Monday, October 17, 2011

chicken and dumplings..


as soon as the weather starts to get cooler, yes we were in the upper 80's this past weekend.. brrr i need a parka.. ha.. anyway when it does start to get cooler i feel the need to start making stick to your ribs comfort food and chicken and dumplings is an old time family favorite and one of my go to recipes for fall and winter.. splash on some tobasco and it warms up your tummy right away.. my mom has been making this since i was little so no clue where she got her recipe from and over the past 26 years i've been making it i have tweaked it to fit my family and their tastes.. etc.. it's not hard to make just time consuming.. so this is reserved in our family for sunday supper..

prep time: 20  minutes
cook time:  1 1/2 hours
servings:     6-8

ingredients:

for the chicken

1 large fryer chicken, neck and gizzards removed
1 onions, diced large
3 carrots, peeled and diced large
3 celery stalks, diced large
1 large can of chicken broth (if it doesn't cover your chicken and veggies add water until it does)
salt and pepper

dumplings

1 can of refrigerator biscuits
flour

put all the chicken ingredients in a large stock pot or dutch oven.. bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer for about 1 hour (your chicken should be falling off the bone).. once chicken is cooked, remove from heat.. remove chicken from pot to a medium bowl and allow to cool.. pour your chicken broth through a strainer and discard veggies.. put your pot with broth back on the stove medium low heat.. meanwhile remove your chicken from the bone and shred.. disgarding bones and skin.. add chicken back to broth.. salt and pepper.. for your biscuits remove from can and roll out each biscuit onto a floured surface about 1/4 of an inch thick.. using a pizza cutter or sharp knife cut dough into rectangles.. bring your broth up to a boil and drop in dumplings and cover and cook for 5 minutes.. reduce heat to low and cook approximately 20 more minutes or longer.. it will thicken up.. taste and see if you need more salt but i definately add more pepper a generous amount actually.. (just love pepper) sprinkle with parsley as a garnish if you want.. in a pinch i have made this and used flour tortillas as my dumplings..


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