Cooking On A Budget: Stewed Chicken and Dumplings

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Stewed Chicken and Dumplings

Today it is snowing and I am reminded of this dish that my mother made throughout my childhood. Her slow cooked, braised stewed chicken and Bisquick Dumplings. It is one of those total comfort foods, easy to make and easy on the budget. Mom would purchase skin on chicken for this recipe. She used the packages of a whole cut up chicken. Relying on the bits coming off the pan from searing the chicken and water and seasonings - the "gravy" that was made during the stewing process was so flavorful! I add in chicken stock to give it a flavor boost.
My mother always used Crisco shortening whenever she was browning beef or poultry. So for this recipe I will stick with that.  If you don't have shortening on hand simply use some olive oil and just a touch of butter or margarine.

Bisquick - use the recipe on the box for making the dumplings
1 whole chicken cut up
1 can of chicken broth and 1 can of water
1 large stalk of celery - remove the ribs and small dice
1 medium onion - rough chopped
4-5 carrots - peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
2 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tbsp. dried parsley flakes
1 or 2 pinches of poultry seasoning
Salt and black pepper to taste
Shortening (like Crisco) - 1 tbsp.
Flour for dredging

Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken and dredge in some flour.  Shake off the excess flour. In a dutch oven or other deep skillet, over moderate heat add in the shortening and melt it down.  When the pan is hot enough add in the chicken pieces and brown the chicken on all sides to a nice deep golden brown. Remove to a platter and continue until all of the chicken is seared nicely. Add more shortening to the pan during the searing process if necessary.
In that same pan add the onions and celery and cook until they begin to soften - stirring occasionally. Add in the chicken broth and scrap all of the good bits from the bottom and around the pot.  Add in all of the spices, stir and then add the chicken back to the pot.  Turn the heat down to low and cook covered for 1/2 hour and then add in the carrots and some of the water if necessary. You want the chicken just about covered. Cook covered for 1/2 hour and then remove the lid. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow for concentration of flavors.
Make the Bisquick dumplings according to the box directions.  Spoon the mixture over the chicken and cook uncovered until the dumplings are cooked through.
This is a one pot, no fuss hearty and healthy meal that is easy on the budget!
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