A bowl of chicken and dumplings is the perfect comfort food during the winter. With just a small list of ingredients - a whole roasting chicken, eggs, flour, chicken broth, chicken bouillon cubes, butter, and some salt and pepper - you can easily create this popular Southern dish. But, there can be more to chicken and dumplings than just the base recipe.
To complement the chicken flavor, you can add different herbs, spices, and veggies to the mix. Some common additions include:
If you would like to substitute whole wheat dumplings for the traditional kind, try this idea from Food & Wine.
In a medium bowl, mix white and whole-wheat flour with some Parmesan, milk, and egg, season with the salt and pepper. Roll out and cut into strips before adding to your simmering broth.
You can opt to keep the dish light and stick with chicken broth for the soup. But, if you want to go all-out Southern, make the dish extra creamy by adding cream of chicken soup. The canned version will work. But, to take your chicken and dumpling game to the next level, consider making the cream of chicken soup from scratch with some chicken broth, heavy cream, and a variety of veggies and spices.
Chicken and dumplings is a mild-flavored dish that has a soft texture, and it is easily a meal in itself. But, if you prefer to add sides, it is traditionally served with veggies like green beans and okra, or extra carbs like macaroni and cheese and biscuits.
Whatever you choose to serve on the side, it is a good idea to mix up textures and flavors with dishes that are sweet or spicy. Consider a salad mixed with fruits like cranberries, some crisp greens, and a spicy dressing.
You can also go with a sour/vinegary option like sauerkraut or sweet and sour red cabbage to balance out the meal.
When it comes down to it, you can add anything on the side!
With so many different styles and variations of this classic comfort food, you are sure to find the perfect one for you and your family.