Chicken and Dumplin' comfort food on the table in 30 minutes? Yep, here's just the cheat to do it. I know, I know, Grandma can do it better, but this is a mighty good quick version that will lure you back for seconds every time. Here's the secret:
Get that cream o' chicken soup and a quart of stock bubbling along in a pot and I'll show you how to fake up some dumplins. I'm leaving out the "g" because, who says dumplinG anyway?? Oh, and here's the soup seasoning: about 1 Tbs dry sage and a heaping Tbs chicken soup base for a flavor boost. I mix the base with a little hot water and whisk together before adding to the pot so it will disperse more evenly.
I use one can of any brand of quick biscuits. Roll each one out very thin, like less than 1/4" because you won't believe how much these things puff up when they hit the bubbling liquid. I use a pizza cutter to make rough little squares, again not very big because, you know, the puffing.
Now, your soupy base should be simmering by now, don't let it boil hard or too much will evaporate and you'll have a very salty result. If you can use no sodium broth it improves this recipe since canned soup is awfully high in salt. And don't get crazy and shake any extra salt into the pot without tasting! You won't need it, trust me. Drop in the soon-to-be-dumplins a few at a time to help them not stick together in an unattractive clump. I want my dumplins attractive, y'all.
And finally, give it the shredded chicken, around 2 cups. You're going to be eating in about 15-20 minutes! A note on the chicken: I use a very good brand of canned white chicken from Costco if I don't have left overs or haven't the time to pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery to pull off the bone. But you can poach some chicken breasts to tear up for this if you really want the extra hassle.
And that's it, you're done. And you don't have to tell anybody how easy it was, but thanks cousin Gina for not keeping your secret when everybody at the fam reunion loved this dish.
THE SHOPPING LIST
THE SHOPPING LIST
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
1 Quart Chicken Broth
1 Tbs dry or rubbed Sage
1 Tbs Chicken Soup Base
1 can Biscuits
2 cups shredded Chicken