Grandma's Chicken and Dumplings

Grandma's Chicken and Dumplings

Grandma's dinners were always the best. Try my Grandma's Chicken and Dumplings for an easy delicious meal that will please any hungry stomach. Old fashioned chicken and dumplings will remain a dinner staple, especially with this recipe.

Cooking MethodCasserole

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds whole chicken, cut up
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace, or pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in a stockpot and pour enough stock just to cover. Add celery, carrots, onion, salt, garlic, bay leaf, pepper and mace. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour.
     
  2. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken breasts, set aside and continue simmering 30 minutes longer.
     
  3. Remove remaining chicken pieces and set aside with breasts. When chicken is cool enough to handle, shred meat, discard skin and bones, then set aside.
     
  4. While the chicken is cooking mix up the dumpling batter. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder into a medium bowl. Add eggs, milk, parsley, pepper and mix lightly. For lighter dumplings let batter sit 10 minutes to 1 hour before using.
     
  5. About 20 minutes before you plan to eat, bring the broth to a boil. Drop the batter into the broth by the tablespoons. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Spoon dumplings and thickened broth over chicken and serve.

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This sounds good. I make mine the lazy way. I boil two pounds of chicken in water seasoned with black pepper. Once the chicken is done I take the chicken out and cook up in bite size pieces. To make the dumplings I use 2 to 3 cans of regular size biscuits. I dip the biscuit in flour and then pinch off pieces of the biscuit and drop into the simmering water. Do that for all the biscuits and let cook until they are done. Put the chicken back into the pot and sprinkle a little more black pepper. I usually use a cup or two of milk with one to two tablespoons of floor and stir until flour is dissolved and pour into the pot and cook another 10 more minutes.

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