Chicken and Dumplings

My mom used to make chicken and dumplings when I was a kid and it was a favorite. With a gluten-free biscuit mix or gluten-free Bisquick, this recipe is pretty simple. Here’s how I made mine.

1 whole chicken
1 package Pamela’s Gluten-free Biscuit and Scone Mix
1 tsp chicken base
1 box chicken broth
2 cups milk, plus 2/3
2 eggs
1 tsp basil
2 tsp parsley
1 Tbsp dried onions
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp seasoned salt
3 Tbsp cornstarch or use flour from the biscuit mix
4 Tbsp melted butter

I love my crock pot so I cooked the whole chicken in the crock pot, half filled with water (adding the chicken base, onions and seasonings) on LOW all day (or high 4 hours).

When I was ready to make dinner that evening, I pulled out the chicken and added the broth to a large pot on the stove. Remove the bones from the chicken and add to the pot with the box of chicken broth. Add salt and pepper and heat on stove.

In a separate bowl, mix milk with cornstarch or flour until blended, then stir into the pot.

To make the dumplings:

Mix together-
1 1/2 cups biscuit mix
2/3 cup milk
2 eggs
4 Tbsp melted butter

Bring the pot on the stove to a slow boil and drop dumpling mix by rounded teaspoonfuls into the pot. Cook uncovered over low heat for 10 minutes. Cover and cook for 15 more minutes. Top dumplings with paprika if desired.

Chicken Pot Pie

I made this a few days ago and I love how it turned out. The crust topping is made with Gluten-free Bisquick and the biscuit recipe on the back. You can also make this with a top and bottom pie crust recipe, or use another biscuit mix for the topping.

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3 chicken breasts

1 bag frozen mixed vegetables

2 cups chicken broth

2 teaspoons chicken base

1 cup milk

1/2 stick butter

1/3 cup gluten-free flour

Seasonings of choice, I used salt, pepper, thyme, basil, and parsley to taste.

1 box Gluten-free Bisquick (will need eggs and shortening for the biscuit recipe on the box)

Boil chicken breasts till done and shred. Save 2 cups of the broth. Preheat oven to 350.  Melt butter in a sauce pan and whisk in flour. Add broth, chicken base, and milk; stir until thickened. Add seasonings.

Add shredded chicken to the bottoms of 2 round cake pans, or to the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish. Add the bag of frozen vegetables and pour the soup mixture over all.

Prepare the biscuit recipe for the full box of GF Bisquick and spread over the top.

Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until browned.

Quiche

Quiche can be quick and easy, especially if you can find butter pie crusts in the freezer at Whole Foods. I found a 2-pack of all-butter frozen pie crusts today and whipped up this recipe. If you can’t find frozen crusts, refer to my pie crust recipe for Apple Pie.

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For 2 pies, you need:

4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 lb Italian sausage

4 cups evaporated milk

4 eggs

Thaw crusts and place 2 cups of cheese in the bottom of each pie. Preheat oven to 350. Either pre-cook the sausage and add half to each pie, or break into small bits of raw sausage and place half in each crust.

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In a large bowl, whip eggs with evaporated milk well and fill both crusts.

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Bake 45 to 50 minutes until set in the center. If using raw sausage from the start, center temp should reach 160 degrees.

Let cool for a few minutes and serve warm. I love this served with Greek salad.

 

 

The Gluten-free Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup

This recipe is modified from Paula Deen’s The Lady’s Chicken Soup. To make it gluten-free, all I needed to do was to use gluten-free pasta and use chicken base because it’s so hard to find GF bouillon.  The recipe below is what I did with it. There are two sets of ingredient lists, so read through the recipe before you go shopping. It’s very simple and has a great flavor. There are so many options for gluten-free pasta now, have fun with this. It’s a delicious chicken soup to enjoy in the fall weather.

The Gluten-free Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Whole chicken
3 1/2 quarts water
1 onion, peeled
2 tsp. Italian seasoning (or 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp Thyme, and 1/2 tsp basil)
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
4 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
3 tsp chicken base
salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to a large pot and boil chicken until done. You can fast boil it or cook it on low for about an hour. Remove chicken and set aside. Remove and throw out the onion and the bay leaves. When the chicken cools enough to touch, pull meat from the bones into shredded, bite-size pieces.

Next add the following ingredients:

2 cups chopped carrots (I used about 3 cups)
2 cups chopped celery
3 cups uncooked gluten-free noodles (I prefer Tinkyada brown rice spirals)
1/3 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
If needed, salt and pepper to taste

Bring the pot back to a boil and add carrots. Cook for about 3 minutes and add celery. Add noodles and chicken and cook until noodles are tender. Add cheese, stir and enjoy with your favorite crackers.

 

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

My favorite way to make mashed potatoes is with red potatoes and fresh garlic.

Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

Small bag red potatoes (washed and cubed, not peeled)

4 cloves garlic (peeled and pressed)

1 stick butter

1/2 to 1 cup sour cream

2 Tbsp  parsley

milk

salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes with garlic until soft. Drain the water. Mash and mix with a hand mixer. Add butter and allow it to melt for a few minutes, then add milk, sour cream, salt, pepper, parsley. Blend with the mixer until smooth.