Best Ever Chicken and Dumplings


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3hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the Roasted chicken:
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. Remove neck and giblets from cavity of chicken and discard them.
  4. Rinse the chicken and cavity with cold water inside and out.
  5. Pat dry with paper towels.
  6. Season body and cavity of chicken generously with salt and pepper.
  7. In small bowl mash together the lemon juice, chopped herbs, and butter.
  8. Rub the herbed butter all over the chicken as well as under the skin.
  9. Put the lemon halves, onion, garlic, and whole herbs inside the cavity of chicken.
  10. Tie the chicken legs with twine.
  11. Roast in oven breast side up for 1 hour or until done and no longer pink.
  12. Shred the meat when cool enough to handle.
  13. Discard the skin and SAVE the chicken bones for the stock.
  14. Chicken Stock:
  15. Coat a large stockpot with olive oil.
  16. Place over medium heat.
  17. Saute the veggies in pot for 3 minutes. Add the reserved chicken bones, herbs, and water.
  18. Simmer for 1 hour.
  19. Strain the stock to remove the solids and set aside.
  20. Dumplings:
  21. Sift the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  22. In a small bowl lightly beat the eggs and milk together.
  23. Pour the liquid in the dry ingredients and gently fold.
  24. Mix just until the dough comes together.
  25. It should be thick and cake like.
  26. Cover and set aside while making sauce.
  27. Supreme Sauce:
  28. Melt butter and heat the oil over medium heat in dutch oven.
  29. Add carrots, celery, garlic, and bay leaves.
  30. Saute until vegetables are soft (about 5 minutes or so).
  31. Stir in the flour to make a roux.
  32. Continue to stir and cook for about 2 min to coat the flour and get rid of the starchy taste.
  33. Slowly stir in chicken stock, one cup at a time.
  34. Stir well after each addition.
  35. Let sauce simmer until thick enough to coat back of a spoon, about 15 minute.
  36. Stir in heavy cream.
  37. Fold reserved shredded chicken in sauce and bring up to a simmer.
  38. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  39. Dumplings:
  40. Using 2 spoons, drop by heaping tablespoonfuls into hot mixture.
  41. The dumplings should cover the top of sauce but not be touching or overcrowded.
  42. Let the dumplings poach for 10 to 15 minutes until they are firm and puffy.

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