Cozy Up with a Timeless Comfort Dish!
Are you in the mood for a heartwarming, classic American dish that’s perfect for any day of the week? Our Chicken with Dumplings Freezer Cooking Recipe is just what you need!
This beloved dish has been a staple in American kitchens for generations, offering a delicious blend of tender chicken, savory vegetables, and fluffy dumplings. We’ve tweaked this traditional recipe to make it freezer-friendly, ensuring that you can enjoy this comforting meal even on your busiest days.
Let’s embark on a culinary journey to create a batch of this soul-satisfying dish that’s as perfect for a cozy family dinner as it is for stocking up your freezer!
Ingredients: The Building Blocks of Comfort
- Tender Chicken: We start with 2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed for easy cooking and eating.
- Vegetable Medley: Chopped onion, thinly sliced celery, and sliced carrots add depth and nutrition to the dish.
- Flavorful Base: All-purpose flour and prepared chicken broth create a rich, savory stew for the chicken and vegetables.
- Herbal Touch: Dried thyme leaves (or ground thyme) infuse the dish with a warm, aromatic flavor.
- Dumplings: A simple dough of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and buttermilk forms the fluffy, delightful dumplings that make this dish truly special.
Cooking Up Comfort: Step-by-Step
- Brown and Sauté: Begin by sautéing chicken and onion in a large soup pot until the chicken is nicely browned. Add celery and continue to sauté.
- Create the Stew: Sprinkle in flour, then gradually add chicken broth, carrots, and thyme. Stir well, bring to a boil, then simmer until the chicken is tender.
- Dumpling Magic: While the stew simmers, prepare the dumplings by combining flour, baking powder, and buttermilk. Feel free to season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Dumpling Drop: Drop tablespoonfuls of dumpling dough into the simmering stew. Cover and cook until the dumplings are fluffy and cooked through.
Freezing for Future Feasts
- Cool and Freeze: Allow the dish to cool, then portion it into freezer-safe containers. Now you’ve got a homemade, comforting meal ready to go!
Serving Day Delights
- Reheat and Enjoy: When you’re ready to enjoy, defrost and gently reheat the chicken with dumplings on the stove. The aroma and taste will transport you to a world of comfort. Experiment with adding different fresh herbs on cooking day to give a burst of freshness. Your options are endless!
A Hearty Meal for Any Day
Our Chicken with Dumplings Freezer Cooking Recipe is a wonderful way to bring the comforting flavors of a classic dish into your home with the convenience of a freezer meal. Whether you’re sitting down for a family dinner or looking for a satisfying meal on a chilly evening, this recipe promises warmth, comfort, and deliciousness in every bite. So, tie on your apron, start cooking, and get ready to indulge in a timeless comfort food favorite. Bon appétit!
- 2 lbs chicken breasts boneless skinless, cut in 1" cubes
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 1 cup celery thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 10 cups prepared chicken broth
- 2 cups carrots sliced
- 1 tsp dried thyme leaves OR 1/2 tsp ground thyme
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- In large soup pot, sauté chicken and onion over medium heat until chicken is browned, about 6-8 minutes. Add celery and saute. Add 1/4 cup flour, then slowly add chicken broth, carrots and thyme, stirring well. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce heat, simmering for 20 minutes or until chicken is tender. Stir occasionally.
- While simmering, prepare dumplings by mixing together flour and baking powder. Slowly add buttermilk, stirring well to combine. Can add salt and pepper to taste if desired.
- Once it is finished simmering, drop dough by the tablespoon-full into chicken stew mixture. Cover again and finish cooking over medium-low heat for 15 minutes or until dumplings are fully cooked.
- Cool then freeze in containers.
On serving day
- Defrost and reheat on the stove over low heat.