Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen!: Stewed Chicken & Dumplings

Friday, January 20, 2012

Stewed Chicken & Dumplings

Today I want to share a warm and comfy recipe for Stewed Chicken & Dumplings. A couple weeks back we had a cold spell and this meal really hit the spot. Fast forward to today and we are experiencing more spring like weather here in Texas.

It's hard to believe we are in the middle of January and its 73 degrees outside. That's Texas for you. I always say if you don't like the weather here in Texas just stay a bit, because it always changes at the blink of an eye.


I love my semi homemade chicken and dumplings, but this version was especially good. I think it was because this recipe had the addition of vegetables along with the chicken and dumplings. I loved the fact that you stewed the chicken first in the oven and then finished the stew off on top of the stove.

The original recipe called for drop dumplings, but here in our house we prefer more of a chewy dumpling. Instead of dropping the biscuit dough on top of the stew I rolled out the dough to form dumplings instead. It's all in what you prefer I guess. I have included some step by step photos below, so lets get started.


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large dutch oven, brown the onions and celery in butter over medium heat. Add the chicken and brown on all sides, turn breast side down last. Add carrots, bay leaf, one cup chicken broth, salt and pepper; Cover Dutch oven and bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours stirring occasionally.

Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Remove chicken and bay leaf from pan. Let the chicken cool before pulling the meat from the bone. Return meat to dutch oven and add the remaining 2 cups of chicken broth. Place the dutch oven on top of the stove over medium high heat to bring the stew to a boil.


Add the flour and water together into a small bowl and mix to combine. Add the flour mixture to the gravy in the dutch oven mixing well. Lower the temperature to medium - low and prepare the dumplings. Combine dumpling ingredients in a medium bowl.

Mix until it forms a dough. Turn dough out on the counter or large cutting board that has been dusted with additional baking mix. Knead additional baking mix into the dough and knead until the dough is no longer sticky. Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick into a rectangle (9x13 inches). Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife cut the dumplings into squares.

Drop the dumpling pieces a couple at a time into the bubbling stew. Cook the dumplings for an additional 2o minutes. Stirring occasionally and pressing down the dumplings with a spoon into the stew. Keep pot covered while dumplings cook.


When done ladle into bowls and serve with hot rolls or a wedge of cornbread.






Stewed Chicken & Dumplings

Ingredients:
2 - onions, quartered
3 - stalks celery, cut in 1 - inch pieces
1 - tablespoon butter
1 - roasting chicken, rinsed
3 - cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 - lb baby carrots or regular carrots, 
peeled and cut into one inch pieces
1 - bay leaf
salt and pepper
3 - tablespoons flour
1/3 - cup cold water

Dumplings:
2 - cups biscuit baking mix
2/3 - cup milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large dutch oven, brown the onions and celery in butter over medium heat. Add the chicken and brown on all sides, turn breast side down last.

Add carrots, bay leaf, one cup chicken broth, salt and pepper; Cover dutch oven and bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours. stirring occasionally.

Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Remove chicken and bay leaf from pan. Let the chicken cool before pulling the meat from the bone.

Return meat to dutch oven and add the remaining 2 cups of chicken broth. Place dutch oven on top of the stove over medium high heat to bring the stew to a boil.

Add flour and water together into a small bowl and mix well. Add the flour mixture to the gravy mixing well. Lower the temperature to medium - low and prepare the dumplings.

Combine dumpling ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix until it forms a dough. Turn dough out on the counter or large cutting board that has been dusted with additional baking mix.

Knead additional baking mix into the dough and knead until the dough is no longer sticky.Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thick into a rectangle (9x13 inches).

Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife cut the dumplings into squares. Drop the dumplings a couple pieces at a time into the bubbling stew. Cook the dumplings for an additional 2o minutes.

Stirring occasionally and pressing down the dumplings with a spoon into the stew. Keep pot covered while dumplings cook.

Serving Size: 6
Adapted from: Gooseberry Patch Family Favorites



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20 comments:

Becki's Whole Life said... #

So different to make the dumplings with bisquick. I will have to try this. Also like that you added some of these veggies.

VickiT said... #

Oh my gosh ~ That looks SO good. I wish I had the stuff in the house to make it but sadly, I do not. And unlike you with your heat wave, we are in the middle of a huge snowstorm here in Northern IL. This morning at 5am we had barely any snow and now thre is at least 5 inches and it's still coming down with about a 1/4 mile visibility. I am sitting here waiting for my husband to arrive home from work as he left early to get home before it got worse. Sadly, he got about 10 minutes away from work and last I heard was at a total standstill on the interstate near Madison WI. :( That's never a good thing since it usually means there's a bad accident that's stopped traffic.

Anyway, back to your yummy pictures. thank you for this recipe. Definitely going to be trying this one soon.

Anonymous said... #

I agree about the dumplings - chewier version is what I make. I like I can finally have someone else's recipe for these kind of dumplings. THANK YOU for sharing - now time to check out some other recipes on here :)
Marisa R. Harvey

Leslie said... #

Love me some chicken and dumplings. I roll my dumplings too! YUM

Tina said... #

Seems like everyone loves the rolled dumplings. That is just the way I have always had them. Vicki I hope your husband gets home saftley. Stay warm!!

raquel@erecipe said... #

I cannot wait to try this, love eating dumplings is it okay to add some veggies such as peas or mushroom , I think it would not affect the taste too much

snugglebunnie said... #

I love this recipe. I so can't wait to try it. My family loves rolled dumplings and chicken. yummo!

Tina said... #

Raquel I don't think adding extra veggies would hurt it at all.

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said... #

Whole chickens are on sale so this recipe has great timing!

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said... #

I just braved the wind and cold to pick up the remaining ingredients for the chicken and dumplings.

I'm going to have so much fun making this today. And I know my family will love it too.

Thanks again!

Anonymous said... #

I tried this stew this afternoon and had problems with the dumplings. First time I've made them I must say...and I had a real hard time rolling the dough out because it was so sticky. I ended up dropping them by spoonsfuls and they were terrible. Perhaps they were not done enough. Other than that the stew was fabulous.

Tina said... #

When you turn the dough out onto the counter you may have to knead additional baking mix into the dough. Just knead the dough until it is no longer sticky. Then roll out the dough and cut into dumplings. I will add a note on the recipe.

Matt @ RecipeLion said... #

This dish looks great! I would love it if you linked up this recipe to my comfort foods blog hop for a chance to win a Wilton donut pan: http://bit.ly/yMcu5R

Mary said... #

This looks like a hearty family meal. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Richard Healey said... #

I dont like the dropped dumplings because of the texture. I will have to give it a try this way.

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Tricia @ saving room for dessert said... #

Spring weather - not fair! It's still cold here so I could really use some of this yummy chicken about now :) Have a lovely day!

Anonymous said... #

No football this weekend? Not a problem. I've rounded up the ingredients and possess just enough prowess in the kitchen to pull this one off tomorrow. I intend to delight my princess and our 4 young'ns as we race to the bottom of this all time favorite. Thanks for the guidance on this one Tina. I'll be back around with details on how it shook out.
-Douglas (Jersey Village, TX)

Melissa said... #

Made this last night with the rolled dumplings. Yummy!

Yoshi Blue said... #

This stewed chicken and dumplings recipe looks quite delicious. Thanks for the recipe and all the photos.

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said... #

My son and I made this and it was delicious!
We didn't have any problems with rolling the dough perhaps because we used Bisquick.
Chicken and Dumplings is now on our family favorite recipes list!
Thanks!