Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Chicken and dumplings is a classic comfort food dish featuring tender chicken cooked with vegetables in a flavorful broth, topped with light and fluffy dumplings. This hearty meal is perfect for cozy dinners and family gatherings.

Ingredients

For the Chicken and Broth:

  • 1 whole chicken (about 3-4 pounds), cut into pieces
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Dumplings:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

Prepare the Chicken and Broth:

  1. Cook the Chicken: In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine the chicken pieces, chicken broth, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Simmer: Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 45-60 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  3. Remove Chicken: Remove the chicken from the pot and let it cool slightly. Remove the bay leaves from the broth and discard.
  4. Shred Chicken: Once the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and bones, and shred the meat into bite-sized pieces. Return the shredded chicken to the pot.

Make the Dumplings:

  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add Wet Ingredients: Stir in the milk and melted butter until just combined. Do not overmix; the batter should be thick and lumpy.

Cook the Dumplings:

  1. Add Dumpling Batter: Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling batter onto the surface of the simmering broth. The batter should make about 12-15 dumplings.
  2. Simmer: Cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through and fluffy. Avoid lifting the lid during the cooking time to ensure the dumplings steam properly.

Serve:

  1. Taste and Adjust: Taste the broth and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if needed.
  2. Serve Hot: Ladle the chicken, vegetables, and dumplings into bowls, and serve hot.

Enjoy your delicious homemade chicken and dumplings!

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