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chicken and dumplings

Recipe by
Rhonda Sine
Morgantown, WV

Traditional Chicken and Dumplings, just like Gramma used to make.

yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chicken and dumplings

  • 2 lb
    skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1
    golf-ball size onion, whole
  • 1
    rib of celery, cut in half
  • 4
    chicken bouillon cubes or 1 t. chicken soup base
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 6 c
  • 2 c
    bisquick, or your favorite biscuit recipe but wetter
  • 1 clove
    whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried parsley
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper

How To Make chicken and dumplings

  • 1
    Put chicken thighs in a large pot, covering with enough water to be about 2" above chicken, add onion, celery, soup base and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low simmer, cover with a tilted lid and cook til meat is almost ready to fall off the bone, about an hour. Remove chicken from pot to a plate to cool, and with a slotted spoon remove onion, celery and bay leaf, making sure to thoroughly skim stock for any bones, etc. Discard veggies. Bring your stock back to a low simmer. Mix Bisquick with milk and add parsley to stock. Using the 2-spoon method, GENTLY drop golf ball size balls of dough into broth, until all dough is in the pot. DO NOT STIR. Stiring dumplings is what causes them to be chewy doughballs instead of fluffy bread pillows. Again, cover with a tilted lid and gently simmer for about 25 minutes, and don't touch them. While they are cooking, debone your chicken. Check for doneness on dumplings with a toothpick the same way you would a cake...if it comes out clean, they are done. Add salt and pepper and chicken meat, still not stirring, just gently push the meat down into the broth and then slosh the pot around. Serve hot, even better the next day.