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Gluten-Free Chicken and Dumplings

Why This Recipe Works

The best chicken and dumplings boasts dumplings that are light and tender yet substantial in a brothy stew full of concentrated chicken flavor. For a gluten-free version of this comfort food classic, we started by developing a flavorful chicken and vegetable stew that was simple enough to make on a weeknight. Right off the bat we found that boneless, skinless chicken thighs were the perfect choice here because they require very little prep and are nearly impossible to overcook. After browning them, we set them aside and focused on building the stew, first sautéing chopped carrots, onions, and celery. To thicken the stew, we added 2 tablespoons of our all-purpose gluten-free flour blend and then deglazed the pan with a little sherry, which added bright flavor. After adding some chicken broth and the reserved chicken thighs, we let the stew simmer until the chicken was tender and ready to shred. Turning our attention now to the gluten-free dumplings, we first swapped in our flour blend in the usual mixture of flour, milk, melted butter, and a hefty dose of baking powder, but these dumplings simply melted into the stew. We tried adding a little xanthan gum for binding, and while these dumplings retained their shape better, they sank into the stew and had a texture that was more akin to gnocchi than to biscuits. Switching from whole milk to low-fat lightened up the batter and got us closer, but our stew still could not support the starchier dumplings. For a thicker stew, we cut back the broth to 3 cups and added more chopped carrots and celery so the dumplings could rest on a raft of chicken and vegetables while they simmered. They cooked through properly, yielding moist, tender dumplings that soaked up the sauce perfectly.

Ingredients

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Stew

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
2 celery ribs, chopped fine
1 onion, chopped fine
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
2 tablespoons ATK Gluten-Free Flour Blend
¼ cup dry sherry
3 cups chicken broth
½ cup frozen peas
¼ cup minced fresh parsley

Dumplings

9 ounces (2 cups) ATK Gluten-Free Flour Blend
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
teaspoon xanthan gum
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon 1 or 2 percent low-fat milk
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Nutritional Information

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Per Serving (Serves 6)

  • Calories 536
  • Cholesterol 162 mg
  • Fat 22 g
  • Sodium 1100 mg
  • Saturated 6 g
  • Carbs 46 g
  • Trans 0 g
  • Dietary Fiber 7 g
  • Monounsaturated 9 g
  • Sugar 8 g
  • Polyunsaturated 3 g
  • Protein 39 g

The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Instructions

Serves 6

1. FOR THE STEW: Pat chicken dry with paper ­towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add chicken and brown well on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to plate.

2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, carrots, celery, onion, and thyme to fat left in pot and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until vegetables are well browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in flour blend and cook for 1 minute. Stir in sherry, scraping up any browned bits. Whisk in broth, smoothing out any lumps. Stir in browned chicken and any accumulated juices, and bring to simmer. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until chicken registers 175 degrees, about 15 minutes.

3. Remove pot from heat. Transfer chicken to cutting board, let cool, then shred into 1-inch pieces with 2 forks. Let broth settle for 5 minutes, then skim fat from surface. Stir in shredded meat, peas, and parsley, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. FOR THE DUMPLINGS: Whisk flour blend, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum together in large bowl. Microwave milk, water, and butter in separate bowl until just warm, about 1 minute. Using rubber spatula, stir warmed milk mixture into flour mixture until incorporated and no flour pockets remain; mixture will begin to bubble immediately.

5. Return stew to vigorous simmer over medium heat. Using greased tablespoon measure, spoon portions of dumpling batter evenly over top of stew; you should have about 24 dumplings. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer vigorously until dumplings have doubled in size and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Serve.

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JOHN C.
16 days

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too. I've done this using a rimmed sheet pan instead of a skillet and put veggies and potatoes around the chicken for a one-pan meal. Broccoli gets nicely browned and yummy!

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too.

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MILES D.
JOHN C.
9 days

Amazed this recipe works out as well as it does. Would not have thought that the amount of time under the broiler would have produced a very juicy and favorable chicken with a very crispy crust. Used my 12" Lodge Cast Iron skillet (which can withstand 1000 degree temps to respond to those who wondered if it would work) and it turned out great. A "make again" as my family rates things. This is a great recipe, and I will definitely make it again. My butcher gladly butterflied the chicken for me, therefore I found it to be a fast and easy prep. I used my cast iron skillet- marvellous!

CM
CHARLES M.
11 days

John, wasn't it just amazing chicken? So much better than your typical oven baked chicken and on par if not better than gas or even charcoal grilled. It gets that smokey charcoal tasted and overnight koshering definitely helps, something I do when time permits. First-time I've pierced a whole chicken minus the times I make jerk chicken on the grill. Yup, the cast iron was not an issue.