Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Chicken and Dumplings

I grew up in Florida, so dumplings weren't the staple there that they seem to be here in 'Joeja'. When I saw this recipe in the latest BH&G, I decided that I would have to give it a try and make it from scratch -- especially since the chef is local {Scott Peacock from Watershed in Decatur}.

. . . even if I did have to YouTube how to quarter a chicken properly. No pictures of that mess after my attempt, thank goodness. That caption would have to read, "How to mangle a carcass," or "Which cut of meat do you think this is?"

Truly magically delicious!

Here's my picture:

Here's the fancy food stylist's version (her name is Jill LUST - what a great name for a stylist!):

Classic Chicken and Dumplings

Prep: 50 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Cook: 65 minutes


  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. cold water
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 4-to 4-1/2-lb. broiler-fryer chicken, quartered
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 5 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced in half
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. cold butter, cut in 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • Ground black pepper


1. For dumplings, in medium bowl whisk together egg, cold water, oil, and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir in flour. Mix until well-blended and elastic. Cover. Refrigerate 2 hours.

2. Season chicken, including back and neck, with the 1 teaspoon salt. Set aside. In 6-quart Dutch oven combine chicken stock, water, celery, onion, and pinch of kosher salt. Bring to a boil. Add chicken pieces, placing leg quarters and backbone first. Place breast, skin side down, on top. Reduce heat to just below simmer. Cover, leaving half-inch opening.

3. Cook 30 to 45 minutes or until breasts are just done; remove. Continue cooking leg quarters 30 to 40 minutes until tender; remove chicken and vegetables. Set broth in pot aside. Discard vegetables. Set chicken aside. Cool. Remove skin. Pull meat from bones, tearing into large pieces. Set aside. Discard bones.

4. For dumplings, turn dough onto well-floured surface. Roll very thin, about 1/16 inch; cut in 1 1/2- by 2 1/2-inch pieces. Return broth to boiling. Season well with additional kosher salt. Add dumplings to broth, shaking pot occasionally. Do not stir. Cook 3 to 5 minutes. Add reserved chicken. Reduce to simmer. Add butter, cream, and few grindings of black pepper. Gently lay hard-cooked eggs on top of other ingredients. Cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover. Let stand 10 minutes. Serves 8.

1 comment:

nolan said...

When my oldest sister got married (around 1974 or so), the little article/announcement about the wedding included the fact that my sister didn't know how to cut up a chicken (I am shocked and dismayed, as I'm sure you are!) and that my mother had to teach her how to do this a few days before the wedding.

Can you even buy whole chickens at the grocery store anymore? Well, probably in EP you can ;)

Now you have me wanting homemade chicken and dumplings!

The girls are due in about 5 weeks!!! We should get together for lunch or something before then if possible!