September 2, 2011

Chicken with Lemon-Thyme Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is definitely on my list of favorite comfort foods. I found this recipe in Midwest Living years ago and it's the main one I use. The lemon-thyme flavor in the dumplings is wonderful!

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2-1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup cake flour or all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme or 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed *
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash white pepper
dash ground sage
dash dried marjoram, crushed
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped, peeled celeriac or chopped, peeled potato
1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed *
* I use fresh lemon thyme in place of regular thyme

For sauce, in a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the 1/4 cup flour. Cook and stir over medium heat for 3 minutes. Stir in the 2-1/2 cups chicken broth. Simmer gently, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring often. Set aside. Meanwhile, for dumplings, in a medium mixing bowl, stir together the 1 cup flour, baking powder, thyme, sugar, salt, white pepper, sage and marjoram. Add milk and peel; stir just until moistened. Set bowl aside. In a 3-quart saucepan, combine chicken pieces, the 2 cups chicken broth, the vegetables, wine and the 1 teaspoon fresh thyme. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer. Using a small ice cream scoop or 2 spoons, form 1/8 of the dough into a dumpling; drop onto chicken mixture. Repeat with remaining dough, making a total of 8 dumplings. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and a wooden toothpick inserted into dumplings comes out clean. With a slotted spoon, remove dumplings from vegetable mixture. Drain and discard chicken liquid from vegetable mixture. Stir in the sauce. Return dumplings to saucepan. Heat through. Ladle chicken mixture into 4 individual serving bowls. Top each with 2 dumplings. 4 servings

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