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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chicken N Dumplings made EASY!

Janelle from Comfy In The Kitchen Says: "Out of the top 10 comfort foods ever, Chicken N Dumplins just HAS to be on top of the list! This particular recipe cuts out hours of preparation by using a canned chicken broth and a ready- roasted chicken (no dicing veggies and boiling chicken here!). My entire family gobbles this meal up!! I have also been known to make this for friends/family who need a meal if they are sick…it is easy to transport in a covered plastic container."

Chicken broth, a pre-roasted chicken from your grocery (deli area-$5.00 per chicken at Giant Eagle), flour, baking powder, milk, salt and pepper

Place the 6 cups of chicken broth in a heavy sauce pan and boil on high.

Peel skin away and discard...flake off medium sized chucks of white meat with a fork.

set aside chicken

To make the dumplins (DO NOT be leery, this is so simple!!) : Combine the flour, baking powder, 1 1/4 tsp salt and milk in a medium bowl. Stir well until smooth, then let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes.

This is what your ball of dough will look like...not fancy!!

Sprinkle flour on top of your counter...again, this is not a fancy step. Place the dough ball on the flour and add a little flour to the top of the dough ball so it will not stick to your rolling pin. Roll out the dough. Dough is very informal so please don't get yourself upset during this step..roll it out until it is about 1/2 inch thick.

Take a knife or a pizza cutter (even better) and cut 1/2 inch squares

Toss your squares of dough into the boiling broth (turn the broth down to a med-high)

Keep tossing them in..they won't stick to each other! They will puff up and the flour from them will dissolve into the broth and make a gravy..isn't that easy?!

Add in your chicken and flavor with pepper. Because we used pre-made chicken broth DO NOT add any salt until you eat...broth is very salty on its own.

A delicious homemade meal!

Chicken n Dumplins made EASY!

1 Pre-Roasted Chicken (near your grocer’s deli area)
6 Cups canned chicken broth


2 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp milk

Pour your broth in a large heavy saucepan/pot and boil on high heat. Peel back and discard chicken skin and flake off medium sized chunks of your chicken and set aside.

To make the dumplins: Combine the flour, baking powder, 1 ¼ tsp of salt and milk in medium bowl. Stir well until smooth, then let the dough rest for 5 mins. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface to ½ inch thickness. Cut ½ inch squares with a knife or pizza cutter.

Drop each square into the simmering broth. The dumplins will swell then shrink as they partially dissolve to thicken the broth into gravy. Simmer 20-30 mins until thick. Stir often. Add chicken and cook another 5 mins. Season with pepper (no salt needed because the broth is salty enough). Enjoy!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this recipe - this looks easy and like a crowd pleaser.

November 3, 2010 at 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When do you stir? I remember that my grandmother never stirred her chicken and dumplings while she was adding dumplings. Should I stir when adding the chicken?

November 3, 2010 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger The Working Home Keeper said...

Yum! I was just looking for a similar recipe yesterday. When my Momma made this, we called it Chicken & Pastry. She did boil her chicken and instead of dumplings, she added flat noodles. I'll have to pick up a pastured chicken from the farmers market and give this a try!

Mary Ellen
The Working Home Keeper

November 3, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is such yucky weather here for the next few days, checiken and dumplings will hit the spot perfectly! And I have to run to the store today anyway...

November 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Hi Ladies! As the "dumplins" cook, they will swell and the flour on them will begin to thicken the chicken may begin to stir slightly as it starts to take on a gravy like consistency! Enjoy!

November 3, 2010 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Oh my goodness, Janelle. Thanks for making me wish I wasn't vegetarian. :D
I often try to adapt meat recipes, but it seems criminal (lol!) to try to alter this one. It sounds absolutely delish "as is." Rats! ;)

November 3, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Dahlia Sanchez said...

This recipe is what we will have for dinner tonight. Do you only use the white meat from the chicken, or do you chunk up the whole chicken? My kids and I are looking forward to this! Yum!!

November 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Dahlia, you may use white and dark if you'd like!- I fancy only white meat, but that is just my personal preference..or is it because my husband came into the kitchen and stole the legs? lol. It may be one reason or the other. Enjoy! ~Janelle

November 3, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Toni, you are making me smile...and think!

November 3, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Yum! I've never actually tried to make my own dumplings!! But this looks easy!

