{eating} comfort meals - chicken and dumplings

Now that it's getting colder, I'm craving cozy comfort meals. I was thrilled to see Chicken with Buttermilk Dumplings on my Sweet Peas Meals meal plan this week. Although I occasionally try to make my mom's chicken noodle soup recipe, with homemade noodles, I've never made homemade dumplings before.

This meal can't be classified as a 30-minute meal, but the dumplings did come together a lot more quickly than homemade noodles do. Plus, it was delicious! If you're a dumpling fan, this is for you.

Given the lack of natural light, my photos turned out terrible, and I admit my version didn't turn out quite as gorgeous as Jessica's--so full disclosure, this is her photo below.

Photo via How Sweet Eats
Chicken and dumplings are delicious, but if you don't have quite as much time and you'd still like a similar comforting meal, there are still plenty of options. 

  • If you have some prep time earlier in the day, make your soup broth by cooking bone-in, skin-on chicken in water (add seasonings and bay leaves too) for an hour or so. Skim off the foam from the top, and discard it along with the bay leaves. Then shred up your chicken when it's cool. When you're ready to eat dinner, all you have to do is heat up the broth, add the shredded chicken (and whatever veggies you like), and noodles. We like Reames frozen noodles. 

  • If you're really short on time, just buy chicken stock and a rotisserie chicken and all you have to do is shred up the chicken, heat up the stock (or broth), then add in the chicken, and noodles.
What's your favorite comfort meal? 

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