Chicken and Dumpling Recipe

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Chicken and Dumpling Recipe

by chefryan on Mon Jul 27, 2015 05:46 PM

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I just wrote a book about cooking for chemotherapy patients. (Cooking for Chemo ...and After!) I was my mom's caregiver when she went through treatments and this was one of her favorites. I update my website (cookingforchemo.org) regularly with recipes. I will also try to post them in here frequently as well. Hope you enjoy this one like my mom did. -Chef Ryan Callahan  :)

Super Simple Chicken and Dumplings Chemotherapy Recipe
Ease of Preparation: Beginner

Dish Description:
Chicken and dumplings is the Southern equivalent to chicken noodle soup. When you are sick or you do not feel good, nothing else will do. And nobody will ever make it better than your mom or grandma. But here is how I made it for my mom when she went through chemotherapy.

Tasting Guidelines:
This dish should taste savory and aromatic.
The weight of this dish is medium but can be balanced with vinegar.
The texture of this dish is soft.
This dish is good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
This dish gives an emotional response of a full belly and home cooked love.
This dish is best categorized as southern American.

Ingredients:
2 lbs. chicken, shredded (breasts or thighs depending on preference)
1 pack frozen dumplings (or you can make from scratch)
1 bag frozen stew vegetables
1 c. cream (optional)
2 c. milk
1 large can chicken stock
1 c. water
1 stick butter
1/2 cup flour

Flavor Balancers:
1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
1/2 tbsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar

Aromatics:
2 tsp. rosemary
1 tbsp. bay seasoning
1 tbsp. sage

Recipe Directions:
In a large spaghetti pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add stew vegetables and cook until tender. Stir in flour to absorb extra butter. Mix in additional ingredients and seasonings, except dumplings. Allow to simmer 5 minutes to check seasoning levels. When proper seasoning levels have been reached, break and add frozen dumplings, slowly mixing to avoid sticking. Transfer to a slow cooker, and set on low heat and allow to work until dumplings begin to fall apart, about 2 hours. Change to the warm setting to avoid burning. Serve with cheddar cheese.

Chef Tips:
The key that made my mom go back for seconds and thirds was adding the red wine vinegar to remove the weight from the dish. There are two forms of chicken and dumplings. The thin version that is similar to chicken noodle soup and the heavier cream sauce version that I have here.

RE: Chicken and Dumpling Recipe

by us2survivors on Wed Dec 02, 2015 06:23 PM

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Thanks for sharing chefryan. My husband loves chicken noodlel soup, but we need to add calories and protein because he is recovering from throat cancer and weaning off the PEG tube. I think I might actually be able to do this. Never made dumplings before, but will try the store bought. Sounds like this is something I could make in the crockpot, too!

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