Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tasty Tuesday Chicken and Dumplings!

Last week, I ran across a recipe for old-fashioned chicken and dumplings while flipping through a cookbook that I've had forever called A Taste of Homecoming.  Interestingly enough, the original recipe came from a lady in Tennessee who is also named Cheryl, but I modified it enough to call it my own. My only wish after making it was that I had a larger stomach or more people to feed it to because it made a LOT! I'm thinking adding a bay leaf might improve it, but it was darn good the way it was, and the leftovers were just as good reheated in the microwave.

Cheryl's Chicken and Dumplings


1 whole chicken (about 3 pounds)
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 sprigs of fresh sage (or 1/2 tsp dried sage)
8 cups water
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Place the chicken and all of the ingredients listed above in large soup pot or Dutch oven (I use a 6 quart flat-bottom saucepan). Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about an hour or until the chicken is falling off the bone. Remove the chicken and allow to cool for a bit, then remove all the bones and skin and cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside. If you're using the fresh sage, you can remove it from the broth if desired.

1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 tablespoons shortening
1 cup buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add shortening and cut it into the flour mixture with a fork. Add buttermilk and mix until moistened. Knead briefly on a floured board. Pat into 1/2 inch thickness and cut into 1 inch squares. Bring broth to a boil and add the dumplings. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 10 minutes, uncovered, stirring gently with a wooden spoon every two minutes or so.  Add the chicken back in, serve, and enjoy!


  1. I'm up first today!! GOT to get to the POLLS TOO. Yeah, BUT I get the first sample of those ample DUMPLINGS TOO!!
    I always add carrots for some color!! And it helps my eyesight. Better to see The EYECANDY!!

  2. lol funny donna i might do this with turkey today i was going to do soup but this sounds better but i like your dumplings better cheryl feb. is coming way to slow for me i cant take it lol

  3. I probably would've thrown in some carrots if I'd had any, Donna. Forgot to buy them!
    Turkey soup is one of my faves, Cory. I might try that!
    Have fun with the dumplings!

  4. Not that it ever really gets cold in southwest Florida, but today's rainy, not-so-damn-hot weather is perfect for chicken & dumplings. And I think I have all the ingredients. Of course, I will need the yummy hunk to provide the heat.

  5. I voted, and now I made us a crockpot full of Chicken and dumplings. So I'm so ready for it tonight. But my dumplings don't look anything like these. No matter how many Carrots I add.

  6. I think I will give this one a try. First the balls, then the recipe.

  7. I have voted. Tonight, we shall have PIZZA!

    Yeah. I know. It's not chicken and dumplings, but Sam wanted pizza, and he even volunteered to go get it. How could I refuse?

  8. i did the turkey and dumpling it was so good