Welcome to the ultimate culinary journey into the realm of comfort food – the perfect homemade Chicken and Dumplings recipe. Immerse yourself in the world of rich, creamy chicken soup adorned with delectably light and fluffy dumplings. Crafted from scratch, this gastronomic adventure promises the juiciest chicken, the most flavorful soup, and dumplings that are a masterpiece in themselves.
Unveiling the Essence of Chicken and Dumplings: Picture a savory chicken soup, enriched with vegetables, and bathed in a luscious creamy broth. Now, imagine delicate, uncooked dumplings poised on top, ready to be transformed into fluffy perfection through the gentle magic of steaming. A Southern U.S. comfort food, Chicken and Dumplings embrace variations in soup thickness and dumpling types.
Celery ribs, diced
Carrots, large, diced
Yellow onion, chopped
Clove garlic, minced
Low-sodium chicken broth
Chicken bouillon paste (better than bouillon base*)
Freshly ground black pepper
Boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken breasts*
Evaporated milk, canned
Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
For the Dumplings:
How To Make?
Season the chicken with salt and pepper, searing it to perfection in olive oil for a tantalizing 3 minutes per side. Let it rest and dice before setting aside.
Melt butter in the same pot, savoring the creation of “fond,” a treasure trove of flavor scraped from the pot’s bottom.
Saute onions, carrots, and celery, infusing the kitchen with aromatic bliss. Add minced garlic, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a symphony of seasonings for a flavor explosion.
Introduce flour, transforming the mixture into a roux, a key player in the creaminess of the soup.
Gradually add chicken broth, stirring continuously, creating a harmonious union of flavors.
The grand finale: Dumpling dough joins the soup, enveloping it in a cozy embrace. Lid on, simmer gently for 15 minutes until perfection is achieved.
Pro tip: Resist the temptation to lift the lid. A peek disrupts the dumpling’s steamy affair.
Unveiling the Secret: The Best Homemade Broth Searing fresh chicken imparts the “fond” to the pot, creating the base for an unparalleled homemade flavor. By avoiding a full boil, the chicken remains tender, joining the soup just in time to harmonize with the dumplings.
Gauge the simmering soup with your ear, ensuring a gentle bubble that steams the dumplings without burning the base.
Leftover chicken? Absolutely! Instructions await in the recipe card.
Try the Chicken Stew recipe with potatoes for another comforting twist.
Soup: Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for 3 months. Thinner, but the flavor remains stellar.
Dumplings: Best enjoyed fresh but can be stored separately and reheated for 5-7 minutes.