I totally intended on trying another recipe in my slow cooker this last week but every night seemed to have something going on so I didn’t have time to prep and I am really not interested in making and cleaning a mess so early in the am. So instead I made chicken & dumplings on the stove top. It is definitely a warm comfort meal and pretty easy to make. The batter for the dumplings is pretty simple and they cook themselves to perfection sitting on the top of the yummy broth. Homemade if you have it on hand.
By using one pot to brown the chicken and made the stew it can’t help but being delicious, there is SO much flavor sticking to the bottom of the pot.
I do use a lot of chicken broth both homemade, which I refer to as liquid gold, and pre-boxed which is great when I forget to take mine out of the freezer.
I am not a fan of mushy peas so I only use frozen ones and by throwing those in last works out really well.
The dumpling dough is really easy to make; it will be slightly thicker than pancake mix.
The size of your dumplings depends on the size of the dollop you place on top of the stew. Be mindful they will expand.
If you can hold off, it tastes a lot better if you can let it sit and let all the flavors meld.
Season chicken liberally with salt, pepper and adobo; add oil to a heavy duty pot, such as a Dutch oven. Cook chicken letting each side get nice and brown and remove to a plate until cool enough to shred. Add celery, carrots and onions to hot pot, if too dry add more oil. Saute until onions are soft but not browned. Add flour and cook another minute; add chicken broth and simmer until veggies are cooked through. At the last minute add peas. Whisk all dumpling ingredients and add by spoonful. Cover and let the dumplings steam for about 15-20 minutes. Let meld and enjoy!!!
1-2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast cut into chunks
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
2 ribs celery diced
3 carrots diced
1-2 onions diced
3 tbs flour
Handful of peas
Whisk all ingredients
¾ Cup Flour
1 ¾ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Salt
½ Cup Milk