Chicken Stew with Rosemary Dumplings

Chicken Stew with Rosemary Dumplings

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (3 pound) whole chicken about, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 large carrots, peeled and sliced 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick
2 stalks celery, sliced, 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup frozen peas

Rosemary Dumplings
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
Fresh rosemary sprigs

In a bowl or plastic bag, combine flour, salt and pepper. In batches, add chicken pieces to flour mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to a plate.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until brown on all sides. Set aside.

Add carrots, celery, onion and rosemary to crockpot. Set chicken pieces over vegetables.

Pour 1/2 cup (125 mL) stock into skillet and cook over medium-high heat, scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan. Pour pan juices into crockpot along with remaining stock. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours, until vegetables are tender and stew is bubbling. Add peas and stir gently to combine.

Dumplings: In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, rosemary and salt. In a measuring cup combine milk and egg. Mix well and add to flour mixture. Stir with a fork to make a lumpy dough (do not overmix – lumps are fine). Drop dumpling mixture over chicken pieces. Cover and cook on HIGH for 25 to 30 minutes or until tester inserted in centre of dumpling comes out clean.

Serves 4 to 6.

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