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This is seriously the best chicken and dumpling soup you will ever have. It's so creamy and pretty easy to make!This is the recipe from Tyler Florence on the Food Network. His recipe uses homemade chicken stock but I just used boxed stock to make it simple and throw in shredded canned chicken.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 3⁄4-1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1⁄2 cup diced carrot
- 1⁄2 cup diced celery
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
- fresh ground black pepper, for garnish
- chopped flat leaf parsley, for garnish
- 1 (3 lb) broiler-fryer chickens, shredded meat
- To prepare Supreme Sauce: In a Dutch oven, melt butter and heat oil over medium heat. Add carrot, celery, garlic, and bay leaves. Saute until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour to make a roux. Continue to stir and cook for 2 minutes to coat the flour and remove the starchy taste. Slowly pour in the chicken stock, 1 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.
- Let sauce simmer until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes. Stir in heavy cream.
- Fold the reserved shredded chicken into the sauce and bring up to a simmer. Using 2 spoons, carefully drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the dumpling batter into the hot mixture. The dumplings should cover the top of the sauce, but should not be touching or crowded. Let the dumplings poach for 10 to 15 minutes until they are firm and puffy. Season with freshly cracked black pepper and garnish with chopped parsley before serving.
- To prepare the dumplings: sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs and milk together; pour the liquid in the dry ingredients and gently fold. Mix just until the dough comes together, the batter should be thick and cake-like.
Loved this soup! I added 1 small onion and sautéd it with the other veggies in butter. instead of using the already made chicken I cooked my own. I used boneless chicken thighs and added a little thyme, rosemary, basil, 1 bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste. then used the stock for the soup and added some more water, salt, and pepper to taste. after it started boiling I added the dumplings.(cooked everything liked the recipe but only used half of the dumpling otherwise its a little too much.) to make it thicker to your taste in a separate cup I mixed about 3/4 to 1 cup milk with 3-4 heaping tablespoons (the kind you use to eat) of flour mixed with a whisk so there wouldn't be any clumps and added it to the soup little by little while stirring till I got wanted consistency. at the very end I added the chicken. I made this soup when my sister came up to visit and she had 3 bowls of it. and shes a very picky eater! my mom loved it to she said "it's addicting."
The stew is tasty but not nearly thick enough for a traditional chicken and dumpling. I ended up having to throw the original stew out, start over again and use 1/3 c. flour. I also added a medium chopped onion and a tsp. thyme.
My family enjoyed this and we will make again. My timing was a little off, as it took longer than posted. I also had to use more flour to get my sauce thicker, but otherwise the taste was great. My family loved the dumplings. Very light and fluffy.