Chicken and Dumplings is a comfort food classic! My healthy version is wholesome, tasty and as good for you as it is satisfying. No oil, butter, or cans of soup.
Chicken and Dumplings
Hearty chunks of lean chicken, celery, carrots, peas and onions cook together to make the body of this savory stew. All of that is nestled in a flavorful sauce thickened with a cornstarch slurry for that creamy comfort food feel. Thats right! Velvety texture achieved without using a drop of fat, flour, or cans of soup.
But wait, it gets better……Much Better!
Atop that luscious stew sit pillowy dumplings flecked with fresh herbs. For me chicken and dumplings is all about the DUMPLINGS. Who’s with me?
The heavenly pieces of dough cook drop style in the broth mixture. They puff up into perfectly tender dumplings and still not a trace of butter is used.
Herbed speckled dumplings, tender veggies and hearty chicken equals soul satisfying cold weather Bliss! (although this is so good I eat it all year around)
Once again proving Comfort Food can be wholesome, healthy and satisfying!
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 21/2 cups chicken stock
- 100 grams (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 250 grams (2 cups) carrots, chopped
- 1 can (14 ounce) peas
- 100 grams (1 cup) celery
- ¼ cup cold water
- 16 grams (2 tablespoons) cornstarch
- 120 grams flour
- 11/2 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 whole egg
- ¼ cup milk or milk alternative of choice
- In a large dutch oven combine chicken, stock, onion, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil of medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 10 minutes. Add in carrots, celery and peas. Return to a boiling, reduce heat and cook covered for 10 minutes more.
- Remove chicken from saucepan and set aside. In a small bowl whisk together water and cornstarch; stir into the broth and vegetable mixture in the pan mixing in very well . Cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Chop up the chicken and return to the pan and make the dumplings
- For the Dumplings:
- In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and parsley. In another bowl mix the egg and milk and pour into the flour. Stir together with a fork to combine.
- Drop dumpling batter by 1 tablespoon into the hot chicken and vegetables in the pan. Cover and simmer 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the dumplings comes out clean.
- Serve and enjoy.
What’s your favorite cold weather meal?
All time favorite comfort food?
Tell me a dish you would like made healthy?