Mike's Old Fashioned Chicken Vegetable Dumpling Soup

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by bigmike&nan, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know, every good Mom has a great chicken soup recipe, this is nothing new here. But people who have seen my soup, or better yet TASTED my soup always rave about it, so this is for them.
    We're gonna do this half "old school" /half easy. You COULD substitute chicken breasts but the chicken thighs have much, much more flavor, which is what we're after here. Bone in and skin ON, we are making STOCK, not Lean Cuisine. We add the 2nd group of vegetables later for extra flavor. If I was really overflowing with vegetables I would take my initial stock after 2 hours, strain in and then add use that liquid as the base for the soup. That is the "old world" way to making really flavorful stock.
    Bisquick makes great dumplings, 'nuff said. When finished the soup is brimming with vegetables and the stock has an amazing depth, do not skip the diced tomatoes or white wine, their acidity adds the element most stocks are missing !!

    Mis en Place:

    3 large chicken thighs (bone in skin ON) about 1 lb.
    2 cups celery small dice
    2 cups carrot small dice
    3 cups onion small dice
    2 cups cabbage small dice
    1 1/2 quarts water
    3 bay leaves
    5 whole peppercorns
    1 Tbls Herbs de Provence (or thyme, oregano and basil combined)
    1 48 oz can chicken stock

    2 cups celery small dice
    2 cups carrot small dice
    2 cups onion small dice
    1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
    1 cup dry white wine, like my wife's chardonnay
    1 bunch scallions, small dice
    1 cup fresh parsley, leaves and stems chopped

    2 cups Bisquick
    2/3 cup milk

    In a large soup pot or dutch oven add the water, chicken thighs and first group of vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, skim any scum with a ladle, now add herbs, peppercorns and bay leaves. After 25 minutes remove chicken thighs with tongs, set aside - allow to soup simmer 2 hours. When volume of water recedes replenish with canned chicken stock. Now add 2nd group of vegetables, white wine and canned tomatoes and keep replenishing lost liquid with chicken stock until it is all added. Simmer another 60 minutes. Remove skin from chicken thighs and debone thigh meat and carefully cut up into 1/2 inch chunks, add to soup pot. Bring soup up to a low boil, make dumplings by combining Bisquick and 2/3 milk and mix well. Allow to sit 5 minutes then shape dumplings with a tablespoon and push off spoon into soup with another spoon. Cook on a high simmer/very low boil for 10 minutes, then cover pot and cook 10 minutes more. Remove pot from heat and let rest about 10 minutes covered. Serve in wide bowls. We almost fight over the dumplings.


    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011
  2. peeplessinNC

    peeplessinNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 23, 2008
    NC Piedmont
    Then you need to make more dumplings! [​IMG]

    That soup looks very yummy! But it would be a challenge for me to put tomatoes and wine in my chicken and dumplings - ha!
  3. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Never considered putting tomato or wine in chicken and dumplings either. I cook 99.9% of the time around here but chicken and dumplings is one of the dishes my wife makes, and is justly proud of.

    Will ask for the tomatoes next time she makes them.

    Actually, in the next week or two I'm planning on having my annual squirrel shoot... Had planned on Brunswick stew but may go this way instead.
  4. Squishy

    Squishy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2011
    That soup looks really yummy Mike!

    I'm going to have to keep this one for later [​IMG]
  5. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    Quote:Hey! Hands OFF my chardonnay!
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2011
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
  7. MarinMama

    MarinMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    Mike I swear you must be sensing my cravings....you posted a pappardelle recipe the same day i was craving it and now this.

    a friend is sick so i was thinking a chicken and dumpling soup for them.

  8. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Good for you, there is nothing more sweet than taking food to sick or shut in folk. God Bless...
  9. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Although it is coming into summer here, I think I'll be making this asap!

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