Classic Chicken and Dumplings
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Whole chicken, about 3 ¾ pound

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided

1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules

3 cups self-rising flour

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/3 cup shortening

2 teaspoons bacon drippings (may substitute 2 teaspoons butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt)

1 cup milk

Garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Bring chicken, water to cover, garlic powder, thyme, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour. Remove chicken; reserve broth.

Cool chicken 30 minutes; skin, bone, and shred chicken. Skim fat from broth. Add chicken, bouillon, and remaining 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper to broth. Return to a simmer.

Combine flour and poultry seasoning in a bowl. Cut in shortening and bacon drippings with a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in milk. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 1-inch pieces.

Drop dumplings, a few at a time, into simmering broth, stirring gently. Cover and simmer, stirring often, 25 minutes. Garnish, if desired.

Total time: 2 hours, 25 minutes (55 minutes hands-on); makes 8 servings.

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