There's a lot of love in those dumplings! This is comfort food at its best and so worth the time and effort. I love the ohhs, awws, and OMGs, smiles, and sighs of total satisfaction that come with this bowl of heaven.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a stock pot over medium-high heat. Add celery, carrot, onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning; cook and stir until flavors combine, about 5 minutes. Push vegetable mixture to the sides and add chicken; cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side.

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  • Pour enough water over the chicken to cover by 3 inches; bring to a boil. Stir, scraping the browned bits off of the bottom of the pot. Reduce heat; simmer until chicken is tender, about 1 hour. Transfer chicken and carrots to a serving plate with a large slotted spoon; let cool.

  • Ladle 1/4 cup cooking liquid into a bowl; cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Mix in 2 tablespoons flour. Stir back into the pot.

  • Place 2 cups flour in a large bowl; cut in shortening with 2 knives until mixture forms pea-sized bits. Mix in chilled chicken broth until dough is combined.

  • Turn dough out onto a floured work surface. Knead 5 to 6 times; pat down to 1-inch thickness. Sprinkle lightly with flour; roll out to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough into squares with a sharp knife.

  • Drop squares, in batches, into simmering cooking liquid, moving squares to the side with each addition. Partially cover pot; simmer until dumplings are firm, about 12 minutes. Separate any dumplings that stick together. Remove from heat; keep covered.

  • Bone chicken; cut into bite-sized pieces and return to the pot. Chop carrot; return to the pot. Cool chicken and dumplings, about 30 minutes, before serving.

Cook's Note:

Chicken thighs or legs can be substituted for the chicken breasts if desired. If using only chicken thighs or legs, reduce the butter to 2 tablespoons.

Nutrition Facts

405.4 calories; 27.9 g protein; 28.4 g carbohydrates; 83 mg cholesterol; 718.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2019
This is by far the best surprise I’ve received. It tastes just like my great grandmas dumplins. I’m impressed with myself, lol. I did mix and match the chicken. I used 1 split breast and 3 thighs. It was kinda hairy at first but it all came together. I read all the previous comments and applied more seasoning. It was just perfect! One thing I haven’t seen written anywhere is that people aren’t supposed to eat the bay leaf. Not because it’s poison but because it’s sharp. Keep that in mind when cooking with them. Trash them after or ensure everyone knows to remove them from their bowl. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2019
This is by far the best surprise I’ve received. It tastes just like my great grandmas dumplins. I’m impressed with myself, lol. I did mix and match the chicken. I used 1 split breast and 3 thighs. It was kinda hairy at first but it all came together. I read all the previous comments and applied more seasoning. It was just perfect! One thing I haven’t seen written anywhere is that people aren’t supposed to eat the bay leaf. Not because it’s poison but because it’s sharp. Keep that in mind when cooking with them. Trash them after or ensure everyone knows to remove them from their bowl. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2019
This is by far the best surprise I’ve received. It tastes just like my great grandmas dumplins. I’m impressed with myself, lol. I did mix and match the chicken. I used 1 split breast and 3 thighs. It was kinda hairy at first but it all came together. I read all the previous comments and applied more seasoning. It was just perfect! One thing I haven’t seen written anywhere is that people aren’t supposed to eat the bay leaf. Not because it’s poison but because it’s sharp. Keep that in mind when cooking with them. Trash them after or ensure everyone knows to remove them from their bowl. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2018
Oh so good. Like what my grandma used to make. I lost my wafer dumpling recipe in one of our relocations so I came here looking hoping I would get lucky and there was a nice person who posted one. I despise biscuit dumplings and was refusing to make them til a new wafer type recipe was found. I did make some changes to this recipe. I like my chicken and dumplings with a little more herbs and spices so I added rosemary, thyme, oregano, poultry seasoning, black pepper and some basil in small amounts into the dumpling batter before rolling it out. I forgot how much effort goes into rolling those things out! Turned out really well for me and I added a small bit of spices to the stew broth as well. Seal of approval and a you should definately make this again and often from my husband. That right there is shocking and almost unheard of as it had carrots, celery and onions in the broth. We loved this recipe and want to say thank you for posting it to the site. Definately going to be made on a regular basis here from now on. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2017
Love love love this! I have searched for a good chicken and dumpling recipe for years. This one was like sitting down at my moms dinner table. I used thighs and drumsticks and tripled the carrots and celery. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2017
Pretty good but I would like it a bit thicker. I added a can of cream of chicken soup to it to thicken it up a little. I thought about using some instant potatoes to help thicken it but I didn't. I like cut dumplings much better than drop dumplings so these hit the spot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2017
This is the most amazing chicken and dumplings I ve ever ate Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2017
I only make this once a year because I get crazy and will eat the entire pot by myself in two days no kidding! Note just like chili spaghetti or soup it's always better the next day and by the way the consistency will thicken slightly by day two Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2018
This is the best chicken and dumplings I ever had! My family loved it! I had to used a different recipe for the dumplings because I did not have self-rising flour, but it wasn’t much different from the original, so it worked out perfectly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2019
Great recipe! Using self rising flour made fantastic dumplings, I never thought of that! Will definitely be making again. my family has asked that I increase the amount of seasoning next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2018
Outstanding quick and easy apple pies love it. Made two to share with family everyone loved it. Read More
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