Feed the Toddler Feed the Family: Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken & Dumplings

Chicken Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 quart of chicken stock or vegetable stock (homemade is best)
  • celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 4 large carrots, peeled roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup frozen peas or ½ cup frozen peas and ½ cup frozen corn, thawed

Chicken Filling Directions:

Step 1: Heat olive oil in a large stock pot and brown the chicken pieces, set aside when browned.

Step 2: Heat the stock in a different pot and then add in the browned chicken.

Step 3: Poach the chicken for 10-15 minutes then remove chicken from pot and set aside again.

Step 4: While chicken is poaching, saute the onions and celery and carrots in the stock pot that held the chicken.

Step 5: Saute until onions and celery are light and translucent; carrots will still be firm and this OK.

Step 6: Add 1/3 cup flour and make a roux, stirring for approximately 5 minutes.Chicken and Dumplings2

Step 7: Gently ladle in the stock and then add in the chicken meat, add in the frozen vegetable(s).

Now make the dumplings!


Dumpling Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour, all purpose is best as it will yield a lighter dumpling
  • dash salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • Shake of dried herbs if desired

Directions for Dumplings:

Step 1: Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl until combined; do not over mix or your dumplings will be rubbery.

Step 2: Drop the dough in the simmering chicken mix, by tablespoons or teaspoons.

Step 3: Cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Dumplings cook via the steam and heat trapped in the pot so do not open the pot.

For babies you can set aside the following and create a meal suited for baby’s age/stage.

  • Pieces of cooked chicken
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Broth
  • A dumpling or 2
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