A simplified springtime spin on traditional chicken and dumpling soup made with fresh chives, young carrots, turnips, and radishes.
If you find yourself without spring vegetables on hand, storage carrots and celery can be used in their place. The recipe also calls for buttermilk, though milk with a hint of vinegar can be subbed. Finally, use whatever fresh herbs you can find – parsley, thyme, wild chives, ramps, green garlic, or green onions would all be delicious.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a 4-quart Dutch oven or other heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat. Add chicken breast and sear 5 minutes, flip, and set lid slightly askew. Cook 5 - 7 minutes more or until chicken is just springy to the touch. Remove chicken to a rimmed plate and set aside. Shred or slice when cool.
Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the same pot. Add onion and sauté until translucent, 5 - 7 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute more. Stir in celery and diced carrots. Stirring often, cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour. Slowly stir in 4 cups broth, adding 1/2 cup at a time. Add carrot segments, radishes, turnips, shredded chicken, and 2 tablespoons fresh herbs. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare dumpling dough. In a medium bowl, use a fork to combine flour, baking powder, and sea salt. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine buttermilk, egg, and butter. Fold wet ingredients into the dry, along with the herbs, mixing just until combined.
Using 2 spoons, dollop dough in half dollar-size rounds over the surface of the soup. Cover and cook soup 20 minutes (still at a gentle simmer), or until dumplings are puffed up and cooked through (you can slice a dumpling in half to make sure it's done).
Ladle into soup bowls, garnish with remaining herbs, and serve immediately.
Soup can be reheated, covered, over medium-low heat.