Chicken and Dumplings Like Cracker Barrel's

Total Time
1 hr
2 hrs

This tastes just like Cracker Barrel's, if you have ever tried it. From book "Old Fashioned Country Cooking" found at Cracker Barrel.

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  1. Place chicken in a Dutch oven. Add water and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 hour or until tender (should almost fall off bone).
  3. Remove the chicken from the broth and cool. Bone the chicken and cut meat into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Bring the broth to a boil and add pepper.
  5. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the shortening. Add the buttermilk, stirring with a fork until moistened.
  6. 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.
  7. Stir in the chicken and serve. I make it in the pressure cooker, much quicker and easier.
  8. I pressure it for only 30 minutes.
  9. 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.
  10. Good Luck! Hope you enjoy.
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5 5

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.

5 5

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.

5 5

I made this tonight and it was fantastic!! My kids loved it too. I added carrots and celery also. This recipe is a keeper!!