Momma Best Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Momma Best Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Momma Best Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

There’s a lot of love in those dumplings! This is comfort food at its best and so worth the time and effort. I love the ohhs, awws, and OMGs, smiles, and sighs of total satisfaction that come with this bowl of heaven.

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hrs 28 minutes
  • Additional Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 33 minutes

Ingredients for making Momma Best Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 ribs celery, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, quartered
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mashed garlic
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 pounds bone-in chicken breasts
  • water to cover
  • 2 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • ¼ cup cold shortening
  • ¼ cup chicken broth, slightly chilled

Directions for making Momma Best Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

  1. Melt butter in a stock pot over medium-high heat. Add celery, carrot, onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning; cook and stir until flavors combine, about 5 minutes. Push vegetable mixture to the sides and add chicken; cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  2. Pour enough water over the chicken to cover by 3 inches; bring to a boil. Stir, scraping the browned bits off of the bottom of the pot. Reduce heat; simmer until chicken is tender, about 1 hour. Transfer chicken and carrots to a serving plate with a large slotted spoon; let cool.
  3. Ladle 1/4 cup cooking liquid into a bowl; cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Mix in 2 tablespoons flour. Stir back into the pot.
  4. Place 2 cups flour in a large bowl; cut in shortening with 2 knives until mixture forms pea-sized bits. Mix in chilled chicken broth until dough is combined.
  5. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface. Knead 5 to 6 times; pat down to 1-inch thickness. Sprinkle lightly with flour; roll out to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough into squares with a sharp knife.
  6. Drop squares, in batches, into simmering cooking liquid, moving squares to the side with each addition. Partially cover pot; simmer until dumplings are firm, about 12 minutes. Separate any dumplings that stick together. Remove from heat; keep covered.
  7. Bone chicken; cut into bite-sized pieces and return to the pot. Chop carrot; return to the pot. Cool chicken and dumplings, about 30 minutes, before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 405
  • Total Fat 19g
  • Saturated Fat 7g
  • Cholesterol 83mg
  • Sodium 718mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 28g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Total Sugars 1g
  • Protein 28g
  • Vitamin C 2mg
  • Calcium 144mg
  • Iron 3mg
  • Potassium 328mg

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