December 21, 2012

Herbed Chicken and Dumplings

What screams comfort food more than chicken and dumplings? This recipe if perfect for a cold wintery night. Unfortunately we haven't had any of these days yet in MA. Now that I am on break until mid-January, I could go for a nice big snowstorm because I don't have anywhere to go! Knowing my luck, we will probably get one as soon as I go back to school and they won't cancel!

I got this recipe from Cooking Light and had some trouble with figuring out the points. On the Weight Watcher's site, they have chicken thighs as being way higher in Points+ than the nutritional information states. I know there is no way boneless skinless thighs have almost 19 grams of fat and decided to ignore the nutritional information in the tracker and use the information everywhere else. I normally figure out the nutritional information independent of the points and then enter it in the tracker to see if they match up. I skipped that part because clearly something is going on in the tracker!

Herbed Chicken and Dumplings
From Cooking Light

Makes 2 servings, serving size about 2 cups

Cooking spray
8 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into pieces
1/2 cup carrot, cut into rounds
3/4 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
3 parsley sprigs
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
3 cups fat free chicken broth
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup 1% milk

1. Spray a large saucepan with cooking spray and heat; add chicken to the pan and brown on all sides for about 4 minutes; remove from pan and keep warm.

2. Add carrot, celery, onion, parsley sprigs, thyme and bay lef to the pan and saute until the onion is tender, bout 5 minutes; return the chicken to the pan and cook for another 1 minute; add broth and bring to a boil; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, spoon flour into a measuring cup and level with a knife; combine with the parsley, baking powder and salt; add milk and stir until just combined.

4. Spoon by heaping teaspoons into the broth mixture; recover and simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the dumplings are done. Before serving, remove bay leaf and parsley sprigs.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 320
Fat: 6
Carbohydrates: 28
Fiber: 5
Protein: 35
Sodium: 1213
Points+: 7


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