4.78 from 54 votes
Review Recipe

Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings is a family favorite meal that is both comforting and delicious! 
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Ingredients

BROTH
  • 1 chicken cut into pieces
  • 1 onion
  • 3 large carrots cut into thirds
  • 3 stalks celery cut into thirds
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • bay leaf or a pinch of poultry seasoning optional
DUMPLINGS
  • 1 3/4 cups flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
OTHER
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • parsley for garnish

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Instructions

  1. Combine chicken, onion, carrots and celery in a large pot. Season to taste.
  2. Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered 45-60 minutes or until chicken is tender. While broth is simmering, prepare dumplings below.
  3. Remove chicken and vegetables from broth. Discard skin and bones and chop remaining chicken, set aside.
  4. Gently add dumplings to broth. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  5. Stir chicken (and vegetables if desired) into broth and cook about 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
DUMPLINGS
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and shortening with a fork until shortening is mixed in.
  2. Add milk a little at a time and mix until combined (you may not need all of it, you want a soft but not sticky dough).
  3. Knead a few times on a floured surface until dough is smooth.
  4. Generously flour your surface and roll the dough out to 1/8″ thick. Cut dough into 1″ x 2″ strips. Flour generously to avoid sticking.
  5. Cook in broth as directed above.
TO THICKEN BROTH (OPTIONAL)
  1. In a small bowl combine 4 tablespoons cornstarch with 4 tablespoons water.
  2. Add to boiling broth a little bit at a time stirring to reach desired consistency.

Recipe Notes

Carrots and celery can be served on the side or chopped and added to the broth along with the chicken.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 464, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 322mg, Potassium: 599mg, Carbohydrates: 32g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 26g, Vitamin A: 4060%, Vitamin C: 4.4%, Calcium: 77%, Iron: 2.8%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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