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chicken and dumplings [chik-uh n and duhmp-lings]
a dish that consists of a chicken cooked in water, with the resulting chicken broth being used to cook the dumplings by boiling. A dumpling-in this context-is a biscuit dough.

by Susan Andrews

Creamy Chicken and Dumplings-Low carb

Today was a cold, rainy spring day. Perfect weather for this hearty, comforting soup. It comes together easily and it's so satisfying. We eat it as a main dish with no sides and YES, it's low carb!!!

Soup Base

     4 chicken thighs, boneless skinless or bone in with skin on. I've used both.
     salt & pepper
     3-4 stalks of celery, chopped
     1/2 onion or to taste, chopped
     3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
     1/4 cup of jarred, roasted red peppers,chopped, sometimes I add a little of the brine too.
     1.5-2 tsp dried thyme
     A sprinkle or two of smoked paprika, optional
     2 bay leaves
     1 Tbsp Lankato sweetener, Golden, this is monkfruit
     A bit of Worcestershire sauce
     1 tsp lemon juice
     2 cups chicken broth, I use water & add broth powder
     2 cups water
     1/2 cup heavy cream, optional
     Parsley for garnish

Heat a large skillet with some oil of choice. I use avocado & peanut oil. For this recipe I used seasoned chicken thighs that I get at walmart. I really like them. If you are using bone in you will need to season your thighs with salt & pepper. I like a variety of salts. Fry your thighs until nicely browned on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside to cool a bit.

Add a large saucepan to the stovetop. Turn on medium heat. Add your chopped onion & celery. Cook for a few minutes to soften. Turn the heat down and add your garlic. Cook your garlic for a couple of minutes. Add the thyme, bay leaves, smoked paprika and some salt & pepper. Add your water and broth. Add your lemon, Lankato sweetener & worcestershire sauce. Add your roasted red peppers. Turn the heat to medium and bring to simmer.

Chop your chicken thigh into bite sized pieces. If you used bone in, cut the meat and skin off the bone and add it to your soup. I use the skin too but this is optional. I find the skin has a lot of flavor.

Let all of your ingredients simmer together for 30 mins to an hour. You want those flavors to really bloom and meld. Taste your soup periodically and adjust it to your taste.

While the soup is simmering, make your dumplings.

Dumpling recipe

     2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
     1/2 cup coconut flour
     1/2 tsp baking powder
     1/2 tsp Xanthum gum
     Fresh ground pepper
     A nice sprinkling of everything bagel seasoning, optional
     3 egg yolks

Put your cheese in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 min. Stir. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Add your coconut flour, baking powder, Xanthum gum, ground pepper, Everything bagel seasoning & egg yolks. Stir to combine. If it seems too dry you can add a bit of water and microwave for a few seconds. Stir until it forms a ball. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it with your hands. I did not have any trouble with the dough sticking.

Now you just break off little bit sized pieces and roll them into dumplings with your hands. Drop the into a bowl and repeat until you have used all of the dough.

When you are ready, turn the soup up and bring to rolling boil. Add your dumplings and stir gently to get them into the broth. Cover and let boil for a few minutes. Finally, add that cream if you wish. So good!

That's it. Done. Garnish with parsley if desired. I like the nice pop of green that it gives. If it's summer you could garnish with a fresh nasturtium from the garden! I love making things look pretty! We also love hot sauce! Make it your own!

Recipe notes:
I get my monkfruit sweetener on Amazon. I buy the seasoned, boneless, skinless thighs from walmart. I can usually get them on clearance. It's such an easy way to prepare the chicken. I keep a variety of salts on hand. Smoked, pink, truffle, seasoned and regular. I buy jarred roasted red peppers at Walmart. They are inexpensive and such a nice color and flavor to recipes. You can get Xanthum gum and coconut flour in the gluten free section at Walmart. I love using Everything bagel seasoning. They sell this in the spice aisle at Walmart. It's only $1.98. Totally worth it.