My Aunt Deanne was one of the best southern cooks I’ve ever known—and I know quite a few as my Mom was born and raised in the south! She made so many yummy meals and treats—and this one was one of her best! Slicky noodles are different than any dumpling, different than any egg noodle, and have a smooth “slicky” taste all their own. They are a true southern delicacy!
In large stock pot, stew chicken in 2 quarts of water, adding two stalks of celery and the chopped onion along with a teaspoon of salt to the water for flavor. Cook for about an hour, until the chicken is falling off the bone. Remove the chicken from the pot to cool and save the stock. After the chicken has cooled, remove and discard bones, fat and skin. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces.
Combine flour, baking powder, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a mixing bowl. Cut the shortening into the flour using a fork or pastry blender until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.
Add the remaining 1/4 cup of cold water, a little at a time, working from the center, using your hands to work the mixture into dough.
Roll the dough out on a solid surface, about 1/8" thick and cut into strips, 1" to 2" long.
Over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth back to a slow boil. Do not boil rapidly. With floured hands drop the strips of dough into the slowly boiling broth. Gently stir the broth after adding several pieces of dough. Repeat until all the slicky noodles have been used and stir very gently.
Add the chicken, the butter and the pepper to the dumplings and continue to stir gently.
Turn heat to low simmering for about 10 minutes.