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REC: Chicken Vegetable Soup with Dumplings (chewy-type)

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Posted to Thread #21200 at 4:19 pm on Dec 15, 2011

I have been making this soup and I love it, even my dumpling hating Bub. I have also been adding a herb mix that I bought at Aldi's. It is in a grinder and is called Country Herbs. It contains: Coarse sea salt, rosemary, parsley, oregano, basil, sage, mint and thyme. I really like it.

Here you go:

My Chicken Vegetable Soup with Dumplings
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 T butter
10 cups chicken broth or stock
4 large carrots sliced
1 large onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, diced
1/2 mushrooms, thickly sliced
2 heaping cups fresh green beans, cut in thirds
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn
1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise then chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 T melted shortening (I used butter)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup butter milk
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning salt)
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

Mix dumpling ingredients and knead into a ball and set aside.
In a large soup pot, saute the chicken until just done and remove to a plate. Add the onion, mushrooms, carrots, and celery to the pot, and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the broth, peas, green beans, corn and zucchini. Season with poultry seasoning, dill weed, and white pepper.
Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer. Simmer the soup for about 10 minutes.
Bring back up to a boil and start tearing off small pieces (dime-sized)of the dumpling dough and drop into soup. There will be a lot of small dumplings. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes. Chop up the cooked chicken into small pieces (about 1/2-inch) and add back to the soup along with accumulated juices. Season soup with white and black pepper.
At this point, purists skip this part, I add about 1/2 cup of poultry-flavored stove top stuffing mix, to thicken. You may use any thickening agent that you want, but my family loves this version. I taste the soup at this point and add more poultry seasoning, dill weed and white pepper, if needed. This makes a lot and gets better with age.

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