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Chicken Casserole & Cheesy Herb Dumplings

Stew, Crockpot, slow cooker, frugal, budget,

What an inspiration Twitter is! I do love this form of social media as I have made some wonderful friends from it and have also engaged with some wonderful brands through it too! The other night I put out a tweet for a recipe to slow cook my chicken thighs as so far I’ve been turning them into curry so wanted to try something new. Up popped Becky Thorn with a few helpful suggestions after asking about what was in my fridge. I went off piste slightly as I didn’t add ham or bacon but stuck with her suggestion of making Dumplings which I don’t ever remember making before but do love! I’ve made suet pastry before but for some strange reason the dumpling had gone under my radar!

Stew, Crockpot, slow cooker, frugal, budget,

The next morning I looked on google for inspiration and ended up just doing my own thing completely. I found a bag of frozen wine in the fridge and knew that that would be a great addition to my stock and after a rummage in the vegetable draw came up with the following recipe. Do adapt it to what you have, any root vegetables would be a good addition to this casserole. I would have put sweet potatoes in it but as my husband and son don’t eat them I decided against those. Parsnip and swede would have been great too – the possibilities are endless. If you don’t have wine I think apple juice or cider would be really good too.

This meal was a total success so I will be definitely be making it again as I love clean plates, so thank you to Becky for inspiring me (we did our own version of show and tell on twitter the next day)!

With the dumplings it also seems that the possibilities are endless with various combinations being proffered over the internet with fresh herbs, grated carrot, green cheese etc being used. So why not invent you own flavour combination? Do you have your own secret Dumpling flavour that you’d like to share in the comments below? I’d love to hear about it!

As this recipe uses herbs I am entering it into Karen of Lavender & Lovage’s Cooking with Herbs challenge and also Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Monday’s challenge as it is made from scratch. I am also entering this dish into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Helen of Fuss Free Flavours as you could replace the wine with apple juice to make it really frugal, the chicken only cost me £1.99 and the vegetables were inexpensive. I’m guessing that this meal comes out at under £1 a head which is fabulous for something so delicious and filling. The theme this month is food poverty and if like me you’re totally hacked off with the situation why don’t you sign the petition to parliament to Debate Food Hunger and Rise in Food Bank Use set up by the brilliant Jack Monroe. Also, if you can, donate to your local food bank.

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4.9 from 7 reviews
Chicken Casserole & Cheesy Herb Dumplings
 
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A delicious and comforting slow cooked Chicken Casserole with Cheesy Herb Dumplings that is low in fat and won't cost the earth.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 750 - 1Kg / 1lb 10oz – 2lb 3oz Chicken thighs, skinned & boned (or leave bone in)
  • 2 tbsp Rapeseed Oil
  • 4 Medium potatoes, chopped into roughly 2cm pieces
  • 2 Large carrots, thickly sliced
  • 2 Onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 Celery sticks, thickly sliced
  • 1 Garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 Bouquet Garni
  • 250 ml / 9 fl oz White Wine
  • 250 ml / 9 fl oz Chicken Stock (made with 1 stock cube)
  • 4 tbsp Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Onion Granules
  • Salt & Pepper
  • For Dumplings:
  • 120 g / 4 oz Self raising flour
  • 60 g / 2 oz Suet
  • 30 g / 1 oz Grated Cheddar
  • 1 tsp Mixed herbs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 6 tbsp water approx
Instructions
  1. Mix together the flour, onion granules, salt & pepper.
  2. Coat the chicken pieces in the flour
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan, brown the chicken thighs and then set aside in slow cooker.
  4. Add another tbsp of oil and fry all the vegetables for a few minutes.
  5. Add the white wine, chicken stock, bouquet garni and seasoning.
  6. Then add the chicken back to the pan and bring to the boil.
  7. Spoon into slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hrs or high for 4 hours.
  8. Later, make the dumplings by mixing the flour, suet, cheddar, herbs and seasoning together adding enough water to make a firm dough.
  9. Divide into 8 equal balls and place on casserole for the last hour of cooking turning the heat up to high (if low has been used).
  10. Serve with your favourite green vegetables.

Stew, Crockpot, slow cooker, frugal, budget,

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  1. jamesdpaton

    This sounds and looks delicious can’t wait wait to give it a go

  2. bev

    They look completely divine!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks:-)

  3. Amanda

    Sounds AMAZING I adore dumplings!!! Kind of excited for winter to eat comforting food! Great post!! Amanda thisluxlife.com xx

  4. angela

    this looks very tasty especially the dumplings

  5. downingarms

    Chicken is my favourite meat so I’m always looking for new ideas and the cheesy herb dumplings are just the ticket!

  6. downingarms

    I eaten a lot of chicken because it is relatively cheap.So much so that I’m running out of ideas but the cheesy
    herb dumplings are the business!

  7. Tracy Sinclair

    I love stew and dumplings but I’ve never had them with cheese, its sounds very tasty, think I’ll have to make this next time I make a stew, thankyou.

  8. Carolyn Clapham

    That sounds nice, especially the dumplings!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, they are really good:-)

  9. Heather Haigh

    Cheesy dumplings – genius – have to try those.

  10. Ursula Hunt

    The Cheesy Dumplings are gorgeous

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, yes they’re rather good:-)

  11. Heather Haigh

    Just what I need to warm me up today.

  12. auntygeek

    I LOVE dumplings. My partner introduced me to them, for some reason I didn’t think I’d like them – the name isn’t so appealing is it! But with a casserole… YUM.

    1. Camilla

      Oh yes, they are yummy:-)

  13. Tracy Nixon

    Love the dumplings – I now make them with a few different casserole dishes!

  14. Ursula Hunt

    Lovely heartwarming recipe for this awful weather

  15. Tracy Nixon

    I made this yesterday and the whole family enjoyed it! Thank you!

    1. Camilla

      Fab, glad you enjoyed it:-)

  16. Tracy Nixon

    Looks lovely! I love dumplings!

  17. Helen Allan

    This is just lovely. I have never thought of adding cheese to dumplings but they sound delicious and we will definitely be trying this..

  18. maddymad

    looks so good comfort winter food

  19. Ursula Hunt

    Great recipe for the cold month ahead

  20. Anne Wallwin

    been looking for something filling for new years day dinner and i think i will give this recipe a try.

    1. Camilla

      Fab, do let me know how you get on:-)

  21. Maya Russell

    This is true comfort food. We still have left over turkey from Christmas but wouldn’t know if it’s still safe to use in this recipe.

    1. Camilla

      I’d give it a miss now I think. Next year freeze the slice meat and then make into pies etc.

  22. DANIELLE VEDMORE

    Ooooh lovely – we often have dumplings with beef stew. Never had it with chicken. Its making my mouth water! Yum!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danielle! Years ago I used to buy the M&S Chicken Casserole with Dumplings so it was about time I made my own really:-)

  23. Karen

    A FAB recipe Camilla and JUST right for all of this windy weather we are having too! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Karen, it’s definitely a winter warmer:-)

  24. Javelin Warrior

    This sounds so perfect right now, Camilla. The weather has been so chilly lately and what could be more comforting that chicken and dumplings? I bet this would also be delicious with some leftover turkey from holiday dinners…

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark, it’s getting colder here too so the slow cooker is going to see a lot of action over the next few months:-)

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