Chicken Stew and Dumplings

Dumplings are one of my favourite foods because there are so many varieties to choose from and they all feel like an edible hug. These steamed buns are the easiest dumplings to make and turn a simple soup or stew into something much heartier. The ingredients are cheap and you can experiment flavouring them with herbs, cheese or vegetables. The flavour of the stew depends a lot on the broth so either use some homemade Chicken Stock or the best quality chicken stock you can afford.

Chicken Checklist
Chicken contains selenium which is a crucial chemical for brain health. It helps us feel more balanced which is crucial for those with depression.

Serves 2 Adults & 2 Kids
250g leftover roast chicken
1 onion
2 carrots
2 celery sticks
1/2 garlic bulb
2 big handfuls of spinach
30g unsalted butter
600ml chicken stock
handful of fresh thyme
160g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp chopped parsley
125ml milk

  • Peel and chop the onion, carrot, garlic and celery. Melt the butter in a large skillet then add the veggies and grind over with salt then sauté for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Add the stock, chicken and thyme leaves, turn the heat down to medium, pop the lid on and cook for 15 minutes. Taste the broth and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Add the spinach and stir then add the dumplings (recipe below) and cook for 15 minutes with the lid on.
  • Put the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and chopped parsley into a bowl and stir. Add the mild and stir into a dough. Use two spoons to make the dumplings then place each one on top of the stew.

Published by One Tough Cooker

I'm the writer at One Tough Cooker. My experience with post-natal depression has shaped my appreciation for the family cook. We make thousands of meals to feed our families' tummies, hearts and minds.

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