Apple Cider Chicken and Dumplings is a comforting and flavorful twist on the classic chicken and dumplings recipe, perfect for cozy autumn and winter meals. The apple cider adds a sweet and tangy depth to the dish. Here’s how you can make it at home:
For the Chicken Stew:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
- 2 cups apple cider
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
For the Dumplings:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- Brown the Chicken:
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, then add to the pot. Cook until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken and set aside.
- Sauté Vegetables:
- In the same pot, add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Cook until the vegetables start to soften.
- Stir in the thyme and sage.
- Deglaze and Simmer:
- Pour in the apple cider to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
- Add the chicken broth, bay leaf, and the browned chicken. Bring to a simmer.
- Reduce heat to low and let it simmer while you make the dumplings.
- Make the Dumplings:
- In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In another bowl, combine the milk, melted butter, and parsley.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined (do not overmix).
- Cook the Dumplings:
- Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling dough into the simmering stew. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes or until the dumplings are firm and cooked through.
- Final Adjustments:
- Remove the bay leaf. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve the apple cider chicken and dumplings hot, garnished with extra parsley if desired.
This Apple Cider Chicken and Dumplings recipe combines the warmth of a traditional comfort food with the unique twist of apple cider, making it a delightful dish for colder days. Enjoy!