This is a family favorite for those cold fall and winter nights. It is so warming and creamy. I usually make mine with more dumplings.
Chicken and Broth
- 3 quarts water
- 1 (3 -4 lb) whole chickens, cut up
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 small onion, sliced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and quartered
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 -6 whole fresh parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Bring the water to a boil in a large pot.
- Add the chicken, 1tsp. salt, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaf, and parsley to the pot.
- Reduce the heat to simmer and cook the chicken, uncovered, for 2 hours.
- The liquid will reduce by about one third.
- When the chicken has cooked, remove it from the pot and set it aside.
- Strain the stock to remove all the vegetables and floating scum.
- you only want the stock and the chicken, so toss everything else out.
- Pour 1 1/2 quarts (6 cups) of the stock back into the pot (keep the leftover stock, if any for another recipe- it can be frozen).
- Use a smaller pot of a large saucepan for this.
- Add pepper, remaining 1/2 teaspoons salt, and lemon juice.
- Reheat stock over med. heat while preparing dumplings.
- For dumplings: Combine ingredients in bowl.
- Stir until smooth, let rest for 5-10 minute
- Roll out onto floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness.
- Cut into 1/2 inch squares and drop into the simmering stock.
- Use all of the dough.
- They will first swell and then shrink as they partially dissolve to thicken the stock into a white gravy.
- Simmer for 20-30 minute until desired thickness.
- Stir often.
- While stock is thickening, the chicken will have become cool enough to handle.
- tear the meat from bones and remove skin.
- Cut meat into bite-size or desired size pieces.
- Add to pot.
- Simmer till chicken heated (5-10 min.).
This is a great harvest time meal, when my husband is out in the field. The broth is to die for!! But I wanted a little more color in the finished dish, so I added a handful of baby carrots to the broth. After I had the dumplings cooking in the broth, I took time to read the other review. I find out the Nikki Kate and I are on the same thought waves when it comes to this recipe. I also found the dough to be sticky and dropped by the spoonfuls into the kettle. I may cut back on the amount of chicken, instead of 4 pound of chicken breast, I'll try 3 pounds. I'll be making this again, thank you for posting. Made after I adopted Mama Sweet Rolls for 2011 Fall PAC
This was a very good meal, very fulling. The dumplins, I was not going to try to roll out!! They were very sticky, I could have added more flour but choice not to. I made the dumplins the way my mother and grandmother made them. I just dropped them into the stock by the spoonful (following this recipe of course)!! There was a lot of chicken that went back into the pot. It was still very good. My family enjoyed this one. Next time I may add a few veggie to the pot!! Great recipe!