3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed (about 2 pounds)
6 cups of chicken broth
bouquet garni (parsley, thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns tied together in cheesecloth)
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon chopped parsely
1 cup while milk
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 carrots, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
10 ounces baby spinach
Cook the chicken:
Put the chicken in a large saucepan and pour over the chicken broth. Add the bouquet garni. Bring to a boil over hight heat, then decrease heat to low. Simmer, skimming off the foam, until the chicken is tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer the poached chicken to a warm plate. Cover the broth and set aside.
Prepare the dumplings:
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cheese, baking powder, parsley and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
In a small saucepan, bring the milk and butter to a simmer over low heat. Sprinkle with a little black pepper. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
In another large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the celery, carrots and sweet potato. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Add the reserved chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Drop the dumplings into the broth using a tablespoon. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
Add the chicken back into the large saucepan and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook for another minute.
Ladle into shallow bowls to serve.