** some people like to make the dumplings the day before and let them dry a bit. Either way is fine.
5Just before you pick the chicken, add the sliced carrots and celery to the stock so they will have a chance to soften. (this is optional. I did not put any in this batch.) Check stock to see if you need to add more salt or pepper. Add in the shredded chicken meat.
6Stir in the dumplings slowly so they don't clump up and stick together. Stir well between each addition.