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Old 03-24-2015, 06:31 AM   #1
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Looking for Chicken Stew and Dumplings Recipe

Maybe someone here can help me.

I am looking for a good Slow Cooker recipe for chicken stew and dumplings.

Major point though I want one that DOES NOT use canned condensed cream of chicken soup.

The dumplings themselves are no big deal I can do those with my eyes closed the big thing is the chicken stew, everywhere I look they all seem to want to use canned soup as a base.

I want to make it from scratch without pre made bases because 99.9% of the time the base item people want you to use is not available in this country.

Thanks in advance

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Old 03-24-2015, 07:49 AM   #2
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What we call chicken and dumplings is done on the stove top. The "gravy" is thicker than what I would consider for stew. Don't really have a recipe, just go by what I think works well. If you truly want to be as close to scratch as you can, start by making a good chicken stock. I also prefer using chicken that has been previously roasted or spatchcocked and done on the grill. The vegis get cooked in the stock and I use a peanut butter colored roux to thicken. Spices are salt and pepper, herbs are thyme and sage(primary) or poultry seasoning.
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I don't want chicken and dumplings that's thicker, I want chicken stew with dumplings, there is a distinction there :)

Like I said the dumplings are not a big deal they just get added in the last 30 minutes of cooking time so what I am looking for is a slow cooker chicken stew recipe that does not use pre made store bought soup as a base.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:00 AM   #4
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I don't want chicken and dumplings that's thicker, I want chicken stew with dumplings, there is a distinction there :)

Like I said the dumplings are not a big deal they just get added in the last 30 minutes of cooking time so what I am looking for is a slow cooker chicken stew recipe that does not use pre made store bought soup as a base.
You can always use less thickener to reach the desired consistency. I didn't mention dumplings, nor using canned soup.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:39 AM   #5
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If it is a slow cooker (SC) you are using, you can start your stock in it on high. Then lower it when the chicken is done.

To start from scratch, simmer your chicken parts until tender in your slow cooker. You can also put your veggies in the stock about 45 minutes before do the dumplings. Remove the chicken and pick off the meat.

Keep in mind, that it is going to take longer making it in a slow cooker. What you are basically making is a chicken soup with dumplings. Only you are making it in the SC than on top of the stove.

Should you want to thicken slightly, make the roux in a separate pan on top of your stove. Add about two cups of the stock slowly, stirring constantly, then add it back into your SC.

Keep in mind that when your chicken is simmering, it will release some on its own juices. So only add enough water at the beginning so that when the chicken and veggies release their juices, there won't be too much stock. Then you will have an overflow and a somewhat weakened flavored stock.

OR! Do you have available to you, chicken stock on the shelves of your grocery store? You can use that for the start of your stock. But then again, remember the chicken and veggies will add their own juices, giving you a very intense flavor for your stock.
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:59 PM   #6
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Maybe someone here can help me.

I am looking for a good Slow Cooker recipe for chicken stew and dumplings.


Thanks in advance
Just my opinion, forget about the slow cooker and make it on top of the stove. A good chicken stew with dumplings needs the cooks attention.
There's nothing wrong with using canned chicken broth even though you object to canned soups for some reason. You can make the broth as thin or thick as you wish with the use of flour.
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Just my opinion, forget about the slow cooker and make it on top of the stove. A good chicken stew with dumplings needs the cooks attention.
There's nothing wrong with using canned chicken broth even though you object to canned soups for some reason. You can make the broth as thin or thick as you wish with the use of flour.
Not available in OP's country.
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Can somebody explain the dumplings part for me. I have no idea what kind of dumplings we are talking about here.
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Charlie, you can use what ever dumpling recipe you like that goes well with this type of preparation. Keeping it simple, I'd go with a Bisquick based dumpling, maybe black pepper dumplings.
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Not available in OP's country.
OK, but I didn't catch that Taxi. She just mentioned no canned cream soups, although she may or may not be able to get canned chicken broth.
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