This is a super fast version of the tried and true Southern recipe. I’ve cheated a little……what, I’m not opposed to cheating when needed, and in this case cheating is good.
First add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large stock pot or dutch oven.
Add one medium chopped onion and cook over moderate heat until the onion becomes transparent and soft.
Toss in 1 teaspoon of thyme.
And one teaspoon of kosher salt, followed by….
1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
Next add one finely chopped clove of garlic.
My garlic has some onion mixed in because my assistant got a little chop happy.
Stir in the garlic and let it cook with the onions for a few seconds. Don’t burn the garlic or it will make the dish bitter.
Pour in 32 ounces of low sodium chicken broth.
Next toss in some frozen chicken tenderloins. I know adding frozen chicken seems weird, but we’re saving time and cheating……remember?
I added 10 chicken tenderloins. You can add a few more of a few less if you like.
Let the chicken simmer at a high simmer for about 15 minutes or until done through-out.
Once the chicken is done, remove it and cut it into bite size pieces.Then put it aside until needed.
Here comes the
cheating easy part of these chicken and dumplings.
Grab 5 flour tortillas and stack them one on top of the other. Get a sharp knife, or pizza cutter and slice the tortillas into pieces.
Bring your chicken broth up to a gentle boil and add the tortillas.
Pour in 3/4 cup of cream, and gentle stir. Don’t stir so hard that you break all the pieces of tortilla.
Add 1 tablespoon of butter. Yes, you do need to add the butter, it adds to the depth of flavor, plus butter is GOOD. Butter’s your friend.
Allow the tortillas to gently boil for about 10 minutes. They’ll become soft and well, dumpling-y. They will also perfectly thicken the sauce. No need for a roux here.
Once you’ve reached your perfect desired saucy thickness add the chicken back in for a few minutes until it’s nice and warm.
In less than 30 minutes total, you’ve made a wonderful family meal that everyone’s gonna love.
You’d be hard pressed to call and order a pizza and have it delivered in that amount of time. Plus you’ll be a kitchen goddess, that is until it’s time to do the dishes, then you’re back to being good old mom.
the wanna be country girl – Caroline