November 30, 2011

homemade chicken and dumplings

I went ahead and planned ahead for the rest of the week's meals. Tonight, I'm making chicken and dumplings. :)

For the dumplings:
1 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cold butter
slightly less than 1/2 cup milk

For the rest of the dish:
6 cups chicken broth
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, ripped into little pieces

Place dry dumpling ingredients into bowl of food processor. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles a fine meal. Stream in milk, continuing to process until dough forms a ball. Turn out onto very floured surface and roll into thin sheet, about 1/4" thick. Cut into 2x2" dumplings, or thereabouts.

Pour broth into pot, adding celery and carrots. Bring to a boil, then add dumplings one at a time until all are added. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 15-20 minutes. Add chicken and continue to heat until veggies are tender, dumplings don't taste doughy anymore and chicken's heated through. Add pepper to taste. :)

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