Friday, January 11, 2013
Recipe \ Chicken & Dumplings. Healthified.
My favorite winter comfort food has always been Chicken & Dumplings. Since I can remember, that was what my mom would make me during the one cold week of the year. One sibling liked only the dumplings, the other just the chicken, and I loved it all.
I previously posted a Weight Watchers version on Chicken & Dumplings way back when, but decided to take a new spin on it this year. I needed it freshened up. I wanted to make a dish for me. Start fresh!
So I added some of my new favorite seasoning, Herbs de Provence (so not the same as thyme, rosemary, basil & oregano, as I usually just used in substitution -- seriously, just spend the $5 and buy it, stop trying to recreate it).
I loved making this dish, because it was so easy to customize to my personal preference of the day. I wasn't feeling great, so I under-seasoned it just a bit. C wanted the flavor a little more BOLD, so he added some hot sauce and extra seasoning in his bowl.
But it got the job done: it warmed me up. ♥
1 onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
1 lb. chicken breast, cubed
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups frozen peas (thawed)
To taste: salt, pepper, Herbs de Provence
Heat oil in a stock pot. Saute onion, celery and carrots. Season with Herbs de Provence, salt & pepper to taste. At the same time, heat oil in a pan and cook chicken until almost done. These should take about 10-15 minutes to cook. Add chicken and broth to vegetable mixture. Season to taste.
Bring to a boil.
Once boiling, add biscuit dough. Boil for about 5 minutes (longer if you like it thicker), then simmer for at least 15 minutes, until biscuits are cooked through.
Add the peas, and simmer for 5 more minutes. Season a bit more, if you like. Then serve!
*Biscuit Dough:Any simple biscuit dough will work. If you want it even easier, just buy pre-made Pilsbury dough. And as for the amount... add as few or as many biscuits as you'd like. I prefer about a 2:1 biscuit:chicken ratio.