Lunchbreak: Southport and Irving chef Alec Sherman makes chicken soup with handmade dumplings

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Alec Sherman – Chef de Cuisine

Southport and Irving
4000 N. Southport Avenue
(773) 857-2890

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Chicken Soup with Handmade Dumplings

Soup Base:
6 ea boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp canola oil
1 cup onions, small diced
1/2 cup celery, small diced
1/2 cup carrots, small diced
1 Tbs garlic, minced
7 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade)
1 Tbs of each – chopped fresh sage, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme

3.5 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 ea eggs
1 cup whole milk
2 Tbs butter, unsalted
(The "dumpling" noodles would be similar to a pierogi dough.  So a little more dense than a noodle however not the "traditional" dumpling you are picturing. This is made similar to the way you would pasta rolled and cut by hand.)

Heat stock pot, season chicken (salt and fresh cracked pepper). Add chicken, seasoning and oil. Sear chicken add onions, and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Add carrot and celery, and cook for 5 minutes. Add stock, cover. After it boils reduce to simmer.  Continue simmering (from 3-8 hour ideally if making your own stock; otherwise simmer about an hour if using store bought stock) until ready to cook dumplings/noodles. Meanwhile, mix dumpling dough/noodle ingredients in a stainless mixing bowl and rest under refrigeration for 10 minutes. Roll on a floured counter top until 1/4- inch thick. Cut into 1/2- inch x 3-inch pieces. Drop into simmering stock, stirring regularly. Cover; continue cooking for 20 minutes or until dumplings/noodles are cooked through.

Chefs Tip:
For more intense flavor add: 3 Tbs parsley, 1/2 tsp Tabasco, 1.2 tsp Worcestershire, and 2 tsp Dijon.

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