5 carrots peeled and chopped
4 stalks of celery chopped
2 onions chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 tablespoons of fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons of dried thyme
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 pounds of bone in chicken - I like to use breasts but it is up to you
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 bay leaves
1/2 stick of butter
For the dumplings:
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
3/4 cup of buttermilk
2 tablespoons of chopped parsley leaves
3/4 cup of butter melted
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- Heat a large pot over medium high heat and add oil. Season the chicken with salt and pepper both sides. Brown the chicken for 4-6 min each side. (you will not cook through b/c you will add it to the stock) Set chicken aside on a plate
- Add the garlic, carrots, celery, onions, thyme to the pot with drippings. Stir for about 7 minutes until the veggies are soft.
- Add chicken, bay leaves and 10 cups of water. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and take the chicken out. Shred the chicken off the bone and return the chicken to the pot, discarding the bones.
- Whisk together 1/2 cup of the flour, 2 cups of your broth, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a small bowl. Slowly add it to the pot and stir. This will make the soup a little thicker. Continue simmering. At this point, you should add salt to taste. I probably ended up adding about an additional tablespoon of salt. Be careful as you don't want to over salt! I like mine really thick so if you aren't satisfied with the consistency of the soup, read the next step. Otherwise, skip it and continue to making the dumplings.
- For thicker soup: Melt 1/2 stick of butter in the microwave in a small bowl. Stir in enough flour until it gets to a peanut butter consistency to make a roux. Add to the soup and stir for about 5 min to thicken. BEWARE: slowly add the butter/flour mixture a bit at a time and wait. It takes a while to thicken so you don't want to over thicken your soup. Repeat for even thicker soup. If you end up with too thick of a soup, you can always add water and salt to even it out.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! It will definitely be a hit!