This is some real old-fashioned Granny goodness here! Does it get more down-home than Chicken and Dumplings? I don’t think so :).
Now, while this dish isn’t a super quick meal it is super easy to make. No tricks here just follow the steps and you’ve got it. You’ll want to make this one on one of these slow moving Autumn days when you have time at home and everyone is famished at dinnertime.
Jeanie of Life By Jeanie really knocked it out of the ballpark with this gem! Thanks Jeanie!
Chicken and Dumplings
Recipe by Jeanie of Life By Jeanie
Inspired by the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook
- 1 whole, 3-5 lb chicken
- 4-5 medium potatoes, scrubbed, quartered if desired
- 4 stalks celery, quartered
- 1 carrot sliced into 1″ pieces
- 1 small onion, divided into desired pieces
- Parsley for garnish
- 1 cup flour (source I use)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup raw milk, cream or whey
- 2 tbls butter, softened or coconut oil (source I use)
- Sea salt, to taste
- Fresh ground pepper, to taste
- A large deep pan, preferably very heavy like a dutch oven. Needs a good lid too.
- A medium sized mixing bowl.
- A good knife – I have these knives, so does Sally Fallon Morrell
- 6-12 hours before you want to eat, combine flour, baking powder, salt, milk and butter in medium mixing bowl. Cover and sit aside.
- 2-3 hours before you would like to eat; place chicken in dutch oven or large pan to cook.
- Arrange potatoes around chicken.
- Arrange celery, carrot and onions together around the chicken and potatoes.
- Cover with filtered water and bring to boil.
- Reduce heat to low and continue cooking until chicken is tender.
- Now drop the dumpling mixture by the tablespoon full onto the chicken being careful not to let the dumpling mixture fall into the liquid.
- Cover with tight fitting lid and return to boil.
- Without lifting the lid, reduce heat and simmer for 12 – 15 minutes.
- Remove contents to a serving dish and keep hot while preparing gravy using remaining chicken liquid.
- Thicken chicken broth make a roux i.e. melt some butter and mix in flour until it’s thick. Then mix into the liquid a little at a time until it’s thick enough for you.
- To serve, pour gravy over chicken and dumplings.
Jeanie lives in middle Tennessee with her favorite guy, Don. Her passion is thinking up new nutritious real food recipes and revamping old family favorites to incorporate as many “real” foods as possible. She’d like to invite everyone to grab a cup of coffee or whatever you drink and join her at lifebyjeanie.com
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