Chicken and Dumplings

When it comes to down home southern comfort food, this is ranked in my top 5. Unfortunately, this is one of those special dishes my mom only makes a couple times a year, and we all know nobody makes it better than mom….Well, move over momma, I found the recipe and on my first attempt, it wasn’t bad. There’s two way to make chicken and dumplings, us southerners like it with only chicken and dumplings, I noticed Northern states make it with vegetables and biscuits (totally not the same!), so here’s the recipe for what I consider the right way 🙂 The recipe I found differs slightly from my mothers, I’ll put both ways up, but they really do taste the same either way.

3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
2 quarts chicken broth
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. salted butter, cubed
milk (a little less than a cupful)
****Mom uses all self rising flour, no baking powder needed, uses water instead of milk, Instead of broth uses the water she boils the chicken in and adds little broth if needed****
1. Cover chicken with water and boil until fully cooked, remove chicken and shred it, set aside
2.In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Then add in cubed butter. You can combine it all using a fork or a pastry cutter. But the best way is really with your fingers. Just smush the butter between your fingers while you gradually mix it in with the flour mixture. Now pour in the milk and mix all together.
3. Dust your working area with flour, place your dumpling dough on the counter and dust it with more flour. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to about 1/4″ thickness. Be sure to add flour as necessary to keep it from sticking underneath or to your rolling pin.
4. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, start cutting out your dumplings into squares.Dust your dumplings with a bit more flour. The extra flour is all gonna help keep them from sticking but will also thicken your chicken broth some as well when you add them to the pot.
5. Bring your chicken broth up to a boil. Add in your shredded chicken and stir. Begin adding dumplings one at a time so they don’t all stick together. Stir frequently while adding them.****I added chicken after I put the dumplings in****
6. Allow dumplings to cook for about 15-20 minutes. You should notice your broth starting to thicken and your dumplings may start to sink a little to the bottom because they are soaking up the broth. Take one out and taste test it. It shouldn’t have a doughy taste anymore. Season with salt and pepper
Recipe credit thecountrycook.net

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