We are on snow day 1,000 in Wisconsin (actually like 5, but it feels like 1,000). I am happy that school is cancelled due to snow versus the ice we previously had because my kiddos can play outside, but I think we are all getting a little stir crazy around here.
One of my favorite snow day activities is cooking big pots of nice hot and hearty soup. Today we are having steamy bowls of one of our favorites, Homemade Chicken Dumpling Soup.
Chicken dumpling is one of those soups that I know will put instant smiles on my husband and boys faces when they hear it is for dinner. I use the chicken bones to make the stock nice and rich, and a little thyme as well. I find that simmering the bones to make stock is the game changer for soups. The downside is, as with many things, the time, but this recipe can be ready in about an hour and the broth is delicious! My kiddos also love soup nights because soup nights equal crackers… I think my boys like 50% soup and 50% crackers in their bowls. I like to keep this recipe pretty simple- flavorful broth, tender chicken, simple veggies, and light dumplings. I made my dumplings with whole milk and flour. I know some recipes call for an egg and I have made them this was as well. However, I find that they are denser and not as light as this version.
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I need a meal like this after last week. Last week our family, my sister, nephew, and mom took a trip to Disney. We had a blast, but it is certainly something that makes you tired! I really enjoy Disney and, if you follow my Instagram, you know that I documented most of our snacks and meals in the stories. If you are interested hop over and take a peek! I think my favorite snack was the Peter Pan Float- lime sorbet, sprite, and a red chocolate feather. My sister and I are already plotting our next vacation. If you are a Disney traveler- what is your favorite resort?
My sister and nephew are coming to play in the snow tonight. I have this simmering away and a slow cooker filled with pea, ham and potato soup. I will share that recipe with you too, and you can add it to your next snow day menu. What are your other favorite soups? Do you have a cold weather go to?
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Homemade Chicken Dumpling Soup
- 4 bone-in chicken breasts
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 6 cups water
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 3 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 white onion, diced
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 1/4 tsp salt, divided
- 1 1/4 tsp black pepper, divided
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- In a soup kettle, place chicken breasts at the bottom of the pot. Add the water and chicken broth. Simmer till chicken is tender and about to fall off the bone (30-40 minutes). Carefully remove chicken from pot. Remove chicken from bones and discard bones and any skin from the chicken. Return chicken to the kettle.
- Add carrots, celery, onion, thyme, 1 tsp pepper, and 1 tsp salt. Allow the soup to simmer until the veggies are tender.
- In a bowl, mix together the flour, milk, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper till smooth. While soup lightly simmers (if soup is not hot enough it will be difficult for the dumplings to hold together and cook), add 1/2 tbsp sized scoops evenly into the soup. The dumplings will rise as the cook. Be sure that you do not cluster the dumplings into one spot in the kettle. Season with more salt ad pepper, if desired, and serve.