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