This recipe is rich tasting, but is actually light and delicate. It makes a WONDERFUL dish for serving to company.  Tastes like your worked on it ALL day. I used to make this stew from my great grandmother’s ALL day recipe, but have streamlined it for a quick meal.  I also added the dumplings to replace the noodles she would use.

4 strips bacon, diced small
1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders, cut into fourths
4 medium carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced fairly thin or diced
1 small Vidalia onion, halved and sliced
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons Wondra flour
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped parsley

  • In a large skillet cook bacon until crisp.
  • Remove bacon with a slotted spoon.
  • Generously season chicken tenders with salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken pieces to bacon drippings and saute until cooked through.
  • Remove chicken pieces with slotted spoon.
  • Add veggies and saute until starting to soften.
  • Add chicken broth and bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce heat, add chicken pieces back into broth and simmer 20-30 minutes until veggies are tender.
  • Melt butter, whisk in flour and then add to stew. Cook another few minutes until thickens.
  • Stir in bacon pieces and adjust seasoning to taste,
  • While stew is simmering prepare dumplings.

1 cup baking mix
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon milk
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Mix the baking mix and milk together to form a soft dough.
  • Drop dough by mounds into stew during the last 15 minutes.
  • The dumplings are ready when a toothpick comes out clean.

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