The Best ~ Classic Chicken and Dumplings


This is an all-time favorite meal here at our house!  
And for good reason ~ 
it’s a delicious comfort dish for chilly snowy weather!


Chicken always gets top billing, but it’s the dumplings that sway people so easily.  There are a plethora of ways to make this dish, and this time I followed Paula Deen’s most of the way...

Here’s sort of how it goes:  Cook the chicken with celery, onion, bouillon and seasoning in water for 45 minutes or so, until the meat is starting to fall off the bones and remove from broth.  



 





Remove skin and bones and keep warm. Stir in cream soup, make dumplings and drop in the stock.  Cook until the dumplings are done and enjoy.



It’s the most basic, simple, comforting bites of food you’ll ever put in your mouth...



Nothing says Lovin’ like Chicken and Dumplings!


Classic Chicken and Dumplings
Printable recipe
Slightly Adapted

Ingredients:
4 quarts water
1 (2½ pounds) roasting chicken
3 celery ribs, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 (10¾ ounces) can condensed cream of chicken (or celery) soup
1 teaspoon each salt and seasoned pepper, garlic powder

For the dumplings (My way):
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon butter
½ cup milk

Method:
To prepare the chicken:  
In a large pot, combine chicken, celery, onion, bay leaves, bouillon cubes, seasoning and 16 cups water.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat, cook until chicken is tender and the thigh juices run clear when pierced with a knife, about 40 minutes.
Remove chicken from pot and discard the leaves. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, pick the meat off the bones, discarding bones and skin.
Add the canned soup to the pot and stir well.
Return the chicken meat to the pot and bring to a boil just before adding dumplings to cook.
To make the dumplings:
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium-size bowl.
Cut in butter until crumbly, stir in milk to make a soft dough.
Drop by spoonfuls into boiling stew.
Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes and then cover the pan tightly and cook for 10 minutes longer.
Stir a few times to keep the stew from scorching.
This recipe makes about a dozen dumplings, depending on size.
Return the chicken meat to the pot and bring to a boil.
To serve, ladle the chicken, gravy and dumplings into warm bowls.

Enjoy!






38 comments:

  1. That's an ideal 'comgfort food' pot recipe which is both simple and delicious! It's a family dish, and it will certainly help us to get smoothly through winter days.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! You're right, it's a great thing for this cold snowy weather here. Take care

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    1. Thanks, Angie! It doesn't make a great pic, but makes up for in taste. Take care

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  3. We used to laugh at Son3. Occasionally we would stop at a Cracker Barrel when we were traveling and his order was always the same__Chicken and Dumplings. When he was here during Thanksgiving that was the one meal he requested.

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    1. Ha! Anne, Son3 definitely knows what's good! I've never had there's but must try it whenever. Have a good rest of the week! Thanks!

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  4. I would always write it as chicken and DUMPLINGS as they are the star for me and yours look very good. Bev always makes drop vs. the rolled out dumplings and we love them.

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    1. Hi Larry! They're the star for me too, I usually go heavy on the dumplings. The drop dumplings are easy and yummy good! Thanks!

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  5. Interesting! I've never used baking powder in mine. I'll have to try that. I'm making a lot of dumplings and little pasta bites this season to drop into our soups and chowders. I'll toss some BP in to see what happens. Thanks.

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    1. Hey Pam! Guess what? Tonight, I added baking powder to my dumpling, pasta bite sorta thingies and the baking powder made the texture softer and overall improved it. I made mine a wee big so I'll do them smaller next time but your trick worked. Thanks bunches. You rock.

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    2. Woo hoo, Ivy! Glad it worked good for you! Nothing much beats dumplings in the winter, I love them with homemade navy bean soup. Here's to you and soup and dumplings! Woo hoo!!!

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    3. Much, much thanks, Pam. I'm making them again tonight to work on the salt (we don't eat a lot of salt), but your idea to add baking powder was SPOT ON. Your post came at the perfect time to help me out. Much appreciated.

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  6. Pam, you are not going to believe, but I have never had this dish...these dumplings are so interesting...and I am loving it paired with the creamy chicken...thanks for the recipe.
    Have a great week!

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    1. Hi Juliana! Hmmm, hope you try this then. It's really delicious and definitely a cold weather comfort dish. You have a great week also! Take care

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  7. Finger lick'n good, I'd say. I love the looks of those big plumb dumplings. We always had flat ones made from canned biscuits. I do enjoy a big bowl of Chicken and Dumplings.

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    1. Hi Ron! My late SIL always made dumplings from canned biscuits. They were good but these fluffy ones are better! Have a good rest of the week!

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  8. Now you've gone and made me hungry. Any leftovers :)?

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    1. Hi Son! Sorry, none here. Sure sounds good though, huh? Love

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  9. This sounds just perfect and great on a cold day like we are experiencing here in the UK at present. I will be very glad to get home! Hope all is well Diane

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    1. Hi Diane! You've been gone a long time and I can imagine how you'll be glad to get home. This is a cold weather dish for sure. Take care

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  10. Pam, Chicken and dumplings are practically the definition of comfort food. Your post reminded me just how long its been since I've had this dish! It's on my list now... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Glad that it's on your list now, Dave! It's definitely a great comfort food dish. Thanks for the visit, and have a good rest of the week!

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  11. Hi Pam, just come across from Ivy's blog …
    Yes the recipe looks great, perfect for cooler days.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hi Lowcarb! Thanks so much! I'm glad you stopped by. Take care

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  12. That looks very delicious. I find it so fast & easy to make white sauce that I never use canned cream of anything soup, but otherwise I feel I ought to try that recipe. The method you give would also make good chicken for chicken salad, with stock as a bonus.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Kind of funny, Mae! I think this is the first time I've used the soup in chicken and dumplings. Just wanted to try PD's recipe. I agree about the white sauce but this mixed it up a bit and was really good. You're right with the chicken salad for sure, sounds good to me!

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  13. LOVE this dish! So nice and homey -- and perfect for the cold, snowy weather we're having. Comfort food at its finest! Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, John! It's great and hearty for this weather, but I can't wait for summer! 😊

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  14. I have not made this recipe in so long, totally forgot about it. It is so good, oh the dumplings! And I need all the comfrot food I can get, goign down to -20C tomorrow fora few days!

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    1. Hi Evelyne~ I need it too! Brrrr! It's cold here too and more snow on the way. Keep warm!

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  15. Yummo!! So when am I coming to dinner ;)

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    1. Thanks, Tanza! It's a winner in cold weather!

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  17. Oh goodness....this dish looks so good and warm. It's cold here, so I'm thinking I sure could enjoy this recipe about now..

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    1. Hi Shug! Just wondering how cold it is by you... It was all of 1° here this morning, and up to 9° now, a whole lot chilly, but sunny! Thanks and take care.

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  18. It had been years since I made chicken and dumplings. I love it so much and your pictures and recipes have me craving it right now.

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    1. Hi mj! I get that, it's something that's great but not made very often. Thanks!

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● It's always good to leave a little space between eating and lying down in bed at the end of the day. The best thing to eat at night in general is protein, fat, and vegetables. For instance, if you're in an Italian restaurant, have chicken piccata with lemon-butter sauce, lots of vegetables, and a big salad. You'll sleep like a baby.
~~~ Suzanne Somers

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