Chicken and dumplings is a classic Southern dish that has been enjoyed for generations. This comforting recipe is perfect for a cozy night in, with tender chicken and fluffy dumplings simmered in a flavorful broth. Whether you're looking for a hearty meal to feed your family or a comforting dish to warm you up on a chilly day, this classic chicken and dumplings recipe is sure to satisfy.
1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup milk
In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine the chicken, chicken broth, water, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 1 hour, until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
Remove the chicken pieces from the pot and set aside to cool slightly. Discard the bay leaves.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the cold butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in the milk until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
Using a spoon or cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the simmering broth. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the dumplings are cooked through and fluffy.
Meanwhile, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces, discarding the bones and skin.
Return the chicken to the pot and stir to combine with the dumplings and broth.
Serve hot and enjoy the ultimate comfort food dish!