Chicken thighs produce the tastiest shredded/chopped chicken to use in recipes like this. A perfect version of a good ol' comfort food recipe. Goes well with fresh green beans.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and cook the chicken thighs until the meat is just cooked through. Remove the chicken pieces from the skillet and allow to cool. Using forks, pull meat from the bones and cut into small pieces or shred. Set aside.

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  • Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until nicely browned and crispy. Remove strips from bacon grease and drain on a paper towel. Crumble the drained and cooled bacon and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings.

  • Scrape the chicken drippings from the large skillet into a large stock pot or Dutch oven. Cook the celery, carrots, red onion, and garlic over medium heat until the red onions are soft and transparent. Add the vegetable broth, chicken, and 1 tablespoon reserved bacon grease. Simmer over medium heat for 12 minutes, then stir in paprika, heavy cream, cream of chicken soup, and water. Heat through, stirring regularly, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sweet corn and ground pepper.

  • Tear each buttermilk biscuit into quarters and drop into the chicken stew. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir occasionally until dough is cooked though, forming dumplings at the top of the stew, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and serve with a garnish of crumbled bacon.

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Nutrition Facts

533 calories; 31.7 g total fat; 118 mg cholesterol; 1473 mg sodium. 33.4 g carbohydrates; 28.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2008
I did everything in here wrong and it was still delicious. By doing everything wrong I mean I used olive oil instead of butter omitted the bacon increased the amount of thighs put the whole thighs in instead of pulling the meat off just used onion and garlic for vegetables kept the same amount of liquids as for the smaller amount used a smaller can of cream of chicken soup used half-and-half instead of full cream stirred in frozen corn and cooked the whole thing in a wok. It was delicious and kid friendly. My whole family ate it. It took me along time to cook but it requires very little attention. One thing though it is not one the diet approved list. I can feel my arteries clogging as I type. It is a wonderful easy winter meal. If you are not particularly kitchen skilled (as I am not) you can impress someone with relatively little effort. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/04/2014
I followed the recipe but the dumplings were kind of gloppy somehow. This seems like a pretty basic recipe and over all the stew tasted good as I love just about anything with dark meat in it. It was very flavorful but I thought that it tasted best right after cooking. It did not taste as good as leftovers. My toddler did not like it and my husband passed on it as well. I probably will not make this again due to lukewarm reception by family. Read More
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190 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 140
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2008
I did everything in here wrong and it was still delicious. By doing everything wrong I mean I used olive oil instead of butter omitted the bacon increased the amount of thighs put the whole thighs in instead of pulling the meat off just used onion and garlic for vegetables kept the same amount of liquids as for the smaller amount used a smaller can of cream of chicken soup used half-and-half instead of full cream stirred in frozen corn and cooked the whole thing in a wok. It was delicious and kid friendly. My whole family ate it. It took me along time to cook but it requires very little attention. One thing though it is not one the diet approved list. I can feel my arteries clogging as I type. It is a wonderful easy winter meal. If you are not particularly kitchen skilled (as I am not) you can impress someone with relatively little effort. Read More
(103)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2008
I did everything in here wrong and it was still delicious. By doing everything wrong I mean I used olive oil instead of butter omitted the bacon increased the amount of thighs put the whole thighs in instead of pulling the meat off just used onion and garlic for vegetables kept the same amount of liquids as for the smaller amount used a smaller can of cream of chicken soup used half-and-half instead of full cream stirred in frozen corn and cooked the whole thing in a wok. It was delicious and kid friendly. My whole family ate it. It took me along time to cook but it requires very little attention. One thing though it is not one the diet approved list. I can feel my arteries clogging as I type. It is a wonderful easy winter meal. If you are not particularly kitchen skilled (as I am not) you can impress someone with relatively little effort. Read More
(103)
Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2008
This is a good basic recipe and I didn't think it was difficult at all. The only thing I didn't like about was the biscuits as dumplings. I thought they made the whole thing too sweet and "heavy". I will make this again but will make my own dumplings or I'll just add cooked cubed potatoes at the end instead of the biscuits for a "chowdery" taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2008
Oh this is really good. I made a couple minor tweaks... I just mix the bacon right in I skip the heavy cream entirely and use a larger can of corn. I find that it never takes the 10 minutes the recipe says it should take for the dumplings to be done -- it's always a minimum of 20 minutes often more. But that's OK it's worth the wait. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2008
Fantastic! I substituted some cream of celery for one of the cream of chickens and left out the corn. I also made homemade biscuits to drop in. The flavors of this soup are divine it made great leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2009
This was by far the BEST chicken and dumplings I've had. Alot of the recipes on here includes no veggies in them and this one does! I boiled the thighs for 30 min instead of browning them. I also used chicken broth since that's what I had on hand and made the dumplings with bisquick instead of using canned biscuits. My husband and son kept saying how yummy it was. Definately a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/19/2007
this dish is a little more work than some of the similar recipes but the results are outstanding. my sons and their wives come over every sunday to eat the old mans cooking and they all enjoyed the meal and took home the leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2009
Really enjoyed this recipe. The vegetable stock keeps this stew from being too "chicken-y". I cut the prep time by buying a store roasted chicken and cubing the meat. I also added 1T fresh chopped thyme while the onion mixture sauteed. The bacon adds a nice crunch but I think using the entire 8 slices would be overwhelming and too salty. I just sprinkled the bacon pieces sparingly. I also used peas instead of corn. Adaptable for a variety of veggies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2008
loved it I finally have a recipe for dumplings that taste wonderful not bland or too greasy as well as quite easy to make. Definitely a keeper!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
Sunday December 20 2009 The east coast was pounded with snow this weekend before Christmas (in some areas 19 inches). I live on more than 2 acres of land and there was much to be done starting at 05:00 a.m. after the snow stopped falling I had to prep and cook 3 meals at the same time (breakfast lunch and dinner) as I and the whole neighborhood spent the best part of the day digging out. This recipe was and is a life saver if you have crock pot USE IT! Everything goes into the pot holding out for the package biscuits for last 20 minutes before serving. A single bowl and a spoon is all that is needed when eating and I guarantee after a days work like the one we had here; the silence of the evening and the warmth of the fire are desert enough. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/04/2014
I followed the recipe but the dumplings were kind of gloppy somehow. This seems like a pretty basic recipe and over all the stew tasted good as I love just about anything with dark meat in it. It was very flavorful but I thought that it tasted best right after cooking. It did not taste as good as leftovers. My toddler did not like it and my husband passed on it as well. I probably will not make this again due to lukewarm reception by family. Read More
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