Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs
I got this recipe off of Food Network. It is Tyler Florence's recipe. This is definitely the best chicken and dumplings I have ever had. I have tried other recipes of his and so far they are all delicious. You won't be disappointed in these. It really is easy to make. It only takes a while because of the chicken baking first and then making the chicken stock next.
- 1 (3 lb) whole chickens
- salt and pepper
- 4 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 lemon, halved and juiced, reserve the lemon halves
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh rosemary
- 1⁄4 cup chopped parsley
- 1⁄4 cup chopped thyme
- 1 onion, cut in half
- 4 garlic cloves, halved
- fresh whole herbs (garlic thyme and parsley sprigs)
For Chicken Stock
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 carrots, cut in large chunks
- 2 stalks celery, cut into large chunks
- 1 onion, cut in halves
- 1 head garlic, cut in half
- reserved chicken bone
- 2 quarts cold water
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 4 sprigs fresh parsley
For the supreme sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1⁄2 cup celery, diced
- 1⁄2 cup carrot, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 6 cups of the chicken stock
- 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
- salt & pepper, for flavor
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 3⁄4-1 cup buttermilk
- For the Roasted chicken:.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Remove neck and giblets from cavity of chicken and discard them.
- Rinse the chicken and cavity with cold water inside and out.
- Pat dry with paper towels.
- Season body and cavity of chicken generously with salt and pepper.
- In small bowl mash together the lemon juice, chopped herbs, and butter.
- Rub the herbed butter all over the chicken as well as under the skin.
- Put the lemon halves, onion, garlic, and whole herbs inside the cavity of chicken.
- Tie the chicken legs with twine.
- Roast in oven breast side up for 1 hour or until done and no longer pink.
- Shred the meat when cool enough to handle.
- Discard the skin and SAVE the chicken bones for the stock.
- Chicken Stock:
- Coat a large stockpot with olive oil.
- Place over medium heat.
- Saute the veggies in pot for 3 minutes. Add the reserved chicken bones, herbs, and water.
- Simmer for 1 hour.
- Strain the stock to remove the solids and set aside.
- Sift the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl lightly beat the eggs and milk together.
- Pour the liquid in the dry ingredients and gently fold.
- Mix just until the dough comes together.
- It should be thick and cake like.
- Cover and set aside while making sauce.
- Supreme Sauce:.
- Melt butter and heat the oil over medium heat in dutch oven.
- Add carrots, celery, garlic, and bay leaves.
- Saute until vegetables are soft (about 5 minutes or so).
- Stir in the flour to make a roux.
- Continue to stir and cook for about 2 min to coat the flour and get rid of the starchy taste.
- Slowly stir in chicken stock, one cup at a time.
- Stir well after each addition.
- Let sauce simmer until thick enough to coat back of a spoon, about 15 minute.
- Stir in heavy cream.
- Fold reserved shredded chicken in sauce and bring up to a simmer.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Using 2 spoons, drop by heaping tablespoonfuls into hot mixture.
- The dumplings should cover the top of sauce but not be touching or overcrowded.
- Let the dumplings poach for 10 to 15 minutes until they are firm and puffy.
I've never made my own stock before so I followed the direction exactly for the whole recipe. I taste tested it before adding the dumpling and it was awful- totally tasteless. No idea what went wrong- I did everything the directions called for. I ended up having to add chicken bouton cubes in order for it to be edible.
Southerner here, born and raised. I used a Purdue roasting chicken (in a sealed bag) so didn't do all the rubbing and such. Figured Purdue could handle that. Prepared the stock as instructed. Dumplings as instructed. Couldn't really wrap my mind around chicken and dumplins with veggies in it (Grandma's didn't have that...lol) so I kind of winged it. Guess that was a mistake. Found the dumplins as prepared far heavier than mine and the instructions were a little weird ("cake like consistency"<br/>...cake batter cake cake? huh? it was as expected doughlike ) <br/>I think I didnt' really follow the recipe...the supreme sauce just sounded like a LOT of calories extra. <br/>Some would say no wonder I didn't like it. BUT dumplins were just bland, tasteless...should have put in some poultry seasoning per usual. ANd definitely you need pepper to cut the starchy taste. They were not really as I'm accustomed. I checked out a couple more C & D recipes one here at different times. Guess I'm just too southern. Grandma didn't go to NEAR as much trouble and hers were melt-in-mouth delicious. (no veggies there, either...lol). Even my ex-mother-in-law made the BEST (what she called) "chicken and pastry" I 've ever tasted. and, well, I gave it a shot. .<br/><br/>I also have noticed that the baking powder-to-dry ingredients varies WIDELY in these recipes. <br/>I think I'll stick with White lily SELF-RISING --it always turns out right ,smile>
I gave this recipe a 4 star rating because of a few things.
-I wish that the writer would have put the measurements in the actual instructions, instead of seperating the ingredients and amounts of ingredients and ONLY putting them at the top of the page. I found myself scrolling UP and DOWN over and over.
-I do think that there was far too much batter for the dumplings, I only ended up using about 1/4-1/2 of the batter that I had from the amount made.
I used 3 lbs of chicken thighs, and everything with the roasting of the chicken came out just fine, of course I did have to adjust temp and time for cooking, because the recipe called for a WHOLE chicken. I did the rub and ingredients just as called for, except I couldnt stuff the chicken obviously, so I used lemon pepper and put garlic and onion under the skin of the thighs.
The sauce is SO FREAKING DELICIOUS. It was easy to make, I followed the sauce recipe completely and fully. Its the BEST PART OF THE RECIPE. And since I already told you about the dumplings and the abundance of wasted product that concludes my review of this recipe.
Maybe next time, Ill do this sauce with a different roasted chicken recipe or different dumpling recipe. Who knows?