In a large heavy pot (like a dutch oven), melt butter over medium-high heat. Add carrots and celery. Cook for 5 minutes until vegetables begin to wilt.
Add flour and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add evaporated milk and chicken stock and quickly stir to combine. Bring to a boil and add chicken and thyme. Let the soup simmer uncovered while you make dumplings.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, pepper, salt and thyme. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the milk and butter into the center of it.
Using a spoon (or rubber spatula), stir together until dough ball forms. If your dough seems too dry, you can add an extra tablespoon of milk. Dough should be a little sticky.
Using a large-sized cookie scoop or table spoon, scoop dough and drop directly into the simmering soup. Place them around the pot, not all in the same place.
Once all dumplings have been added, gently press them down so the soup just runs over the tops of them. Place the lid on you rpot and lower the heat a little to a low simmer. Make sure the soup does not burn, but it still needs to be bubbling to cook the dumplin's!
Cook for approximately 15 minutes and stir gently. Cut one of the dumplings in half to make sure they are done. They should be fluffy, not doughy. If not quite done, cook an additional 2-3 minutes and check again.
NOTE: Very little salt or pepper, and absolutely no onion or garlic, is used in this recipe. This is because it is also for your furry family members! If you would like to add any of the ingredients mentioned above, please remove all that you want to share with your pets prior to adding these ingredients to the soup.
FEEDING YOUR PETS: BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO MAKE DRASTIC CHANGES TO YOUR PETS' DIET, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE CONSULTED YOUR VET TO MAKE SURE YOUR PET IS HEALTHY WITH NO ALLERGIES OR SPECIAL NEEDS! This recipe contains protein, veggies and carbohydrates. To determine how much to feed your pet, adhere to the approximate amount of food they are currently getting for each meal. For example, 1/2 cup of dry food might equate to trying 1/2 cup of this stew (containing an equal portion of all the ingredients). Alternatively, you may choose to use this as a topper to their current kibble.
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