Friday, April 5, 2013

Chicken and Dumplings

There is nothing like a good bowl of homemade Chicken and Dumplings!!! As a kid it was probably one of my favorite meals my mom would make for us! I always thought a meal like this took hours to make, but I was quite surprised at how little of time it took. So don't look at this recipe and turn it down right away because you have to roll out some dumplings, I promise it's simple!

2-3 cups shredded chicken, depending on how much chicken you like. (I used leftovers from my rotisserie chicken found HERE)
2.5qts of Chicken broth (or 3 of the 26 oz boxes of Swansen chicken broth)
Salt and Pepper
Italian seaoning

   Dumpling Ingredients:
    1 1/4 cups Flour
    1/4 cup Crisco
    1/2 tsp. Salt
    1/4 cup Milk
    1 Egg


To start off pour your broth into a large pot and let it start to boil, place your chicken in also. While that is heating up start work on your dumplings.

For the dumplings for combine the flour, Crisco, and salt. Once those are mixed add in the milk and egg. Knead the dough. If your dough is super sticky and won't let go of your hand, add a little extra flour.

Roll the dough out very thin. Next use a pizza cutter to cut it into strips.

Once they are cut, make sure your chicken and broth have come to a rolling boil and add the dumplings. Make sure they are separated while you are adding them or else you will end up with giant dough balls. Let them boil for about 7 minutes.

To check if the dumplings are cooked, take one out and taste it (make sure you don't burn your tongue like I did!). If it still tastes doughy in the middle let them keep boiling. Add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. I didn't measure how much, just a few shakes of each.

And now you are ready to serve!!

Tips and Tricks:
I think the next time I make this I might try adding some veggies in with it. It is delicious on it's own, but a few extra vitamins never killed anyone!

When I was little my mom would get out the Christmas cookie cutters and give us a section of dough that we were allowed to cut whatever shapes we wanted. Of course that meant everyone had to dig through there bowls and return each shape to their proper owner before we could start eating. But it was a fun way that my mom let us help out with dinner!

Once Jared tried it his response was, "Wow, this is better than the MRE 'chicken and dumplings!'" So apparently I can make better food than the Meals Ready to Eat, that the Marine Corps supplies. I will call that a success!

Have fun cooking!!