Chicken Stew and Dumplings

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup flour
drizzle olive oil
1 small onion, grated (or diced)
3 garlic cloves, minced
salt pepper
2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed
2 quarts chicken broth
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 cups diced carrots
4 cups diced, peeled potatoes
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon Creole seasoning (recipe to follow)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour, divided
½ cup milk
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Dumplings
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon butter (softened)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water

Combine ingredients. 

DIRECTIONS:

On a large plate combine flour, salt and pepper.  Dredge chicken breasts through flour and pat flour onto chicken to get an even coating all over.  

In a large stock pot (12 quart), over medium-high heat, allow pan to heat up.  Once pan is hot enough to cause a drop of water to scatter, drizzle pan with olive oil and add chicken in one layer.  Once chicken is browned on one side, turn chicken.  Brown on the other side.  Remove chicken from pan once both side are browned, and set aside.  Add onions to pan and cook until translucent.  Add garlic.  Stir well and begin adding chicken broth, bouillon cubes, chicken, potatoes, carrots, beans, pepper and Creole Seasoning. Bring to a boil.

In a separate pot melt butter, add 1/2 cup of flour.  Whisk to combine and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes to cook out the flour taste.  Add the milk, whisk until combined well.  (It is okay if you have some lumps, these will cook out in stew).  Add to stew and stir well to combine.  Bring back to boil, reduce to simmer.  Simmer over low-medium for 1 to 2 hours, until chicken is cooked and stew is thickened.  

After 2 hours of simmering, combine flour, baking powder, salt, butter, milk and water. Stir well with a spoon until combined.  Turn stew to medium-high and bring to a boil.  Drop dumplings by spoonfuls on top of boiling stew.  Cover tightly and cook for 12 minutes.  Remove cover and serve stew.


Emeril's Creole Seasoning
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup

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