When I think of “comfort food” there are a lot of mouthwatering dishes that come to my mind, but none as much as my mom’s chicken and dumplings. Yum! Growing up, this meal was somewhat of a staple in our household, and I would always get so excited when I saw my mom deboning a chicken because most likely she was about to make either her chicken enchiladas or chicken and dumplings, which were both more than satisfying to my young taste buds (and now my older ones!!!) One of my favorite memories is coming home after school, taking that first step through the front door only inhale all the delectable and inviting aromas wafting from my mom’s kitchen. Now that I have two kids of my own, chicken and dumplings has also become a staple meal in my house – although my husband says to not make it more than once a week or your family will get burnt out…haha!). I sincerely hope my girls develop the same loving memories of me making it for my family as I have of my mom making it for hers.
Aside from this chicken and dumpling recipe being the most delicious “comfort food” ever, it couldn’t be easier! It has very few ingredients, so it is perfect for all who lead busy lives (so that means everyone, right?!) By using one of those fabulous cooked chickens you can find in just about every grocery store (oh my, what would we do without those) and a couple of Campbell’s soup cans for the broth base, you have just reduced both your prep and cooking time drastically!
Plus, this easy meal is excellent as leftovers! I grew up in the “backcountry” of San Diego county on Palomar Mountain living far from restaurants or grocery stores so it was imperative for my mom to have plenty on hand for extra meals. This has stuck with me and no matter where you live this is always helpful.
I hope you enjoy this delicious, easy to make meal with your family and friends!
– Danielle Druliner, Backcountry Local