Chicken Soup with Rolled Dumplings

chicken and dumpling soupA tried and true comfort food, not only will this recipe satisfy your deep hunger, it is also good for whatever ails you. My children jokingly faked coughs and colds to bribe me to make this dish. They love the chicken soup alone but prefer it with dumplings. If you don’t have time or desire to make soup but crave the dumplings, use 8 cups homemade or high quality canned stock to boil the dumplings (throw in a little cooked chicken if you have it available) and enjoy. The dumplings are excellent alone or as a side dish.
SERVES 6-8

  • 1 3-4 pound fryer chicken, cut up; or 8 chicken pieces of your choice
  • 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 16 ounces water
  • 2 stalks celery cut in 1” lengths (or 1 teaspoon celery seed)
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dry parsley flakes or ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • optional vegetables, fresh or canned (drain canned vegetables before using);
  • mushrooms
  • carrots
  • green peas
  • whole kernel corn
  • mixed veggies

The day before or several hours before prepare rolled dumplings and allow to dry.

When dry put chicken in a pot and cover with broth (or combination of water and broth) with about 2 inches of liquid above chicken. Add celery (or celery seed), onion, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, cover and boil gently for 1 hour. Remove chicken pieces to large bowl and remove skin and bones when cool enough to handle. Return meat to pot.

After dumplings have dried sufficiently, Slice dough into narrow strips (about 1” wide). Tear strips into 2-3” pieces as you drop it into simmering soup, cover and let simmer for 10-5 without removing lid. Noodles will be tender and delicious.

This is also a lovely substitute dish for those who crave chicken pot pie but don’t want the work. It is more time efficient and equally delicious all year round. Another spectacular meal for you, your family and/or friends.

Enjoy,

Peggy Sholly
Down Home Delicious®
A Taste of Down Home Delicious®
Down Home Delicious® Extravaganza

Rolled Dumplings

 

Chicken and dumplings are a favorite at our house but we always make fluffy dumplings. I had some time on my hands last week and decided to venture out and make rolled dumplings. They are a little more work but were fabulous. Now you can have your choice depending on how much effort you want to put into your dumplings. You can’t miss with either version.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoon fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2½ tablespoons + 1 teaspoon (1/6 cup) solid vegetable shortening, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup milk

Sift or whisk flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, parsley and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. Cut the shortening into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter or your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add the milk a little at a time until you have a ball of workable dough. Knead dough several times until it is fairly smooth. Be careful not to overwork or dough will be tough.

Roll out dough, with a floured rolling pin,on a floured board, waxed or parchment paper, or counter to about 1/8” thick. Cover the dough with a tea towel. Dry for several hours or overnight.

Slice dough into narrow strips (about 1” wide). Tear strip into 2-3” pieces as you drop it into simmering soup, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes without removing lid. Noodles will be tender and delicious.

Recipe for chicken soup is on page 35 of Down Home Delicious cookbook and on tomorrow’s blog. When you don’t have time or energy to make soup you can use 8 cups high quality canned chicken broth to cook dumplings. Have left over cooked chicken? Remove skin and bones and throw it in the broth.

This is a lovely dish for those who crave chicken pot pie but don’t want the work. It is more time efficient and equally delicious all year round.

Peggy Sholly
Down Home Delicious®
A Taste of Down Home Delicious®
Down Home Delicious® Extravaganza