November 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger wacki04 said...

Looks delicious- a perfect fall meal! I actually made your quiche that you posted from last week's What's Cooking Wednesday and put a little twist on it...I used i to post this week :) It turned out great!

November 3, 2010 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Wacki, awesome job with the quiche! Wohoo!!!! LOVE your twist!

November 3, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

That sounds so delicious! I will have to give this a try over the weekend. It's perfect food now that the temperatures have dropped!

November 4, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how I love chicken and dumplings. And I never get to eat it because my husband doesn't eat poultry. No birds. Whatsoever.

But this reminded me - huzzah! He's off working elsewhere, which means we can eat chicken!

You just saved dinner! :)

November 4, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Yessel N. Arevalo said...

thanks for stopping by my blog today and reading my post regarding the Luczywo family. Thanks for the encouraging comment :) i responded to your comment on my blog.

November 4, 2010 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Oh wow - that looks fantastic! What a great idea! I will definitely be making this during the winter - thanks!

November 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Kristie @ Me and My House said...

I've never thought of using the rotisserie chicken. I have been buying my whole chickens at Sams and cooking them both in my stock pot, then shredding the meat, dividing it and the broth and freezing it. Also, I use self-rising flour and just roll my dough out super thin (they rise a good bit) and my Aunt taught me to just use extra broth to mix in with the dumplings. I've also heard of people using canned biscuits or flour tortillas for the dumplings. My family loves dumplings. I'll have to try your method when I'm in a pinch of a quick meal.

November 5, 2010 at 6:43 PM  
Anonymous ali @ an ordinary mom said...

Yum, yum, yum!! 'Nough said!

November 5, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Darlene Schacht said...

I make this recipe called "Werenikia" Sounds like Veranika. It is made much the same, and my family LOVES LOVES LOVES it! You make the dough, cut it the same way, throw it in boiling water and wait until it rises to the top. Then all you do is bring half and half cream to boil in a pot, remove from heat and add dry cottage cheese. Can you believe how simple that is, and yet we love it?

The photo of your dough cut in squares reminds me so much of it, that I had to share this with you. :)

November 5, 2010 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Becky H said...

Thanks a lot!!!! I found your recipe and gave it a try now my husband says no more Mary B dumplins from now on use that problem I will have to double it because everyone wanted seconds and there were none left..Thanks and have a blessed day....:)

November 6, 2010 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

MMmm Darlene, Sounds wonderful! My family loves cottage cheese! Becky-SO glad you and your family enjoyed! Double it up next time and have the extra for lunch (just add a little milk before you microwave it b/c the gravy thickens after it is cooled) Thanks for your kind and encouraging words!

November 7, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I'm definitely going to try this, thank you!
Liz x

November 7, 2010 at 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Lisa V. said...

This looked easy and yummy so I gave it a go. However I didn't know what baking flour was so instead used baking soda. Yes first time trying to make dough. It was still a sticky mess after 10 minutes so I added more flour and put it in the freezer for 10 minutes. That did the trick. Unfortunately this came out SO salty and I didn't add any. Could I have done something wrong? I'm glad I at least tried it.

November 7, 2010 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Janelle Nehrenz said...

Lisa, I am glad you added more flour! That is def the right thing to do when your dough is sticky...just pat it on the outside and form until it works for you to shape in a ball form- then you can roll it out. The salt content has to do with the chicken stock... next time try a low sodium chicken broth and I bet it will work for you! Thanks Lisa, Bless you!!

November 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Oh wow, that does look yummy and easy!

November 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

My grandmother's chicken and dumplings were FAMOUS - seriously. She taught me how to make them as a young teen, but mine probably don't taste as good as hers because I don't go out to the hen house to get the old and tough hen or rooster to make them like she did each Sunday:) Once the dumplings were added to the stock, she would never still them...just put the lid on and turn off the fire. The residual heat would cook the dumplins thoughout. Hers were always very thin, but Oh, My, they were so good. I think they will have to be on the menu soon. Thanks for linking up with Crock Pot Wednesday. Be sure to come back this week for another entry in the BBB giveaway. BTW, she always kept her recipe a secret...but I never did:)

November 9, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I loved the recipe, but it was a bit salty.

November 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Hope to see you back at CPW this week. Happy Holidays:)

December 1, 2010 at 8:16 PM  

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