Easy Chicken and Dumplings

We have all been down with colds at my house. In fact I was in the ICU with my asthma since my heart didn’t take to the cold too well. I had to be on heart monitoring for a few days. I am better now but my poor hubby has the dreaded cold now. So today I made some comfort food for everyone, even our dog!!

Yep the dog got some too. Yes she is spoiled but the animal docs tell us that kibble dog food is not enough nutrition for dogs and to add some homemade food to the kibble. I like to purchase whole chicken and save the odd parts in the freezer for dog food. The dog gets some very valuable Omega 3’s and 6’s from chicken parts and chicken organ meat!

The recipes below are my tried and true personal recipes and there is nothing left over tonight! Awesome meal!

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken, cut up.

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

2 Stalks Celery, chopped

2 Tablespoons Butter or Oil

1 Cup Carrots, chopped bite size (I used baby carrots cut in half)

2 Cups Potatoes, Chopped bite size ( I used small fingerling potatoes)

3 Cups Chicken Broth

3 Cubes Bouillon

1/4 Cup Flour

1/2 Cup Half and Half or Milk

Salt and Pepper to taste

*Recipe for Dumplings, see below

In a dutch oven or large pot, saute` chicken, onion and celery in the oil. Then add the carrots, potatoes and Chicken broth and bouillon. Simmer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile combine the flour and cream until smooth and add to the chicken and vegetables stirring well. Let this simmer until the broth is thickened and all vegetables are tender.

Make up the dumpling batter and then drop the dough by tablespoons into the chicken broth and vegetables. Cover the pan and let the dumplings cook until no longer doughy approximately 15 minutes. Serve the dumplings in bowls first and spoon on the chicken and gravy mixture! This was easy, cheap and wonderful!! You gotta try it!

Dumplings

1 1/2 Cups Bisquick

1 Egg, beaten

2 Tablespoons Oil

2/3 Cup Milk

Combine the biscuit mix, egg, oil and milk and stir well. When the chicken and vegetables are soft its time to add the dumplings. See the directions above!

Doggy Chicken and Dumplings

1 lb chicken livers

1 lb. chicken gizzards

1 lb. chicken meat, breasts or mixture

Handful of carrots and potatoes

Water to cover

2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes

In a large sauce pan, combine chicken liver, chicken gizzards, chicken meat and vegetables. Cover chicken with water and add the bouillon cubes. Simmer this 20 minutes or until chicken meat is no longer pink inside and vegetables are tender. Borrow a couple of tablespoons of dumplings from the people recipe above. Drop the dough into the broth and simmer for 15 more minutes. Let this cool completely before Fido gets a dish of this.

If you want to make the doggy stew separate from the main meal you can add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of cooked brown rice to the doggy stew above!

I then cooled the doggy stew and put it away in portions that will freeze well and be defrosted when needed. I got to tell you I have one happy dog!!




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