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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Chicken and Dumplings - A Southern Recipe

Chicken and Dumplings is probably one of the most favorite dishes in the South. If you have never eaten a delicious meal like this your in for a real treat. I have lived on southern cooking my whole life and I want to share this fabulous recipe with you. If you love eating chicken, dough and gravy then this recipe is a perfect meal that is sure make your mouth water.
This meal is simple to prepare and cook. It should only take about 23 minutes to prep and about 1 hour and 40 minutes to cook.
Ok, so lets get started! All the ingredients for chicken and dumplings can be found in any grocery store. Here is a list on what you will need.
1 (3 pounds) whole chicken, cut ever you choose (I prefer in chunks)
7 cups of water
3 Tablespoons of chicken bouillon granules
2 Cups of all-purpose flour
1 Teaspoon of pepper
1 Tablespoon of salt
1 Tablespoon of baking powder
1/4 Cup shortening
1/2 Teaspoon salt
2/3 to 3/4 of a cup of milk
4 Hard-cooked eggs (chopped)
Now the fun part!
Using the 7 cups of water, bring the water and chicken to a boil on the stove top. Cover and reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Remove the chicken; and let cool. Then pour the broth you made from boiling through a wire-mesh strainer into a large saucepan, discarding any solids.
Skim off any's healthy! Ok, return broth to the stove top and stir in the 3 tablespoons of bouillon granules and the 1 teaspoon pepper.
Now, skin and take the bones out of the chicken. To make it easier on yourself, buy boneless chicken. Cut the chicken in bite-size pieces and then place chicken in the broth. Then return the broth to a simmer.
When you have completed that task, put into a bowl and combine the 2 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cut in the 1/4 cup of shortening with a pastry blender (preferably) until mixture is crumbly. Then add the milk slowly until the dry ingredients are moistened. NOTE: Thats why the milk amount varies from 2/3 to 3/4.
Ok, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gather the dough into a ball and knead lightly around 4 to 5 times. Then roll the dough to about a 1/8 inch thickness. Sprinkle the dough lightly with flour, and then cut it into pieces of around...2 inch squares.
Drop the dough squares (one at a time) into the simmering broth, stirring gently until all of the dough pieces are added to the broth.
After you have them all added, keep the heat at a simmer and stir often and slowly for 15 minutes. Oh, almost forgot! Make sure you boiled your 4 eggs hard in a separate pot and have ready to combine into your mix. Add the hard-cooked eggs into the saucepan just before serving. Make sure the eggs are chopped up.
This recipe is about 6-8 servings.
Chicken and dumplings is only one of many recipes you will find in the south. One of the best chicken and dumplings dishes you will find in a restaurant is in Waynesville, North Carolina. A lot of Waynesville restaurants that cook country food have their own version of chicken and dumplings. Checkout, it has some great info on dining in Waynesville along with some other types of southern recipes and dining etiquettes.

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