Recipe by Dawn Vezina
My mom made a similar recipe for this comforting dish, and I still remember the wonderful aroma of chicken and dumplings cooking throughout the house. She didn't make it often, but when she did, what a treat. I especially loved the light, tender dumplings, which is still my most favorite part of this dish. (In a pinch, Bisquick dumplings are also very good). For those of you, like my good friend Cindy, who like a more Southern style of dumpling (heavier, chewier), the recipe is at the bottom. This recipe is from Steph's Country Kitchen Goodness. This is my favorite website for recipes.
Top Review by KK
I had made a chicken stew to use for several preparations, one of which was to make Chicken and Dumplings, so I only used the dumpling part of this recipe. The dumplings were light and had a delicious ('perfect' in my book) texture and flavor. I used melted unsalted butter instead of oil, and used a scant teaspoon of salt. I also cooked them close to 30 minutes. Just wonderful. DH was very suspicious - his experience had always been with heavy, gooey dumplings - but he loved this. The secret to a light dumpling is to never lift the lid until they're done (just like cooking rice). Thanks for a great recipe for an old standard.
- 1 large broiler-fryer chicken, cut up
- 2 celery ribs, sliced
- 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Combine chicken, celery, carrots, onion, chicken broth, parsley, chicken bouillon granules, salt and pepper in a large pan or dutch oven; add enough water to cover chicken.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours or until chicken is done.
- Remove chicken and let stand until cool enough to handle.
- Remove skin from chicken and tear meat away from bones.
- Return meat to soup; discard skin and bones.
- Add more salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
- Return soup to a simmer.
- In a mixing bowl, combine dumpling ingredients and mix well to form a stiff dough.
- Drop by tablespoonfuls into simmering soup.
- Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
- Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
- *SOUTHERN STYLE DUMPLINGS (heavier and chewier) 2 cups flour, 1 cup chicken broth, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 beaten eggs. Combine flour, broth, baking powder and eggs; mix well to form a stiff batter. Drop by tablespoonfuls into simmering soup. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.