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Chicken Dumpling Soup

Chicken Dumpling Soup

Westport, CT

Whenever Primogeniture or I are sick, we always love
homemade Chicken Dumpling Soup. My Grandma Grace - who
taught me to knit - always used to make chicken
dumpling soup. Granted she made a powdered package of
Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup and added the dumplings,
but nonetheless, it was a family staple in the Jackson
family.

Start by cutting up some raw chicken breasts (2-3 half
chicken breasts)
Cut up about 3/4 cup carrots
Cut up about 1/2 cup onion
Other vegetables - I often use frozen green peas - but
today I chopped up about 1/2 cup of celery

Heat up 1/4 cup olive oil in the bottom of the soup
pan and add the chopped chicken. Add salt and pepper
to taste. Once the chicken has browned on each side,
add the onions and celery. Once the onions and celery
have softened, add the carrots.

Add 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes to chicken mix
Add 1/2 teaspoon thyme
Add 2 bay leaves
Add 32 oz (1 quart) chicken stock
Add 32 oz (1 quart) water
Add 2 packages of chicken bouillion powder - or cubes

Bring soup to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer
until all vegetables are soft. Once soft, add 1/2 cup
pasta - I prefer either Orzo or spaghetti (cut up into
about 2-3 inch long pieces). Let soup simmer for
another 7 minutes or until pasta is almost ready.

In a separate bowl, make your dumplings by breaking 4
eggs into a bowl and beating them with a whisk until
frothy.

Add 1 scant cup flour. Mix just until blended. Do not
overbeat or the dumplings will get too hard. Your
dumpling batter will look like this.

Increase heat on soup to a low boil. Scoop dumpling
batter into the soup by a full soupspoonful. The
dumpling will sink to the bottom of the soup and rise
as it cooks. As you scoop the dumpling batter into the
soup, rotate the location of the dumplings slightly
around the soup kettle so they are free and clear of
each other as they cook. Place the lid on the soup
kettle and wait until all the dumplings rise to the
top and are cooked. Remove the 2 bay leaves. Serve to
your hungry family!

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