D' Best Chicken N' Dumplings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt, or to taste
  • 3 ½ quarts water
  • ½ small onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    In a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Divide dough in half and shape into balls. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

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  • Step 2

    Remove the skin from the breast, thigh and back of the chicken, but leave it on the legs and wings. Season chicken with seasoning salt, and place in a large stock pot. Pour in water. Add onion, celery and margarine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about 1 1/2 hours, until chicken falls off the bone.

  • Step 3

    On a lightly floured surface, roll one ball of dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 inch squares. Drop into simmering broth, and let cook for about 2 minutes. Stir gently to prevent sticking; add more water if needed. Season broth while dumplings are cooking with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until dumplings are cooked through.

  • Note

    This recipe calls for only 1 ball of dough, but for those that like a lot of dumplings, use both balls. This dough can also be used for cobblers. Freeze the other half of the dough if you don’t use it.

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