Chicken & Dumpling Bake – AIP, Paleo, Low-FODMAP option

Chicken & Dumpling Bake – AIP, Paleo, Low-FODMAP option

Cozy food.  The kind that makes you want to snuggle with a bowl of it under blankets and enjoy every bite.  The kind that gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling.

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

Ahh, yes. Chicken & Dumplings (or “Dumplins,” as we say in the south).  This recipe combines a fluffy pastry that boasts a delicately golden-crisped edge with a savory, rich gravy, laden with juicy poultry and herb-roasted veggies.  

And there’s good news for the anti-coco-nuts out there (or the tired-of-coco-nuts!): these dumplings have just a smidge of coconut ingredients in them.  Which means there’s no overtly tropical flavor lingering, just good ol’ southern home cookin’ flavors.

***For information about coconut products and the low-FODMAP diet, please see this post here by Kate Scarlatta, RDN.***

The dumpling recipe is adapted from the lovely works of Jaclyn of The Family that Heals Together.  She has a fabulous paleo / AIP biscuit recipe that I knew was screaming to be placed atop a casserole.  Now I need to make those biscuits by themselves and maybe put a little fig jam (and pastured ghee for those of us that can tolerate quality dairy) on those babies…oh my!

Now, I’m going to give you a heads up, this recipe has several steps.  Its not something I make often because, well…there are more than two steps.

 The steps are still made as easy as possible, though. I know, I AM LAZY.  (Don’t judge meh. ;-)) BUT the results are soooooo worth it!  It would be great to serve for a family-get together, or…who am I kidding…I ate almost this whole thing by myself in three days. (Sorry Hunni.)

Now that we’ve gotten that outta the way…*whew*…ONTO THE FOODIE’S GALLERY OF RECIPE STEPS! 😀

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

Parchment-up a large stainless baking sheet/jelly roll pan and grease with a bit of refined (flavorless) coconut oil, lard, or tallow.  Heck, even bacon grease will do! (Mmmmm…bacon fat…drool.)

Add your chicken to one side of the pan, and season with herbs.  Then add cubed butternut squash (available in your grocers freezer section) or for low-FODMAP, use cubed kabocha or acorn squash.  Also add sliced, well-rinsed leeks and baby carrots.  Season all of these to taste with mineral-rich Himalayan salt, and roast at 375 F for about 25 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 F and when the squash and carrots are a bit more tender than crisp.

After everything is cooked, allow chicken to cool a bit, then tear or fork-shred into hearty chunks. Set aside. (Alternatively, you could roast just the veggies, and substitute two drained cans of organic chicken breast or even the meat from a store-bought naked-roasted chicken.)

HELPFUL TIP: The roasting step can be done ahead of time, then cooled and refrigerated (for up to three days) until you are ready to make the gravy and dumplings.

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

While chicken and veggies are roasting away and/or cooling, bring bone broth to a very gentle simmer on the stove in a medium stainless pot.  Whisk in prepared arrowroot and water slurry, and cook for one minute, whisking the whole time.  Arrowroot starch thickens differently than other starches, and I’ve found that just before the boiling point is prime real estate for making it come to gravy-goodness.

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

Add chicken chunks and veggies to a lightly-greased 3qt glass baking dish, and set aside.  I prefer one with a lid so that after it cools, I can just pop on the lid and store it in the fridge.  Less dishes and less disposables that way!

Now…the fun part! We get to make gelatin fluff!

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

Bre’anna Emmitt of He Won’t Know its Paleo has an incredible recipe for N’oatmeal Creme Pies.  That I can’t make anymore.  Because I eat the whole batch by myself.  I am a pig.  Oink.  

ANYHOO!  Her recipe is THE BOMBB with three B’s, and I was amazed at how she was able to get this marshmallowey fluffety stuff to come to fruition, as well as her expertise with the use of gelatin as “eggs.”  I combined the two techniques she uses in her dessert recipe (Try it…I insist…just don’t pull a Samantha Jo and eat the whole thing by yourself.) and the result was similar to the kind of peaked egg whites you would use to lighten pastries. PERFECT FOR DUMPLINGS, folks.

The trick is to use just a pinch of cream of tartar and some good ol’ fashioned hand beaters.  Then whip up the prepared gelatin egg mixture on high until it forms medium-stiff peaks.  HINT: To save time, you can skip the egg-fluffing technique and just use your gelatin-egg in the recipe as-is…but you won’t get the nice dumpling-like texture.  It will be more of a dense drop-biscuit.

Now mix your dry ingredients in a large bowl, and stir in the coconut milk until just incorporated.  Next, GENTLY fold in your gelatin-egg-whites (or gelatin-egg if not whipping it) until just incorporated. (Its better to under-mix than to over-mix so that your dumplings don’t get hard and thick.)

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

Now scoop these little babies with a mini-cookie scooper in a single-layer onto your prepared casserole.  Cute, huh?

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain freeDon’t push them in, just plop ’em right on top, hun, and pop that bake right back in the oven.  They will work their magic while they cook, I promise.

