Mexican Chicken and Dumplings
James Carrier
Yields Makes 4 to 6 servings
AuthorKatie McRae, Portland, Oregon,

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Pour oil into a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat; when hot, add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and stir often until limp, 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 2
2

Rinse chicken. Add broth, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink at the bone (cut to test), about 40 minutes.

Step 3
3

Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and jalapeños. In a small bowl, whisk butter into milk; stir into flour mixture until well blended. Drop batter in tablespoon portions into simmering chicken mixture; cover and simmer gently until dumplings are cooked all the way through (cut to test), 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 4
4

Ladle chicken, dumplings, and sauce equally into wide, shallow bowls and serve immediately.

Ingredients

 1 tablespoon olive oil
 1 onion (8 oz.), peeled and diced
 1 green bell pepper, rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and diced
 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
 3 pounds skinned chicken thighs
 1 can (15 oz.) fat-skimmed chicken broth
 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
 1 can (10 oz.) red enchilada sauce
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
 2 teaspoons baking powder
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeño chilies
 3 tablespoons butter, melted
 3/4 cup milk

Directions

Step 1
1

Pour oil into a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat; when hot, add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and stir often until limp, 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 2
2

Rinse chicken. Add broth, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, and chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink at the bone (cut to test), about 40 minutes.

Step 3
3

Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and jalapeños. In a small bowl, whisk butter into milk; stir into flour mixture until well blended. Drop batter in tablespoon portions into simmering chicken mixture; cover and simmer gently until dumplings are cooked all the way through (cut to test), 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 4
4

Ladle chicken, dumplings, and sauce equally into wide, shallow bowls and serve immediately.

Mexican Chicken and Dumplings