Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford 
Hands-on Time
1 Hour
Total Time
1 Hour 45 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/3 cups stew and 2 dumplings)

Using cake flour and nonfat buttermilk cuts the fat by half and puts a healthier spin on these ultralight dumplings.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare stew, cook bacon in an 8-quart Dutch oven over medium-low heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon; reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings.

Step 2

Increase heat to medium-high. Sprinkle chicken on both sides with 3 tablespoons flour. Add 3 thighs to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until thighs are browned. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining thighs.

Step 3

Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, thyme, celery, and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until onion is golden. Add carrots and leeks; cook 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 3 tablespoons flour; cook 5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add stock, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and browned chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Remove chicken from pan; shred into large pieces. Return shredded meat and cooked bacon to pan; stir in pepper.

Step 4

To prepare dumplings, weigh or lightly spoon 8 ounces (about 2 cups) flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add chives and buttermilk; stir just until moist. Divide dough into 12 (1-tablespoon) portions, shaping each into a slightly flattened ball. Place dumplings on stew; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until dumplings are thoroughly cooked. Divide stew and dumplings among 6 shallow bowls; sprinkle with parsley.

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Ratings & Reviews

knadobny's Review

November 15, 2014
Labor intensive, but flavorful and delicious. Well worth the effort. The stew is substantial enough to eliminate the dumplings - you could serve with a crusty bread instead and it would be just as good. Superb!

steponme's Review

November 03, 2014
Taste was pretty good; I've had more flavorful chicken & dumpling from CL. I felt this was way too much hands on-time for me. Long time to prep, then standing at the stove browning and sautéing; a bit much for a weeknight. I must say the texture of the dumplings was excellent, but the taste was a little bland.

anonymous12's Review

October 31, 2014
this was a good recipe. I felt like there was a bit of zip/flavor missing from the broth. but everyone liked it. I did not use cake flour or nonfat buttermilk in the dumplings; my dumplings turned out heavy and dense. but i think i stirred them too much before I formed them into dumplings, so that is my fault. the flavor was good, however. I will make this recipe again, but it is not a go to favorite.

hjendo's Review

October 07, 2014
My new favorite recipe! Excellent!

lollypaul's Review

September 14, 2014
Down-home comfort food! This had a great taste. My niece made it for us tonight. The only changes were using chicken breasts and using more celery instead of leeks. Had a great flavor. It was a little short of feeding 6 adults and one toddler, however. I think it would make 5 decent adult servings. It is a keeper!