Helena Ricketts loves cooking from scratch and sharing her recipes with anyone who wants to try something new in the world of food.
Fall Comfort Food
Chicken and dumplings pops up in my house quite often in the fall and winter. It is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. It sticks to the ribs and tastes like a dream.
I make my own chicken stock for this recipe, but if you must, you can use store-bought cans or boxes of pre-made broth, although I don't recommend it. When you make your own stock, it does make a difference in any dish whether it be soup or this fantastic chicken and dumplings recipe. Making it yourself allows you to develop and tweak the stock to your own liking—which, in return, makes anything that your homemade stock is used in taste much better to you.
This is especially good the day after it is made. Any leftovers can be kept in the fridge or even frozen. It is the best fast food in the world. Just warm it up and you are ready to go.
It travels well for lunches at work or school too! Fill a thermos or a lidded bowl with a little bit of heaven to make lunchtime even better. There's no reason why anyone has to eat peanut butter or cold lunch meat sandwiches for lunch every day.
Chicken and dumplings is excellent served with a hard, crusty bread, rolls, biscuits, or even by itself. It's especially good when served in a bread bowl. Then again, what dish isn't?
Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
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1 hour 30 min
2 hearty, 1 1/2 cup servings
- 4 cups chicken stock
- Chicken pieces, pre-cooked
- 1 1/2 cup sifted flour
- 1 teaspoon sifted baking powder
- Salt, to taste
- Warm the chicken stock on low heat until it is hot. Remove 1 cup of stock from the pot and set it aside. You will use that cup of stock as the liquid to make the dumplings.
- If the chicken stock doesn't already have chicken pieces in it, add the amount of chicken that you want for the dish in with the broth. Make sure the chicken is already fully cooked before adding it. You could use commercially canned chicken if you are in a pinch, but it's better to use fresh. Heat until steaming but not to a boil.
- Now start making the dumplings. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl.
- Slowly add the 1 cup of chicken stock that you have set aside to the sifted flour mixture. Mix it gently.
- Let the dumpling dough that you just created rest for a few minutes. This will make the dumplings fluffier!
- Drop by 1/4 teaspoons into the simmering chicken stock. Keep going until all of the dumpling dough is used up. The dumplings will expand a bit as they cook.
- Add salt and pepper to your liking.
- Simmer on low heat for about an hour, until the stock thickens and the dumplings are completely cooked. Don't forget to occasionally stir it. Otherwise, it can scorch on the bottom and once that happens, the batch is ruined because you can't get the burnt taste out.
- Any leftovers can be kept in the fridge or frozen for a future meal. These chicken and dumplings are especially good the day after they are made. *Because of the dumplings, pressure canning is not an option for this dish.
Hopefully you will go on this homemade comfort food adventure by making your own old fashioned chicken and dumplings. It tastes so much better than what comes out of a can from the store. It is more nutritious, doesn't have all of the salt, preservatives and artificial ingredients that come along with the processed food that a lot of people choose to eat.
Once you start making your own food with fresh ingredients from scratch, you'll find that you never want to venture back into the canned varieties again.
Questions & Answers
Question: Does stock need to be cooked before making dumplings with it?
Answer: Yes. You will need a stock or broth that is fully cooked.
Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on January 02, 2018:
@Esterpic I've never tried it in a crock pot so I can't say 100% that it would work but it would definitely be worth a try!
Esterpic on December 28, 2017:
Haven’t tried this yet and plan to. It looks the closest to my Mom’s recipe, can this be done in a crockpot?
Helena Ricketts (author) from Indiana on October 24, 2012:
@Jack Burton You are SO right about the store bought chickens! We raise our own for meat and eggs and I usually use ours instead of store bought but unfortunately sometimes I run out and I'm not willing to sacrifice a laying hen yet. Although it can be tempting sometimes because there is, as you said, a noticeable difference.
Jack Burton from The Midwest on October 24, 2012:
Chicken and dumplings is a staple around our home, but I have to admit that we just cannot make it as good as mom did 40 years ago. The chickens back then had more fat and flavor to them. The store bought chickens nowawdays have most of the good stuff bred out of them.