Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms

Chicken and Dumplings with MushroomsChicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms.

I’ve traveled the world. I’ve lived abroad, I’m even bi-lingual, but I will forever be a Southern girl. Proudly born and bred in the South. I like to tell people I’m Southern as grits. Or in this case, Southern as chicken n dumplins. It’s one of my most favorite meals my Mom used to make me. It was a take all day kind of meal. She would start by roasting the chicken then making Homemade Chicken Stock. Followed by rolling out her own dumplings. Definitely a dish made with love. I’m devastated I never wrote down the exact recipe. I know the ingredients, because I helped, but not the amounts. I’ll forever regret that. I’ve tried to replicate it and this one is as close to hers as I could possibly get, with a twist because I’m me and I can’t help myself.

 

Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms

It’s pure comfort food in a bowl. I’ll be making this one all winter long. It’s not as good as hers, but then again, no recipe, to me, ever could be. It does let me feel a little closer to her so for that I’m grateful. I think (actually minus the mushrooms because she didn’t care for them – I know, gasp) she’d approve, and she’d pick out her mushrooms and give them to me, so winner winner chicken and dumplings dinner.

Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms
Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms.

We’ll start out by crisping bacon. Bacon is the foremost reason I could never be a vegetarian. Anything that starts out with bacon is going to be good in my book. Next, it’s time to fry the chicken. We’re going with dark meat because everyone knows it’s more flavorful than white meat. Did I mention the chicken is fried in the bacon grease? Oh yeah. We’re building levels of flavor here. Into the hot tub of comfort (French or Dutch oven) go: onions, garlic, fresh herbs and white wine. Now it’s a party.  Add a little (ok a lot) homemade chicken stock and simmer until the chicken is falling off the bones. The star of the dish, the mushrooms are a mix of fresh shrooms.

You might also think about making yeast rolls while your chicken n dumplings are simmering away. Trust me, you’ll want to sop up the sauce. It’s money.

 

xo!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Mushroom Channel. I was compensated for my time. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 ounces thick bacon – diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 pounds chicken legs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion – minced
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • frozen flat dumplings
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces mixed mushrooms

Instructions

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2 Comments

  1. 1

    This is perfection! I love it!

  2. 2
    Angie /

    Oh my! I saw the title of this recipe and thought “dumplings?” I had to check it out. How did I not know that you were a GRITS or “Girl Raised In The South”! no wonder I’ve followed you for so long… kindred spirits I guess. I too have travelled and can make just about everything under the sun, because I love food, but the food that speaks to me the most is the food I was raised on and that’s Southern Food. I love you and your mothers rendition, and will definitely give it a try. Much Southern Love my Sister!

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