One of my top all-time comfort meals without a doubt has to be chicken and dumplings. Its a hearty, rich, and rustic stick to your bones meal that's great if you're in the mood for a satisfying mostly hands free dinner. For some reason though despite my love for vegetables, I prefer a non-traditional take on it. Most chicken and dumpling recipes have carrots and celery in a pale gravy with dense and heavy dumplings. This just doesn't do it for me, and I prefer a different approach.
When I think of chicken and dumplings I think of a rich darker gravy with a bright, fresh, herby and mushroom flavor with flaky biscuit-like dumplings. By omitting some of the classic ingredients such as carrots and celery, and replacing them with a wild mushroom blend and bouquet of fresh herbs, you get a different take on a classic dish. Then by preparing the dumplings like a biscuit, it ensures a light and airy texture that isn't heavy and dense. Whether you love the traditional style or just want to try something different, this dish does not disappoint!
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