Oh how I love fall! I look forward to this time of year the moment spring hits. One of the things I look forward to is pulling out all my favorite recipes that have been pushed into the deep abyss of my kitchen drawer. And this year the first to make it out is an all-time family favorite...chicken and dumplings.
This was one of my favorite meals as a child. The rich aroma would blanket you the closer you got to my front door and fill the surrounding air with the all too familiar intoxication. Now that the weather has drastically cooled down and the rain has begun, this seemed the perfect meal to break in the new season.
First let me say that you are going to want to use a relatively large pot for this. The pot I was using was way to small and that is because I have yet to buy one suitable for such a meal. It can get messy real quick if you are using a pot that is too small. Now, on to the recipe!
Once you have a suitable pot, you will want to gather your ingredients. You will need bone-in skin-on chicken. It is important that it is bone-in skin-on because it is going to provide the majority of the flavor. You will also need Bisquick, extra-wide egg noodles, milk, celery, bay leaves, and a garnish of your choice. I usually use dried parsley flakes or Italian seasoning. I forgot to add milk to the picture but it is used to make the dumplings =)
The first thing you will want to do is add your chicken, diced celery, and bay leaves to your pot.
Add enough water to cover the chicken.
Again, my pot was too small so it wasn't covering it all the way but you technically want the water to completely cover the chicken or you will have to turn the chicken periodically while boiling. Once you bring the chicken to a boil, turn it down to a light boil (slightly more than a simmer).
The chicken I used was still a tad frozen so it cooked for about 45 minutes. I had to turn mine way down to keep it from boiling over which may have contributed to the time. Typically I boil the chicken for 30 minutes. You will want to boil until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
Once the chicken is cooked, turn off the stove and remove the pot from the heat. Do not pour out the water! You will need it for the rest of the recipe. Remove the chicken from the pot carefully with tongs or a large fork. I usually place the chicken in a strainer in the sink. Then you want to remove the chicken from the bone. I also remove the majority of the skin. I will sometimes leave a couple small pieces for flavor but it's also perfectly ok to remove it all. Place separated chicken back into the pot.
You will want to turn the stove back on to about medium heat and allow the chicken and stock heat up while you prepare the dumplings.
To prepare the dumplings, place the bisquick mix in a large bowl. Add the milk and mix well (I just mix it by hand). Adjust accordingly. You don't want the dumplings to be to moist or to dry. The mix should stick to the spoon and hold its form.
When your dumpling mix is ready to go, add your noodles to the pot and stir everything together. It is important to stir the ingredients before adding the dumplings to keep the chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
You want to water to just barely cover the noodles. As you can see in the picture the noodles are not completely submerged. This helps to hold the dumpling up. If you need to add water, add hot water as necessary. Start spooning the dumpling on top in a spiral pattern until you cover the entire surface.
Garnish and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Cover and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Having a larger pot will leave adequate space between the lid and dumplings allowing them to cook more evenly.
*Note-You may notice that the recipe doesn't call for any salt or pepper. I do that one because the chicken provides a decent amount of sodium and two so people can season to their own liking. If you like food with your salt like my husband does or if you are more of a modest salt user like myself then you can adjust accordingly!
And you're done! Dish up, season with salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed cooking with me!
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Love and Blessing!