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Smoked Chicken Stew chicken close up view of finished stew

On a cold winter day, most of us want some comfort food! I love chicken pot pie and chicken dumplings but wanted a twist on the traditional recipes. I started with a simple rosemary marinade for the chicken and added smoked paprika and dry sherry imparting a nice warmness. Rosemary has a woodsy aroma with both a sweet and bitter pungency. The smoked paprika adds a wonderful smoky, warm flavor. Dry sherry has a roasted nutty flavor depending upon the type you purchase. These flavors blend together nicely in this recipe.

This dish warms over nicely – so make extras. I will make it on Sunday so we have left overs for a couple of days. In New York we are having some bitter cold winter days. When factoring in the wind chill, some days are -15 degrees F. No matter how warm you dress with a winter coat, boots, and gloves once you breathe in that frigid air you are cold! It is nice to come home to a quick dinner that is delicious and takes the chill away! Also on my blog I have a different recipe for Chicken Pot Pie that I make in a slow cooker. It is another great option for comfort food. What is your favorite dish when you want comfort food?

Chicken Marinade
2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
3 Sprigs fresh rosemary
2 tbsp cloves garlic, chopped
¼ tsp white pepper
1 tsp Lawry Salt or any seasoned salt
1 tsp Smoked Paprika

Stew Ingredients
2 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced about 2 cups
2 potatoes, diced or 2 cups
2 stalks celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup fresh green beans, chopped
1/2 to 1 tsp smoked paprika

Sauce
Note: You may need more sauce depending upon the size of your chicken and vegetables.

1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1/2 cup flour
1/2 to 1 cup 1% milk
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup dry sherry – do not use cooking sherry as it is loaded with sodium

Dumplings
Biscuits
Milk
Or your favorite recipe for dumplings

Marinade the Chicken
Coat the chicken with the dry marinade ingredients then add the grapeseed oil and rosemary sprigs. Let marinade for about 15-minutes or longer if you have the time. Heat a large frying pan without adding any oil if it is nonstick, add the chicken and cook on a low heat. Remove the rosemary when it gets tender and is about to fall apart – otherwise you will need to remove the individual rosemary pieces from your chicken. I am not a fan of large pieces of wilted rosemary in my final dish.

Smoked Chicken Stew chicken cooking with rosemary

Prepare the Stew
While the chicken is cooking, prepare your other ingredients. In a braising pan, heat a tablespoon grapeseed oil then adds onions, carrots, celery, and potatoes and sauté until tender and start to caramelize. Do not to cover if you want your vegetables to brown since they will be mixed with condensation. Add some Lawry salt, pepper, and a teaspoon of smoked paprika.

Smoked Chicken Stew chicken vegetable mixture

Make the sauce and bring together all ingredients
In a small pot heat the grapeseed oil then slowly whisk in the flour. Slowly add the chicken broth, whisking until smooth. Whisk in the milk, sherry, and cook until thick and warm. Add sauce to your braising pan; add your cooked chicken and green beans. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook until all ingredients are warm through and green beans are cooked.

Smoked Chicken Stew chicken finished stew in the pan

Dumplings
I like to use biscuits to make my dumplings. When I use biscuits I like to add some peas to the mixture. If you do not want to make dumplings you can always serve with a nice crusty bread.

Smoked Chicken Stew chicken Final Picture

If you like soup and stews, then check out:
Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup (or stew when I make it!)
Creamy Pumpkin Soup with a Kick!
My Version of Murgh Mumtaz Mahal or Indian Chicken Curry Soup
Super Bowl Turkey Chili With Cornbread
Chicken Pot Pie
Minestrone Slow-Cooked Stew
St. Patrick’s Day Potato Soup
Tomato Basil Orzo Soup – thank you Wegmans!

16 thoughts on “Rosemary & Smoked Chicken Dumpling Stew

  1. mamasheri says:

    Hi there. Having technical difficulties but need to let you know I’ve given you the Liebster Award. No rules. 😀

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you so much for your support – I appreciate you giving me the Liebster Award. Thanks again, Bernice 🙂

  2. This looks like a lovely stew that would definitely warm you on a winter’s day!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you – it is wonderful on a cold winter day! I am looking forward to making it again and maybe trying a spicy smoked paprika.

  3. Delicious and simple…just the way good food should be! I’m a rosemary gal, add it to everything I can, especially chicken…and I like the idea of adding smoked paprika, all the flavor with a touch spice:)

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks Peri! It has been pretty cold in New York so this is a great dish to take off the chill. I love taking traditional recipes and changing them to add more flavor. I am especially trying to add more spices and peppers. One good thing about the cold weather is I have more time to study spices!! Right now I am on a ginger kick! 🙂

  4. Sophie33 says:

    A lovely chicken dinner! i move your chicken marinade too: so subtle in flavour yet so tasty too! 🙂 Perfect in this very cold weather. It is minus 11° C! That’s very cold for the Belgian weather!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you – the flavors blended nicely. And yes, a great meal on a cold night. It looks like your temperature is about 12 degree F. We have been in single digits and with the winds we are in the negatives as low as -15 F. It is frigid! Which means I am trying out new comfort food recipes – or at least taking the traditional recipes and adding my own twist on them. 🙂

  5. I love everything about your recipe. I am always on the lookout for new chicken recipes and this is sure to be a hit at home on so many levels

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you so much! We really did enjoy it. My husband really enjoyed the smoked paprika and the blending of the flavors. They did work well together. This is one recipe I cannot wait to make again!

  6. Sheryl says:

    mmm–It looks delicious!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks! We definitely enjoyed this meal. The smoked paprika combined with the rosemary and dry sherry makes it more interesting to eat.

  7. Jaimee says:

    This looks so good, I could have sworn I could smell it through my computer!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! When we had this for dinner it was a bitter cold night. But I swore we just grilled the chicken. It must have been the frest rosemary and smoked paprika. It played tricks on me. And now it is playing tricks on you! Have a great day! Bernice

  8. This looks good 🙂 Wish I could cook like that

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you. It is a wonderful, comforting meal. To make this dish is about 3 steps. Marinade your chicken and cook it. In another pot cook your vegetables and sauce. Add the cooked chicken to the vegetables and sauce. Then make your dumplings. If you plan the steps out separately it is not too difficult. Just take your time. 🙂

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