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This easy chicken and meatball recipe is the ideal comfort food. A hearty recipe that uses roast chicken, fluffy buttermilk and chive dumplings that’s easy to make and surprisingly easy to miss for a moment or two.

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The best chicken and meatball recipe

Chicken and meatballs

have such a special place in my heart. Every time I stand on the pot, watching those little dumplings swinging on the surface, I feel like I’m sitting in my mother’s kitchen once again. I ate the soup quickly, leaving the dumplings for the end to savor pleasantly and slowly.

While my mother’s recipe was a little less traditional, a thinner, clearer soup combined with semolina flour dumplings, the one I’m going to show you today is much more traditional, closer to a stew than a soup. If you’re longing for something tasty, simple, and good for the soul, consider curling up with a bowl of your plans for the rest of the night.

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  • celery, carrot and onion – Also known in the kitchen as mirepoix (there’s a funny little French word for you). Mirepoix is a base in so many recipes that it allows a good base for a greater depth of flavor. Stir regularly to make sure it doesn’t brown or caramelize, we want to soften and sweeten the mirepoix instead of cooking or sautéing it.
  • Chicken broth – I always opt for low-sodium chicken broth, this way I can control how salty my food is.
  • Thyme – Even if you’re not the biggest thyme fan, there are only a few recipes that absolutely need it, and this is in one of them. I used dry for this dish.
  • Shredded chicken – The more chicken the better, we want a rich stew as consistency at the end with roast chicken in every bite. You’ll want to make sure the chicken is cooked before you add it.
  • Frozen Peas – Don’t worry mom, I’m including vegetables.
  • Flour – I am using all-purpose as a thickening agent for our soup.
  • Salt and pepper – Just to taste, be aware of sodium levels when using store-bought broth versus homemade broth.
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  • Flour – You will need all-purpose flour. Gluten flour can be substituted, but it can give your meatballs a grittier texture that has a little more difficulty attaching.
  • Baking powder – A leavening agent that will allow our meatballs to swell in the soup.
  • Chives – Added to meatballs for flavor.
  • Egg – Only a large, whole egg will do. We will need both the egg white and the yolk to join our dough.
  • Whey – Whey is more acidic than regular milk and as a result, will react more easily with our baking powder. This makes the meatballs light and fluffy.
  • Salt – All good doughs need a little salt.

This comforting classic is pretty simple to do in just 45 minutes. Once you sauté the vegetables and thicken the broth, the dumplings quickly put together. It’s a fantastic weekday meal on a cold winter day.

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start the stew, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven or pot. Then, add the chopped onion, carrot, and celery and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes until the onion becomes soft and translucent. Then add the thyme and 4 cups of chicken broth to the pot.

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Next, remove a ladle from the broth of the pot. Then beat along with the flour in a small bowl until smooth.

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Now, pour the mixture back into the pot with the vegetables and broth while beating constantly to make sure there are no lumps. This is how the dish becomes more of a creamy chicken stew than a soup.

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Finally, add the frozen peas and shredded chicken. Then season the stew with salt and pepper to your liking and simmer all together for 5 minutes.

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While the broth is boiling, you can make the dumpling dough! Add all the ingredients of the dumpling to a large bowl and then whisk together. However, it is very important not to mix the dough too much or the meatballs will become dense. So, once everything is combined, you need to stop mixing. If you find that the mixture is too dry, add a little more buttermilk.

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Now that the dumpling dough has been made and the stew has been simmered for about 5 minutes, you can start making dumplings! To do this, drop tablespoons of the dough into the thick broth. When performing this step, keep in mind that meatballs double in size as they are cooked. Keep in mind that the dumplings will double as they are cooked.

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Once all the dumplings have been dropped, cover the pot and simmer everything for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the meatballs are fully cooked. However, while the meatballs are cooking, it’s crucial that you don’t look. They need the steam that is created by covering the pot to make it pleasant and fluffy. If you lift the lid, you’ll let out all that steam. But after 15 minutes of cooking, you can lift the lid and use a toothpick to test if the meatballs are well cooked. The toothpick should come out clean and without mass.


dish is simple homemade food at its core, so we want to keep the recipe list short. There are simple trade-offs you can make if you don’t have ingredients on hand.

  • Parsley can be substituted for chives in meatballs and will still easily achieve that fresh and strong
  • flavor. If you

  • have leftover ham on hand instead of chicken, that will also easily make a tasty and delicious soup
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  • If you want a little sweet burst of flavor, corn is a great addition, either in place or along with your peas.
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pressure cooker or slow cooker? Pressure cooker If you want to take a spin with your new pressure cooker, I have a delicious recipe for instant chicken and


. Check it out and enjoy! Slow cooker




combine the ingredients of the

soup in your slow cooker, store the shredded chicken, and let it simmer for 1 hour. Add the chicken and its meatballs, leaving space between the meatballs to prevent them from sticking. Cover and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

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Chicken and dumplings can be stored up to 3-4 days in the fridge in an airtight container. Keep in mind that the more times this recipe is reheated, the more the meatballs crumble.

Frostbite is possible, but again the dumplings can crumble when thawed, so be soft. Make sure the soup is completely cooled before storing it in a shallow container.

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