I have to confess that I did not make the dumplings from scratch. Sorry Mom. I did, however, use something near and dear to my heart. I used Mary Hill Dumplings which you can find in the freezer section and, most importantly, are made in my very own, small hometown! So cool! It makes me feel like they’re practically homemade! This is what you look for in the freezer section of the grocery:
CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders
1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced or thinly sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 rib celery, diced
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1/3 palm full
2 tablespoons flour, a handful
1 quart chicken broth or stock
1 package frozen dumplings (I used Mary Hill Dumplings, but there are others out there)
1/2 cup warm water
Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 cup frozen green peas
Dice tenders into bite size pieces and set aside. Wash hands.
Place a large pot on stove over medium high heat. Add oil, butter, vegetables and bay leaf and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Season mixture with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Add flour to the pan and cook 2 minutes. Stir broth or stock to the pot and bring to a boil. Add chicken to the broth and stir.
Follow the directions on the frozen dumplings. Basically, when the mixture begins to boil, separate frozen dumplings and place in the pot, one at a time, stirring carefully. Continue until all the dumplings have been added and have all gotten soft.
Add the frozen peas and chopped parsley.
Let cook at medium heat until peas are soft.
That’s it! So easy and so good!
This is what the dumplings look like in the package.
What’s your favorite comfort food? Do certain foods bring back those childhood memories, too?