Homemade Chicken n Dumplings

Chris Zoellner Recipe

By Chris Zoellner czoellner

8 easily
1 Hr
2 Hr

This is my great-grandmother's recipe. We've tweaked it a bit over the years, but we keep it pretty much the same! It's easier to make if you have help, but I've done it many times alone. This is from scratch, no shortcuts, that's what makes it incredibly delicious!

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1 large
stewing hen
2 3/4 c
1/4 c
chicken coating
3 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
2 large
1 c
1/2 c
skimmed chicken fat

Directions Step-By-Step

Boil Chicken until fork tender. Remove from heat. Remove chicken and tear meat into chunks.
To make dumplings:
Spoon chicken fat from top of water (from boiled chicken). Try to get as little water as possible. If you can’t get enough to make ½ cup, you can use shortening but the dumplings will be less flavorful. You may want to dissolve 1-2 bullion cubes to add flavor, or buy a can of chicken broth to use.
Return chicken chunks to water and keep at low simmer. Discard bones and skin.
Combine all dry ingredients first, then all wet ingredients except the hot broth. Add this last to keep from cooking the eggs. Stir all ingredients together until you form a good dough. You may need to add some flour to make manageable. Don’t add too much, or dumplings will be dry.
Turn dough out onto floured surface and roll to ¼ - ½ “ thickness. DO NOT KNEAD! Using Pizza cutter dipped into flour, cut lengthwise and then crosswise to form 1” squares of dough. Turn up heat to let water boil. Using either spatula or your hands, pick up pieces of dough and plop into the boiling chicken pot one at a time. It is best to drop the dough INTO the boiling spots, stir to keep dumplings moving. These 2 steps keep the dumplings from sticking together.
Let dumplings continue to boil with the chicken until all dumplings have floated. Once some start to fall back to the bottom of the pot, they are ready. This usually takes less than 10 minutes once all dumplings are in the pot. Make sure you keep the water boiling during this process to move the dumplings around.
If you want a thicker juice, while adding dumplings drop some of the flour into the pot.
If you want a thinner juice, try to remove any excess flour from dumplings before dropping into boiling water.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Hashtag: #dumplings

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Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Apr 4, 2013
Your pot of ckn `n dumplings looks delicious.
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Apr 4, 2013
BTW...I PINCHED it...=;D
glenda hammock twinnurse2
Aug 14, 2013
Explain what is chicken coating . Thanks
Chris Zoellner czoellner
Aug 14, 2013
Chicken coating is a flavored flour. We buy ours from Gilster Mary Lee and it's DELICIOUS! But, it is pretty potent, so that's why we only use such a small amount. You don't have to use it at all, but it helps to flavor the dumplings, especially if you can't find a stewing hen. A stewing hen is an older hen that is past her egg laying prime, so most stores don't carry them as the hen doesn't ever get "old" before butchering. But, if you can find one, you'll see the difference in how much more fat is on the bird.

We are raising our own chickens now, we have 19 hens & 1 rooster! They are 6 months old and laying eggs like there's no tomorrow.... But, give them a couple years and they'll be PERFECT for the dumplin pot!