When I was younger, my family would go to Cracker Barrel for family dinners. We would all decide on which entree we were getting and choose our two side dishes – green beans, mac ’n cheese, mashed potatoes, hashbrowns... Every single time, without fail, my brother would order “Chicken and Dumplings and Dumplings and Dumplings”.
Everyone seems to like the dumpling part of Chicken & Dumplings the best. But the rest of the recipe is important too – a creamy stew of tender chicken, herb-scented sauce and perfectly cooked vegetables.
This recipe, from Cook’s Illustrated, delivers on both components of the dish – the chicken and the dumplings. It’s one of my favorite recipes that I turn to on a snowy, cold night. The smell of this dish simmering in the kitchen is intoxicating – smelling of comfort and home. And when it’s finally ready, it’s everything you were hoping for.
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Chicken & Dumplings