One Skillet Chicken and Dumplings

Here’s some comfort food for you.

chicken (about 2 breasts or any chicken parts that you like, hacked up)
4 tbls. butter
1 large onion, diced
1/3 c. AP flour
3 cups chicken stock (or any amount of water + stock that equals 3 cups.)
6 or so large carrots, split into quarters
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp salt and about 1/2 tsp. white pepper

  1. Cut your chicken into large (3 bite) pieces.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium.
  3. Brown chicken in the butter and then remove from skillet.
  4. Cook the onion in the skillet until tender, for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over and stir around.   Cook for one minute, until it begins to brown.
  5. Whisk in liquid.
  6. Return skillet to the mixture.  Add carrots and herbs and seasonings.  Cover and cook over medium low for 20  minutes.

While the chicken and veggies are cooking, mix up the dumplings:

1 cup milk
3 tbls. butter
2 cups AP flour
1 tbls. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt

Heat milk and melt in butter. With a fork stir this into the dry ingredients.

7. Gently lay the dumplings on the surface of the liquid. Cover and cook for ten minutes.

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Chickens!

Local chicken is hard to come by. Last fall, one night under cover of darkness in a rainy parking lot, I scored some delicious French birds, but this year my freezer has only been stocked with beef and pork. Good news! Pot pie is going back on the menu! Dropstone Farms will be offering Colored Range or Freedom Ranger chickens at the beginning of November. Chickens have been fed on certified organic feed and range happily on untreated pasture. Dropstone Farms began taking preorders at the Harvest Festival last weekend and will have sign up sheets out at this Saturday’s Bainbridge Island market.

Chickens are selling for $5 per pound, with an average of 5.2 pounds per chicken. They will be sold fresh. Estimate what you’ll need for the winter and stock your freezer.

How can you get your money’s worth out of your chicken? By using the whole thing! Roast and slice what you need for a delicious dinner. Then, use the leftover to make stock and soup.

For more info on Dropstone Farms chicken, check out their FAQ.
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