Chicken and Dumplings Stew

This recipe truly is glorious, much like the VP debate this evening.  Did Joe Biden kill it, or what?  He’s one of my favorite politicians because he doesn’t have the BS gene in him.  He knows what he believes and he’s just like “you guys, this is what we need.”  And I’m just like “for real, Joe.”  He’d be the best drinking buddy, don’t you think?  Man, I love that guy. Also, I met Steve Edwards, formerly of WBEZ Chicago, this evening.  He gave a Chicago Ideas Week lab on being an interesting person and it was, of course, interesting.  It would have been amazingly ironic otherwise.  You know what the secrets are to being interesting?  Listen and care.  Listen and care about who you are talking to, people.  It’s not rocket science, but his talk was still incredibly compelling, intellectual and funny.  What an exciting evening!  And now I get to talk about chicken and dumplings – two of my favorite things in one dish!

This recipe is perfect for right now because it’s ungodly cold for October – at least in Chicago.  I bought snow boots this week because I am convinced it’s going to snow before November.  Who doesn’t love a good stew when there is such a chill in the air?  If you answered, “I don’t,” then stop reading.  Otherwise, continue.

STEW OF GLORY!

Ingredients:

  •  2.5ish pounds boneless, skinless chicken (I used 2 packs of thighs)
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped (I used baby portabellas)
  • 16 ounces frozen vegetables
  • 2 cans cream-of-something soup (I used cream of chicken)
  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits, or one batch drop biscuits

What to Do:

Throw the chicken on the bottom of your crock pot.  Oh, use a big pot for this – I used a 6 quart.  Otherwise half it all.  Add the onion, mushrooms and veggies on top of the chicken.  Then add the cream soups on top.  Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6-8.  I did 4 hours on high.  About an hour before serving, add the biscuits to the stew.  I made sure to put some of the broth on top of them so they weren’t just sitting on top.  Do pull apart the chicken at this time too.  Once you can stick a fork through the biscuits without them being all gooey, they are ready.  It took about an hour for me.  This makes a lot of servings – I had two big tupperware full.  I’ll bet it’s 8 servings.  I’m not very good at judging these things because it depends on how much you eat of course!  I’d say eat a biscuit and a half per serving.   They are the best part.

Recipe based on my crock pot hero’s here.

What do you think?