Monday, July 5, 2010

Delicious Chicken & Dumplings

This is one of our favorite meals! Adapted from the No-Guesswork Cookbook - to be made wheat-free!!

Delicious Chicken & Dumplings (from scratch)...
Yield: 8 servings
Cook Time: 30 mins + 20 mins

The Broth....
I prepare the following ingredients, as if I were making a chicken soup...  cooking it down until I have a delicious broth....
  • Water
  • A rotisserie chicken
  • 2 Tbs, Chicken Base (or 6-7 bullion cubes)
  • Chopped carrots, celery (or celery flakes), onion (or dried minced onion)
  • Season with: salt, pepper, garlic powder, a pinch of turmeric, and Italian seasonings
    (or whatever else I feel like at the time!)
  1. Put everything into a large-ish pot
  2. Bring to boil 
  3. Reduce heat to to a simmer, and cook for as long as possible (at least 2 hours).

  4. After it is finished cooking:
  5. remove chicken
  6. strain & reserve broth
  7. debone chicken, and tear into small pieces

The Dumplings...
The following is for a single batch of dumplings, though we prefer extra, so I make 1½ batches of dumplings (per one batch broth) for our soup.
  • 2 cups of  Kamut® flour
    + a little extra for rolling & later, thickening (though cornstarch works well, too)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) of butter, cold
  • 2/3 cup of Milk
  • large bowl
  • pastry blender (or two forks, work just as well)
  • pizza cutter
  1.  Combine dry ingredients (flour & salt)
  2. Cut butter into ½ T. sized pieces 
  3. Add butter to dry ingredients 
  4. Cut into flour with a pastry blender, until butter is the size of large peas
  5. Add milk
  6. Mix just until dough pulls together 
  7. Cover the bowl with a towel, and chill for 25 mins
  8. When finished chilling, roll onto a well-floured surface
  9. Roll until it's about a 1/8" thickness
  10. Using a floured pizza cutter, cut the dough into 1½" x 1" rectangles

Putting it all Together...

  • 9 cups of Broth (add water if you don't have enough)
  • 3-5 Tbs of flour (or cornstarch) - depending on desired thickness
  • 1/3 cup of Cold water
  • 1/2 tsp of dried parsley
  • chicken
  • whisk
  1. Skim fat from reserved broth
  2. Heat to boiling
  3. With a whisk, dissolve flour in cold water
  4. Add to broth while whisking
  5. Add parsley
  6. Add chicken & dumpling dough
  7. Bring to a boil
  8. Reduce heat & simmer for 20 mins
  9. Let sit about 20 mins before serving


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