Chicken Stew with Dumplings

Chicken Stew with Dumplings
Thick sauce and juicy chunks of chicken and vegetables, topped off with fluffy dumplings, combine to make this stew the ultimate comfort food. 

Ingredients

5 cups (1.25 L) chicken stock
4 lb (1.8 kg) skinned chicken thighs
7 small carrots, peeled and cut in half diagonally
4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups (500 mL) peeled pearl onions
3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
3 chopped celery stalks
1 chopped onion
2 cups (500 mL) button mushrooms
1/3 cup (75 mL) all-purpose flour
1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
1/2 cup (125 mL) peas, frozen
1/4 cup (60 mL) whipping cream

Dumplings:
2 cups (500 mL) sifted cake and pastry flour
2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley
4 tsp (18 mL) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
3/4 cup (175 mL) milk

Preparation

In a large Dutch oven, bring chicken stock to boil. Add chicken; cover and simmer over medium-low heat until juices run clear when chicken is pierced, about 30 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to plate; let cool. Remove meat from bones; cut into bite-size chunks.

Add carrots and potatoes to stock; cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add pearl onions; simmer, covered, just until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer vegetables to plate. Pour stock into large measuring cup; if necessary, add more chicken stock to make 5 cups (1.25 L).

In same pan, melt butter over medium-high heat; cook celery, onion and mushrooms, stirring often, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add flour, thyme, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in reserved stock; bring to boil, stirring. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until thick enough to coat back of spoon. Return chicken and any accumulated juices to pan. Add carrot mixture, peas and cream, stirring to combine.

Dumplings: In bowl, whisk together flour, parsley, baking powder and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until in coarse crumbs. Using fork, stir in enough milk to make sticky spoonable dough. Leaving space around each, drop by tablespoonfuls (15 mL) onto simmering stew; cover and cook, without lifting lid, for 15 minutes or until dumplings are no longer doughy underneath.

Servings: 8

Tags: butter, carrots, celery, chicken, comfort food faves, flour, milk, mushrooms, onions, parsley, peas, potatoes, soups & stews, whipping cream

Nutritional Info

approx. per serving

cal523

pro35 g

total fat18 g

sat. fat8 g

carb54 g

fibre5 g

chol137 mg

sodium1 mg

%RDI-

calcium15%

iron36%

vit A173%

vit C23%

folate36%

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