Cracker Barrel Chicken & Dumplings

Recipe by Shaye
READY IN: 3hrs 20mins




  • Boil 3 quarts water in a large pot.
  • Add chicken, 1 t salt, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaf and parsley and simmer for 2 hours.
  • The liquid will reduce by 1/3.
  • When chicken is cooked, remove it and set aside.
  • Strain stock and throw away everything but the stock.
  • Put 6 cups of the stock back into the pot. (Leftover stock can be frozen.)
  • Add the pepper, 1/2 t salt and lemon juice and reheat while you mix dumplings.
  • For dumplings, mix flour, baking powder, 1-1/4 t salt and milk in a medium bowl.
  • Stir until smooth, then let dough rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • Roll dough onto a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thickness. (Handle the dough as little as possible for good dumplings).
  • Cut the dough into 1/2 inch squares (I use a pizza cutter) and drop each square into the simmering stock.
  • Use all of the dough.
  • The dumplings will first swell and then slowly shrink as they partially dissolve to thicken the stock into a white gravy.
  • Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until thick.
  • Stir often.
  • While the stock is thickening, the chicken will have cooled.
  • Tear all the meat from the bones and remove the skin.
  • Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and drop them into the pot.
  • Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, but stir carefully so you don't break the chicken up.
  • When the gravy has reached the desired consistency, ladle four portions onto plates and serve hot.
  • (Very good over mashed potatoes.).