Easy Quick and Amazing Chicken and Dumplings is a hearty blend of roasted chicken and plump dumplings in a perfectly seasoned creamy soup.
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Soooo…. everyone has that one food item that will turn them off from the best of dishes, right? Some don’t like green peppers or don’t care for seafood …. or ….. don’t like anything that could possibly relate to ‘wet bread’.
Yup, that’s me standing next to the people who avoid chocolate and macaroni and cheese. Go ahead and try to judge me now. Ha!
This being said, if you have been following my weekly trials and tribulations then you have read before my feelings on the wet bread issue. Can’t do it, won’t do it, not going to do it. My french toast had better be near burnt, my Thanksgiving Day stuffing should be have a crispy top and a big, bad Oh Hell NOOOO to dipping my French Dip into the au jus. Wet bread is truly my kryptonite.
Now let’s talk about Chicken and Dumplings. I think we can all see where this is going so I will summarize my feelings on Chicken and Dumplings in two words… no shot! As a girl raised in the South, I have had near bar fights break out over my opinions on this fine dish. Everyone already has a recipe, knows someone who has a recipe or has a Grammy who makes the best
Chicken and Dumplings this side of Fruitville Road and you had better not question THAT. People take their food very seriously around these parts and when you come out swingin’ on one of their favorites, you had better be able to back up your words.. or be able to buy the next round.
That works too.
So here I am in December with the weather cooling down and shorter days and I know it’s time to start thinking about a comfort food dish to warm up the house and the bellies within. Big Scary Mike LOVES Chicken and Dumplings so I start thinking .. and start researching … and start looking … and start writing up a recipe that sounds amazing on paper .. and then we get to the Dumplings. He likes big, fat, fluffy dumplings opposed to the flat ones so my brain is telling me that I can make this dish and even EAT this dish, I just need to take the dumplings out and I will be ok. He’s happy, I’m happy, life is back to right. Of course, knowing my long standing dislike for a dish I’ve only tried once before, he has to ask the magic phrase of a man who has survived way too many “experimental food nights”… Is there a back up plan to this dinner?
Yes, it’s called pizza delivery.
So I make the soup, the chicken , the seasoning is perfect and so far we are on a roll. Then comes time for the dumplings. I make the dough and I have no idea if it’s too wet or too dry because I am ‘dough making challenged’ anyways but I pull it together and when it’s time… plop! Plop, plop, plop!
…. and we wait …..
When I remove the lid of my dutch oven, there’s no explosion and there’s no single layer of dough and no floating little weird dough remnants to ruin my soup. There are just perfect little dumplings floating around, fat and poofy and happy.
I honestly couldn’t live without my dutch oven and I do think what you use to cook your soups and stews matters when it comes to the quality of food you prepare.
Plus mine is blue and it’s pretty. See? Check it out on Amazon… I ordered mine from them and when the weather turns cold, I honestly use it at least once a week.
But back to what we have been waiting for!!!! I tried them, I had to and I have to say that I actually ate more than one. I liked them, they had chew to them so it wasn’t a mouthful of mush. Then came the thumbs up from Mike and I knew we had a winner.
So the moral of the story is this… if this dish can convert ME then if you are already a Chicken and Dumplings fan, you will LOVE this recipe.
Just don’t tell your Grammy!
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