Sunday, May 15, 2011
Chicken Dumpling Soup for the Sunday Blues
It was a good weekend. Saturday's Beer and Oyster Festival was a sunny success and somehow after all the day's merriment Nic and I still managed to get to a late night showing of "Bridesmaids." It did NOT disappoint! Kristen Wigg is one funny lady and I honestly don't remember the last time I laughed out loud that much in a theater.
But inevitably today, after a fun weekend of music, friends and sun I was in for an brutal case of the Sunday blues. Coming down with a cold and ever so slightly hung over, I was in serious need of a nourishment and Nic and I both had a lot of work to do from home. I decided to spend some time making a slow cooker batch of chicken soup and threw in some chicken dumplings for a little extra oomph. We found the dumplings on a random excursion to a Russian deli in the outer Richmond but you could easily substitute them for any variety of frozen chicken potsticker. The soup was comforting and tasty and the dumplings added delicious texture and heft.
Chicken Dumpling Soup
-2 cups shredded carrot
-3 stalks of celery chopped
-1 medium/small onion chopped
-1 tablespoon oregano
-2 sprigs of fresh rosemerry
-2 sprigs of fresh sage
-2 large chicken breasts
-8 cups chicken broth
-Lots of salt and pepper
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 1/2 cups of frozen chicken dumplings - Russian style, potstickers or whatever variety you find! Pork or veggie would work too.
-Spray a large pan with Pam and saute all the veggies and herbs for 5-10 minutes until they are starting to soften. Season with a teaspoon of salt and a 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and the garlic powder.
-Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pan. Brown on each side for a few minutes.
-Add the broth to the pan and bring it to a boil.
-Pour the contents of the pan into a slow cooker and put on low for 6 hours (or high for 4).
-If the chicken hasn't already shredded, pull it apart into shreds with two forks.
-When the soup is ready cook/boil the dumplings per their directions and add them to the soup.
- Eat the soup and feel better :)