Chicken and Dumplings was one of my mother-in-laws signature dishes and was part of her Sunday dinner rotation. It is a comforting and homey meal and always a favorite of our oldest daughter, Erin.
Mom didn't use a recipe but I have always made it from a cookbook picked up during a long ago trip with the kids to
Colonial Williamsburg, in Virginia.
The Williamsburg Cookbook
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Be prepared for washing a lot of dirty pots and pans with this dish.
While preparing, the dumpling dough seemed dry to me and I was tempted to add additional milk but proceeded as per the recipe. They absorbed a lot of the gravy as they cooked and rose nicely without being heavy or 'glumpy' like other dumpling recipes.
John and Erin like the dumplings. I like the tender chicken in the creamy gravy.
Williamsburg Inn Chicken & DumplingsIngredients:
1 stewing chicken (4-5 lbs), or 2 broiler-fryers (3 pounds each)
1 small onion, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
2 ribs of celery with leaves, chopped
1 tsp. salt
4 T. butter or chicken fat
6 T. flour
1/8 tsp. paprika
1/2 c. light cream
white pepper to taste
Dumplings (recipe below)
Simmer the chicken, onion, carrot, celery and salt in enough water to cover until the chicken is done (1 1/2 to 2 hours).
Remove the chicken from the broth. When it is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and bones and dice the chicken.
Strain the stock and, if necessary, add enough water to make 1 quart.
Melt the butter or chicken fat in a heavy sauce pan. Stir in the flour mixed with paprika.
Add the chicken stock gradually, stirring constantly, cook for 2 minutes.
Spoon the dumplings on top of the gently bubbling chicken mixture and cover. Cook for 15 minutes without lifting the lid. Serve at once.
Dumplings2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 T. shortening
3/4 c. milk
Sift the dry ingredients 3 times
Blend in the shortening with a pastry blender or fork
Add the milk and mix well
Dip a teaspoon in cold water and then into the dough. Spoon the dumplings on top of the gently bubbling chicken mixture and cover. Cook for 15 min. without lifting the lid. Serve at once.
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