Thursday night's supper (and it feels appropriate to call it that in true Southern fashion) may rank right up there with my favorites: Chicken and Dumplings. I have absolutely no recollection of the first time I had chicken and dumplings. You don't see it pop up on too many California menus and it's certainly not something my mom ever made. Maybe it wasn't until I moved to Wisconsin that I gave it a whirl. And even then, I'm sure I never tasted the real thing. But as far as imposters go, I think I've found a pretty good one.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to note that this particular recipe requires a few shortcuts I normally wouldn't take. But for a hearty weeknight meal, I'm sometimes willing to resort to cans and boxes.
Chicken and Dumplings
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup marsala wine
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 can reduced-fat, reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
2/3 cup buttermilk3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 carrots, chopped
1 cup frozen peas
Heat a Dutch oven over medium high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then add marsala, broth, and condensed soup. Bring to a boil.
In a small bowl, combine water and cornstarch; stir until cornstarch is dissolved. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine Bisquick and buttermilk. Stir until stiff dough forms; knead into a ball. Set aside.
Add chicken and carrots to pot. Stir in cornstarch mixture. Tear off 1-inch pieces of dough and drop into pot. Return to a boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken and dumplings are cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes. (Test dumplings for doneness by removing one and piercing it with a fork - they're finished when the fork comes out clean.)
Add peas to pot and cook soup another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve piping hot in big bowls!