Wednesday, February 4, 2009

chicken dumplings

Sigh . . . .Chicken and dumplings . . . don't get me wrong, they are really, really good, but you know what chicken means right? My love is out of town. Yep, its chicken and pork week. We always eat chicken or pork when he is gone,  and we are going to be eating a lot of chicken and pork. I hate you chicken and pork and all you stand for.

So this dish is very "semi-homemade" which isn't usually how I roll, but its quite good. This is something my mother taught me and I ate often as a child. You can use left over  sunday chicken, roast your own chicken or, use a rotisserie chicken. You could also use, dare I even utter the words, boneless, skinless chicken breast, but I think boneless, skinless chicken is a violation of culinary humanity. I shutter.

Ingredient list:
2-3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 box chicken stock
1 onion chopped
2 c potato chopped
2 c carrots chopped
1 c celery chopped
1 cup frozen peas
1 c frozen corn
2 T butter
2 T oil
salt and pepper
3 c Bisquick or any baking mix

Make sure you dice all your veggies the same size (1/2 inch). Heat your oil and butter in a large skillet and saute all your veggies, hold off on the peas and corn till your other veggies and par cooked. Season with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  Add corn and peas and cook a while longer. When potatoes are tender, add about a 1/2 cup flour, sprinkling all over the veggies. Stir to coat all the veggies. Add the chicken (and any gravy if you have it) then add the chicken stock, you might not need all of it.  Pour enough in to cover everything. Bring to a boil then simmer on medium low for about 15 minutes, till potatoes are very tender and everything thickens up. If it is too thick, add some more stock. Taste and make sure it doesn't need more salt and pepper. You could add some herbs, like thyme or rosemary but I don't.  Meanwhile, make you biscuit dough. You could probably just follow the instructions on the box, but I just add some milk to make a very sticky dough. Pour the filling into a casserole dish. With a mini ice cream scoop, spoon balls of the dough on top of the filling, as if you were arranging cookie dough on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until the biscuits are fluffy and browned. Its an easy one and everyone will love it, unless you are fairb but he's gone anyway :(

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