Weeknight Chicken and Dumplings

The weather has dropped suddenly in Washington, DC and it has been feeling like Autumn all week. I couldn’t wait to make a nice homey comfort dish. Chicken and dumplings is a favorite in my family.

cd16When I have the time and energy, I prefer to make a huge batch starting with homemade stock. But today is Wednesday. That is not a Wednesday meal for me. Tonight, I adapted it to suit a weeknight meal. Mostly homemade but the broth got a helping hand from some store-bought reduced sodium stock. We’ll punch it up, though, no worries.

I like to add garlic and herbs to my dumping dough for an added layer of flavor. Feel free to adapt and adjust to suit your preferences.

Autumn, here we come!

 

Ingredients:

4-6 boneless chicken thighs

Four stalks of celery

One med-large onion

3-4 carrots

4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 32 oz container of reduced sodium chicken stock

Fish sauce

Worcestershire sauce

All-purpose flour

Kosher salt

Black pepper

Crushed red pepper

Garlic powder

Rosemary

Bell’s poultry seasoning

 

 

 

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Brown chicken thighs, do not cook through, over med high heat.
    • I used four boneless, skinless chicken thighs. You can use whatever chicken you prefer, though. It’s also easy to scale the recipe up or down.
    • Be careful with breasts as they tend to dry out if not handled properly.cd2cd3
  1. Chop your vegetables
  2. Remove chicken thighs from heat
  3. Add veg and salt and pepperScreen Shot 2017-08-30 at 7.53.32 PMcd4
  4. Add a 1/2 container of reduced sodium chicken broth, stir and scrape up the bottom of the pancd5
  5. Add remaining 1/2 of the broth, fill container with water and add that to the pot as well
  6. Bring to a boil, add the chicken
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.
  8. While the chicken is simmering, in a large bowl add 2.5-3 cups of flour, add about 2 rounded tsp salt, plus black pepper, garlic powder and rosemary to taste (or any other herb that you prefer).cd8
  9. Add ice cold water a few tbsp at a time. Stirring in the center of the bowl. Slowly incorporating flour from the perimeter, almost like making pasta.
    • Do this just until the dough comes together. If it is too wet add more flour, too dry then add more water.
  1. Dump the dough onto a floured surface. Sprinkle with flour and gently knead to make sure it’s not sticking. Press, or roll, the dough to about a 1/4″ thickness. Cut into your desired shape.cd9cd10cd11cd12
  2. Your chicken should be ready and tender after 20-25 min. Remove from stock, shred using two forks. Add back to the pot.cd6
  3. Taste your broth, add salt and pepper as needed. I also add about 1/4-1/2 tsp of Bell’s poultry seasoning, two splashes of fish sauce and a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Taste and adjust.cd7
  4. Bring to a boil. Gently stir while you add your dumplings one by one. You don’t want to have big ol’ clumps of dough.
    • If you prefer a slightly thicker consistency, I create a slurry of corn starch, splash of Worcestershire and cold water.cd13cd14
  5. Once added and incorporated, allow to simmer for at least 10-15 min

 

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Quick Pork and Cabbage Gyoza

I am madly in love with any type of dumpling. Gyoza, potstickers, shumai. You name it, I’ll eat it. Little pockets of love, if you ask me.

 

I usually make my dough from scratch….until I bought my first pack of wrappers and well, work smarter and not harder.

 

For this recipe you will want to use your seasoned cast iron skillet for the traditional steam-fry-steam technique that yields a simultaneously crispy yet soft exterior.

 

I cooked this tonight on the fly so the measurements are not exact but you can freeze any leftover wrappers or leftover filling and use it another night. I do this all of the time.

Also, the lovely thing about making dumplings is that you really don’t have to stay true to any one recipe. Use what you have on hand!

 

Gyoza

Pack of gyoza (or wonton) skins

¼ to ½ lb of ground pork (you can substitute finely chopped shrimp, ground chicken, etc)

1-2 cup of finely shredded cabbage

2 garlic cloves, grated

1 in knob of ginger, grated

1 tbsp of sesame oil

1 tsp of low sodium soy sauce

Splash of fish sauce

 

Dipping Sauce

½ c low sodium soy sauce

1 tsp rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp light brown sugar

½ tsp sesame oil

1 tsp of water

chopped scallion, crushed red pepper (optional)

 

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  • Scoop a scant tsp onto the skin
  • Dampen your finger with water and moisten the lip of the wrapper
  • Fold up the dumpling and seal. (Visit Lizzie Tilchin and check out different ways to seal these babies!)
  • Heat your cast iron skillet and using a napkin wipe it down with your preferred cooking oil and a bit of sesame oil.
  • Place your dumplings onto the hot skillet for about 10-15 seconds until the bottoms begin to crisp up
  • Then pour about 2/3 cup of water into the skillet and cover tightly
  • Let this cook for about 4-5 minutes.

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