Chicken and Dumplings

by Edie Wadsworth on September 24, 2010


I thought you might like to try this recipe, which is perfect for fall. But first, an update or two.
1. I took my computer to the Apple Genius Bar last week. I have a MacBookPro and it is broken (physically) from possibly overextending it when it’s open and as a result, it won’t close. The estimate for fixing it, you ask? $900. Yowza. So I did what you would have done. I brought it home broken and searched the house for duct tape. It’s almost three years old so we’ll probably just check into getting a new one here soon. The genius bar let me down. That’s a first.
2. I went into Sephora while reading all your emails and suggestions for perfume.      After a dizzying amount of spraying and smelling,  I ended up with ‘Amazing Grace’ which I like (love the name too!). And I was roped into trying a new one called Lady Million. Now here’s where my wild layering tendencies come out. I don’t like Lady Million on it’s own. But I love it mixed with Amazing Grace. And I ALWAYS mix perfumes. Always. So that’s the update on my perfumery.
3. I’m making this sign, which I saw on Julie’s blog. Except I’m using Clover Green paint from Benjamin Moore, which I saw on Angela’s blog and Bob Dylan lyrics from this song, which is ‘our song’.    I think it’s gonna be pretty darn dazzling but oh my, is it huge?!    I’m sure you’ll see it before too long.
4. I’ve been a teeny bit sickly with the weirdest viral concoction. Here are my symptoms: malaise to the point of ‘I’m too tired to brush my teeth’, headaches, R sided facial/jaw/ear/throat pain. {Please don’t diagnose me:)} But to add insult to injury, I just had dental work on the R side and now my TMJ is raging from having my mouth pried open to maximum capacity with metal instruments AND now I have a mouth ulcer. I’m living on motrin and a soft diet. This is what it’s gonna be like to get older, isn’t it?
5.  Thank you for the wonderful myriad of encouragements you gave me after this post. I had the hardest time hitting ‘publish’ on that one. I should have known you’d be gracious. You always are.

Okay, okay.   Chicken and dumplings. I didn’t forget. I’m trying to uphold my reputation as the queen of butter and cream.  This recipe is my version of the one that was posted in Cuisine At Home a few years ago.   I grew up with drop-type dumplings but this recipe has thick noodle-like dumplings.  Feel free to substitute with your own drop dumplings

You’re welcome.

Chicken and Dumplings

for the soup:

In a large dutch oven, add 4 T. butter and a little olive oil,  sweat the veggies and then add the flour.

1 large onion, diced

3 carrots, chopped

2 stalks of celery, chopped

3 sprigs of thyme, strip stems and use leaves only

1 t. fresh rosemary and sage, minced

the zest of one lemon

2 T. honey

1 T. apple cider vinegar

small sprinkling of red pepper–less and 1/4 teaspoon

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 c. flour, add after veggies are starting to soften and then cook for one minute before deglazing the pan.

Deglaze the pan with:

1/2 cup white wine

2 boxes of chicken stock.  I like this kind, very flavorful and not too salty

1 cup milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

3 cups of cooked chicken

1 cup of frozen peas

re-season with more salt to taste and I added just a little squirt of sriracha.  just a little.

for the dumplings:  (I decreased the salt but o/w this is exactly the recipe from Cuisine at Home.)

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 t. kosher salt

1 t. baking powder

1 egg

1 cup of the ‘soup’ part of the mixture you just made.   I just took a ladle and was careful not to get chicken and peas etc.

Mix the above ingredients into a dough and then roll it out to 1/8 in thick. on a well-floured surface and  cut the dough into strips (approx. 1×4″ strips) and then add them to the simmering soup.  I made mine a little too thick so don’t be shy to roll that dough out pretty thin.     Don’t add them all at once but instead, cut a few and add them slowly.  When they’re all added, stir and then cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

I’m also making this applesauce cake recipe into cupcakes and adding caramel icing to the top.   I saw something similar earlier this week and it sounded so perfect for fall!  The mom who made them added popsicle sticks so that they looked like caramel apples.  Only better!

Happy Weekend!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Celesta September 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Check out the Adele version of Feel My Love. Way good!

I’ve been tracking with you a while now – first felt the connection over your love for Brandi Carlile, who I saw live with the Avett Brothers a couple weeks ago. Since you are a bluegrass gal, you absolutely MUST give the Avett boys a go. You won’t be sorry!

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2 Patti Brown September 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm

that’s so funny about getting older…just throw hot flashes on top of that and that is a perfect picture!!! thanks for the recipe…can’t wait to try it…pb

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3 cheryl September 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Celesta! so right on about the Avett Brothers. and to see them WITH Brandi…..wow! a dream come true!and i totally agree about the Adele version. i love it!i also love Phil Keaggy’s version. Edie, give a listen to the Avett Brother’s “January Wedding” and “Swept Away”. their music is all over the place, but those 2 are more bluegrassy. i think i just made up a word. can’t wait to see your sign!

