I had never had, or heard of Chicken and Dumpling soup until a few years ago when I was watching a show on the food network that made it look so good. It looked exactly like comfort food even though I hated soup.
Yes, not very long ago, I hated all soups.
There is something about being able to drink my food that didn’t appeal to me and honestly most of the soups that I had in my memory were not the best. It is not that I wanted to hate soup, I actually wanted the opposite, I knew it was easy to make, inexpensive and that I could probably like the taste if I made it myself… so I started making a few…
This is one of the first soups I made and to this day it is still a favourite in the household, especially with the kids.
It all starts with a chicken…
Chicken and dumpling soup is always a second meal for me… what I mean by that is that I will roast a chicken and use about half of it for super the night before in something like club sandwiches. I then strip off the rest of the meat and put it aside, and then store the bones and the juices from the roast chicken until the next day. One chicken, two meals. I might look like a lot of work and a lot of step but it really isn’t… it is actually an easy meal to make and each of the steps takes just a few minutes to prepare and the result is well worth it!
In the morning I start on the stock…
No measuring needed…
- Heat a bit of olive oil in a large pot.
- Chop an onion in quarters (no need to peel them) and throw them in
- Add a few green onions if you have them also
- Cut a head of garlic into two pieces horizontally and throw it in (again no peeling needed)
- Break a few stalk of celery in half and throw those in
- Same thing with a few carrots
- Sprinkle a bit of coarse salt, freshly ground pepper and a bit of poultry seasoning. (sage, thyme, marjoram)
- Let the veggies cook and caramelize a bit. It adds depth to the stock.
Add the chicken bones and then about 16 cups of water… or enough to cover everything.
Let simmer for a few hours until reduced by almost half.
You will end up with a flavourful and rich and flavourful stock. Strain, and set aside.
About an hour before starting the soup, it is time to make the dumplings.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 green onions (chopped finely)
- 1 cup buttermilk (or milk with 1 tsp of lemon juice) *I use almond milk
- 2 eggs
Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and onions together in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the sour milk and eggs. Add the wet mixture to the dry and fold in slowly until just incorporated being very careful not to overmix. It will be lumpy and that is perfectly fine.
Place in the fridge for an hour.
To make the soup…
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 carrots, finely diced
- 2 stalks of celery, finely diced
- 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1/4 cup flour
- Chopped roasted chicken (about 2 cups… or half chicken)
- chicken broth (recipe above)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1/2 tsp pepper
In a large pot, heat oil and butter. Add the veggies and cook until softened.
Add the flour and let cook for a few minutes
Cup by cup add the broth. After about 5 cups are added, start waiting a bit between each next addition and add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Add the rest of the broth and adjust the seasonings to taste. Add the chicken and let simmer for about 5 min.
The soup should be flavourful and slightly thick and creamy.
While the soup is simmering, take the dumpling batter out of the fridge. It should resemble a thick pancake batter.
Using two tablespoons (or an ice cream scoop) quickly add spoonfuls of the dumpling mix to the soup. (You want to go as fast as possible)
Then quickly cover and simmer for another 10-15 minutes… don’t uncover when cooking!
(the dumplings will rise to the top and will both boil and stream at the same time)
(the result is a very light and fluffy dumpling)
And that is it! it is ready to serve and be enjoyed…
I have to say… It is so hard to take pictures of this soup.. it might not look that appealing on camera but it is the ultimate comfort food, full of flavour, full of goodness and the whole family loves it.