Chicken and Dumplings


This dish is a classic comfort food that is perfect for a winter evening. It is simple to make and can be easily adapted to suit your own taste. The dumplings can be made from scratch or store-bought, and the chicken can be cooked in any way you like. This dish is also a great way to use up leftover chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 500ml boiling water
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the dumplings:
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 50g suet
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Water

Method

1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, sauté the onion, carrots, celery and garlic in a little oil until softened.

2. Add the cooked chicken, bay leaf, thyme and flour, and stir to combine. Crumble in the chicken stock cube and add the boiling water. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Bring the soup to a simmer and then drop in the dumplings. To make the dumplings, simply mix together the self-raising flour, suet, baking powder and a little salt and pepper. Add enough water to make a soft dough.

4. Roll the dough into small balls and drop them into the soup. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through. Serve hot, with some crusty bread on the side.

Potential changes & improvements

There are many ways you can change up this dish to suit your own taste. For a more substantial meal, you could add some diced potatoes to the soup. You could also swap out the chicken for another type of meat, such as beef or pork. If you want a vegetarian version, simply omit the meat and use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. You could also add some frozen peas to the soup for extra colour and nutrition.

What other food it works well with

This dish goes well with a green salad or some steamed vegetables on the side. It also goes well with a glass of white wine or a beer.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake people make when making chicken and dumplings is not cooking the dumplings long enough. Be sure to simmer the soup for at least 10 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through. Another mistake is adding too much water to the dough, which will make the dumplings tough. Add just enough water to make a soft dough.

Nutritional Information

This dish is high in protein and low in fat. It is also a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Allergens

This dish contains gluten, milk and egg.


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