Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Chicken and Dumpling Soup
Is there anything as comforting and hearty as a big pot of Chicken and Dumplings?  I hardly think so.  Whether you cook up chicken thighs or breasts, or use the meat from a rotisserie chicken, this soup is easy to make and comes together quickly.  It also freezes well. 1 Tbs. good olive oil
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 yellow onion, diced
1 cup diced celery
4-5 medium carrots, sliced into coins
1/2 – 1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (I often use 5-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs in place of the breasts, too)
8-10 cups good, strong chicken broth
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste (or substitute white pepper, if you prefer)
1 Tbs. cornstarch stirred into 2 Tbs. water to make a slurry, stir until smooth
Splash of heavy cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
6 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 Tbs. chopped flat-leaf parsley or 1/2 tsp. dried
In a large Dutch oven over medium heat, combine oil and butter; add onions, celery, carrots, turmeric, and oregano. Cover pot with lid and cook until vegetables are fork-tender, reducing heat, if needed.
Meanwhile, make the dumplings by combining flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/4 each kosher salt and black pepper in a large mixing bowl; stir in butter, buttermilk, and parsley; set aside.

Add broth to vegetables in Dutch oven; bring to a simmer, then drop the prepared dumpling mixture by the spoonful into the simmering broth. Cook dumplings in broth for 15-20 minutes; add chicken, then season soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Add prepared slurry to soup and cook, stirring until nicely thickened.  Stir in a splash of cream and serve in big, fat bowls.

Now You’re Cookin’,
Chef Alii


Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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