This is my mom's recipe and one of my most favorite things to eat. The dumplings in the dish are the doughy, chewy kind. They're easier to make and stay together better. :D
This recipe also uses a whole chicken, which is cheaper. You won't need to buy expensive sodium-laden chicken broths for this. No sir!
This recipe does take a while to make (about 2 hours), but most of it is time spent simmering so you can do something else during it... like make homemade chocolate cream pie. Which is exactly what we did. Full instructabilization here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Chocolate-cream-pie/
You can also use this recipe to make chicken noodle soup - just up the veggies and add egg noodles at the end instead! Hooray!