I absolutely love chicken and dumplings. In order to make them now I had to put my veganize degluten chef hat on and be creative. I came up with Chickless N’ Dumplings. Oh my goodness prepare to smack someone it’s so good. Read about the amazingness of soy curls here!
So start with a bag of this manna from heaven and pour it into a bowl and re hydrate them, I used what I found it was called No Chicken Chicken Broth. That was amazing it added a chicken taste without the chicken, go figure. You can use vegetable mix broth also I just really loved the taste.
While that’s working it’s magic, dice up some some onions and saute them until softened. Add the rest of the veggies then add everything else. This is such a yummy hearty cold day soup. Even if it’s not cold outside it’s still amazing.
You may not want to use soy curls, that’s fine you can use anything you want! Like Gardenia chicken or even just extra dumplings. The dumplings are little yummy pillows that they make the meal.
My GF flour mix I use seems to be a very big key to get very very cloud like dumplings. I share the recipe for you to see exactly what I use. The super fine rice flour seems to be a great mix not grainy at all.
1 bag of soy curls or other chicken substitute like Gardenia
Broth enough to cover curls
1/4 cup olive oil
3 carrots sliced
2 garlic chopped
1/2 cup GF flour**
4 cups water & 1/2 cup mix or 4 cups broth (I like to make my own mix)
1 tsp poultry season
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut milk (full fat)
4 cups GF flour mix** (I make my own seems to work good I'll share the recipe)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups plant based milk (maybe less)
Re hydrate your curls by putting them in a bowl and cover them with broth let them soak for about 15 minutes. I found this awesome broth and it makes your curls seriously taste like chicken but it is called No Chicken Chicken Broth. Super yummy!! Meanwhile since those are soaking up life chop up onions and carrots.
Heat up a large stock pan once heated to like medium heat add oil then onions and let saute until translucent. Add your carrots and garlic cook for about 5 more minutes then add flour mix oil veggies and flour like a roux,mix good until no dry flour remains. Now add water or broth slowly. Then add veggie broth mix and other seasoning, taste it though you may want to add more salt or whatever or you can even add more broth mix. Have fun! Now add your soy curls or whatever you choose as your "meat", I just pour the whole bowl of soy curls broth and all, I don't like to waste that yumminess. Bring up to a simmer and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, while that is doing it's thing make your dumplings. Now the measurement I gave you is double the serving. I LOVE lots of dumplings but you can half the recipe if your alright with minimal dumplings;) I won't be dumpling prejudice. Then dump all the dumpling ingredients in a bowl and mix it up until combined. Tip: When using milk make sure it's plain unsweetened plant based milk. It just doesn't taste right vanilla flavored. Just an FYI 😉
Now is when you can put it all together. Then add your coconut milk and dumplings. So here you can roll out the dumplings if you want, if you want just use extra GF flour to dust with then cut the dumplings into pretty little strips and add them. Or if your lazy like me and just don't have time to wait, I just grab pieces out of the bowl flatten them and toss them in. I layer the top of the soup with them and let them cook a little I'd say 5 to 10 minutes before you stir them you can just use a spoon or ladle to push the dumplings into the soup easily then finish adding the dumplings and do the same thing. The soup should thicken up as you do this.
I learned from my last batch that you have to let the dumplings cook before you stir, gf flour is different than reg flour as we all know so this is crucial for the creation of dumplings.