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4 cheryl September 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

p.s. love the chicken and dumpling recipe, Edie. it’s just the way my Mam-maw taught me to make them, growing up in TN. they’re the best!

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5 Rachel September 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Aside from the unpleasant dental work I have exactly the same symptoms. Same side and everything. Hmm. Maybe there is something going around. Bring on the ibuprofen.

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6 angela September 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm

hey now. the sign? awesome! the song going on the sign? so love that one. I am so sorry that you don’t feel good. I have been there. very lately. and the chicken and dumplins? making me hungry and might even try to make it this weekend.

by the way, i’ve never mixed perfumes. sound scary to me. but thinking i’m going to try it. wish me luck.

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7 melissa stover September 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

i had the strangest sickness last week. my head hurt so bad off and on for 7 days that i frequently woke my husband up to warn him that i might die in the night. it felt like major sinus pressure, yet i had no other sinus symptoms. weird. and i was soooo tired. but i’m still alive!

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8 Gina September 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Mmmm, the chicken and dumplings looks delicious! I like the addition of some veggies. I will definitely try this recipe. :) can’t wait to see your sign! I love those. Might have to try one myself. ;)

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9 Tara September 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm

i can’t wait to try your recipe…..
and those boys of mine better not say one single word about the veggies in it!

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10 Southern Gal September 25, 2010 at 2:26 am

The sign sounds glorious. And those dumplings? They look divine. My grandma always rolled them out very thin and cut them into strips with a butter knife. I can still see her doing that and then dropping them in the chicken pot. You’ve made me start craving them now, but it’s gonna have to get a tad bit cooler around here before I’ll do that.

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11 Cheri September 25, 2010 at 5:08 am

Yummy – thanks! If you were feeling fine prior to the dental work and had any mercury/amalgam involvement (removal or addition), you might want to do a little detox. Help your body flush those toxins. Hope you feel better soon. (I had all the mercury/amalgam fillings removed by a holistic dentist in a special treatment and the change in me was remarkable. Lifelong stuttering disappeared, among other things. However, it is important to do so with special equipment. When not used, the patient can suffer. Hope this isn’t your case.)

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12 Kristi September 25, 2010 at 5:49 am

If I make this chicken and dumplings my husband would LOVE ME and then YOU for giving us the recipe! His grandma used to make it for him and I never have…… Nice wife I am!
As for the dental work, ughhhhh I feel your pain. I have the worlds worst genes for teeth. They LOOK nice, but are soft and roots die for NO reason. 3 root canals this year! One was the dentist doing the WRONG tooth, can you stand it?
I promise I won’t diagnose you, but promise me you don’t have deer ticks where you live? I hate these little buggers and they give me the CREEPY CRAWLIES! We have them EVERYWHERE!!! Can you say nightly strip downs and scalding shower/baths for the entire family?!?! Yes, I am a lil crazy. But I’m guessing you have gathered that by now!
Oh and Amazing Grace, I got that too! But my absolute favorite is Cool Water Woman (Davidoff) with Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea as a close second. Unfortunately, I haven’t been perfume shopping in wayyyyyy tooooo llloooonnnnggg :)
Kristi

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13 Rhonda September 25, 2010 at 10:17 am

Thanks for the recipe – I’m always searching for the perfect chicken and dumpling recipe!

Hope you are feeling better soon :)

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14 Tammy September 26, 2010 at 3:39 am

I can’t wait to try your chicken and dumpling recipe and this lovely applesauce cake for the college Bible study!! Speaking of apples, did you look at your calendar to see if this Wednesday the 29th would work for our apple field trip? We look forward to going!!

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15 Pamela K. September 26, 2010 at 3:43 am

Mmmmm! Chicken and dumplings sounds so good! I’ll be making some this week. And I want to try the applesauce cake. Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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16 the domestic fringe September 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I am DEFINITELY going to try this! My husband just talked about chicken and dumplings last week and my response was…”I don’t think I’ve eaten that.”

Thanks for the great recipe!

Sorry about your computer, but glad you found a new fragrance you love.
-FringeGirl

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17 the domestic fringe September 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Hope you feel better!

That wasn’t an afterthought, my finger goes to “Post Comment” way too quickly.
-FringeGirl

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18 MarshaMarshaMarsha September 27, 2010 at 4:32 am

your use of the word malaise in a blog post = me quite impressed

it never occurred to me to mix perfumes! i’m going to have to try that tomorrow, especially with this one scent by jo malone. i like it okay but it is almost too masculine for me to wear. maybe mixing will balance it out well.

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19 Tracey January 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I made this a month ago and my family LOVED it! Making it again tonight. Thank you so much Edie! Have been reading your blog for about a year now and I just think you are amazing!

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