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Easy Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
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Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

This recipe for old fashioned, homemade, easy chicken and dumplings from scratch is so simple and delicious, it will instantly become a family favorite! It's the very definition of comfort food.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2-½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1-½ stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1-½ c peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 c chicken broth
  • c heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoon salted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ c parsley, roughly chopped
  • ½ c all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dumplings (makes 10)

  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ c heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Add 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a saute pan over low-medium heat. 
  • When the oil begins to sizzle, add the chicken breasts and brown on each side, for a total of about 10 minutes. Then, remove the chicken and set aside.
  • In the same pan, saute onion, celery, and carrots for about 5 minutes, until they begin to soften. 
  • Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  • At this point, add butter and flour to the pan, whisk it together quickly, and then add the stock. 
  • Add the bay leaves, thyme, parsley, peas, and cream. Add the chicken back to the pan. Simmer for 30 minutes.Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the chicken and using two forks, shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add the shredded chicken back to the pan.

Dumplings

  • In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt).
  • Next, add in the heavy cream and melted butter.
  • Mix everything together with a fork until it becomes a slightly sticky dough. 
  • Knead the dough with your hands for about one minute.
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop out balls of dough and form them into small meatball-sized balls.
  • Drop the dumplings into the thick sauce in the pan, making sure they’re not touching each other, as they'll puff up a bit while cooking.
  • Cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve in a deep pasta bowl, garnished with some fresh parsley and thyme. Enjoy!

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