This is my mom's recipe, one of the very few comfort foods I still insist on when we get together. I live in the south now and their version of Chix & dumplings is with noodles, blah! I double up the dumplings portion of this recipe, but that's because it's my favorite part and I could eat just them and be happy as a clam.
I've tried making many other recipes, trying to cut out a couple of ingredients, but it is never as scrumptious. Make enough to have leftovers. Be gentle to the dumplings and they can survive another heating or 2. I've even frozen them before and some survived.