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Reader Recipe: Chicken and Buttermilk Dumplins

Yummy!  Comfort food and perfect on a cold, winter day or anytime.

Last month, TeamSugar member audreystar posted a tempting recipe for Chicken and Dumplins. At the time — the end of summer — I wasn't quite ready for it, but now that fall is kicking in and the weather is getting a bit cooler at night, a hearty meal sounds like perfection. You start off with a bit of chicken stock and finish it off with buttermilk biscuits. There are step by step pictures, so be sure to check it out. For the recipe,

Chicken and Buttermilk Dumplins
Recipe submitted by TeamSugar member audreystar

This is my husband's favorite meal I make. I always make it when I want him to feel better. This recipe is actually two recipes that I meshed together with each parts of the recipe I preferred. The chicken stock recipe is from a website for Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplins and the Buttermilk Dumplins recipe is from a Country Cooking Hardbound Cookbook my Momma gave me.


Chicken Stock:

3 quarts of water
3-4 lb chicken
1 small onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and quartered
1 bay leaf
6 whole parsley leaves, chopped (I use fresh but you can use dried if you want)
1 teaspooon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt (I use kosher)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (I use real lemon but you can substitute with lemon juice concentrate)


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/8 to 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour for thickening up stock

In a large pot add the water and chicken and bring to a boil. While waiting for it to boil, add a 1/2 tsp. of the salt, cut up onion, cut up celery, garlic, bay leaf, parsley and lemon juice to the pot.

After boiling for a few minutes, reduce heat to simmer and cook the chicken uncovered, for 2 hours. You can check with a meat thermometer to be sure it is over 160 degrees.

When the chicken has cooked, remove it from the pot an set it aside to cool. Strain the stock and remove all the vegetables and floating scum. You want only the stock and the chicken, so toss everything else out.

Pour 6 cups of the stock back into the pot. (The leftover stock can be frozen or thrown away). Add teaspoon pepper, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cut or tear meat off the chicken into small, bite size pieces and set aside. Reheat the stock over medium heat while preparing the dumplins.

Combine flour, soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk stirring with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. With floured hands pick out dough and form into large balls.

Drop each dumplin into the stock. You should have around 12 more or less dumplins in your pot. They will expand when they start to cook in the stock. They kind of resemble big cauliflower shoots. Turn dumplins over after 2 minutes careful to not split them apart.

Carefully start to add the chicken. It will look like all the meat will not fit, but if you carefully move the dumplins to the side and add chicken and then move another dumplin to the side and chicken, you should make it all fit. After a minute or so add a little more flour to thicken the stock up so it resembles chicken gravy. Usually around 1/8-1/4 cup of flour. Add a little at a time and carefully stir in flour until you get the consistency you want.

To garnish I add some pepper and a few parsley leaves to the side of each dumplin. You can also serve green beans or another veggie with it if you like. Let cool a bit and after 5-10 minutes you should be ready to serve the chicken and buttermilk dumplins. Enjoy!

Yummy!  Comfort food and perfect on a cold, winter day or anytime.Yummy! Comfort food and perfect on a cold, winter day or anytime.

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nannie1 nannie1 9 years
I also like to roll out the biscuit dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick and then use a pizza cutter to cut out the strips of dough and drop into the broth carefully. They will not be quite as doughy and the balls, but taste just as good. You can also use only chicken breast for those who do not like dark meat.
hvnly34 hvnly34 9 years
This looks so good! I haven't had chicken and dumplings in forever - I feel a craving coming on...
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
That looks and sounds SO good. I usually cheat when I make Chicken and Dumplings and use canned biscuits to save time.. but, this way looks pretty easy. I'll have to try it.
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
Squid??? :? I love this dish. It is one of very few that I enjoy making. :drool:
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Oh that picture looks SO delicious!!! It's just cooling off here and I can't wait to get some chicken and dumplings going. :feedme:
TNgirl TNgirl 9 years
Yummy!! :feedme: Whenever I go back home I always get my mom to make me chicken and dumplings, it is one of my favorite meals that she makes.
kyleracine kyleracine 9 years
looks SO delicious and what I wouldn't pay for smeone to make that for me right now.
blondebombshell blondebombshell 9 years
YUMMMMMM, gotta make this, now if it would only get cold here (or cooler than 90 degrees, grrr!) THANKS!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
tried these. They were great!!
gbrsgirl gbrsgirl 9 years
This looks so good! This is one of my favorites dinners, but I've never tried to make it before. Now I will!
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
Ok, love chicken and dumplings, but that pic doesn't do the dish justice. What is that??? Looks like a freshly caught squid on top of some type of cooked meat...not a good representation.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
...also, the rolled out ones were fluffy & light, nothing like the rubbery ones you get in the freezer section!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
My mom always called them Drop Dumplings, because you just dropped them from a spoon into the stock. They were good, but when she made "real" dumplings, she would roll out some dough, cut it into rectangles & then put them in the stock. Those kind were the very best, like little pieces of heaven!
Diana172 Diana172 9 years
So southern! Very cool.
Orangecrush43 Orangecrush43 9 years
Love Chicken Dumplings,they look so Deliscious
misslarue misslarue 9 years
Wow! Making your own stock-that's impressive! I haven't tried that yet.
caramelqtee75 caramelqtee75 9 years
Looks like someone already ate this!!
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
this looks absolutely delicious
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
I want some now. :feedme:
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Love chicken and dumplings!
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
Yum! I LOVE chicken and dumplins!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
This looks like the turkey and gravy they used to serve at school for lunch when I was a kid. That's not a bad thing - I actually loved it. :wink:
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
Looks yummy, just like Mom's!
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