Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Halfway Homemade Chicken & Dumplings

Once upon a time, Leigh was surfing the wonderful world of Pinterest and stumbled upon a metric ton of Chicken & Dumpling recipes. She had never made them on her own, but decided that she wanted to try. Leigh saw a lot of recipes where the magical dumplings were made of canned biscuits and thought, "I can do that!" She experimented greatly and came up with her very own recipe, Halfway Homemade Chicken & Dumplings. Leigh let her mother eat the magical soup and she was cured of all of her woes and strife. And the mother and daughter lived in harmony, happily ever after! The End.

But in all seriousness, I'm pretty sure she drools when I tell her that I'm even thinking about making Chicken & Dumplings. It's adorable and hilarious.

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2 Stalks Celery Chopped
2 Carrots Peeled & Chopped
1/4 Cup Yellow Onion Chopped
2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1 1/2 Tbsp Flour
8 Cups Water
2 Tbsp "Better Than Bouillon" Chicken Base
1 Tsp Sage
1 Tsp Thyme
1/4 Tsp Poultry Seasoning
1/2 Tsp Ginger
4 Chicken Breasts
1 Can Biscuits
S & P to Taste

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1. Add chopped vegetables and butter to large stock pot. Cook on medium-high heat until onion begin to become transparent.
2. Add flour to the vegetables/butter mixture and stir thoroughly to create roux. Immediately add water.
3. Stir in sage, thyme, poultry seasoning, ginger, and the chicken base. Add chicken and cook over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

4. Pull chicken out and cut into bite size chunks. Add back to the soup.
5. Take biscuits and pull each one apart into fifths and ball them up tightly. Drop into the soup as you make them. (This would go much faster with a helper!)
6. Place lid almost completely covering the soup and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to get the dumpling cooked evenly. (When you completely cover the soup, it boils over, but if you don't, the dumpling don't get enough steam to cook thoroughly!)
7. Add S&P to taste and enjoy!

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So, you're probably thinking, "Ginger?" Yes, ginger. You can't tell overtly that it's in the soup, but I swear that it adds a bit of warmth and depth to the flavor that you'll miss if you don't put in. And, by all means, if you love ginger, add more!

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I hope that you enjoyed story time! Enjoy the soup!


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  1. One of my favorite dishes ever and I never would have thought to use the biscuits! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

    1. Pam - it is truly delicious!!! Thanks for the hosting the party each week! I love your blog! Happy Valentines Day!

  2. Yummy, how inspired to use rolled biscuits! Thank you for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop so much fun. Big Hugs ♥

    1. Thanks for hosting the fabulous party! Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!

  3. This looks so yummy! In another life I used to refuse to make things that were not from scratch, but now that life is crazy I would rather just have some good food that is mostly homemade than microwave something that isn't at all! Going to give these a try! :D


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