Even though it’s summer time, we love to whip up a nice hot soup every once and awhile. Our joy for good food and cooking outweighs a hot kitchen without AC…yeah we’re a little weird.
One of our favorite soups to make is chicken and dumplings. It’s nutritious and easy to make, especially if you have some left-over chicken laying around (well not laying around, hopefully its covered and in the fridge). If you don’t have any, just season some boneless chicken breasts with salt and pepper and cook (with olive oil) over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes a side or until they aren’t pink in the middle. You are going to shred it eventually so it’s okay if you cut them into smaller pieces first.
All the other ingredients are pretty straight forward. “D&E, where do we get dumplings?” Oh right, well we use our friend Pillsbury Dough-boy’s Grands Frozen Biscuits. You can also substitute with gnocchi, which is quite tasty.
Chicken and Dumplings
- Servings – 5 to 6
- Prep time – 15 minutes
- Cook time – 30 minutes
- 4 carrots peeled and chopped
- 3 celery stalks chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- About 1-2 chicken shredded breasts
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup water with dissolved chicken bouillon cube
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 3 Grand’s Frozen Biscuits, thawed and quartered
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 pinch dried rosemary (you can play with the amounts of all the herbs as much as you want!)
1.) Over medium heat, in a large pot, sauté the carrots, celery, and onion in olive oil in the pot for 7 minutes or until the vegetables become tender.
2.) Add in chicken broth, water with the dissolved chicken bouillon cube, shredded chicken, can of cream of mushroom soup, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme and bring to a simmer.
3.) Evenly drop in the quartered pieces of biscuit (there should be 12!), cover the pot, and simmer for another 5 minutes or so, until the biscuits are cooked through (they’ll get really big). They will still be doughy, but no longer raw. You can also adjust the amount of biscuits you use depending on how many dumplings you want. We like dumplings, so we use a lot!
4.) Serve and enjoy! The leftovers keep great and make a delicious lunch.