Mother's Old-Fashioned Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

Recipe for Mother's Old-Fashioned Homemade Chicken and Dumplings
Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Ingredients

1 whole fryer chicken or hen
4 to 5 bay leaves
salt and pepper, to taste
4 to 6 tablespoons butter
pepper, to taste
Dumplings:
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup water
2 small eggs
3 cups flour

Instructions

1. Wash the chicken and place into a large Dutch oven. Cover well with plenty of water and add bay leaves. Add salt and pepper, and the butter (the more butter, the richer the dish). Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook, uncovered, until the chicken is well done, about 1 hour.

2. Remove the chicken from the broth. Discard the bay leaves. When the chicken has cooled, remove the meat from the bone and return the deboned chicken to the broth. About ½ to ¾ pot of broth should remain.

3. For dumplings: In a large bowl, mix together the salt, oil, water, and eggs. Slowly add the flour to the mixture, blending it constantly with a fork. Stir only long enough to mix the dough.

4. Turn the dough out onto a floured board. Pinch the dough in half, and roll out until thin, about ¼ inch. Slice the dough into ½-inch-wide strips, and cross-slice into pieces 4 to 8 inches long, for ease in handling.

5. Bring the broth and chicken back to a boil, and pepper well to taste. Drop the dumpling strips into the boiling stock. Boil approximately 20 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the dumplings are done (they’ll be puffy). Most of the broth will be absorbed. Serve with red pinto beans and corn bread.

Yield: 

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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This has become a family

This has become a family favorite! Thank-you!

My mother did something

My mother did something special for the dumplings. Instead of adding milk or water, she used the chicken broth. It makes the dumplings have a deeper, richer taste. Try it some time.

Absolutely, Suzan -- the best

Absolutely, Suzan -- the best homemade dumplings I've ever had were made w/broth. Thanks for mentioning that!

I think this recipe would be

I think this recipe would be tastier if you used a stewing hen, and added celery, onions, carrots & parsley to the broth and simmer for 4-5 hrs. Delicious!

I always add onion, celery,

I always add onion, celery, carrots, and parsley. So yummy!

That sounds delicious. I will

That sounds delicious. I will definitely try it next time. Thank you....

My Grandma used the broth

My Grandma used the broth too! She also used Crisco instead of oil, but I dont know how much. So much better than those doughy balls.

So did my grandma make these!

So did my grandma make these! I grew up in the N.Carolina hills, just next door! One question: does one need all purpose flour, or self-rising? Here in the northwest, self-rising is not readily available. (Nor is self-rising cornmeal :-( Thanks for the recipe, and for your help.

I used to make this when my

I used to make this when my kids were little and all I ever had on hand was all-purpose and I don't recall having any trouble with the dumplings.
I made my own bread for a few years so I also used a lot of organic/health food store flours in my recipes. Hope this helps :)

You can look online for "self

You can look online for "self-rising flour", and it will tell you how to make it. Or someone on here will possibly tell you. It's very simple to do. I just can't recall now, how to do it.

sounds delicious!

sounds delicious!

I was so thrilled to see this

I was so thrilled to see this old fashioned recipe...it will be great and thanks so much for old country cooking...its great:)

MY MOTHER MADE THESE AND I

MY MOTHER MADE THESE AND I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THE RECIPE, THANKS DON

Sounds almost exactley like

Sounds almost exactley like the recipe my mother use to use. Raising 5 boys she had probably cooked hundereds of lbs. of chicken and dumplings over the years. Cheap and went a long ways to feed a hungry mob.

I can't wait to try this! My

I can't wait to try this! My husband has been asking for this dish for years and I have been too intimidated to try it...this recipe looks simple and delicious. Thanks so much for sharing!

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