Chicken and Dumpling Soup – My First Time!

I’ve been surfing the web for various recipe ideas, and I’ve stumbled across something called Chicken and Dumpling Soup. Yum, soup!

And dumplings? Even better.

So despite my “need” to avoid dairy, I tried this recipe anyway, and it turned out delicious, rich, and flavourful. A few modifications to the recipe included the omission of green beans, and parsley, and the addition of extra broth into the soup. I also used meat from half a chicken, rather than from a whole chicken. Future modifications to the recipe, would be less dumplings. While I enjoyed the addition of the dumplings, I thought it was too much for my liking, and thickened the soup too much. I think, had I not made these modifications, my soup would have turned out to be more of a stew, than a soup. But perhaps that is the selling point of this soup. It’s a thick, flavourful and rich soup, that can stand alone on it’s own, as a meal.

I may try another Chicken and Dumpling soup recipe, to make a better comparison of what constitutes as a good Chicken and Dumpling Soup. I’m not fully convinced that the recipe that I tried, is the best one, especially as I mentioned a bit earlier, it was more of a stew than a soup.

Here is the recipe I chose to try:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/chicken-dumpling-soup-recipe/index.html

If anybody else can recommend another variation on this recipe, please let me know!  I would definitely be willing to give it a try!

What’s for Dinner?

Today’s dinner is Honey Mustard Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Thighs *Mine are boneless, but you can use bone-in
  • Mustard
  • Honey
  • Onions, sliced
  • Carrots,  sliced

I basically just threw in whatever I had, and put it in the oven at 350 degrees F, for 45 minutes.  It’s cooking now, so unfortunately I do not have a photo to post, unless you’d like a photo of the inside of my oven… No?  Didn’t think so.

Method.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (edited… I originally said C)
  2. Marinate your chicken in mustard, and honey (mixed up, of course) – if you have forethought, unlike me, you can marinate it much earlier for fuller flavour.
  3. Slice onions and carrots.  Place on the bottom of an oven-proof pan (I used corningware)
  4.  Place marinated chicken into the pan.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, blog, or watch tv, or do whatever until chicken is ready.  Or prep your sides – whatever you prefer.

I’ll be serving my dinner with rice, and possibly canned corn or frozen veggies, so not much additional prepping for me, for my sides – hence, why I’m blogging.

And that’s what I’ll be eating for dinner!

PS.  I’m not a chef, so if you don’t like this recipe, sorry about that.  This is just something I threw together very quickly.