Chicken and Dumpling Soup with Quinoa
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch half-moons
- 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 small bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
- One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, strained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed well
- 1 cup frozen, chopped green beans
- 1/2 cup white wholemeal flour
- 1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, finely chopped
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, vinegar and thyme and stir until most of the vinegar has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the carrots, celery, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add the broth, 4 cups of water, chicken breasts and cannellini beans, bring to a high simmer and cook until the chicken is tender and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
Carefully remove the cooked chicken and set aside until cool enough to handle. Add the quinoa to the pot and cook until translucent and tender and the threadlike germ wraps around each kernel, 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, remove and discard the chicken skin and bones. Shred the meat into bite-size pieces and add back to the soup. Add the frozen beans.
Make the dumplings . Stir together the flour, parsley, eggs, milk, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Put half the batter into a perforated colander; holding the colander just over the simmering soup, scrape and work the batter through the holes with a rubber spatula, letting the tiny dumplings drop into the soup. Cook until the dumplings float, stirring to break up any large clumps, about 1 minute. Repeat with the remaining batter. Adjust the consistency of the soup with more water if desired and season with salt if needed.
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