I have made these with my kids, and now my grandkids!!! there is nothing like it when they say "Mammaw, we need to make Chicken and dumplins!" cookie cutters and smiles all around the table!!! melts my heart! If your family is like mine you can double the dumplins...they always fish 'em out ;)This recipe makes a firm dumpling, not a fluffy one.If you like the time saving buscuit type, this is NOT for you
In a large pot add whole chicken, celery, onion and garlic. Add water 4 inches above and boil until chicken is cooked thru. I skim the fat from the top of the water.I taste the stock and add chicken stock paste 1 tbsp at a time to taste (if needed) Remove all veggies and chicken. Debone chicken,add Chicken back to stock. My kids do not like the veggies so I remove them and add them to my bowl,otherwise you can dice them prior to adding to the stock for cooking and leave 'em in!
In a bowl, combine flour,(**OPTIONAL** mix in rosemary and dill for the more "grown up" version) and shortening..I use Crisco. mix together with a fork or pastry cutter(DO NOT OVERWORK), then add buttermilk to form a doughy consistency. (Should be somewhat crumbly, almost like a crisp topping)
flour a flat work space and roll out dough about 3/8 of an inch and let the kiddies go crazy with the cookie cutters! Drudge each piece thru raw all purpose flour and drop into boiling broth and chicken turn fire down to a simmer and cook till tender...about 2 hours until good-n-creamy. finish with 1/4 stick real butter ***if you aren't including the kiddies you can just pat out with your fingers...***
Plate as is in a bowl with a piece of garlic bread, or over egg noodles or mashed potatoes!