Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Chicken and Dumplings

OK so I've been working on perfecting my chicken and dumpling recipe for a long time. And I think this semester I struck gold. So here it is, enjoy!

-4 ribs of celery (rough chopped) -6 carrots (oblique cut) -1/2 an onion (small diced) -3 TB of butter

Saute all of the above. I like to have the heat down really low, and just let them cook and get good and delicious for a while. Maybe 10-15 minutes. Then, fill up the pot 3/4 of the way with water. Allow it to get hot again and come to a simmer.

-6-8 chicken breasts (rough chopped) -Oregano (to taste) -Rosemary (to taste) -Salt (to taste) -Pepper (to taste)

Add the chicken and seasonings, and let it cook for about 15 minutes. Basically with the seasonings, you should add a small amount of each thing, wait for the chicken to be cooked, then taste it. If it needs more salt or whatever else, add it! But always better to add too little and add more later than to put too much in. While the chicken is cooking, separately mix together your dumplings.

-2 cups of all purpose flour -1 TB baking powder -3/4 tsp salt

Whisk those things together. In a small saucepan, bring

-1 cup of milk -3 TB butter

to a simmer. Stir it constantly!! As soon as it has started to simmer, add immediately into flour mixture. Mix with a spatula till its cooled some, then use your hands to mix well. Once the chicken has cooked, pinch off pieces of the dough and add them into the pot. You can shape them however you want and make them as big or small as you like. Cover again, and cook for another 10 minutes. Then you want to make a roux to give the soup more of a thickness. Here's how you do it. Put

-4 TB butter

in a saucepan and let it melt and get hot. Take it off the heat, and slowly stir in 3/4- 1 cup of flour. Slowly add it into the big pot and make sure it all dissolves and gets cooked in there. This will thicken the soup. Cook for another 10-15 minutes on low heat to make sure the soup doesn't taste like flour. If it does, it needs to cook longer. And I totally forgot to take a picture of the finished product. Yeah, its that good ;) Enjoy!! :)

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