This tastes just like Cracker Barrel's, if you have ever tried it. From book "Old Fashioned Country Cooking" found at Cracker Barrel.
- 1 (3 -6 lb) frying chickens (any whole chicken will do)
- 2 quarts water
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper (I use coarse ground and double it)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons shortening (I use Crisco sticks)
- 3⁄4 cup buttermilk (I add 1 tbsp. vinegar to 1 cup milk let sit 5 minutes, then measure 3/4 cup)
- Place chicken in a Dutch oven. Add water and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil.
- Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 hour or until tender (should almost fall off bone).
- Remove the chicken from the broth and cool. Bone the chicken and cut meat into bite-sized pieces.
- Bring the broth to a boil and add pepper.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the shortening. Add the buttermilk, stirring with a fork until moistened.
- Knead the dough 4 to 5 times (never done), and pat to 1/2-inch pieces and drop into boiling broth (I do not pat it out, just pinch off pieces). Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the chicken and serve. I make it in the pressure cooker, much quicker and easier.
- I pressure it for only 30 minutes.
- It can also be done in the crockpot with 3-4 cups water but someone has that book so at this time I cannot give cooking times.
- Good Luck! Hope you enjoy.
I've been trying different chicken and dumpling recipes for years, usually with disappointment, but this one is fantastic. I actually worked for Cracker Barrel and can say that these come extremely close. I added onion, extra salt, pepper and thyme, which I love, and the recipe turned out perfectly. One tip, after rolling the dough out 1/2 inch thick, I used a pizza cutter to cut it into squares. I like my dumplings on the thin side and these were wonderful.
This was very good all of my familey loved it. I added 2 diced stalks of celery,2 diced carrots and 1 small onion diced to the water and chicken befor it was cooked for extra flavor.
I made this tonight and it was fantastic!! My kids loved it too. I added carrots and celery also. This recipe is a keeper!!