Chicken with Sourdough Dumplings

Chicken with Sourdough Dumplings

  

March 24, 2009

Ingredients

Stew

6 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs

canola or olive oil, for cooking

butter, for cooking (optional)

1 large onion, finely chopped

2-4 Tbsp. (ish) sherry (optional)

3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

1L low-sodium chicken broth

1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves (or a few sprigs)

1 cup frozen green peas

1/4 cup half & half or heavy cream

Dumplings

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup sourdough starter

2 Tbsp. canola or olive oil

1 egg

Directions

1Pat the chicken dry with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper. Heat s drizzle of oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat uand brown the chicken until golden on both sides, working in batches so that you don't crowd the pan. Transfer the chicken to a plate, add a bit more oil (and a bit of butter if you like) and saute the onions until golden. Add the sherry and cook for a minute (it will almost cook off), scraping up any browned bits at the bottom of the pan (or you could use a bit of the stock or some water to do this), then add the flour and stir to coat the onions. Add the stock and thyme, then return the chicken to the pot and bring to a simmer; cover and cook over low heat for about an hour.

2Meanwhile, stir together the dumpling ingredients. Take the lid off the pot (if you like, shred the chicken with forks and pull out the bones - you could refrigerate it at this point and do this with your fingers, then reheat when you want to), add the peas and cream and bring back to a simmer. Drop walnut to golf-ball sized dumplings over the top of the stew, about 1/4 inch apart. Cover and cook until the dumplings have doubled in size, about 15 minutes.

3 Serve warm.

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