Chicken and Dumplings

Winter is in full swing here in Texas. Its cold and rainy. In the middle of summer when the temperature is over 100°, I can’t wait for winter and cold, snuggly nights. Now that winter is here, I snuggle up with Theo and love making big pots of hot, thick food, like chicken and dumplings.  The following recipe is my variation of my Aunt’s chicken and dumplings that she taught me how to make in high school. Its rich, creamy and hot, perfect for cold chilly nights.

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Ingredients

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon oil
4-6 carrots
3 stalks celery
1 box chicken broth
dry minced onion
salt and pepper
1 batch biscuit dough, homemade or refrigerated can
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In a large pot, brown the outside of the chicken breast in the oil over medium-high heat until browned on both sides.

In the meantime, wash and peel the carrots and celery.

Dice the carrots and celery into 1 inch pieces.

Remove the chicken from the pot and pour in the chicken broth, making sure to get any little browned morsels of deliciousness up off the bottom of the pot and stirred into the broth.

Replace the chicken  and add as much water as needed to submerge the chicken. I usually end up with about 2 cups broth and  just under 2 cups water. Bring broth to a boil and allow the chicken to boil until cooked through.

Remove cooked chicken from the boiling broth and allow to cool slightly on a cutting board.

Add the carrots and celery to the chicken broth and cook about 10 minutes before  adding the chicken back in.

Dice up the chicken breast into 1 inch cubes and add back to the pot with about 1/2 teaspoon of dry onion(more or less to taste).  Season with salt and pepper to taste and depending on the salty-ness of the chicken broth used.

Roll out the biscuit dough and cut into squares, rectangles, triangle or strips.

Add the biscuit dough into the pot and stir. When the biscuit dough floats to the top, is it cooked through. Allow the soup/stew to continue to cook until thickened. It should be pretty quick, 5-10 minutes.

Serve piping hot is a huge bowl. Then take a nice long nap.

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