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Chicken and Dumplings

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This is one of my very favorite recipes. I love to spend a Saturday making the house smell so good. This is not a quick chicken recipe, but it is worth the time it will take to make it. It is still a pretty easy chicken recipe, it just takes some time for things to come together.  I once lived with an amazing cook. He hated my chicken and dumplings, but when I tried his the dumplings were heavy and dense like rocks. My dumplings are light and airy and quite delicious. So if you are looking for heavy dense dumplings, this is not the right recipe. :)

Chicken and Dumplings

serves a bunch

What you need:

1 4 lb broiler or roasting chicken
2 quarts water or chicken broth
1 teaspoon bouillon powder (or cube)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 onion, whole
1 bay leaf (optional)
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
pinch of black pepper
1/2 lb baby carrots
2-3 stalks celery, whole, plus leaves
bisquick mix

What you do:

Wash your chicken, both the outside and the inside. Then get a large pot, add the 2 quarts water (or chicken broth). Toss in your chicken as well as the parsley, onion, bay leaf, garlic and pepper.

Bring this mixture to a boil and then turn it to low. Let it simmer for 60 to 90 minutes. You want the chicken to be very well cooked.

Take the chicken out and set it aside to cool once it is cooked.

Add the carrots and allow the soup to continue to simmer. They will take 15 to 20 minutes to cook.

While the chicken is cooling and the carrots are cooking you can begin making your dumplings.

My dumplings are quite easy, just follow the directions on the bisquick box.

Your chicken should be cool enough to handle now. You are going to take off the skin and cut the chicken into bite sized chunks. As you get it cut you can go ahead and put it back in the pot with the soup and carrots.  Use the whole chicken, or however much chicken feels good for you.

Once you have the chicken back in the pot and the carrots are tender enough to poke with a fork you can get a spoon and spoon in the bisquick mix.  You can use a pretty large spoon if you want large dumplings, or a smaller spoon if you want more.

After you have spooned in the dumplings cover and allow them to cook for about 15 minutes. You will want to flip them over about half way through so both sides will cook fully.

They are done when you can insert a knife and it comes out clean.

Spoon out your soup and add a couple dumplings to serve.

Make this a meal:

This is a perfect cold weather meal. We don’t add anything to this meal, it really has all the ingredients you need to make a healthy meal.

What did we think?

Everybody I make this for just absolutely LOVES it!! I love it and now I’m excited to make it myself. After the holidays you can also substitute the chicken for turkey and get rid of any turkey leftovers you might have.

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