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Favorite Recipes: Old Fashioned Southern Chicken & Dumplings

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Name: Melissa P. (rmeyfe96)
Total Recipes: 1



Old Fashioned Southern Chicken & Dumplings

Dish: Stews
Dish Type: Poultry
Cooking Method: Stove Top
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 3 hr

  • 2 tsp - salt
  • 2-3 cups - all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup - shortening
  • - pepper
  • - water

Place chicken in large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.  Once it is boiling add tsp of salt turn down heat and cover leaving lid vented so it wont boil over.  Pot should be checked periodically and the water should be skimmed of excess foamy fat during cooking.  Also taste and add salt as needed (getting a chicken broth to taste right requires quite a bit of salt).

After the chicken has cooked long enough to start falling off the bone take it out of the pot and place on plate to cool for deboning.  Let broth continue to simmer and add pepper to taste.  At this point you will need to put together your dumplings.  In large bowl add 2-3 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 1/3 cup shortening and slowly add water until you have consistancy to form ball.  Remove and place on floured suface and knead until dry enough  to roll out to 1/4 in thick.  cut into 1 1/2 -2" strips.  Before placing strips into broth turn heat up and bring to roiling boil, and remove meat from chicken.  Gently place strips and meat into broth and cook 15 to 30 min.  

If the broth tastes week you may add boullion.  Also you may have to play with shortening amounts depending on altitude you live at by either adding a little more or less so dumplings aren't to firm or don't melt.   Happy Cooking!!!!!!!!!!!!  


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Gay S. (whtzin101)
6/1/2008 2:24 PM ET
No criticism at all about the recipe, but would like to suggest that you consider adding 1 rib of celerym, 1 carrot, and 1/2 of a large onion to the stock while chicken is cooking. These will be discarded after the chicken is cooked, but these vegetables will make a much more flavorful stock for cooking the dumplings. oh, and more more thing... use a lot of pepper in the dumplings. Bisquick dumplings are very good, and easy to make. Recipe is right on the box.
Rachel H. (bigmamahunk)
5/3/2008 10:44 AM ET
Very Close to real southern chickin' dumplins'