Monday, October 5, 2009


This weekend was cold, rainy, gloomy and leaf-less; without falls bright yellow leaves everything looks so dreary. We've had several hard freezes and the snow line on the mountain behind our house is creeping very near; it won't be long. To celebrate the completion of our annual "winterizing", we decided to enjoy a lazy weekend. Saturday, I put chicken breasts and veggies in the crockpot and at dinner time, I just thickened the broth and served it on split baked potatoes.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cups chopped veggies
½ cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrot
4 cups good quality chicken broth (not bullion)
pinch of dried thyme
pinch of poultry seasoning
pinch of dried basil
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Saute onions in a little butter until they mellow, then put everything in the crockpot and cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours (check for chicken tenderness at 6 hours). You want the chicken to be nice and "fall apart" tender. Thicken broth and serve over large baked Yukon gold potatoes that are cut in half.


On Sunday, I used the crockpot leftovers for another lazy day meal:


My mother made wonderful chicken and dumplings, so our Sundays dinner was a trip down memory lane for me...Hubby, not so much. He courageously gave the dumplings a taste then gave me one of those squinty "I don't think so" glances and politely moved the dumplings over to the side of the bowl and ate everything else. Oh well, I enjoyed them thoroughly.

In a saucepan, cook 3 diced potatoes in seasoned (salt & pepper) chicken broth. Add them to the crockpot leftovers. For chicken and dumplings you want a liquid that is the consistency of gravy. If your leftovers seems to thick, add just a little bit of the chicken broth you boiled the potatoes in. If it seems too thin, thicken it with a little bit of corn starch slurry. When your gravy is the right consistency, bring it to a strong simmer.

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon chicken bullion granules
2 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup milk
pinch of poultry seasoning

Mix everything JUST UNTIL MOISTENED and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Drop heaping teaspoons of dumpling mixture onto the SURFACE of the simmering gravy. Put a TIGHT FITTING lid on the pan and cook for 15 minutes (do not peek). At the end of 15 minutes, test the dumplings for doneness with a toothpick. If they are not cooked thoroughly, put lid back on and cook another 5 minutes. Spoon gravy over dumplings before serving.


Annie Jones said...

Both of those chicken dishes look so good! I can't imagine anyone turning down dumplings! What was it he didn't like about them?

Lynda said...

Perfect comfort food meals, Coleen! I can't imagine you hubby not liking dumplings, that just leaves more for you! :)
I'm glad that we aren't seeing snow yet!

Anncoo said...

Yes, I also like to have some dumpling too.

Debbie said...

The dishes look delicious Coleen. So far we are having a decent fall...hope the weather stays as it is for a while becomes winter comes soon enough!

Barbara said...

My mom used to make dumplings with her stews. Don't know why I never do...they're easy and everyone loves them. Thanks for reminding me!

Shelly W said...

They both look delicious, Coleen! Perfect cool weather dishes. It's too bad your hubby doesn't like dumplings. I'd have no problem taking his share!

HoneyB said...

Looks so good and warming! I would love some of the chicken and dumplings right now!

Leslie said...

Oh I am so very jealous of your temps! Its 94 and humid here today. But that wouldnt stop me from having some chicken and dumplings

Ingrid said...

Both of these are dishes my kiddos would love! They really enjoy soups and stews. I think it has something to do with all the veggie goodness that's in them!

Btw, hope you don't mind but I added you to my blogroll! Thanks for all the comments you take the time to leave me!

Katy ~ said...

I used to love chicken and dumplings. I haven't had them in eons. I've never made them; they intimidate me. I just know they would be leaden balls of glop!! So I bow to you, my friend. Everything, as always, looks super good!

teresa said...

oh this looks like pure comfort! i can't think of anything better for a chilly day!

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Krista said...

I think it's all good! Both dishes look perfect and satisfying to me. Good luck with all of that winterizing. I'm right behind you. Bummer. At least the cold weather food is exciting....

Libby Murphy said...

Oh goodness Coleen that is some serious soul food - nourishing and no doubt yummy! You have lots of great recipes.
Happy Twirls

Anonymous said...

OMG..i love chicken n dumplings ! Thank you for your take on looks delicious !

Monica H said...

chicken and dumplings is the epitome of comfort. I'm making it this weekend (hopefully!) even though it was 90 degrees yesterday- ugh!