Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

Today is a gray, dreary, and rainy day.  It reminded me that I wanted to share one of our family’s favorite comfort foods with you all!  My kids DEVOUR chicken and dumplings.  I think it is one of their favorite foods!  I’ve used different recipes and different ingredients for the dumplings.  I’ve tried frozen sheets of dumplings and used canned biscuits for dumplings.  I must say that this recipe is my favorite.  You don’t need all of the added ingredients from packaged foods in your dumplings.  With a few ingredients that you probably have in your pantry, you can make your own!  Let’s start cooking!

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You are going to need:

3 boxes of chicken broth (12 cups)

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 cups of flour

2 tbsp butter

1/2 tsp baking powder

a pinch of salt

1 cup of milk (may not use quite this much)

powdered chicken soup base (optional)

Kitchen equipment:

There are only two items that I recommend for this meal.  You need a large stock pot to cook your chicken and dumplings in.  You also need a rolling pin so you can roll out your dough.  I also use a pizza cutter in this recipe, but a knife will work too.

Let’s cook!  

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To begin with, you are going to need to cook your chicken breasts.  This can be done the day of or the day before.  You can use any method to cook them.  I usually bring a pot of water to a boil and add the chicken breast.  I think cook for 20 -30 minutes or until the chicken breasts are cooked through.  Once the chicken is cooked through, remove the chicken from the water and allow it to cool.  Once it has cooled, shred the chicken with two forks until it looks like this:

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Now it’s time to make the dumplings!

In a large bowl, combine your flour, baking soda, and salt.  Cube your butter and add it to the dry ingredients.  You could use a fork or a pastry cutter to incorporate your butter.  I always just use my hands!  You just want to mix all of the ingredients together with your hands until the butter is crumbled throuhout the mixture.  Stir in your milk and stir with a fork until a dough forms.

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Once your dough is ready, place a lot of flour on a clean work area.  Form the dough into a ball and place on the flour.  Make sure to flour your rolling pin so it doesn’t stick to the dough.  Roll your dough out until it is thin.  The dumplings will thicken as you cook them.

Now it’s time to cut the dumplings.  You want to cut the dumplings into roughly 2×2 squares.  I use a pizza cutter to easily slice through the dough. It should look like this when you are finished:

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They don’t have to be perfect.  Just eyeball it and go for it!  Once they are cut, place the dumplings on a floured plate.  Make sure that you put flour between the layers of dough so they don’t stick.  You can’t use too much flour in this recipe!  The flour helps to thicken the broth when you are cooking.  It’s a good thing!  I put them on a plate if I am going to use them right away.  I have never frozen them, but I’m sure you could.

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Yum!  Now it’s time to cook them.  Take out your large stock pot again. Fill it with the three boxes of chicken broth.  Bring the broth to a boil.  At this point, I like to add in some powdered chicken soup base or powdered bouillon. I add  one TBSP.  I use the German version because Germans don’t use many artificial ingredients in their food.  This is totally optional.  I just like a stronger chicken flavor in my dumplings.

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Once the water has come to a boil, add the dumplings in one at a time.  Stir the pot every so often so that the dumplings don’t stick.  Remember, extra flour is ok.  It helps the broth to thicken.  Cook the dumplings for about 20 minutes stirring every so often.  Test one and make sure that it isn’t doughy.  When the dumplings are cooked through, add in your shredded chicken.  That’s it!  Easy Peasy! 🙂

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I like to serve my chicken and dumplings with a side of green beans.  Let’s be real though.  There’s nothing wrong with just a bowl of dumplings by itself!  🙂  I hope you all enjoy this recipe.  Please let me know if you try it.  They are a family favorite around here and I hope your family loves them as well!

This is the original recipe that served as my inspiration:  http://eatathomecooks.com/2009/07/homemade-chicken-and-dumplings-its-easy-really.html

I’m going to edit this later to include a recipe card.  Promise.  🙂  Happy Cooking!