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Chicken and Dumplings

Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 45 mins
Total time 1 hr, 5 mins
Yield Serves 8
Our version of the Southern comfort dish, Chicken and Dumplings, uses moist chicken thighs and stirs in whole wheat flour with all-purpose flour for the herb dumplings.

Ingredients

  • Stew:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups frozen pearl onions, defrosted
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Dumplings:
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk

Nutrition Information

  • calories 367
  • fat 11 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • protein 32 g
  • carbohydrate 34 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 102 mg
  • sodium 500 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make stew: In a large ziplock bag, mix flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme and sage. Add chicken; toss until pieces are coated.

  2. Warm 1 Tbsp. oil in a large pot over medium heat. Shake excess flour mixture from chicken (reserve leftover flour), add chicken to pot and cook, stirring, until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove to a plate. Warm remaining oil in pot. Add carrots, celery and onions; sauté for 6 minutes. Sprinkle with reserved flour; sauté for 2 minutes. Pour in broth; bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return chicken to pot, stir in half-and-half; simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. Make dumplings: Combine both flours, baking soda, salt, thyme and sage. Stir in buttermilk just until a sticky dough forms.

  4. Stir peas into chicken mixture. Drop in tablespoonfuls of dough, cover; simmer dumplings until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.