First, I would like to apologize for my low quality cell phone pics. I don’t have the time nor the inclination to get a camera and do the editing. That’s a project for the near-future. Just believe it looks and tastes good (trust me…It does).
I was in a rush today, so I Googled quick 30 minute meals. Rachel Ray has a chicken and dumplings recipe that looked pretty easy. I didn’t follow it exactly, but I had most of the ingredients her recipe called for.
Chicken and Dumplings
Feeds about 10 people (most of my recipes do)
- Cubed boneless breasts or thighs (about 3 pounds)(make them small enough so they’re able to cook in about 20 minutes)
- Poultry seasoning (a tablespoon)
- Salt & Pepper
- Chicken stock (3-4 quarts)
- Flour (a handful)
- Italian Seasoning (2 tsp)
- Bisquick (4 cups)
- Water (1-2 cups)
- Paprika (1 tablespoon)
- Sprig of thyme (remove leaves from stem)
- Onion, celery, and carrots (1/2 an onion, 1 bag of shredded carrots, 1 stalk of celery)
- Butter & olive oil
- Instant mashed potatoes
*Disclaimer: I use whatever I have available. If you don’t have instant mashed potatoes to thicken your stock, that’s totally fine. Just use what you have! Google is great for substitutes. The original recipe doesn’t call for Italian seasoning or paprika. I just added it because I wanted to! It also called for more vegetables, but I didn’t have any (or time to go to the store).
Cook your veggies for about 5-10 minutes in the butter and olive oil on medium heat. Add in your seasonings and a handful of flour. Cook for 2 minutes. Add your stock and the chicken. Bring to a boil.
While the chicken is cooking, make your dumplings. Bisquick + water has to be the easiest dumpling recipe I’ve ever come across! You might not need all the water. Add just enough. It’s OK if they’re not all uniform. I made them about the size of 1/2 a tablespoon. Once the pot is boiling, evenly space and add your dumplings. Cover and cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Uncover and stir, adding your instant mashed potatoes (if needed). I used about 1 cup. Cook for another 5 minutes.
I didn’t make any, but I bet this would be delicious served over biscuits.
I hope you enjoy this hot meal on a cold day! Stay warm in this crazy weather.