Chicken and Dumplings for #SundaySupper & #FamilyDinnerTable

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Family Life, Recipe, SundaySupper | 26 comments

I have so many great memories of family dinners and helping my grandmothers in the kitchen. These memories are some of what I want to impart on my children. I want them to think back and remember the family time around the dinner table. The conversations had, the relationships made and of course, the food that was served.

 

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This week’s theme for #SundaySupper is Favorite Childhood Meals. It was a hard task to narrow down just one meal, but Chicken and Dumplings won out. It is a meal that is perfect for fall in Michigan. The days are getting shorter and cooler. Hot, comfort food, is a great way to cozy up and watch the season change.  Chicken and Dumplings is a staple during Fall and Winter in my household,  it is always a hit, and while this post is sponsored by American Family Insurance,  the opinions and experience are my very own.

 

One of the great things about making childhood family meals, is getting my own children into the kitchen. They enjoy helping out with prep and with cooking. Mostly, they are growing boys so their very favorite part is the tasting. When they were younger, to get them interested in cooking, I took them to the Farmers Market and let them pick out the vegetables they wanted to add to our dishes. They loved this and they were more apt to try new things if it was their idea instead of mine. The shopping expeditions soon turned into a garden of our own. The boys helped pick out the seeds to grow. They were excited each year to pick food from our garden.  The hands on approach really appeals to them. There have been times I have had to chase them from my tomatoes in order have some left for canning. The boys still get excited to go out to the coop and collect the eggs. In my opinion, it is important to share where food comes from as well as  how to prepare it with your children.

 

Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients

  • 1 Cooked Chicken (Shredded)
  • 5 Carrots (Peeled and Chopped)
  • 1 Small Onion (Diced)
  • 1/4 cup Celery (Chopped)
  • 4 cups Chicken Brother
  • 1 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)
  • Olive Oil (to saute your veggies)
  • 3 tablespoons Half and Half (for finishing the broth)
  • 1 tablespoon Butter (To finish the broth)
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour (For dumplings)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon White Corn Meal
  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk

Note

You can use a store bought rotisserie chicken or cook your chicken and set aside.

Directions

Step 1
001A
I begin my sauteing my veggies in a hot soup pot/dutch oven.
Step 2
To the soften veggies, add in your chicken broth and seasoning. Bring to a simmer.
Step 3
Add your cooked chicken. I like to dice mine, but shredded works just as well. Let simmer uncovered on your stove top for half and hour.
Step 4
In a separate bowl, mix your flour, baking powder, corn meal, sugar and salt. Then, slowly pour in your milk. You want your dough to be sticky, almost biscuit like.
Step 5
Using a teaspoon, I then spoon the dough into the broth. The dough will plump up and float as it cooks. Stir occasionaly to keep the dough from sticking together.
Step 6
Once I am ready to serve my chicken and dumplings, I stir in the half and half, and the butter. This is a great way to finish the broth. Be sure to taste frequently and adjust the salt and pepper to your taste.

 

 

 

Chicken and Dumplings

 

There is something else exciting going on besides just my Chicken and Dumplings, even though I have to say they are tasty. American Family Insurance Company is  having a “Share Your Recipe” sweepstakes. For 6 weeks, a weekly prize of  $100 Williams-Sonoma gift card will be given,  plus a grand prize of a $500 Williams-Sonoma gift card. How great would that be?!  For more details and to share your family recipe, visit: https://contests.amfam.com/familydinnertable/  

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26 Comments

  1. 9-15-2013

    Clever how you let the boys make their own choices about veggies, Shannon. Your choice too of this chicken and dumplings is great! Somehow this scrumptious sounding dish is the epitome of Americana – and comfort =)

    • 9-15-2013

      Thank you! Isn’t it funny, but as soon as it was their choice to try something they just love it. So far the only veggie they don’t love are Brussel Sprouts. They don’t know what they’re missing there. :)

  2. 9-15-2013

    Who doesn’t love dumplings? My grandmother made HEAVY dumplings (no baking powder) that my dad loved, so that’s what I grew up with. Now I will happily eat any kind of dumpling and your chicken and dumplings looks terrific!

    • 9-15-2013

      Thank you! I love the different regional variations to dumplings too. From noodle to biscuit like.

  3. 9-15-2013

    I love that you shop seasonal at the farmer’s market. My daughter who is now in college will still say that she can’t wait to go home so that we can go to the farmer’s market together. It is such a great way to get kids excited about cooking meals!

    • 9-15-2013

      It is, and I love that once they know what a good fresh ingredient tastes like, it will be hard for them to accept the others. I hope these habits of fresh eating carry with them into adulthood. Plus, this time of year there are apply cider slushies. Omg! they are awesome.

  4. 9-15-2013

    I love going to the farmer’s market and choosing fresh veggies. Chicken and dumplings has always been one of my favorite meals.

  5. 9-15-2013

    My parent always had a big garden. Helping with it, picking the fresh veggies, and bringing them in and cooking right away was so much fun. It’s one of the things that started my love of cooking.

    • 9-15-2013

      Renee that is awesome! My boys are great eaters and I know it has to do with getting them out there when they were younger. Once you have grown something from seed, you have to try it. It’s a rule… somewhere. :)

  6. 9-15-2013

    Chicken and dumplings are a family favorite meal! I can’t wait for it to cool off some so that I can eat some!

  7. 9-15-2013

    Yum, Shannon! I just love chicken and dumplings, and it’s one of the first “winter” recipes I make when it gets chilly here in Michigan each year.

  8. 9-15-2013

    Chicken and Dumplings is a family favorite around here too. It isn’t something I had as a kid, but it is something I learned to make shortly after marrying a Southern boy :)

  9. 9-15-2013

    Funny you should mention this being the perfect Michigan Fall meal…my brothers and sisters say their fave growing up (in MI) was my mom’s chicken and dumplings…yet I don’t remember her making them. I’m the oldest, though…she must have started that tradition after I was away at college. Sigh…

    I wish I could reach in and grab a bowl, it looks like perfection.

  10. 9-15-2013

    I love your dish for chicken and dumplings. It sounds like the perfect comfort food.
    Love the picture of your assistant chef – it is so important to have kids in the kitchen :)

  11. 9-15-2013

    This is such a great recipe… love chicken and dumplings! I’ve always been hesitant to make them, as we didn’t have them growing up, and I always thought they’d be so difficult. Thanks for breaking it down! Can’t wait to give this a try especially as the weather is calling for some comfy food! :-)

  12. 9-15-2013

    Love this!! and love how you took your kids to the Farmers Market and let them pick out the vegetables they wanted to add to your dishes. what a great idea! and love that this got you to grow your own garden. . we’ve done the same thing and the kids love watering “their” vegetables and picking their produce. . I love that we are teaching them at an early age!

  13. 9-15-2013

    Such a classic comfort food – wonderful!

  14. 9-15-2013

    Mmmmmmm! Now I want the weather to get cool so we can make a big heaping pot of chicken and dumplings like yours. We cheat and use premade biscuits, but I want to try your version asap!

  15. 9-15-2013

    I really have to start a garden. The kids were so excited when they saw my dad’s garden this summer.

    Chicken & dumplings is a great comforting dish! One of these days I have to attempt this dish.

  16. 9-16-2013

    What a great idea to let the boys pick the veggies for dinner. You know they’ll eat them that way too!

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