Chicken & Dumpling Stew

BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE

All in one pot, on the hob, for an hour. 

 This recipe was a complete spur of the moment. I used what we had in the fridge. 

You will need

  • Chicken (thighs)
  • Selection of Veg
  • 1 x Can of diced tomatoes
  • 400ml of Chicken or Veg stock
  • 300ml of water
  • 250g of self-raising flour
  • 125g cold unsalted butter

Method:

1.First place a casserole pot on the hob so it’s ready. Start cutting your chicken into pieces (doesn’t need to be perfect) and set aside.

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2.Then collect all your veg and cut into pieces.

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3. Now, sprinkle some olive oil into the pan, put the chicken in. I also added 2 cloves of garlic, splash of lemon juice, salt and pepper for taste. Cook the chicken until colour changes, remember to give it a stir every so often.

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4. Once the chicken is done, add all the veg. Give it a quick even mix. Add the water and stock, then simmer for at least 1 hour. Check and stir every so often.

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5. Meanwhile, lets start the dumplings. Place the self-raising flour and a pinch of a salt in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter up in small chunks, add to the flour and rub together until it resembles bread crumbs. Add 100ml of cold water and combine into a ball of dough. Divide into as many balls as you want.

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6. Place your dumplings on top of your stew. I added some corn flour to thicken. With 30 minutes to go or until your stew has thickened and when the dumplings are fluffy and cooked.

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7. Serve.

Tips:

  •  Remember to keep stirring and tasting. Everyone has their own taste buds.
  • Add some spice: piri piri, pepper, turmeric…etc
  • Add some sour cream/cream for a creamy texture.

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