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How to Make Classic Chicken and Dumplings

By Chris Jones
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Imagine wrapping yourself in a warm embrace on a chilly winter day — or whenever you crave a little soul-soothing. That's the kind of comfort a steaming bowl of chicken and dumplings promises to deliver, with none of the hassle you might expect.

Picture succulent pieces of chicken, rich in protein, nestled among airy, tender dumplings in a dance of flavors that promises to melt away the outside world with each bite. With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can whip up this classic comfort dish in no time. Ready to dive into the ultimate comfort food experience?

Let's embark on this 10-step journey to culinary bliss and turn your kitchen into a haven of heartwarming flavors. Keep reading to unlock the secrets to the perfect chicken and dumplings.


Select Your Chicken

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Choose a four- or a five-pound whole chicken to cook. A pink hue indicates a fresh chicken, while chicken with a dark color should be discarded. Once you select your chicken, wash it thoroughly with water, then place it in a large pot suitable for cooking. Fill the pot with water until the chicken is fully immersed.


Add in Your Seasoning

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  • Dice a yellow onion and include in the broth for a strong, savory flavor.
  • Chop two medium carrots into the broth for vibrant color and a little sweetness.
  • Two stalks of celery tossed in will give your broth a tarter taste.

To create a savory broth, add a half-teaspoon of ground pepper, along with a teaspoon of sea salt. Include three-to-five bay leaves for added flavor. Five tablespoons of butter in the broth will add richness.


Boil Your Chicken Briefly

Cover the soup pot with a lid and cook on high heat until the water begins to boil. Do not let the water boil continuously, as this can cause fat from the chicken to boil off and infuse your broth, making it cloudy and greasy. To ensure the fat floats to the surface of the water so you can easily remove it later, reduce the broth to low heat immediately after boiling and let the chicken and broth simmer for about an hour.

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Cool Your Chicken

After simmering, check to ensure your chicken is fully cooked. Carefully remove a piece from the pot. The meat should be tender enough to release easily from the bone. Slice the piece through with a knife. If the chicken is white throughout, it is safe to eat. If you notice any red or dark pink areas, the chicken needs additional cooking time.

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Debone and Shred Your Chicken

Remove the chicken from the pot and place on a cutting board. Set the pot of broth aside to use later. Once the chicken is cool to the touch, remove the skin and use two forks to debone the chicken and shred it into one-inch pieces. Return the chicken pieces to the broth, replace the cover, then simmer on medium heat.

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Prepare Your Dumpling Mix

Grab a medium-sized mixing bowl and use a fork to combine a half-teaspoon of salt, one cup of flour, two tablespoons of vegetable oil and a half-teaspoon of baking powder. Slowly stir in a half-cup of milk. Your dumpling mix should be moist but not over-mixed, which can result in sticky dough.

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Roll and Cut Your Dumpling Dough

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Lightly flour a surface large enough to spread your dough out on. Turn the dough out on the floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to one-eighth thickness. Use a sharp serrated blade to cut the dough. A dull blade will pull the dough and make cutting difficult.


Add Your Dumplings

Carefully add the dumplings to the broth and stir while simmering for fifteen to twenty minutes. Remove a dumpling and insert a toothpick to ensure the dumplings are properly cooked. If the toothpick comes out clean, your dumplings are done. Take care not to cook the dumplings too long, as they can become heavy and lose their light and fluffy texture.

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Make Your Cream

Cream makes your chicken and dumplings extra succulent and flavorful. Pour a half a cup of heavy whipping cream into a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt and pepper before stirring. You can mix in a teaspoon of thyme and a teaspoon of basil for more flavor.

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Add the Cream

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After your dumplings are fully cooked, slowly add the cream into your chicken and dumpling broth. Continue stirring with a mixing spoon until the cream is fully blended with the broth. Remove the pot from the heat and let your chicken and dumplings settle for fifteen minutes to allow the broth to thicken slightly. Add in any additional seasonings, stir them in thoroughly and ladle into a bowl for an instant comfort food classic.



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