Yesterday, RT and I flew to Georgia to visit my mother for awhile.Â Out of our seven siblingsÂ (ofÂ which I’m the median one)Â – five were there.Â My sister-in-law, Vicki, made a HUGE pot of chicken and dumplings.Â I love chicken and dumplings.Â It’s the ultimate comfort food, and it’s really good forÂ you.Â Â Here’s an easy recipe for homemade chicken and dumplings.
1 can refrigerated biscuit doughÂ (If you really like dumplings, you can use 2 cans.Â It just depends on how muchÂ you’re making.Â There’s no hard and fast rule here.Â Vicki made such a huge pot of chicken and dumplings, she probably used five or more cans!)
chicken (a package or two of boneless chicken or a whole chicken)
chicken stock (one or twoÂ cans of chicken broth)
salt, pepper, poultry seasoning
2 stalks celery
1 cup plain flour
Place the chicken in a large pot and cover with water.Â AddÂ the choppedÂ onion, grated carrot and finely chopped celery to the water.Â Season to tasteÂ with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.Â Â Simmer until the chicken is well cooked.Â Remove the chicken from the pot and let the chicken cool.Â Leave the vegetables in the pot with the liquid.Â Once the chicken is cool, remove the meat from the bone and cut or tearÂ into bite size pieces.Â Set the chicken aside.
PlaceÂ the flour in a small bowl.Â Open the can of biscuits and cut/break each biscuit into about 8 pieces.Â Â Put the pieces into the flour and coat well.Â The flour is what thickens the liquid.Â So use it generously.
Bring the reserved liquid to a boil.Â Add additional chicken stock, if desired.Â It depends on how much chicken and dumplings you are making.Â Sometimes I add a drop or two of yellow food coloring to make it “prettier.”
Once it is at a rolling boil, drop the biscuit pieces into the liquid one at a time.Â Stir gently to keep them from sticking to the bottom.Â Make sure each biscuit piece is well coated with flour before dropping it into the liquid.Â After it has simmered for awhile, add the chicken back to the liquid, and it’s ready to serve.Â Prepare a salad or vegetable, and you’ve got a perfect meal.Â
I’m looking for a good recipe for whole wheat dumplings so that RT will eat them.Â Since he is pre-diabetic, he doesn’t eat hardly anything that has plain flour in it.Â When I get a good recipe for whole wheat chicken and dumplings, I’ll let you know.