore, it is important to use low or medium-low heat and you must keep the pot tightly covered for the steam to cook the dumplings. Do not open the lid to peak while the dumplings are cooking.
  • After 15 minutes, remove lid and poke one of the dumplings with a toothpick to test if it is fully cooked. If not, cover and cook for 5 to 10 additional minutes.
  • 134g / 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • Add peas, parsley, heavy cream, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir and let cook for a few more minutes to thaw peas.
  • Ladle into soup bowls and serve.
From MakeBetterFood.com. . (http://makebetterfood.com/recipes/chicken-and-dumplings/). Adapted from Simply Recipes.
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