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Chicken and Sweet Potato-Orange Dumplings

Servings: 4

Adapted from The Lee Brothers Cookbook: Stories and Recipes from Southerners And Would-Be Southerners, by Matthew and Ted Lee, W.W. Norton, 2006


  1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces, or any combination of chicken parts

  3 tsp salt, divided

  1 1/2 tsp black pepper, divided

  3 Tbs olive oil, divided

  1/2 cup white wine

  8 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth

  12 whole black peppercorns

  2 bay leaves

  1 large onion, roughly chopped

  2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

  1 stalk celery, chopped

  1/2 cup chopped parsley

  1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

  1 1/2 cup flour

  1 large egg, beaten

  2 large oranges, zested and then sliced thinly

  1 cup frozen peas

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Combine 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper; season chicken with mixture. In soup pot, pour 1 tablespoon olive oil and warm over medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces, about 4 at a time and brown, turning, about 5 minutes per side. Remove chicken to plate and set aside. Add wine to pot; raise heat and boil 3 minutes. Add chicken broth, peppercorns, bay leaves, onion, carrots and celery. Return chicken to pot. Cover, bring to a boil, and uncover pot. Reduce heat to low and simmer 45 minutes.

While soup simmers, make dumpling dough. Place sweet potato slices in small saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook until very soft, about 20 minutes; transfer to large bowl. Using fork, mash sweet potato pieces to a puree; let cool. Add flour, beaten egg, remaining olive oil, orange zest and remaining one teaspoon salt and & 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix with spoon until mixture forms dough-like consistency. Divide dough in half and use floured rolling pin to roll out each half separately to 1/8" thickness. Cut dough into 3/4 x 2" strips using a floured knife.

Transfer chicken from broth to a cutting board and let cool. Strain broth, return to pot and boil over medium heat for 15 minutes, while chicken is cooling. Remove all skin and bones from chicken and tear by hand into smaller pieces. Return chicken to pot, turn heat down to low, and add dumpling strips. Continue cooking over low heat until dumplings are cooked through, about 5 – 8 minutes. Add frozen peas after about 3 minutes. Serve soup, chicken and dumplings in large bowls garnished with parsley and orange slices.

Nutritional Information:

Total Fat 15g 

Saturated Fat 4g 

Total Carbohydrate 58g