Chicken Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

This dish isn't fancy, but it's so simple and so good on a cold evening. It's also very quick. My family and I prefer this over traditional chicken and dumplings.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a wide, deep pot, combine the chicken, stock and bay leaf- bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium, cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Skim the broth of any fat.
  3. Stir in the celery, carrots, onion and thyme.
  4. Contine to simmer over medium heat, partially covered, until the vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes).
  5. Stir in the kale.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Dumplings: Mix the dry ingredients together, then cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly (a food processor makes this really easy).
  8. Add the milk and mix just until combined.
  9. Drop tablespoons of the dumpling batter in clumps over the top of the stew.
  10. Discard the bay leaf and thyme sprigs and serve.


Most Helpful

We loved this- great flavor, and really "warming". I liked it even better the next day as as the cornmeal from the dumplings thickens up the broth. This is just the kind of meal I like on a blustery day. The second time I made it I didn't have the kale, and I added some finely chopped fresh rosemary to the dumplings.We liked it that way as well. This is still really delicious just as posted. A definite keeper.

Scout33 March 27, 2004

Wonderful flavor! Even my super picky roommate liked it. He ate three bowls! I did add potatoes, because I'm Irish. Other than that I followed your recipe. Thank you for a great keeper! I can't wait to make it again once we get through the leftovers :)

Abi Fae November 15, 2006

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