Chicken Little’s Dumplings
It doesn’t matter if I am cooking it or eating it, food tends to comfort me. Chicken and Dumplings is my quintessential comfort food. It’s nostalgic and calming. It reminds me of childhood. So it’s only natural that this recipe has to be part of the fairy tale feat. When I tried to think of the best fairy tale to pair it with, Chicken Little was the first tale that came to mind.
Chicken Little is the story of a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end. He repeatedly says, “The sky is falling!” The phrase has become an idiom in the English language to indicate a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent. In Britain, the tale is known as Henny Penny or Chicken Licken. Versions of the tale date back more than 25 centuries. The idiom “the sky is falling” continues to be referenced in media and pop culture.
- 10.75 oz cream of chicken soup
- 14.5 oz chicken broth
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup carrots (sliced or chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (minced) – optional
- 3 chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
- kosher salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 large egg
- Cut chicken into strips and set aside.
- In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, stir together the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, and milk. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken strips, onion, celery, carrots, thyme, and parsley. Sautee until chicken is cooked through, and onions are tender. Transfer the chicken mixture to the soup pot, and mix well. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.[br][br]MAKE THE DUMPLINGS:
- Sift flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the flour/powder mixture; pour in hot chicken broth, mixing first with a fork, then with your fingers. Add the egg and mix well again.
- Knead the dough for a few seconds on a floured board. Separate the dough into 4 or 5 parts and roll as thin as possible. Cut into 1 1/2 or 2 inch wide pieces. Break these into 2 inch long strips. Drop into boiling chicken broth and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.