These days, I’m all about anything and everything Joanna Gaines. (Just ask my fiancé). I used to not understand everyone’s fascination with the Gaines family, but then I saw an episode of Fixer Upper and I “got it.”
Their houses are beautiful, yes, but what inspires me is their dedication to family, hard work, and executing everything with grace, kindness, and optimism. And so, when Joanna Gaines came out with a cookbook, naturally it ended up on my bookshelf. The recipes in it are delicious, easy, affordable, and can literally feed all of Texas (she has a family of 7). I also love that the recipes are clearly inspired by her every day life. They’re recipes that she actually feeds her family. Recipes that have been passed down from her elders, and that she has received from close friends. Having food be the central point to one’s life — it’s an inspiration to me, and to this blog.
So here is a recipe inspired by one that I recently tried out of her cookbook. It looks unassuming, but don’t be fooled. It’s that hearty kind of loving homecooked meal that you’re looking for on a cold autumn night. While you try this, I’ll be over here watching reruns of Fixer Upper on Hulu.
Chicken & Dumpling Soup
Adapted from Joanna Gaines’ “Magnolia Table”
12 cups chicken broth (or 3 boxes chicken broth)
½ cup all purpose flour
2 cans refrigerated biscuits (~16 oz cans)
1 cup half-and-half
Shredded meat from 1 rotisserie chicken
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Pour the chicken broth into a large stock pot, bring to a boil, and then reduce to simmer. Using a knife or pizza slicer, cut each uncooked biscuit into thirds, and then cut these slices into thirds again to create 9 small dumplings from one biscuit. Lightly toss the dumplings in flour so they do not stick together. Toss the dumplings into the simmering broth. Pull the meat off of a rotisserie chicken, being careful to remove the bones. Add the meat to the simmering broth. You may also include the chicken skin as well for added texture and flavor. Add the salt, pepper, and half-and-half, and stir. Cover and let simmer for approximately 20-30 minutes until the dumplings are cooked through. Enjoy!