Friday, July 16, 2010

"Cheater" Chicken and Dumplings

"Cheater" Chicken and Dumplings


1/4 cup olive oil
4 chicken thighs, bone in (or 4 bone-in or boneless chicken breasts)
2 medium onions, diced
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups diced celery
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 tablespoon salt (plus more to taste)
1/2 tablespoon pepper (plus more to taste)
6 cups chicken stock
4 frozen biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands Frozen Biscuits), thawed enough to cut into pieces


 1. Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat half of the olive oil (1/8 cup) in a large pot or Dutch Oven over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken, turning the pieces so that all sides are slightly brown, about 3 to 4 minutes for each side. Remove the chicken pieces and place on a paper towel-lined plate.

2. Add the remaining 1/8 cup of olive oil to the pot, along with the onions. Saute the onions until they’re soft, about 6 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, and white wine. Scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pot. Saute, stirring frequently, for another 6 minutes.

3. Add the chicken back to the pot. Cover the meat and vegetables with chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for 90 minutes. (If your liquid is reducing too much, you may need to add more chicken stock. If the dish is too liquidy, turn up the heat and to reduce the stock more. The idea is to end up with a consistency of a stew.) If the broth is not as thick as you would like, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. 

4. Remove chicken pieces with tongs and allow them to cool. Debone the chicken and shred the meat into small pieces. Return to the pot. Cut each biscuit into fours. Drop the pieces onto the top of the chicken and vegetable mixture. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes, until the dumplings are cooked through. Serve immediately.


1 comment:

  1. I make chicken and dumplings similiar cheater but a rotisserie chicken I get the cold ones from Kroger and details bone it...boil chicken stock in a pot after sauteeing onions and celery I use the flakeyr frozen biscuits from grands cut up..salt and paoper to taste!!


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