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Cracker Barrel's Copycat Chicken & Dumplings

There are a lot of dishes we think about when we think about comfort food. Cracker Barrel's Copycat Chicken and Dumplings is one of them, and tastes just like the kind ma used to make. Made with fresh ingredients, it will have you eating bowl after bowl. Make copycat restaurant recipes like this one in your own home, and treat your family to a hearty dinner.

Cooking MethodCasserole

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds full chicken
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening (Crisco)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • chopped up celery carrot, and peas (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in a Dutch oven. Add water and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil.

  2. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 hour or until tender.

  3. Remove the chicken from the oven, and shred into pieces.

  4. Bring the broth to a boil and add pepper.

  5. For the Dumplings:

  6. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the shortening. Add the buttermilk, stirring with a fork until moistened.

  7. Knead the dough 4 to 5 times (never done), and pat to 1/2-inch pieces and drop into boiling broth.

  8. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You can tell when the dumpling are done when they float.

  9. Stir in the chicken and serve.

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