Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Recipe Even I Couldn't Screw Up...

I love Chicken and Dumplings, but do not have the patience to make it from scratch. Let's face it, I don't have the patience to make ANYTHING from scratch. I've diagnosed myself as having ADHD, and cooking requires to many steps and you have to actually FINISH what you start in order to be considered a "great cook". What was I talking about? Oh, yes, Chicken and Dumplings. I found a great recipe from Foodnetwork.com that Sandra Lee of Semi-Homemade Cooking created that was awesome and totally easy. Check it out below:

1 whole store-bought roast chicken (about 2 pounds)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 container (7 ounces) chopped onions
6 cans (14 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 container (14 ounces) pre-cut carrot sticks, chopped
1 container (14 ounces) pre-cut celery sticks, chopped
1 roll (16.3 ounces) golden buttermilk biscuit dough
1 can (10.5 ounces) condensed chicken gravy

Remove skin from chicken and shred meat into large pieces. Set aside.

In a small frying pan, add vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. When oil is hot, add chopped onions and saute until soft.

In a large pot or Dutch oven, add broth, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, carrots, celery, and sauteed onions. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for about 10 minutes to soften vegetables, and then add shredded chicken. Continue to simmer while making dumplings.

While stew is simmering, prepare dumplings. Open can and remove biscuits. On a lightly floured surface, roll each biscuit to 1/4-inch thick. With a knife, cut each biscuit into 4 pie-pieces. Set aside.

Skim surface for any scum that has risen to top. Stir in chicken gravy.

With the stew still simmering over low heat, stir in dumplings a few at a time. Once all dumplings are in to pot, cover with a tight fitting lid and cook for 10 minutes.

Ladle into bowls and serve piping hot.

Instead of a whole roasted chicken, I substituted it with two cans of white meat chicken and it was yummy and less expensive. We had plenty of leftovers and I honestly think the leftovers tasted better than the first go-around.

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