Do you ever think about certain foods that we eat and think, “Who was the first person who:
Looked at an egg and thought it would be delicious to boil it, peel the shell off, and eat it?
Combined peanut butter and chocolate and knew it would be delicious?
Made bread with yeast?
Skimmed the “fat” off the top of the milk to make butter?
Decided to make biscuit dough, but instead of baking it, thought I think I’ll boil it?
I don’t know who any of these people were. I wish I could meet them. I would surely write them a thank you note or give them a hug…especially the peanut butter and chocolate combiner. Goodness, is that not the best combination ever?!? But, what about the last one? Dumplins. They are so time consuming and labor intensive, right? Wrong. You see, chicken and dumplins is a favorite meal around here. In fact, all 5 of us love them. When all 5 of my people will eat something, it’s a keeper. As the weather gets cooler, is there anything better than a bowl of piping hot chicken and dumplins? Well, how about a bowl of piping hot chicken and dumplins served for dinner in less than 20 minutes?!? Yep, keep reading. Dinner is almost served!
*Before you leave the house put 3 chicken breasts, 3 chicken bouillon cubes and water in your crock pot. (If you don’t have chicken bouillon, just use 4 cups of chicken broth.) Let that cook on low all day.
*Once you get home pour the broth through a strainer and put the chicken back in the crock pot.
*At this point you can just touch the chicken with a fork and it will fall apart. Just hold it in your crockpot until later.
*Pour your chicken broth in a pot to boil. While it is coming to a boil do three things:
*Heat up corn.
*Heat up green beans
Make your biscuit dough.
Here’s the biscuit dough recipe:
1 1/2-2 c. whole wheat flour
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
4 T. softened butter (or lard)
1 c. buttermilk
Mix this all up with clean hands and then add buttermilk…about a cup. Throw it out on your (clean) counter and press it out. Then cut it in to squares.
When your chicken broth is boiling drop the dumplins one at a time into the pot.
While those are boiling, attend to your green beans and corn and then cut up some fruit.
It will take about 7-10 minutes for the dumplins to cook. Gently stir them a few times while they are cooking. Sprinkle them with salt and then add your shredded chicken. Let it simmer on low for 3 minutes or so. (Resist all urges to eat these straight out of the pan. I can not tell you how I know this, but those things are hot as lava while they are in that pan.)
Call your crew in to set the table, get drinks, and then sit down to eat. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy this for supper?!?
Chicken and Dumplins
- 3 chicken breasts
- 4 cups of chicken broth (or water and chicken bouillon cubes)
- 1 1/2 whole wheat flour
- 1 T baking powder
- 1 t salt
- 4 T butter, softened
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Cook chicken and broth in a crock pot on high for 4-5 hours.
- Drain broth and transfer to a pan.
- Mix flour, baking powder, butter and buttermilk
- Roll out dough and then cut into small squares.
- Drop dough squares into boiling broth.
- Boil for 7-10 minutes.
- Add shredded chicken.
- Simmer on low for 3 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
By Jennifer Shackelford
Chaos 2 Peace http://www.chaos2peace.com/
Before you eat please bless the food. While you are blessing the food please say a special thank you for the person who first looked at biscuit dough and thought it would be a great idea to boil it and then add chicken. God bless you inventor of chicken and dumplins. You pleased all 5 people at the Shackelford dinner table. Well played.