Bobbe's Chicken and Dumplings (sort of) for a Crowd

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Bobbe's Chicken and Dumplings (sort of) for a Crowd


Author Notes: On our birthdays, my five sisters and I were allowed to pick our dinner of choice - Mom's Chicken and Dumplings was the usual winner. It's been tweaked over the years but the basic comfort of the dish remains. This recipe can be doubled (in two pots) or halved - easily - but why would you? Leftovers make the best cream of chicken soup. Ever.Canned

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Serves 8

For the chicken stew

  • 16 chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (bacon fat is a welocme substitute)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 leeks, cleaned well, white and light green parts split in half lengthwise and sliced into half moons
  • 2 celery stalks, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and then sliced
  • 2 yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and then sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Chile de arbol, pinched into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Fennel seeds
  • 2 Rosemary sprigs, leaves finely minced
  • 1 cup white wine or white vermouth
  • 2 quarts turkey or chicken stock - homemade is best
  • 6 sundried tomatoes, minced (optional)
  • 1 Dumpling Recipe, below
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley, minced
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place the olive oil (or bacon fat ) in very large oven proof pot with a cover and warm over medium high heat. (I use a Le Creuset 13 quart pot I bought on ebay). Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and lightly brown the thighs in batches in the oil.
  3. Remove the thighs to a platter and reduce heat to medium. Add the garlic, celery, leeks and red pepper to the pot and sweat, stirring. Add the fennel seed, rosemary and chile de arbol. Stir to combine.
  4. Return the chicken thighs to the pot. Add the wine. When the wine begins to boil, add the stock (if the stock does not cover the chicken and vegetables by about 2 inches, add additional water or stock), bay leaf and sundried tomatoes, if using. Bring to a simmer and transfer the pot, uncovered, to the preheated oven. Cook at a simmer in the oven for about 40 minutes.
  5. After 40 minutes, add the zucchini, squash and peas to the chicken. After adding the zucchini, squash and peas, take the dumpling dough and drop it on top of the chicken mixture in large tablespoons. Return the pot to the oven and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Cover the pot and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the pot from the oven and serve in shallow bowls, 2 chicken thighs per person, a ladleful of broth and a couple of dumplings. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

For the dumplings

  • 4 cups Bisquick
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons Thyme leaves, minced
  1. Mix together ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon only until just combined. Do not overmix. Set aside while the chicken cooks and proceed as noted above.

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