Monday, April 6, 2009

Nostalgic Chicken and Dumplings

Remember the good old days of big family meals at grandma's house? Undoubtably, chicken was often on the menu. One of the ways grandma could feed the whole family inexpensively was with a big pot of chicken and dumplings. If you want to revisit those meals with your own, here is a recipe for chicken and dumplings. Now they may not taste like grandma's, after all she was the best cook around, but they will probably be real close. Nostalgia Chicken and Dumplings is a great, inexpensive way to feed your family today. Aren't we all looking for ways to cut back on spending?


6 bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed
2 whole cloves
12 frozen pearl or small whole onions, thawed
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup chicken broth
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 tsp browning sauce, optional
1 cup Bisquick baking mix
6 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp parley flakes

Place chicken in a slow cooker. Insert cloves in an onion and add to slowcooker. Add bay leaf and remaining onions. Sprinkle chicken with garlic, salt, thyme, marjoram, and pepper. Pour broth over chicken. Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours until the chicken juices run clear. Remove chicken and keep warm. Discard cloves and bay leaf. Increase temperature to high. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, water, and browning sauce until smooth. Slowly stir into the slow cooker. In another bowl, combine biscuit mix, milk, and parsley. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto simmering liquid. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes without lifting lid. Dumplings are done when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve dumplings and gravy over/with chicken.

Enjoy! By Grandma Linda

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