New Southern Chicken and Herb Dumplings

Main Course
Soups & Stews

Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit, Y'all

Serves 4 to 6

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (about 2 pounds) 
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • Bouquet garni (3 sprigs of parsley, 2 sprigs of thyme, 1 bay leaf, preferably fresh, 6 black peppercorns, tied together in cheesecloth) 
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 1/2 ounce), plus more for garnish 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, preferably Vidalia, chopped 
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch rounds 
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
  • 10 ounces fresh baby spinach 
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

New Southern Chicken and Herb Dumplings

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To poach the chicken, in a large saucepan, add the breasts and the chicken stock to cover. Add the bouquet garni. Bring to a boil over high heat, then decrease the heat to low. Simmer, skimming off the foam occasionally, until the chicken is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. (If the stock is cloudy, don't worry; it's simply protein clarified from the stock. Just ignore it or strain it out.) Transfer the poached chicken to a warm plate; reserve the stock. Cover with a lid and set aside.

To prepare the dumplings, in a bowl, combine the flour, cheese, baking powder, parsley, and ¾ teaspoon of the salt. In a small saucepan, bring the milk and butter to a simmer over low heat; season with black pepper. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

In a second large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and sweet potato. Cook until the onions are translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 45 to 60 seconds. Add the reserved stock and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to low. Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, drop the dough, about 1 tablespoon at a time, into the simmering stock. Cover and simmer until the dumplings are cooked through and the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

To assemble, add the reserved chicken and cook just until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach; cover and continue cooking for an additional 30 to 45 seconds. Add the red pepper flakes, taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.

To serve, ladle into shallow bowls and garnish with additional cheese; serve immediately.

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