Chicken and Dumplings
© TPH & llizard aka ejm 2002
Ingredients (serves four)
1 c all-purpose flour
¼ c yellow cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ c cream (10% butterfat)
or . . .
1 c flour
1/3 c cornmeal
1/3 c milk powder
1 Tbsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 c water
8 chicken thighs
½ c all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
¼ c olive oil
3 leeks - white and pale green parts only, sliced in coins - about 1½ c
1 onion, thinly sliced - about ¾ c
1½ tsp flour (for thickening sauce)
2 carrots, peeled, diced
2 celery ribs with leaves, diced
½ tsp dried thyme, crumbled
1 can (284 ml/10 oz) chicken broth
½ c water
chicken stock powder (or salt), to taste
- Stew: Trim leeks and slice in coins. Put into a tub of cool water and swish around. Leave to sit for a few minutes and swish around again. The sand should fall to the bottom of the tub. Drain and repeat.
- Dredge chicken parts in seasoned flour, shaking off excess, and put
on a rack. Heat oil to moderately high in a large heavy pot and brown chicken in batches (no crowding, please) about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken pieces to a plate when they are browned.
- Stir in leeks and onions and cook
3 minutes, scraping the bottom and stirring occasionally. Stir in 1½ tsp flour. Stir in thyme, broth, chicken stock powder and chicken and bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered partially, until chicken is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Dumplings: For the dumplings, mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. With a fork stir in liquid until dough is just blended.
- Putting it all together: Add carrots and celery to chicken mixture. With a large soup spoon scoop out dumplings and arrange on top of stew. Simmer covered, 12 minutes. (Dumplings are done when a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.) or Put the hot stew into an oven proof casserole dish. Arrange the dumplings on top and bake uncovered in a 375F oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
Adapted from a recipe in Gourmet Magazine Feb1994 (www.epicurious.com/run/recipe/view?id=11622)