I'm certain, I don't have to tell you how comforting a bowl of chicken and dumplings is after a long busy day. I was blessed to grow-up with this hearty dish as a regular rotation on the menu in my Mom's kitchen. It's Southern Comfort at it's finest.
If it's your preference to enjoy chicken and dumplings without vegetables, you can certainly leave them out or adjust the kind according to your taste. I personally love a one pot meal, so, veggies are a must when I make this for my family. For the best results, leave the lid in place and don't peak. Let the dumplings develop their fluffy goodness all on their own!
1 medium sweet onion, finely diced
1 cup sliced carrot
2 ribs celery, sliced
4 Tbsp butter
salt & black pepper to taste
1 large bay leaf
1/4 cup AP flour
1 [10 3/4] oz can cream of chicken with herbs soup
3 [14.5] oz cans low sodium chicken broth
3 cups roughly chopped, rotisserie chicken
2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
2 1/2 cup buttermilk baking mix [i.e. Bisquick]
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
In the bottom of a large heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, melt the butter. Add the diced onion, sliced carrots ans celery. Season with salt and black pepper to your taste. Cook for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are beginning to soften and brown. Add 1/4 cup AP flour and stir to coat the vegetables.
Add the bay leaf, cream of chicken with herbs soup, chicken broth, chopped chicken and seasonings. Adjust the salt and black pepper to your taste. Stir well. Increase the burner temperature and bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, mix together the buttermilk baking mix and buttermilk. Using a tablespoon or a 2 oz ice cream scoop to divide the dumpling mixture. Drop into the boiling broth. After all of the dumplings have been added, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cover. Do not lift the lid for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, uncover, and gently press the dumplings into the broth. Remove from the heat. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Stir the dumplings through the broth prior to serving to naturally thicken the broth. [tip: The broth will continue to thicken as it sits.] Yield: 8-10 servings
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If you prefer a thicker broth, no worries! Remove the dumplings to a platter and keep warm, then bring the broth to a simmer. Dissolve 2-3 Tbsp flour in cold water or milk, and whisk into the broth. Repeat until you reach your desired consistency. Return the dumplings to the pot and stir before serving.