Cincinnati Chili is an easy midwestern classic and total comfort food. Slow simmered for hours and served one of five ways, it's perfect cold weather food!
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Cincinnati Chili is an easy midwestern classic and total comfort food. Slow simmered for hours and served one of five ways, it’s perfect cold weather food!
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Bubbling Gruyere cheese and crispy baguette top a brothy base full of perfectly braised onions in this showstopping French onion soup recipe. Whether you’re making it to warm up on a cold day or for a delicious date night in, this feels luxurious and cozy each and every time. A must-order every time I go […]
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This easy Matzo Ball Soup features tender poached matzo balls floating in a bowl of warm soup made from chicken stock and carrots. Make this classic comfort food for Passover, Rosh Hashanah, or to warm your soul any day of the year; it’s a wonderful weeknight soup recipe! Years ago, after a trip to Florida […]
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The best chicken and dumplings recipe made completely from scratch with a rich stew and fluffy dumplings. Make it a quick meal by using rotisserie chicken!
Long ago while I was in college, I went to the beach with a friend’s family. As is the case on many beach vacations when you rent a house with a lot of people, family members took turns cooking dinner on the nights we didn’t go out to eat. I forever remember the night her aunt made a big pot of chicken and dumplings for everyone. I have no idea how she made it, I wasn’t inclined to ask for the recipe (I was in college and rarely did any cooking of my own), but that memory and that meal never left my mind.
Years later, I would try it on my own and make an okay version, then try again and again, different variations until finally, FINALLY, I put together all of the pieces for the absolute best chicken and dumplings recipe.
Chicken and dumplings, at its core, is essentially a chicken stew with dumplings cooked on its surface. For maximum flavor, we want to make a really rich and hearty stew base that just screams comfort food. Here’s how we do it:
First, we begin with a common soup starter trio: onion, carrots, and celery. They are sauteed in butter, and then we add garlic.
In order to thicken the chicken stew base, we stir in flour until it is thoroughly cooked through and the vegetables are coated. Then, chicken stock is added, as well as heavy cream (for extra flavor and thickness), salt, pepper, thyme, and bay leaves. We’re packing in alllll the flavors. We let all of that simmer together while we make the dumplings.
Truth: No one wants to dig into a dense, soggy dumpling.
So how do we make utterly fantastic dumplings? They are incredibly easy!
We whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; the baking powder is what gives the dumplings a nice, fluffy interior.
Then, melted butter and milk are added for moisture and fat; these help the dumplings hold their shape and keep them nice and tender.
You don’t want to overmix the dough or they will be tough and dense; just a quick stir to get them to come together and call it quits.
After stirring the chopped chicken, peas, and parsley into the vegetable mixture, you’ll drop the dumpling dough all over the surface of the chicken stew.
Very Important! >> Once the dumplings have been dropped into the liquid, cover with a lid and DO. NOT. PEEK. You want that steam trapped inside the pot to get those dumplings nice and fluffy.
Once the 15 minutes are up, test the dumplings for doneness; if they need a few more minutes to cook, you can flip them over at this point, then cover again and cook for a few minutes at a time until done.
If you love chicken-based comfort food dishes, these will be right up your alley:
I would absolutely love it if you made this for dinner sometime soon; if you do, please stop back and leave a rating and let me know how you liked it! ENJOY! 😍
[photos by Ari of Well Seasoned]