Friday, April 4, 2014

Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings

Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings
Um...I don't know if maybe I did something wrong here? I'm just gonna 'fess up: I thought this recipe would be thicker but...for me...it was kind of like soup. Now....that's totally cool. It's yummy soup! But I'm not sure if my perception was wrong or if I did something wrong? Regardless, I've slightly minimized the amount of chicken broth in this recipe.
Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings
ANYWAY. Now that we got that out of the way. I want to tell you that this is really comforting. And delicious. I've never been to the South (aside from driving through it and a couple family vacations in Virginia and Disney World-but I don't think Disney counts). But...I really feel like I'd enjoy the food. Comfort food. That's the thing. And that's what I AM ALL ABOUT!
Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings
And, uh, yeah....for the record...while we're on the subject: Ohio's not the South. Anyone actually from the South knows this but there are weird groups of people who do not. I'm always like "It's a pretty Northern state...sooo..." and then people tell me they love my southern accent and I'm like "I DON'T HAVE ONE?!" (I don't. Seriously. I took a whole class in school about sounding phonetically neutral and I am. I am accentless. There were 2 words when I went into the class that were just slightly Michigan/Chicago-esque. But those got fixed, sooo). Of course there are also the people who think I'm from Idaho. Or...that Ohio is Idaho. Or...I don't know. All I know is I tell people I'm from Ohio and (seriously, this exact phrase has come out of at least 20 different peoples' mouths) they say: "Oh. I love potatoes!" ...."That's Idaho." and then they're confused.
Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings
That tangent aside...

This recipe for chicken and dumplings is beautifully simple to make and it tastes so...mmmm. Like...you know? It's that warm, chicken-y, carb-y, comforting kind of flavor. I can't find a word for it. But you know what I'm saying, right? Of course you do. You're my people. You get me. Right?

Yeah. You do. You understand that this is the kind of meal that soothes your soul. Mmmhm.


Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings

Slightly adapted from Seeded at the Table

Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings
Makes 6 servings.
Ingredients:
  • 8-10 cups (64-80 oz.) chicken stock/broth
  • pepper, salt, dried basil, garlic powder, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded, chicken
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or substitute), divided
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
Preparation:
  • Add broth/stock, seasonings (to taste), and bay leaves to a large pot. Bring to a boil.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, and baking soda. Stir in melted butter and 3/4 cup buttermilk. Place on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about 1/8" thickness. Cut out 2 in. shapes (whatever you prefer, I used a little biscuit cutter).
  • Drop cut out dumplings into boiling broth and cook, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes (until cooked through).
  • Add shredded chicken and stir until heated.
  • If (when) it needs thickened, mix together 1/4 cup buttermilk with cornstarch and add to the pot. Stir until it reaches desired consistency.
  • Discard bay leaves and serve!
Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings
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