Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings


A southern favorite and the hit of our family reunion in 1995!

4 to 6 servings


  • 1 (3 pound) whole chicken

  • 1 onion, quartered

  • 2 slices lemon

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons shortening

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup water


  1. In a heavy pot with a lid place the chicken, onion, lemon, salt, pepper, water, bay leaf and thyme. Simmer all over low heat until tender, about 1 hour.

  2. Let chicken cool slightly in pot, then remove and take the meat off of the bones. Discard the bones and skin and skim excess fat off the broth if desired. Discard the onion, lemon and bay leaf. If desired, wash out pot well. Return broth and chicken pieces to the pot. Simmer over low heat while making the dumplings.

  3. To Make Dumplings: In a medium mixing bowl, cut shortening into the flour and salt. Stir in 1/4 cup water (more if needed) to form a soft dough. Roll out dough on a floured surface, with a rolling pin, until very thin. Cut into 1 inch wide strips using a pizza cutter or knife. Tear off 1 inch long pieces from these strips and drop into simmering broth and chicken meat. Simmer for 10 minutes with the lid off, then 10 minutes more with the lid on. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

846 Calories
49g Fat
41g Carbs
56g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 846
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 14g 69%
Cholesterol 204mg 68%
Sodium 658mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 56g
Vitamin C 10mg 51%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 610mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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