Chicken and Dumplings

Homestyle chicken and dumplings made with chicken on the bone.
Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

It’s time for Sunday Supper and this week we are blogging about comfort food soup and stew recipes. For me, this means a trip down memory lane to the kind of chicken and dumplings the way my mother made it.

There are a couple of different ways to make it,  chicken on the bone or off. Dumplings made from biscuit dough or rolled and cut. Mine is the kind made with chicken drumsticks and also parsley dumplings.

It was my joy to visit my father again this summer although bittersweet following my brother passing away. Any time I visit him, I always cook up a storm. And on this occasion I asked him if there was anything special that he’d like, and he mentioned chicken and dumplings.He’d been getting a bit thin  of late so I was happy that he ate several helpings and enjoyed every bite.
Chicken and Dumplings
I don’t gloat, but my chix & dumplings are much better than my  mom’s ever were. Not for flavor, but hers was perhaps a bit more soupy than  mine, and also her chicken didn’t have as good a finish on  the skin. But I know she would not hold it against me, but rather enjoy it in pride. For if the next generation cooks a step higher than the first,  then the first cook has indeed passed on all her knowledge and the child takes it further.

I hope my daughter cooks everything in her kitchen better than me. It’s the core reason for my  blog–a place for her to find what I cook and compare notes. After all, she lives miles from her mother, as I did from my own mother. Life has carried us all on the breeze.

Be sure not to miss my bonus post for the day:  Caramel Apple Cereal Bars, which I am  posting with a group of bloggers for Halloween Food and Fun! Can you believe it’s almost Halloween already?

Oh,  and I saw they have Christmas candy on the market shelves already. Yeesh!

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Chicken and Dumplings

  • 2-1/2 pounds chicken drumsticks (about 8)
  • salt and black pepper
  • flour as needed (to dredge chicken)
  • cooking oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 48 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 cup  milk


  • 1/2  cup shortening
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2  tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1  tablespoon dried chives
  • 1-1/2 cups  buttermilk


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper then dredge in flour and shake off excess.
  2. Brown chicken in about 1/2 inch of cooking oil in a skillet then drain and set aside.
  3. Heat butter in a dutch oven and add celery, carrots and onions,  and saute until onions soften but not browned.
  4. Add garlic, bay leaf, thyme and poultry seasoning,  stirring well.
  5. Add flour,  stirring to coat the vegetables, then stir in the chicken broth and cook until it comes to a boil, stirring.
  6. Place chicken drumsticks on top,then cover, reduce heat and simmer for 35 minutes.
  7. While chicken cooks, prepare  the dumplings.
  8. Place shortening, flour, baking  powder and salt in a food processor and pulse to mix.
  9. Add dried parsley, chives and buttermilk, stirring by  hand to make a batter. Set aside.
  10. Remove chicken legs from stew and keep warm.
  11. Add milk to stew and stir.
  12. Drop dumpling batter into boiling  stew by the tablespoonful; cook  uncovered at a simmer for 12 minutes.
  13. Then cover the pot and cook 10-12 minutes more or  until dumplings are cooked thorough.
  14. Remove dumplings from stew and place  in a dish. Add the chicken back to the pan to briefly warm, then serve chicken and stew with dumplings.

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5 responses

  1. I made this delicious dish last night for dinner. It is very different from the chicken and dumplings I am used to. I’ve never made it before with whole chicken pieces! The broth/sauce turned out delicious and I loved the dumplings. Made for Susie’s World Tour 2018. breezermom

  2. Awesome dish, Sue! We really enjoyed this comfort dish on this rainy Sunday evening! I always love these drop dumplings – so light and yummy! Five stars, for sure! Made for SWT 2018, Team Incredibles..

  3. Delicious! This dish was really easy to make and I was so surprised at how easily the dumplings came together. They were light and fluffy and we truly enjoyed this comfort food dish.

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