Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chicken and Dumplings

Mom's good old Chicken and Dumplings, with the gluten-free modifications. And Justin liked the dumplings, too!


Coating for Chicken
1 cup brown rice flour
2 t. salt
2 t. paprika
1/4 t. pepper

2 Tbsp. brown rice flour
1 1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. xanthan gum
3/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. shortening
3/4 cup milk

* (I use whatever quantity of boneless, skinless chicken breasts I want. The recipe calls for a 4 1/2 to 5 pound stewing chicken, cut up.)

Cut chicken breasts into several pieces. Mix 1 cup flour, the salt, paprika and pepper; coat chicken with the flour mixture. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven and brown chicken over medium heat.

Add water to the skillet. Cover and simmer until the chicken is fork-tender, 2 to 3 hours, adding more water if necessary. Make the gravy by adding a milk and flour mixture to the chicken and water it has been cooking in. (Make as much or as little gravy as you like.)

Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Prepare dough for dumplings by measuring the dry ingredients into a bowl. Cut in shortening thoroughly with a pastry blender until mixture looks like meal. Stir in the milk.and drop by spoonfuls onto hot chicken. Cook uncovered on medium-low for 10 minutes. Cover and cook 20 minutes longer.

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