Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

 

Chicken and Dumplings are one of my favorite recipes to make and eat. The girls usually request it for their birthday dinner. It is a quick and easy meal to stick in a crock pot and take to a covered dish dinner. So old fashioned and hearty! I can imagine Grandma Walton standing over the wood cookstove stirring a huge cast iron pot full of yummy dumplings!

2 cans of chicken (or 2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken)

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of celery soup

4 cans of water

4 teaspoonfuls of chicken bouillon granules (or 4 cubes)

pepper to taste (I love using a pepper grinder!)

sea salt to taste (I use about 1 teaspoonful with my salt grinder)

  • In a large saucepot combine all of the above. Stir well and bring to a simmer.

shredded chicken

 

adding cream soups

 

adding water and bouillon

 

adding salt and pepper

 

Meanwhile, begin making the Dumplings.

1½ cups unbleached bread flour

¼ teaspoonful baking powder

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 egg (farm fresh organic are the best)

milk or water

I make 2 batches of dumplings; one at a time.

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Form a well in center. Pour in oil and add egg. Mix well.

Mixing dumplings

 

  • Stir in enough milk to make a stiff dough. If you add too much and find you have a soft dough, just add more flour.
  • Mix well with a fork. Knead with your hands.
  • Pinch dough in half.
  • On a floured surface working with half at a time, roll out dough very thin.
  • Cut into thin strips.

cutting dumplings

 

  • Then cut the opposite direction making 1½ inch squares.

making dumpling squares

 

dumplings ready for the broth

 

  • Carefully drop dumplings into broth.

dropping dumplings into broth

 

a pot of chicken and dumplings

  • Be sure to stir after adding dumplings.

Momma stirring chicken and dumplings

 

  • Simmer until thickened and dumplings are cooked about 15 minutes.
  • Serves 8-10.
Hearty old fashioned chicken and dumplings

 

We love serving chicken and dumplings over homemade mashed potatoes! So delicious.

I more than doubled this recipe for a birthday dinner party. I enjoy leftovers.

You can halve it or double or triple it, depending on the crowd you are feeding.

Use this ratio:

1 can chicken : 1 can cream soup : 2 cans broth : 1 recipe dumplings

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