Chicken and Dumplings is probably one of the most favorite dishes in the South. If you have never eaten a delicious meal like this your in for a real treat. I have lived on southern cooking my whole life and I want to share this fabulous recipe with you. If you love eating chicken, dough and gravy then this recipe is a perfect meal that is sure make your mouth water.
This meal is simple to prepare and cook. It should only take about 23 minutes to prep and about 1 hour and 40 minutes to cook.
Ok, so lets get started! All the ingredients for chicken and dumplings can be found in any grocery store. Here is a list on what you will need.
1 (3 pounds) whole chicken, cut up…how ever you choose (I prefer in chunks)
7 cups of water
3 Tablespoons of chicken bouillon granules
2 Cups of all-purpose flour
1 Teaspoon of pepper
1 Tablespoon of salt
1 Tablespoon of baking powder
1/4 Cup shortening
1/2 Teaspoon salt
2/3 to 3/4 of a cup of milk
4 Hard-cooked eggs (chopped)
Now the fun part!
Using the 7 cups of water, bring the water and chicken to a boil on the stove top. Cover and reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Remove the chicken; and let cool. Then pour the broth you made from boiling through a wire-mesh strainer into a large saucepan, discarding any solids.
Skim off any fat…it’s healthy! Ok, return broth to the stove top and stir in the 3 tablespoons of bouillon granules and the 1 teaspoon pepper.
Now, skin and take the bones out of the chicken. To make it easier on yourself, buy boneless chicken. Cut the chicken in bite-size pieces and then place chicken in the broth. Then return the broth to a simmer.
When you have completed that task, put into a bowl and combine the 2 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cut in the 1/4 cup of shortening with a pastry blender (preferably) until mixture is crumbly. Then add the milk slowly until the dry ingredients are moistened. NOTE: Thats why the milk amount varies from 2/3 to 3/4.
Ok, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gather the dough into a ball and knead lightly around 4 to 5 times. Then roll the dough to about a 1/8 inch thickness. Sprinkle the dough lightly with flour, and then cut it into pieces of around…2 inch squares.
Drop the dough squares (one at a time) into the simmering broth, stirring gently until all of the dough pieces are added to the broth.
After you have them all added, keep the heat at a simmer and stir often and slowly for 15 minutes. Oh, almost forgot! Make sure you boiled your 4 eggs hard in a separate pot and have ready to combine into your mix. Add the hard-cooked eggs into the saucepan just before serving. Make sure the eggs are chopped up.
This recipe is about 6-8 servings.