Soup 2 tsp olive oil 1 cup each chopped onions, chopped celery, chopped carrots 1 stp minced garlic 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried majoram 6 cups chicken broth 2 plum tomatoes, chopped 1/4 cup chipped celery leaves 2 bay leaves 1/2 tsp each of salt and freshly ground black pepper 6 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 lbs or 680g) *TIP - save money, remove the skin yourself (it takes seconds to do).
Dumplings 1 cup 1% or 2% milk 1 tbsp butter 1/4 tsp salt 1/3 cup cream of wheat cereal (not instant)
Heat olive oil in large, non stick soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook and stir until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in thyme and majoram and cook 30 more seconds. Add broth, tomatoes, celery leaves, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring soup to a boil, add chicken thighs. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 30 minutes.
While soup is simmering, make dumplings. Combine milk, butter and salt in a medium nonstick pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low. Stir in Cream of Wheat. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
Using 1 tsp or so of "dough" for each dumpling, form 24 1-inch dumplings, using your hands to roll dumplings into little balls, as if you were making meatballs (put a drop of olive oil on your hands so the dough doesn't stick.) Place dumplings on a plate and cover with plastic wrap until soup is ready to serve.
When soup is ready, remove chicken thighs from pot, cut meat from bone and chip into bite-sized pieces. Discard bones and return meat to pot. Remove bay leaves. Place 4 dumplings in each serving bowl and ladle hot soup over top.
Makes 6 servings
Nutrition: 223 Calories 8.8 g of fat 17g Protein 17g Carbohydrate 2.3g Fiber
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