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Chicken & Dumplings

Contributed By: Michael | See all of Michael's recipes
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Very flavorful, easy dumplings that are very light!
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
Four chicken breasts
One large onion, peeled & sliced.
One cup diced celery & leaves.
One tablespoon salt.
Two cups water for chicken.
* One half cup water for gravy.
* One fourth cup flour.
Pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS
Place chicken breasts, onions, celery, salt, pepper & two cups water in kettle or Dutch oven, cover. Heat to boiling, then simmer one hour or until chicken is tender.


Remove chicken from broth. Cool chicken until easy to handle. Take off skin and pick meat from bones and break or cut into smaller pieces. Strain broth into four cup measure, add water if needed to make four cups. Press vegetables through strainer into broth. Return to kettle, heat to boiling. Stir one half cup cold water into flour in cup to make a smooth paste, stir into hot broth. *(I like to use corn starch rather than flour.) Cook, stirring constantly until gravy thickens, and boil one minute. Return chicken pieces to kettle, heat slowly to boiling while stirring up Paprika Dumplings. Adding a little chicken flavored soup base adds flavor.


DUMPLINGS


Sift two cups flour, three tablespoons baking powder, one teaspoon salt, and one fourth teaspoon paprika into medium sized bowl. Cut in two tablespoons shortening with pastry blender or fork until mixture is crumbly. Stir in one cup milk until mixture is moist. Dough will be soft. Roll into balls about two inches in diameter. Drop them on top of chicken. Cook on low heat (slow bubbling level) covered thirty – forty minutes (do not peek). Sprinkle dumplings with paprika if you like. Serve from kettle or arrange on heated serving platter.


Hints:


Recommend that you double the chicken portion above but not the dumplings. I also like to cook the chicken and make the gravy, then keep the chicken in a zip lock bag and chill the gravy for a day. Then I reheat the gravy (adding water if needed), add the chicken and heat it while I make the dumplings. This allows the flavors to marry and also allows quick meal preparation.


Date Added: 02/25/2010
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