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain freeSee? 😉  Told ya…

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

YUMYUMNOMNOMYUMNOM

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

autoimmune protocol aip paleo chicken and dumplings dumplins bake comfort food clean eating healthy gluten free grain free

Time for that snuggly blanket now…

Check out this recipe, and other delicious AIP recipes at Phoenix Helix's Recipe Roundtable!
Check out this recipe, and other delicious AIP recipes at Phoenix Helix’s Recipe Roundtable!

Chicken & Dumpling Bake - AIP, Paleo, low-FODMAP option
Serves 8
Light and fluffy autoimmune protocol-friendly dumplings baked over a savory chicken and veggie stew. So close to the classic!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. STEW
  2. 2 Tb Pastured lard or tallow, or Refined coconut oil
  3. 1 lb Chicken, boneless skinless
  4. 1 Tb Herbes de Provence
  5. 1/4 tsp Garlic powder (for low-FODMAP, omit)
  6. 1 lb Butternut squash, cubed (for low-FODMAP, use Kabocha or Acorn squash)
  7. 2 Leeks, halved and sliced, washed very well (for low-FODMAP, use only green parts)
  8. 1 heaping cup Baby carrots
  9. Himalayan salt, to taste
  10. 2 cups Bone broth, chicken
  11. 1.5 Tb Arrowroot starch
  12. 3 Tb Water, filtered
  13. DUMPLINGS
  14. 2/3 cup Arrowroot starch
  15. 1/3 cup Coconut flour(for low-FODMAP, use if you can tolerate -or-replace with 1/4 cup arrowroot starch *this will make for a denser dumpling*)
  16. 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  17. 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup Lard, pastured, melted and cooled
  18. 1/3 cup Coconut milk
  19. 1 tsp Maple syrup (omit for low-FODMAP)
  20. 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  21. 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  22. 2 Tb Gelatin, pastured
  23. 1/4 cup room-temp water
  24. 1/4 cup hot water
  25. 1/2 tsp Cream of tartar
Instructions
  1. STEW
  2. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  3. Line a large jelly roll pan with unbleached parchment paper. Grease with cooking fat of choice.
  4. Place chicken pieces on 1/4 of prepared pan. Season with herbs and garlic powder.
  5. Place squash, then leeks, then carrots on remaining sections of pan. Season everything with Himalayan salt to taste. Bake for 25 minutes, or until center of chicken reaches 165 F, and vegetables are more tender than crisp.
  6. Meanwhile, add bone broth to a medium stainless pot.
  7. While broth comes to a gentle simmer over medium heat, whisk together 2 Tb arrowroot starch and water in a small bowl. Whisk this slurry into the simmering broth, and whisk for 1 minute. Season gravy to taste with salt, remove from heat.
  8. When chicken is cooled, tear into chunks, toss with vegetables, and place in a prepared 3 qt glass baking dish. Pour gravy over the top evenly and set aside while you make the dumpling batter.
  9. DUMPLINGS
  10. Melt lard and set aside to cool slightly.
  11. In a mixing bowl, dissolve gelatin in the room temperature water, allow to sit for a moment to bloom.
  12. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  13. Using a fork, cut in the melted lard until it just starts to come together.
  14. Go back to the bloomed gelatin. Add the hot water, and beat til dissolved. Add in cream of tartar, and beat with hand-mixer on high for 2-5 minutes or until very frothy and medium-stuff peaks have formed.
  15. Pour coconut milk, maple syrup and vinegar into the center of the dry mixture. Mix until just incorporated.
  16. Now gently fold in the gelatin-fluff. Scoop this mixture in a single layer over the stew using a mini-cookie scoop.
  17. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tops of the dumplings have turned a gentle golden brown.
Notes
  1. Meat and veggie mixture can be cooked and then refrigerated up to a three days ahead to cut back on prep time.
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9 thoughts on “Chicken & Dumpling Bake – AIP, Paleo, Low-FODMAP option”

  • Yum, this looks so good! I was thinking about making a double batch of this tomorrow and trying to freeze one. Have you tried freezing it? I’m wondering if I should freeze it before or after baking with the dumpling topping? Or do you think I would have to freeze just the chicken/veggie part and make the dumpling part fresh? Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hi there Christy!
      Thank you! It’s one of my faves for when I’m craving comfort food.
      You could definitely make and then freeze the chicken/veggie stew mixture ahead of time. I would recommend letting it thaw before you place the dumpling mixture on top so it will cook evenly. I haven’t tried freezing the bread part, though…AIP breads can be finicky! But if you give it a shot please let me know how it turns out. 🙂

  • Yum! I love it! Mine came out great! I just used cauliflower, carrots and an onion since that’s what I had on hand. The dumplings turned out great but pretty sure I over mixed them. STILL GOOD!

    • Hi Elle! I’m glad your dumplings worked out well…and I say that over-mixed dumplings are definitely better than no dumplings! 😉
      Isn’t it great that you can use any veggies in this?

    • Hi Allison,
      That recipe looks really yummy! I’ve been meaning to tinker with my dumpling recipe a bit since being able to tolerate cassava flour. I think this may be the inspiration I was looking for, thank you!
      Enjoy hun 😊😊😊

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