Hi everyone! Today I thought I would share with you my favorite (not-so) homemade chicken and dumpling recipe.
My grandmother makes delicious seriously homemade chicken and dumplings, but I can never get the dumplings right. The matter how hard I try, they are terrible.
So… With help from my Mother-in-law, I have finally found the secret to making perfect dumplings! The secret?
Purchase them in the frozen food aisle! Yes, you heard me. Frozen food aisle at the grocery store! But hey, don’t tell! No one will ever know.
I start off with boneless skinless chicken thighs. For some reason they are much tastier than boneless skinless chicken breast. I refuse to buy chicken on the bone (unless I’m making Bufdalo wings!!) because I hate dealing with it. I end up throwing a bullion cube in with the boiling chicken, to give it a little extra flavor. Oh and salt and pepper, of course!
Now if I was being honest, this recipe is actually chicken and pastry. Being from the South, and Western North Carolina, dumplings are more like biscuits where I’m from.
The dumplings I’m making in this recipe are very,very skinny but so delicious. I really notice that they’re not exactly like my grandmother’s.
So, first things first. Pull out your frozen chicken or fresh chicken, which ever you like. Remember, I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs. I usually buy them in bulk and then Separate it into smaller bags and freeze them. Defrost chicken in the fridge, the night before in in the microwave before you boil it.
Boil the chicken, salt and pepper to taste, and the bullion cube, for at lead 20 mins. Depending on what you boil it in. I use a cast iron Dutch oven. It gets the job done quick!
Ok! Next… Take the chicken out of the pot and put over to the side! Now- in goes the dumplings. I use one kind only. I’ve never tried another brand and have no intentions to try another brand!
These are the best! Trust me! Put in as many as you’d like. I use about half the box with a pound of chicken. I like a lot!
Boil them for 8-12 minutes. Make sure you stir occasionally or they’ll stick to the bottom.
When the chicken cools, shred it. You can cube it or however; I prefer shredded. It blends together better!
When the dumplings have been boiling for about 6 mins, throw in some frozen garden peas for taste and texture! (Never eat these alone, but LOVE them in this!)
At the end of the 8-12 mins, (dumplings should be flimsy and easy to stir) put in the chicken.
Boil for two more mins. Then, take off the heat and let it sit for 20-30 mins. This is always the hard part! I wanna devour them ASAP!
Trust me though… They’re 10 times better, the longer the sit!!