A feathery green herb, dill is used frequently in Eastern European and Russian cooking, where it adds its distinctive aroma to all kinds of dishes, from chicken soup and marinated herring to dill pickles (flavored with dill seeds) and beet borscht. Here dills refreshing flavor adds an extra dimension to fluffy dumplings in a dill-scented chicken stew. Note: I made sourdough biscuits instead of dumplings.
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place 1/4 cup of the flour in a large bowl or sealable plastic bag and season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken in batches and stir or shake to coat thoroughly with the seasoned flour.
In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm 3 Tbs. of the olive oil. Working in batches to avoid crowding, add the chicken and brown on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium and warm the remaining 1 Tbs. oil in the pot. Add the leeks and onions and saute until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the carrots, celery and apples and saute until slightly softened, 3 to 5 minutes more. Add 2 Tbs. of the dill, the stock and apple juice and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pot, cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a knife, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, make the dumplings: In a bowl, stir together the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour, the cornmeal, baking powder, the 1/2 tsp. salt and the remaining 1 Tbs. dill. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the shortening. Add the milk, stirring with a fork until the dough holds together in a rough mass.
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop up spoonfuls of the dumpling batter and arrange over the chicken in the simmering broth (you should have 6 to 8 dumplings). Cover and cook, spooning some of the broth over the dumplings once or twice, until a skewer inserted into a dumpling comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes.
Ladle the stew into warmed bowls, dividing the chicken and dumplings among them. Serve immediately
View line-by-line Nutrition Insights™: Discover which ingredients contribute the calories/sodium/etc.
|Serving Size: 1 Serving (1195g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4|
|Calories from Fat: 842 (56%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 93.5g||125 %|
|Saturated Fat 23.8g||119 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 48.1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 16.6g|
|Cholesterol 299mg||92 %|
|Sodium 1520.3mg||52 %|
|Potassium 1869.9mg||49 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 88g||26 %|
|Dietary Fiber 9.1g||37 %|
|Sugars, other 78.8g|
|Protein 74.4g||106 %|
Powered by: USDA Nutrition Database
Disclaimer: Nutrition facts are derived from linked ingredients (shown at left in colored bullets) and may or may not be complete. Always consult a licensed nutritionist or doctor if you have a nutrition-related medical condition.
Calories per serving: 1495
Get detailed nutrition information, including item-by-item nutrition insights, so you can see where the calories, carbs, fat, sodium and more come from.