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?
This was AMAZING!!! I was to lazy to use a whole chicken and do all that it required so I used 3 frozen chicken brests put them into an oven bag with the spices all on top and a pat of butter on top of all that and baked for an hour, let it coll and made the entire recipe from there exactly (san's chicken bones in stock-obviously) I also added a Tbl spoon corn meal into the dumplings and added some of my own extra seasonings but it really was the BEST I have ever had, and my first attempt at making chicken and dumplings since childhood!! Thanks we all loved it kids and all...
Very yummy! I really wanted to give it 4 1/2 stars, because it needed a few things IMO- I added thyme and rosemary towards the end. Next time I will add some to the dumpling mix too. I added a bunch of frozen mixed veggies when I realized that the veggies called for was not nearly enough for my tastes (so I would recommend you either add more carrots and celery or throw in some frozen peas once the added chicken broth is added) I also added some chopped onion with the carrots and celery.
OK- I have to fess up.. I cheated a bit! I baked up some bone-in chicken breasts with herbs and a touch of garlic instead of using a whole chicken and I used some homemade chicken broth I had made last month and froze- so the flavors may have been a touch different.
I had a hard time getting the final broth to thicken enough for my liking (it was too much like soup- I like it more the consistency of buttermilk), so I added a bit of cornstarch at the end- before I dropped in the dumplings.
I really enjoyed this recipe as did my family (even my daughter who doesn't usually like soup). I will defiantly make it again!
Really good, suprisingly filling soup (and I forgot to add the cream!). I used the carcass from a leftover roast chicken and followed the recipe from the stock onward. I didn't have any extra chicken, and DH missed it, so next time I'll make sure to include the shredded chicken. Will try extra carrots next time and maybe a little sherry to sweeten it up. You won't use all of the dumpling mix! I tried and made my dumplings too big and they "ate" the rest of the sauce, so I'll have to work on that next time. A little effort, but very satisfying results. Thanks for the keeper!
This is the best dumpling recipe ever, I cook it about 4 or 5 times a month and everyone loves it.. my rating for this is 10 stars
I've been looking for a great recipe for chicken and dumplings for a long time. I decided to roast 2 chickens because they were on sale and wanted to make the most out of the herbs. The chicken tasted and smelled so good that my roommate and I ate 1 entire bird right off the roasting pan. Best roast chicken ever! The chicken stock is fabulous, and after I made it I didn't have enough food left over to make the dumplings. I make matzoh ball soup with the meat and stock for passover also. AMAZING!
Takes time for sure but worth every second when complete. I am 26 years old and a city girl so when my husband requested his favorite dish "Chick-n-dumplings" I knew I had to come strong. This was wonderful. Only thing would change is the dumplings I modified my own to taste. I would recommend to EVERYONE. I def beat my grandmother in law :). At 26 thats an accomplishment! LOL Thanks for the recipe!!!
I love chicken and dumplings! Not sure I could ever rate them less than 5 stars, regardless of the recipe!