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    Chicken with Mustard Dumplings

    I love chicken and dumplings, and it’s something I haven’t made yet in my own kitchen (my mom’s version is delish). I wanted to make it a little different by adding a burst of flavor to the dumplings. Matt is a mustard lover, and I’m a recent mustard convert, so I figured I’d give it a try. The result was great – slightly different but still staying true to the basic flavors in it already.

    Using whole grain, spicy brown, and Dijon mustard pumped up the flavor in a warm way that complemented the chicken and the broth. Since we’ve had our first frost here, I was delighted to have something this warm and tasty for dinner (and for lunch the next day)!

     

    Chicken with Mustard Dumplings

    Served 4.
    Leftover Potential: Reheats well and is wonderful in this cold weather!

    Chicken and Broth:
    4 chicken breasts
    salt and pepper, as needed

    1 Tbsp butter
    1 onion, minced
    2 carrots, minced
    2 stalks celery, minced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup white wine
    4 1/2 cups chicken broth
    1 Tbsp thyme, chopped
    2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
    1 cup peas
    salt and pepper, to taste

    Dumplings:
    2 cups all purpose flour
    3/4 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking powder
    2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
    1 Tbsp whole grain mustard
    1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
    3/4 cup water, or more as needed

    1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Roast in a 400 degree oven until cooked through but still tender, about 8-10 minutes. Let cool enough to touch. Thinly slice or dice the chicken and reserve.
    2. In a large pot, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, carrot, and celery. Saute until the vegetables are tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and mushrooms, and continue to cook until the mushrooms are tender, about 3-5 minutes more.
    3. Deglaze the pan with the white wine, and cook until the liquid has almost evaporated. Add the chicken broth, and bring the mixture to a simmer.
    4. In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder for the dumplings to combine. In a smaller bowl, combine the mustards and water. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and mix just to combine. Do not overmix.
    5. When the broth has come to a simmer, form the dough into dumplings using two spoons. Drop the dumplings into the simmering liquid. Cover the pot and let the dumplings cook, maintaining a simmer, until cooked through, about 14-16 minutes.
    6. Add the cooked chicken, herbs, and peas, and stir the mixture to heat through. Serve warm.

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