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Chicken and Herb Dumplings

I don’t remember eating chicken and dumplings very often as a child.  As an adult my mother in-law makes it regularly.  My mother in-law uses canned chicken stock, and Bisquick dumplings.  Not that anything is wrong with that I just was going for recipe from scratch.  Mr.Picky doesn’t care for chicken and dumplings because it is soup.  Although if he would have been home last night to try mine I think he would have changed his mind.  The kids loved this, even with the peas in it which my almost 5-year-old doesn’t want anything to do with.

I had made my Sticky Chicken recipe, which we ate sliced off the roasted chicken.  After dinner that night, I stuck my chicken carcass and roasting drippings in a pot.  After I pulled any remaining chicken off and put it in a separate container to work with later.  Two days later I decided I was making chicken and dumplings.  I had never made it before but figured it couldn’t be too hard.  It is basically a slightly thickened chicken soup with dough dumplings on top.  I know how to make chicken soup and found a Herbed Dumplings Recipe – Allrecipes.com which turned out great with slight modifications.Chicken and Herb Dumplings

You can use a chicken broth or stock if you would like or a rotisserie chicken and take it apart.  Why not stretch one meal into two or three.  I think zucchini or mushrooms would be great vegetables to add to this soup as well, I just used what I had on hand which were pretty traditional.

Chicken and Herb Dumplings:

  • 1 chicken carcass, picked clean and any drippings from roasting can be added as well
  • 4 cups water
  • 1-1 1/2 cups chopped chicken (leftovers off your roasted chicken)
  • 1 cup carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery with leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 Tbs flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Place chicken carcass, 4 cups water, bay leaf, and any drippings from chicken in a pot.  Simmer on low/medium heat for about 30 minutes.  Strain out bay leaf and all chicken bones and skin.  Any chicken meat pieces can stay in the pot.

Chicken StockYou will be left with about 4 cups of chicken broth.  If you didn’t have a roasted chicken you can just use canned chicken stock and cooked chicken and start at this point.

Chicken and Herb Dumpling VegetablesTo the broth in the pot add carrots, celery, and onions simmer on medium heat for about 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Whisk together 1/2 cup water and flour, to make a slurry and stir into simmering soup.  Now it is time to season your soup, if you used canned stock you don’t want to add as much salt.  Add thyme, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and salt to soup.  Now taste and add some more to suit your taste.

Add your peas in frozen or thawed, and bring soup back to a slow simmer. Taste soup before now, make sure flavor is spot on before putting dumplings on.  Now it is time to prepare the dumplings.

Herb Dumplings:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 3/4 cup milk

Combine all except butter and milk.  Whisk the dry ingredients until combine.

Using a pastry cutter or fork, add butter and cut into flour mixture until it is a coarse crumb.  Add milk and mix into a sticky dough.Herb Dumpling Dough

Drop large spoonfuls into simmering soup.  Cover the pot and allow the dumplings to cook for 15 minutes.

Chicken and Dumplings will be extremely hot, be careful and enjoy!

Chicken and Herb Dumplings

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Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnita Street TacosMy life changed when I tasted this recipe.  It is amazing, I mean amazing.  Mr.Picky suggested I go set up a stand on the corner for extra money, he said “they are so good you could make some good money”.  We ate them twice the first month I made them, and will forever hold a place in my recipe box.  This recipe comes from My Kitchen Escapades: Pork Carnitas, and I thank her for sharing.

There are no changing needed for the recipe.  Although sometimes I skip the step of crisping the meat.  You can easily make the meat the day before or earlier in the day and heat it up easily.

We serve this the carnitas as a street taco in our home.  But would be great filling for enchiladas or on nachos.  Did I mention you should try this recipe?

Pork Carnitas:

  • 4 pound boneless pork butt, fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tb fresh lime juice, I do 2 small limes
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1 medium orange, juiced and keep the spent halves

Adjust your oven rack to lower/middle and heat oven to 300 degrees.

Pork CarnitasCombine all ingredients including spent halves from oranges in a dutch oven.  Bring to a simmer over medium/high heat.

Cover pot and transfer to oven.  Cook about 2 hours at 300 degrees.

Remove pot from oven.  Using a slotted spoon remove meat to a bowl and discard any remaining solids.  Reserve the liquid in the dutch oven.

Over med/high heat reduce the cooking liquid until about a cup remains.

Once reduced add meat into liquid by shredding or slightly breaking apart the chunks.

You can stop at this point and toss meat to coat in gravy and serve.  In the original recipe you can place the meat onto a sheet pan and crisp in the oven.  We did not care for it this way and like to eat it just tossed in the gravy.

Pork Carnitas Street Tacos

*When we serve this as street tacos we use half corn/half wheat tortillas, meat, diced raw onion, chopped cilantro, and a wedge of lime.  Mr.Picky eats this without cheese which is a huge step and will eat leftovers any day.

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