Habanero spiced creamy fire-roasted tomatoes and sweet potato broth with chunks of shredded tender chicken and carrots with fluffy dumplings with a hint of rosemary.
Tradition with a Twist
Pamper yourself with this nostalgic warmth of a vintage recipe with a Caribbean twist of Haitian spicy flavors. With this creamy, spicy sweet potato chicken and dumplings soup—a comforting and complete meal that captures the essence of classic one-pot wonders.
This creamy chicken soup is a culinary masterpiece, boasting a rich and flavorful broth that perfectly balances the sweetness of sweet potatoes with a hint of spice. The star of this dish is the airy dumplings, made from scratch to perfection—light, fluffy, and homemade.
These yummy dumplings add a satisfying texture to the soup, making every spoonful a delightful experience. Embrace the convenience of a one-pot meal that satisfies your cravings and brings you to a slow, simpler, heartwarming time.
This creamy, spicy sweet potato chicken and dumplings soup is a celebration of comfort food at its finest, promising to fill your home with the irresistible aroma of tradition and new memories.
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To prepare the dumpling recipe, begin by searing the salt and pepper seasoned chicken breast in a medium Dutch pot until golden brown. Then, add the bay leaves, sweet potatoes, and chicken broth.
Make the Soup
Once the chicken is cooked, remove it with the bay leaves and let it rest to shred. Next, blend the savory broth when the sweet potatoes are tender. Then, saute the celery, green bell pepper, onion, and garlic in olive oil.
Next, add the fire-roasted crushed tomatoes and adobo seasoning to build flavor. Make the soup by adding carrots, sweet potato broth, chicken, habanero, lime juice, and parsley. When the soup simmers, make the dumplings.
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To make the dumplings, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and rosemary. Drop the batter into the soup with a scooper, creating airy morsels that soak up the rich broth.
When the dumplings have doubled in size and are cooked, remove the soup from the stove and serve. The result is a comforting one-pot meal, marrying the creaminess of the chicken soup with the sweetness of sweet potatoes with habanero heat and the satisfying fluffiness of homemade dumplings, offering a nostalgic and flavorful dining experience.
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Follow along with my step-by-step picture tutorial for the chicken and dumplings recipe. Visualize the golden searing of chicken breast, the aromatic dance of sautéed vegetables, the simmering melody of sweet potatoes in a flavorful broth, and the artistry of crafting airy, homemade dumplings—all captured in vivid detail to guide you seamlessly through creating this comforting and complete one-pot masterpiece in a couple of minutes.
Brown the chicken to seal in the juices.
Add the uniform-cut sweet potato chunks, chicken broth, and bay leaves to create an earthy depth of flavor.
The Soup's Flavor Foundation
Remove the bay leaves and puree the broth. You can use either a stand-alone blender or an immersion hand blender.
After sweating down the aromatics of onion, celery, green bell pepper, and garlic, add the crushed fire-roasted tomatoes.
Add the carrots once the tomato base has created a rich red-brown color, creating the foundation of flavor.
Add the sweet potato broth and bring to a simmer.
During this time, you will shred the chicken.
Once the carrots are almost tender, add the shredded chicken, habanero pepper sauce, lime juice, and fresh chopped parsley. Add the chicken at this time, and ensure it doesn't overcook.
Make the Dumplings
While the soup is being brought to a simmer again, make the dumpling drop batter by combing the dry ingredients first. Combine the flour, baking powder, kosher salt, and rosemary. Mix well to ensure proper seasoning. Then, make a well in the center of the bowl to add the oil and slowly mix in the flour into the oil. Once the oil has been absorbed, slowly add the milk. Combine the ingredients just enough to be mixed. You do not want to over-mix the batter that will soon become fluffy due to baking powder.
Once the broth begins to simmer, use a small scoop or tablespoon scoop and drop the batter into the soup, ensuring space in between. The dumpling dough will double in size while cooking.
Covering the soup will allow the dumplings to steam and cook through in a gentle simmer. The soup will be ready when the inside of the dumplings looks like baked bread.
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- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast - Try using chicken thighs. Or, for convenience, use cooked chicken. You can use leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or even shredded turkey. You will skip browning and cooking the chicken or turkey in the broth and just add it at the end when instructed to add the chicken back to the soup.
- Fresh Sweet Potatoes - You can use canned sweet potatoes; however, because these do have more liquid in them, keep an eye on the amount of chicken broth you blend along with it. I suggest you add little by little until it resembles the picture; it will be a loose broth. It thickens over time when cooking and reducing.
- Adobo Seasoning - Use what you may have at home from your pantry staples: a mixture of black pepper, cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, garlic powder, paprika powder, and onion powder.
- Habanero Pepper Sauce - Use scotch bonnet pepper sauce. Check out the following link below to try other pairings on the "Scoville Scale" page.
- Fresh Parsley - Try dried parsley; just use half of what is instructed to use in the recipe for the fresh parsley.
Change Heat Level - Modify the recipe's heat level to your liking and learn more about the Scoville Scale and Chili Pairings.
- Frozen Peas - Traditional chicken and dumplings are made with it; you can add it if you prefer.
Dutch Oven - The only item needed for one-pot meals, like this chicken stew recipe. I used the Lodge 6-quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven with a Lid to develop this recipe. Or use any heavy bottom pot because this is a thick soup, and you do not want it to stick to the bottom. To prevent this, keep an eye on and occasionally stir.
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- Refrigerator - To store in the fridge, you can place the soup in a shallow 2-inch container to cool down quickly. Then, store it in an airtight container. As a result, the meal will last up to two days. Do not allow the dumplings to submerge into the soup when transferring.
- Freezer - Follow the refrigeration process mentioned above. Then, place it in the freezer in a labeled, airtight container. Be sure to remove the dumplings.
Air Tight Food Containers - I use Glass Food Storage Containers with a plastic clipping lid to store food. For example, I always suggest glass storage containers since you can microwave them and hold food without staining the container, and the glass keeps them at a more stable temperature, which keeps the food fresher longer.
To boost the flavor profile of your creamy, spicy sweet potato chicken and dumplings soup, infuse the broth with depth using the bay leaves, ensuring a rich and robust earthy base for this comforting dish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, but not exactly; using a pancake-biscuit mix can substitute store-bought dumplings to save time. Look for options in the breakfast section of your grocery store. Ensure they are suitable for soups, with no added flavors like "blueberry," etc., and follow the box instructions for cooking.
The key to light and fluffy dumplings is to avoid overmixing the dough, as mentioned in the recipe and the instructions. Mix the ingredients just until they come together, and handle the dough as little as possible. Additionally, drop spoonfuls of the dough into the simmering soup rather than rolling it into compact balls to maintain an airy texture.
Yes, chicken and dumplings soup can be made ahead of time for busy nights. However, storing the soup and dumplings separately is recommended for the best texture. Reheat the soup over medium heat, and add the dumplings just before serving to ensure they maintain their light and fluffy consistency.
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- Cook chicken to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C).
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat to prevent foodborne illness from contaminated uncooked meats.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat to prevent cross-contamination.
- Don't leave food at room temperature for extended periods; this can breed bacteria.
- Never leave cooking food unattended to prevent burns and fires.
- Use oils with a high smoke point to avoid harmful compounds.
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
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