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Categories     Soup/Stew     Chicken

Yield 6

Number Of Ingredients 22

1/2 cup pearl barley
1/2 pound frozen lima beans (broad)
2 tablespoons oil
2 poundss boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
3 leeks, well-washed, trimmed and sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 medium carrots, chopped
2 medium zucchinis, chopped
8 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
For the Dumplings:
1/4 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons cold butter, grated
1/2 cup water


  • Rinse the barley under cold water until the water runs clear; drain. Pour boiling water over the beans, drain and remove skins. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the chicken in batches, cook until well browned all over - this is important to achieve color and flavor. Add the leeks, garlic, celery, carrots and zucchini, cook, stirring, until leeks are soft. Add the chicken stock and tomato paste, bring to a boil. Add the barley and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan with the beans. FOR THE DUMPLINGS: Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, stir in the cheese and butter and mix well. Add enough of the water to form a soft dough. Drop level tablespoons of dumpling mixture into the simmering soup, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the dumplings, are cooked through and the barley is tender. Stir in the herbs, season to taste with salt and pepper, serve immediately. The soup can be prepared a day ahead, however, the barley will thicken the soup overnight. The dumplings are best made just before serving as they will thicken soup also.

Lee Brown
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This stew is the best! I've made it several times and it's always a hit. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Mohammad Rifkhan
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I love this stew! It's so easy to make and it's always a hit with my family and friends.

Rajkumar Ray
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This stew is a family favorite. We make it every year for Christmas dinner.

Salman Bahar
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The dumplings were a bit too thick for my taste. Next time, I'll roll them out thinner.

Jiyam Hasan
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This stew is the perfect comfort food for a cold winter day. It's hearty, flavorful, and filling. I highly recommend it!

Jesse Hyatt
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The stew was a bit bland for my taste. I added some additional seasonings and it was much better.

Wasiu Abdulfatai
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I've never made chicken and dumpling stew before, but this recipe was easy to follow and the stew turned out great! I'll definitely be making it again.

Bandi Gabor
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This stew is a great way to use up leftover chicken. It's also a very affordable meal to make.

Suresh Chaudhary
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I made this stew for my family and they loved it! The chicken was tender and juicy, and the dumplings were fluffy and light. I will definitely be making this again.

Malcolm Cuz
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The dumplings were a bit too doughy for my taste, but the stew itself was delicious.

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This is my go-to recipe for chicken and dumpling stew. It's always a crowd-pleaser and the leftovers are just as good the next day.

Kamaria Waugh
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The stew was good, but it was a bit too salty for my taste. Next time, I'll use less salt.

Umair Siyan
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This stew is the perfect meal for a cold winter night. It's hearty and filling, and the dumplings add a touch of comfort. I highly recommend it!

Raja King
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I've made this stew several times now and it's always a hit. The dumplings are so good that I often double the recipe just so I can have leftovers.

Don Yen
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This recipe was easy to follow and the stew turned out great! The chicken was moist and flavorful, and the dumplings were fluffy and light. I will definitely be making this again.

momo designs
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The stew was delicious, but the dumplings were a bit too dense for my taste. Next time, I'll try using a different recipe for the dumplings.

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This hearty chicken and dumpling stew was the ultimate comfort food. The broth was rich and flavorful, the dumplings were fluffy and light, and the chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfectly. My fa