Chicken and Dumplings with Gluten-Free Bisquick®
When my sister sent me a box of Gluten-Free Bisquick® Pancake and Baking Mix, the first thing I wanted to try was some…dumplings! A favorite memory of my mom’s cooking is her lighter-than-air dumplings floating on chicken broth with the chicken that made it all so flavorful.
My mom didn’t use Bisquick® for her dumplings, but I did for a shortcut now and then before going gluten-free. Once in a while now, I could sure use a short-cut, which is harder to find while cooking my celiac meals. As a result, I set out to make some chicken and dumplings the day that the Gluten-Free Bisquick® came in the mail.
The problem was that our power went out just before I took the chicken out of the freezer to thaw. At least it was before I thawed the chicken! Our power was out long enough to completely interrupt my dinner plans for that evening, though. The next few days were those hectic kind that needed “quick and easy without thinking” cooking instead of “simmer and savor” cooking.
When I finally had the time to do it right as well as the kind of chicken to cook with dumplings, as well as the power — which I usually take for granted, but I didn’t then – I basically followed the recipe on the box for biscuits. The only ingredient I changed was to use oil instead of shortening, and then I scaled the recipe by half so the dumplings would fit in a Dutch oven. The next I cooked them I used butter instead of oil, which I liked, too.
- Chicken and Broth:
- 1 Pound Boned and Skinned Chicken Pieces, or bone and skin it after cooking
- 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil, or your favorite oil
- 2 Tablespoons Rice Flour, or your choice of flour mix
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
- 1 Cup Chicken Broth, Gluten-Free (optional – extra water will work well, too)
- 1/2 Sprig Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 1/4 Pound Carrots, cut in 1/2" pieces (optional – I don’t think my mom added these, but I like to add the extra nutrition)
- 1 Stalk Celery, cut in 1/2" pieces
- 1/2 Medium Onion, cut in 1/2" pieces
- Water, to cover
- 1 Cup Bisquick® Pancake and Baking Mix, Gluten-Free
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, or your favorite oil
- 1/3 Cup Milk
- 2 Small Eggs (or 1-1/2 large eggs)
Mix flour, salt and pepper, and coat meat with flour mixture.
Heat oil in Dutch oven with tight-fitting lid. Brown chicken pieces in hot oil.
Add remaining ingredients except dumplings. Cover; cook on low for about an hour, or until chicken is tender and juices run clear. Be sure to keep enough liquid in the pot to cover the chicken. Adjust the seasoning of the broth if needed a few minutes before the chicken is done. Start preparing the dumpling mixture when the chicken is almost done.
Remove the chicken to a platter and cover it to keep it warm. If you need to bone it and cut it into smaller pieces, you can do that while the dumplings cook.
Prepare the dumplings by measuring the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix the oil with the milk and egg, and stir that all at once into the dry ingredients. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the bubbling broth. Cover immediately and simmer for at least 15 minutes WITHOUT LIFTING THE LID. (The dumplings will probably fall, or flatten, if you lift the lid before they're done.)
Add the chicken back into the broth to quickly reheat.
Serve the chicken beside the dumplings, with gravy over both.
This dish makes a complete meal of meat, vegetables and grain. It's gluten-free, wheat-free and nut-free.
I thought the dumplings were not as light as my mom’s were with regular flour, but for a prepared mix that was handy to use, they tasted pretty good. I’d be happy to make them again sometime. I won’t get many recipes from one boxful, though, considering the size of the box is only 16 ounces. I’m really glad that General Mills has put this on the market, though, and I’m especially glad my sister was sweet enough to send some to me! I’m still looking for some here in my local stores.
I am not affiliated with Bisquick® in any way. I am simply offering my opinion of this product, their Gluten-Free Bisquick Pancake and Baking Mix, as I found it.
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