Spanish-style chicken and dumplings

Rachael Ray

Serves: 4

  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 pinches of saffron
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 3/4 pound chorizo, casings remove and chopped or crumbled
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breast tenders, diced
  • 3/4 pound medium to large white mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 rounded tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3-1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1 small box biscuit mix or mix to prepare 8 drop biscuits, prepared to package directions, such as Jiffy brand
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

In a small saucepot combine the stock and saffron and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer to allow the saffron to steep.

In a large deep skillet with a lid or a Dutch oven, heat the EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and render and brown for 2 minutes, then add the chicken and lightly brown. Stir in the mushrooms, onion and garlic as you chop them, then add the bay leaves, salt and pepper, to taste, and thyme. Put a lid on the pot and increase the heat to high for 5 minutes to soften the vegetables. Stir in the flour, add the sherry and stir a minute more, then add the saffron broth.

While the vegetables soften, put the biscuit mix in a bowl and stir in the parsley and paprika. Add the liquids, according to the package directions, for the biscuits.

Drop eight small mounds of biscuit dough onto the surface of the chicken and sauce. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook for 5-6 minutes.

Ladle into shallow serving bowls and serve.

*Chef’s note: This dish was a bit too salty for me. I think I would cut the chorizo way back to maybe about 1/4 pound, because it overpowered the dish and was all I could taste. Maybe it had to do with the type I used, but I don’t know that I would make it again. My mom liked it, but my brother and dad seemed to agree with my feelings toward it.


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