Easy homemade chicken and dumplings

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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:

You can also use this recipe to make chicken noodle soup - just up the veggies and add egg noodles at the end instead! Hooray!
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Step 1: Ingredients

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For soup:
  • 3 stalks of celery + leaves
  • 2 carrots or a couple handfuls of baby carrots
  • 1/4-1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 small to medium onion
  • 3+ cloves of garlic (to taste)
  • 3 lb. whole fresh chicken
  • salt, pepper and parsley to taste

For dumplings:
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • pinch of dried or fresh parsley and dried sage
  • bit of salt, pepper and garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp of broth to make a wet dough

  • a pan large enough to fit the chicken and a considerable amount of dumplings
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowls
  • a table spoon

Step 2: Prep work: chicken!

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Wash the chicken thoroughly. Make sure you wash inside the cavity and discard the bundled innards if it came with those.

My mom suggests that you cut off the "butt fat" where the tail feathers where and to also trim the skin around the neck area. This will get rid of extra fat in the soup.

Also check and make sure that the bird has been properly plucked - having feather bits in your soup is not a good thing. Mom says to especially check under the arms!

Now put the chicken in a large pot, breast up! Add water just to cover. Put it on the stove and bring it to a boil. While it's coming to a boil, move on to the next step.

I hope this step includes enough naked chicken pictures for everyone. :)

Thank you for your recipe. I was in search of dumpling recipes and found your take on it... "Very Happy"

saintofink2 months ago

THIS IS THE PERFECT RECIPE ! work awesome thanks so much!

I made this last night, and I was SO delighted with how it turned out! I didn't have celery or peas in the house, so I added fresh corn and diced green beans, and it was fabulous! (this is saying a lot coming from me- I don't like vegetables much, and I inhaled two bowls of this!)

Thank you for this awesome recipe- I'll surely be making it TONS!
jessyratfink (author)  TheDailyNail2 years ago
Yay! So happy you liked it. :D
Doctor What5 years ago
I've been looking for a good chicken dumpling recipe!  I should've figured it would come from you!
kica5 years ago
looks delicious! I can smell the wonderful aroma all the way from here!
NachoMahma5 years ago
. Take a way the garlic and this is a lot like what Grandmother and Mom used to make. Yummy! Puts the canned stuff to shame.
...but garlic is good..
. I didn't say garlic wasn't good, just that dear ol' Mom and Grandma didn't use it in their C&D.
. It's the love that makes it so delicious, anyway. Mom's peanut butter sandwich is better than anything Emeril can cook up. :)
. Happy Mother's Day, Mom!
jessyratfink (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
It's true! I honestly don't know how anyone can eat the canned stuff after having the real deal. :D
zascecs5 years ago
I love this stuff!
SoapyHollow5 years ago
Yum! Nicely done! I'll just pop over to your house for dinner then, shall I? ;)
jessyratfink (author)  SoapyHollow5 years ago
Hahaha, you and all of my coworkers!
Sweet! Party at Jessy's house! I'll bring dessert! :)
I'll bring the Iced Tea!
Nice Recipe, by the way!
lemonie5 years ago
Super, I've not had egg-dumplings (unless they go by another name?) L
jessyratfink (author)  lemonie5 years ago
I'm not sure what all they go by, honestly. To me these are just regular dumplings! :)
To me regular dumplings (of the grandmother variety) are SR flour and suet. Dropped into beef stew they're pure "stodge" in meaty-gravy. It's a language difference I guess? L
This looks amazing... like... there is some pretty noteworthy Pavlovian response going on right now. This is pretty similar to the goulash my grandmother (from Hungary) made when I was a child... instructable forthcoming!
jessyratfink (author)  BigCommieNat5 years ago
Mmmmmm, goulash. Let me know when you post that one!
Very well documented. I'm a firm believer that tons of pictures make life a lot easier. I just finished moving into my new house in Pittsburgh, PA and have been itching to test out my new stove. I think I'll make this for dinner tonight. Alfred, ready the Jovialmobile. I'm going to the market! -drives off-
jessyratfink (author)  TheJovialOne5 years ago
This would definitely be a good recipe to test the burners on top. :D
sophmae5 years ago
I have always wanted to make this soup... but I always chicken out when I think about dealing with the raw meat. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the photos. I think I can actually do this :)
jessyratfink (author)  sophmae5 years ago
You can do! It's very easy. The raw meat bit can be gross, I admit, but it's so tasty that it doesn't matter in the end. :D
caitlinsdad5 years ago
Yummo, what is your preferred method of dealing with the foamy flotsam and jetsam when making the stock? I like the Pennsylvania Dutch style of dumplings where the dough is rolled out and cut into fancy strips with ends on the bias. You should do the variant on making Matzoah Ball soup but they all help cure a cold.
jessyratfink (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
Honestly, if there's a lot of nasty bits floating on top and a lot of fat, I'll turn the heat off for a bit. As the broth cools, all that stuff forms a skin. So I'll skim all of that out and continue. Takes a little extra time, but you get a lot more of it that way. :D