I do love me some chicken and dumplings in all kinds of ways – the classic version, the soup version – you name it, if it has “chicken” and “dumpling” in the title I am THERE. So you know that this was one of the very first recipes I needed to adapt for my Instant Pot, because the only thing better than chicken and dumplings is a recipe that makes chicken and dumplings in a super speedy way. Ready to get this comfort food favorite on the table lightning-fast? Let’s make it!
Every once in a while we all need comfort food, and when that happens, I make chicken dumpling soup. It’s not only the bowl of warm, delicious chicken soup filled with cheery vegetables and soft little dumplings, although that is wonderful. It’s also the soothing process of being in the kitchen, the heart of the house, going through the familiar process of chopping carrots and leeks, kneading together flour and eggs and butter, stirring the pot and knowing with absolute certainty that no matter what, within the hour you and your loved ones are going to be tucking into that first spoonful. Cooking is comfort.
There aren’t many things in this world that can compete with the classic that is chicken and dumplings, but I think chicken and baby dumpling soup comes pretty dang close. Because aside from the fact that it is super easy to make, it also takes that, shall we say FILLING, meal and turns it into a light and lovely soup version, with tender shredded chicken and colorful veggies and warm and wonderful broth…and baby dumplings! And who isn’t helpless in the face of a baby dumpling? I am, I can tell you that right now. Totally. Helpless. So if you need some baby dumplings in your life, you are in the right place. Let’s make some!
Before I get started on these warm and wonderful apple dumplings, I need to spend a minute talking about a few of my favorite things. One, of course, is food. I cook it, I photograph it, I eat it and then I start the whole thing over again, day in and day out, and I am one happy camper in my kitchen. And the other thing is books. And the authors who write them. And today I want to tell you about some of my very favorites in these categories. One is called apple dumplings, one is called DUMPLIN’ and one is called Julie Murphy, and they are all delicious in their own scrumptious ways. So in happy celebration of one of my favorite authors, one of my favorite books and one of my favorite baked treats, I am giving away three copies of Julie’s amazing new novel DUMPLIN’ and along with them, three Silpat baking sheets to make your own delicious apple dumplings. Or dumplin’s, as I think I might have to call them from now on. Read on!
I have a wonderful friend…I won’t name names, you know who you are….who has been promising to teach me how to make gnocchi. She tells me she is waiting for the potato crop to be up to her exacting standards, so that I get the very best gnocchi-making lesson possible. So I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting – I think I am on my fifth potato crop at this point, and I’m absolutely sure it will all be worth it when the potatoes are finally up to snuff. But in the meantime, I’m satisfying my jones for gnocchi with the next best thing, which are light and delicious ricotta dumplings.
I adore my slow cooker. I adore shredded chicken. I adore dumplings. You knew it was only a matter of time, right? Because the only thing better than a plate of tender chicken with carrots and celery and fragrant herbed broth and fluffy warm dumplings is all that stuff cooked with no muss and no fuss in your trusty slow cooker. It’s the perfect storm of comfort food meets convenience meets delicious!