This is a recipe from my book Cooking for Chemo. As we head into fall and soon there after winter, this recipe will not only be able to help you eat but also keep your belly warm as well! Enjoy :)
Super Simple Chicken and Dumplings Chemotherapy Friendly Recipe
Ease of Preparation: Beginner
Chicken and dumplings is the Southern equivalent to chicken noodle soup. When you are sick or you do not feel good, nothing else will do. And nobody will ever make it better than your mom or grandma. But here is how I made it for my mom when she went through chemotherapy.
This dish should taste savory and aromatic.
The weight of this dish is medium but can be balanced with vinegar.
The texture of this dish is soft.
This dish is good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
This dish gives an emotional response of a full belly and home cooked love.
This dish is best categorized as southern American.
2 lbs. chicken, shredded (breasts or thighs depending on preference)
1 pack frozen dumplings (or you can make from scratch)
1 bag frozen stew vegetables
1 c. cream (optional)
2 c. milk
1 large can chicken stock
1 c. water
1 stick butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
1/2 tbsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. rosemary
1 tbsp. bay seasoning
1 tbsp. sage
In a large spaghetti pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add stew vegetables and cook until tender. Stir in flour to absorb extra butter. Mix in additional ingredients and seasonings, except dumplings. Allow to simmer 5 minutes to check seasoning levels. When proper seasoning levels have been reached, break and add frozen dumplings, slowly mixing to avoid sticking. Transfer to a slow cooker, and set on low heat and allow to work until dumplings begin to fall apart, about 2 hours. Change to the warm setting to avoid burning. Serve with cheddar cheese.
The key that made my mom go back for seconds and thirds was adding the red wine vinegar to remove the weight from the dish. There are two forms of chicken and dumplings. The thin version that is similar to chicken noodle soup and the heavier cream sauce version that I have here.
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