Marian's Chicken and Dumplings with Leeks and Tarragon - Family Favorite


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"Marian sends an updated version of Katie Wilke's chicken and dumpling recipe"

Serves 6 - 8 servings | Prep Time 30 minutes | Cook Time 90 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

Marian reports that Katie's Chicken and Dumplings was one of her favorites until she found this recipe, however she no longer makes the chicken with the skin on because she would eat the cripsy skin. Original recipe from Cooks Country


Ingredients You'll Need

2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
Table salt and ground black pepper
4 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, cut in half lengthwise and then into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, minced
6 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dry sherry
4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 cup of frozen green peas
3 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon leaves
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 tablespoons reserved chicken fat (or unsalted butter)


Directions

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper


Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until just smoking


Add half of the chicken and cook until golden on both sides, about 10 minutes


Transfer the chicken to a plate and remove the browned skin


Pour off the chicken fat and reserve


Return the pot to medium-high heat and repeat with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and the remaining chicken. Pour off and reserve any chicken fat


Add the butter to the Dutch oven and melt over medium-high heat. Add the leeks, onion, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, about 7 minutes


Stir in the flour. Whisk in the sherry, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in the broth, milk, thyme, and bay leaves. Nestle the chicken, with any accumulated juices, into the pot. Cover and simmer until the chicken is fully cooked and tender, about 1 hour


Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Discard the bay leaves. Allow the sauce to settle for a few minutes, then skim the fat from the surface using a wide spoon. Shred the chicken, discarding the bones, then return it to the stew


For the Dumplings: Stir the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Microwave the milk and fat in a microwave-safe bowl on high until just warm (do not over-heat), about 1 minute. Stir the warmed milk mixture into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon until incorporated and smooth


Return the stew to a simmer, stir in the peas and tarragon, and season with salt and pepper. Following the steps below, drop golf-ball-sized dumplings over the top of the stew, about 1/4 inch apart (you should have about 13 dumplings). Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the dumplings have doubled in size, 15 to 18 minutes. Serve


TO MAKE THE DUMPLINGS: (Makes approx 13) Gather a golf-ball-sized portion of the dumpling batter onto a soup spoon, then push the dumpling onto the stew using a second spoon


Cover the stew with the dumplings, leaving about 1/4 inch between each. When fully cooked, the dumplings will have doubled in size.


Don’t use low-fat or fat-free milk in this recipe. Start the dumpling dough only when you’re ready to top the stew with the dumplings


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