Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

Old-fashioned chicken and dumplings is a timeless comfort food dish that evokes memories of home-cooked meals and cozy family gatherings. Imagine, if you will, succulent pieces of tender chicken, simmered to perfection in a flavorful broth, with fluffy dumplings floating on top like clouds in a clear sky.

The journey of crafting this beloved dish begins with the selection of the finest ingredients. Whole chicken pieces, rich in flavor and moisture, are gently simmered in a pot along with aromatic vegetables such as onions, carrots, and celery. The vegetables release their essence into the broth, infusing it with a depth and richness that is the hallmark of homemade goodness.

As the chicken simmers away, its juices mingling with the fragrant broth, the kitchen is suffused with the irresistible aroma of comfort and warmth. Slowly, ever so slowly, the meat becomes tender, falling off the bone with the slightest touch. Meanwhile, the vegetables soften and meld together, creating a symphony of flavors that dance upon the palate.

But it is the dumplings that truly elevate this dish to greatness. Made from a simple mixture of flour, baking powder, butter, and milk, the dumplings are dropped by spoonfuls into the simmering broth, where they puff up and expand into fluffy clouds of dough. As they cook, they absorb the flavors of the broth, becoming infused with its richness and complexity.

Finally, the moment arrives to serve this comforting masterpiece. With a ladle, the chicken and dumplings are carefully spooned into bowls, the steam rising in wisps of fragrant vapor. Each spoonful is a revelation, a celebration of the simple pleasures of good food and good company. The tender chicken, the flavorful broth, the fluffy dumplings—it all comes together in a symphony of comfort and satisfaction.

Old-fashioned chicken and dumplings is more than just a meal; it is a symbol of love and nourishment, a reminder of the joys of home-cooked comfort in a busy world. Whether enjoyed on a chilly winter evening or as a comforting midweek meal, this dish is sure to warm the heart and soothe the soul, leaving you longing for just one more bite.

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7 pounds cut up chicken pieces
4 cups chicken stock
2 onions, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 teaspoons salt
1 egg
1/4 cup milk1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


-In a large pot place chicken pieces and add the chicken stock, onion, celery and 2 teaspoons of the salt.
-Put heat on medium low and simmer, partially covered, 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is tender.
To Prepare Dumplings:
-In a large mixing bowl beat together the egg and milk. Add 1 cup flour, remaining salt and baking powder and mix all together. Step2: Cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture is crumbly.
-Add 1 tablespoon of the parsley and mix. In 6 large spoonful’s, drop dumpling mixture onto the top of the simmering chicken.
-Cover the pot and let all simmer for 10 minutes more.
To Make Gravy:
-Remove chicken and dumplings to a large serving bowl. Cover and set aside, keeping warm.
-Strain the stock left in the pot, pressing out any ‘veggie liquid’. Return stock to pot. Combine water with remaining flour, then stir into the strained stock.
-Bring all to a boil, stirring constantly, to thicken. Return chicken and dumplings to pot, combing all gently. Serve with remaining parsley.


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