Thursday, December 22, 2016

135.2...Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup

A few nights ago I made Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup for dinner to go with some pre-Hanukkah latkes. So perfect for a winter night! And it reheated well the next day. Score! The rest of it is in the freezer ready for another cold night!

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 Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Soup (Serves 6)

Recipe from Skinnytaste

Ingredients:

Soup:

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots 

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 garlic clove, minced

2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

7 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 bay leaves

Freshly ground black pepper

Dumplings:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 large egg yolk, beaten

1/2 cup chilled reduced-sodium chicken broth

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions:

1. For the soup: In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the celery, carrots, onion, and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and fragrant, about 12 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, 1 to 2 more minutes. Transfer to a slow cooker. Add the broth, chicken breasts, bay leaves, and pepper to taste.

2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours (for best results) or low for 8 hours. Remove the chicken, shred with two forks, and return to the slow cooker. Discard the bay leaves. Cover and set to high.

3. For the dumplings: In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, chives, salt, and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and broth, then add the liquid to the flour mixture. Mix until just blended (the dough will be thick).

4. Drop scant teaspoons of dough into the soup (they will expand). Cover and cook without removing the lid for 30 to 40 minutes. The dumplings should expand and float to the surface when done.

5. Ladle the soup into 6 serving bowls. Serve garnished with parsley. 

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Last night we took the kids to Outback Steakhouse. My meal started with the house salad with ranch dressing:

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I had the Victoria cut 6 oz. Filet Mignon with mixed vegetables:

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It was quite possibly, the worst steak ever. No one in my family liked their food. We used to really like Outback. Oh well. It now ranks up there with restaurants we used to love a log time ago but dislike now (Sizzler and Denny’s. LOL).

Breakfast today:

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I went to the gym for some fun on the treadmill then I came home to do laundry and wrap my huge pile of holiday gifts.

I dropped my daughter off at a friend’s house then stopped for lunch at Luna Grill. 

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Greek salad with chicken kabob. Excellent.

Tonight it’s just my son and I. We are going to out to dinner and relax at home.

When was the last time you disliked a meal at a restaurant so much that you decided never to go back? 

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