Sunday, November 4, 2012

Healthy Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings for Dishes That Keep You Warm #SundaySupper

What's that one dish that makes you feel cozy on a cool day? My go to dish is homestyle chicken and dumplings. It's the first thing I want when I feel the weather starting to change. I crave them when I feel the start of a cold coming on and it's one of the only things I will eat if I have the flu. I love them. When I saw Susan from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen's Sunday Supper theme this week, "Dishes that keep you warm", I knew I had to make Chicken and Dumplings.

My Mom always made a day long ordeal of making her chicken and dumplings. Over the years, I have found a way to make it simple and healthy. I worked off a recipe from Eating Well and used all purpose whole wheat flour, used more veggies and substituted boneless skinless chicken breast. At first, Gabe was iffy - he thought the dumplings reminded him too much of Thanksgiving stuffing, then two bowls later he realized he loved this version.
Healthy Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings

Healthy Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
Inspired by Eating Well
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  •   2/3 cup whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon of poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cavenders all purpose greek seasoning (or other all purpose seasoning)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper (plus more to taste)
  • Splash of white wine
  • 36 oz reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 package of sliced white mushrooms
  • 1 cup water
Dumplings 
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Cavenders all purpose greek seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • Fresh Italian parsley - chopped (to taste, I used about 1/4 cup)
  • 3/4 cup nonfat buttermilk

Directions
Toss chicken with 2/3 cup all-purpose whole wheat flour in a medium bowl until coated. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reserving the remaining flour, add the chicken to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pot. Stir in carrots, celery, onion, garlic, poultry seasoning, cavenders, salt and pepper. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Splash of white wine to deglaze the pan. Sprinkle the reserved flour over the vegetables; stir to coat. Stir in broth, mushrooms and the reserved chicken. Bring to a simmer, stirring often.

To prepare dumplings: Stir 1 1/2 cup of all purpose whole-wheat flour, 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning, 1 teaspoon of cavenders, baking soda and salt/pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in buttermilk. Drop the dough, 1 tablespoon at a time, over the simmering chicken stew, making about 18 dumplings. Adjust heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook undisturbed until the dumplings are puffed, the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

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41 comments:

  1. What an awesome recipe and love that you are keeping us healthy! Looking forward to trying it. The dumplings look amazing.

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    1. Thanks Isabel! Chicken and Dumplings are that much better when you don't have to run 10 miles to run them off!

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  2. Yay for healthifying such a notoriously unhealthy dish. Sounds great!

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    1. Thanks Lane!!! I was worried about the whole wheat dumplings but they turned out great!

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  3. I would love dumplings that taste like stuffing! What a comforting dish!

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    1. Thanks Patricia! It was a surprising twist which I liked!

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  4. I love love love dumplings!! Makes a soup complete in my book. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. That is comfort in a cup! I love your simple, healthy take on a traditional recipe!

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  6. I love the flavors in your recipe!! Going to have to give your version a try :)

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    1. Thanks Bobbi! It's such a healthy version of a not so healthy classic comfort food!

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  7. I'm intrigued by the use of whole wheat flour for the dumplings. I'm so used the the regular flour ones here in the South. Will add it to my to-try list.

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    1. Hi Renee! I am a Southern girl too - born and raised in FL and my family is from S. Carolina. Trust me when I say I had a problem switching the flour to whole wheat. You really wont notice a difference but you will miss the additional 700 calories from the traditional version :)

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  8. I wouldn´t mind if the dumplings tasted like stuffing! And I like that you used whole wheat flour. Good recipe!

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    1. Thank you Paula! Really appreciate it!

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  9. I didnt think it was possible to make Chicken and Dumplings healthy. Way to go! I love this recipe.

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    1. Hi Veronica! I tried multiple recipes before I perfected it. Very happy to do so as well :)

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  10. Yay for healthier dumplings! They still look amazingly hearty and comforting!

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  11. Yummy and healthy, love it!!

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  12. What a great twist on what typically is an unhealthy dish. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks Chris! It's hard being a Southern Girl who has access to so many unhealthy family recipes, while staying healthy. I try to take all of my Grandma's recipes and turn them into figure friendly meals :)

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  13. I'm going to have to hunt down some of your Greek seasoning b/c this is a dish I don't want to miss out on!!! YUM!!!

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  14. Megan - Wow this looks great! It's been years since I've chicken and dumplings (my grandmother used to make it). I'm gonna have to try this! Thanks!

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  15. Yum! I love chicken and dumpling soup. ~ Bea

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  16. Ha my husband would have had the opposite reaction, the idea of dumplings tasting like stuffing would make him ask me why on earth I haven't done this before. :) Glad hubby came around because this is such a great idea making a dish normally very unhealthy and giving it a healthy makeover.

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  17. I always associated chicken n dumplings with gluey goopy mess (too many bad restaurant experiences!) I wish I had yours to grow up on

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  18. I just love the flavors in your chicken and dumplings and the fact that it tastes like thanksgiving stuffing makes it even more appealing to me :)

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  19. Looks delish! I love that the dumplings are made with wheat flour. I always think of dumplings as bland chunks of white flour but these look so flavorful.

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  20. Love the healthy modifications! I haven't had chicken and dumplings in a long time. Making want a big bowl of some right now. The weather is cold and gloomy. Perfect day for it.

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  21. This looks so comforting! Thanks for joining us this week.

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  22. Great healthy twist to a dish that I love. Awesome

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  23. Yum! This definitely sounds hearty and delish - perfect for the cooler temps we're starting to have!

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  24. Mmm, you totally got me when you said these taste like stuffing - yum! And I'll echo what everyone is saying about the whole wheat - that's an awesome way to make this healthier.

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  25. Looks so good! great comfort soul warming choice!

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  26. I haven't had chicken and dumplings for years! Yours looks amazing!

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  27. Looks like we had dumplings on the brain. I love Eating Well magazine. Your version looks delicious. I'm going to have to give whole wheat dumplings a try.

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  28. This chicken and dumplings looks amazing!

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  29. Boy does this look good! The fact that the dumplings are like stuffing makes me want them more!

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