Big Thicket Chicken and Dumplings

Total Time
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

If you love good, old-fashioned, down home chicken and dumplings, this is the real thing! Note that this dumpling recipe makes "a bunch of dumplin's" because around here, most folks want more dumplin's than chicken. (prep time includes cooling time for cooked chicken.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place whole chicken and water into large pot or dutch oven.
  2. Add poultry seasoning, garlic powder& pepper.
  3. Bring to boil and reduce heat to medium.
  4. Cook chicken for about 1 hour or until tender.
  5. When done, carefully remove chicken from pot; set aside to cool.
  6. Remove 2 cups of stock and set aside to cool.
  7. Add celery, onion, carrot and bouillon cubes to remaining stock and continue to cook on simmer.
  8. While chicken is cooling, prepare dumplings.
  9. Into large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, poultry seasoning and salt.
  10. Add margarine and combine until mixture is coarse and crumbly.
  11. (use a hand mixer) Add eggs and cooled chicken stock (be sure your stock has cooled to"just barely warm") then stir by hand to form a dough.
  12. Turn out onto floured surface and knead slightly until smooth.
  13. You may need to divide dough in half and only roll out half at a time.
  14. Roll out to approximately 1/8-inch thickness.
  15. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut dough in vertical strips about an inch wide.
  16. Then repeat the process, cutting horizontal strips, which will give you little square dumplings.
  17. Return chicken stock to a boil; drop dumplings in, a few at a time, as quickly as possible.
  18. Cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent dumplings from sticking to bottom of pan.
  19. When done, remove from heat and cover pan.
  20. Remove skin and debone cooled chicken.
  21. Cut into bite size pieces then fold into hot dumplings & broth.
  22. This recipe will serve a family of 4 two main course meals.
  23. Leftovers can be frozen.


Most Helpful

very good! I felt like the dumpling ratio was perfect, and so did our guests. when making the dumplings, i added a teaspoon of powdered chicken stock into the flour mixture and thought it gave it a bit more flavor than it would have had other wise. also, I sauteed the onion, carrots, and celery in a tea of olive oil for 5-8 minutes covered in the stock pot before adding the broth back in. I chilled the broth slightly after removing the chicken to separate the fat out. don't feel it was lacking any flavor from removing the fat. we feel like it could have fed 6 adults as a main dish.

healingtouch05 November 06, 2010

Old time Texas food!...I made a batch for "Wednesday Special" at my small cafe in Uncertain, Texas... Had to make two more batches that day...It is the best the we, "River Rats", have had!

Sammy D. July 13, 2003

HOLY SMOKES BATMAN! These dumplings are crazy wonderful! It does make a huge huge amount. But I think they taste better the next day. The soup is tasty too! I have recommended this recipe to many , many. It also is my stand by for making a dish to give away. The poultry seasoning in the dumplings make the difference..I actually upped it too 2tsp. Try this recipe , you wont regret it!

Leigh in WA May 17, 2010

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