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chicken and dumplings

I have the flu. Not pleasant. But being an optimist, I always seek to make the best out of a bad situation.

“How are you?” Suzen asked.

“Awful,” I said. Then I coughed. She grimaced. She can’t take me being sick. I coughed again. Softening her up.

“Do you want anything?” she said.

“Well,” I began, “I really am hungry. Maybe,” I stopped to cough again, “maybe some chicken.”

“Yes,” she sounded relieved. “I can do that.” She turned to walk away.

“With dumplings,” I added very softly.

She turned back. Examined me. Appraised me. “Okay,” she said. “But,” her finger was waggling, “if I find flu pills in the bathroom, if I find you’ve been milking this situation, …”

Silly woman. I don’t have any flu-creating pills in the bathroom. That would be stupid. If I had any at all, they’d be in the plastic box in the basement where I keep the nails.

This excellent recipe is from the new edition of the Good Housekeeping Cookbook. The dumplings are much better than those “out of the box” ones. Much better. You are supposed to get an even dozen of them but Suzen made them extra large, as you can see in the picture, and we only got seven. They are better than prescription drugs. The dumplings are now all gone. I feel a relapse coming on.

Chicken with Rosemary Dumplings

Yield: serves 4-6


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 large bone-in chicken breast halves (3 ¼ pounds), skin removed
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large stalks celery, cut into ¼-inch thick slices
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large 3gg
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (14 ½ ounces) low-sodium
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas


In an 8-quart Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat until very hot. Add 3 chicken breast halves; cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. With tongs, transfer chicken pieces to a bowl as they are browned. Repeat with the remaining chicken.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to dripping s in the Dutch oven. Add carrots, celery, and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are golden brown and tender, about 10 minutes.

Prepare the dumplings. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup flour, baking powder, rosemary, and ½ teaspoon salt. In a cup, with a fork, beat the egg with ½ cup of the milk. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until just blended.

Return the chicken to the Dutch oven. Add the water, broth, pepper, and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Heat to boiling over high heat. Drop the dumpling mixture by rounded tablespoons on top of the chicken and vegetables to make 12 dumplings. Reduce the heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

With a slotted spoon, transfer the dumplings, chicken, and vegetables to serving a serving bowl; keep warm. Reserve the broth in the Dutch oven.

In a cup, blend the remaining 2 tablespoons flour with the remaining 1 cup of milk until smooth; stir into the broth mixture. Heat to boiling over high heat; boil 1minute to thicken slightly. Add the peas and heat through. Pour the sauce over the chicken and dumplings.


We made these with scallions, not chives. And we did not have frozen peas but we had a can of corn. They both proved to be excellent substitutes.

Source: The Good Housekeeping Cookbook: 125th Anniversary Edition