I haven’t been around for a while but I really have been trying to adjust to having such an active child in the house. It has been such an adjustment for me because Top Girl was so very calm and quiet but Rocket is “all boy” as Mr. Picky Eater says. Running, climbing, jumping, yelling and talking every moment he is awake is an experience I have never had. I feel like I’m adjusting now so things should be getting back to normal. Well – what WE call normal!
It cooled off this week and there was rain as well. Top Girl asked Mother Kalamity to make chicken and dumplin’s – it’s not dumplings – it’s dumplin’s around here. I’ve never really seen a recipe like mom’s on the Internet so I am not sure how well received it will be but we love it and look forward to having it during the cooler months. This is very easy although I never can seem to make it as well as mom does. Here we go:
Chicken and Dumplin’s
Chicken – you can use a whole chicken, ½ a chicken or chicken pieces. It doesn’t really matter.
½ stick of butter or margarine
Salt to taste
2 cans of Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits **
Flour for dusting biscuits
Put chicken into pot and cover with water.
Add butter or margarine and salt.
Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 -30 minutes.
Remove pot from heat and take out chicken setting aside to cool.
Skim off any scum that may have gathered on top.
When chicken has cooled, remove the bones and skin then shred the meat.
Set broth back onto heat and bring to a boil.
Pop open cans of biscuits taking each one out pressing into the flour on each side.
With your fingers and with not much accuracy, tear pieces of biscuit off and drop into the boiling chicken broth.
Put in as many biscuit as you want using more for a dish that’s thicker and less for a dish that is soupier.
When you have the consistency you want, begin dropping in your shredded chicken (or not, mom does not like chicken in hers) until you have as much as you desire.
The best thing about these dumpin’s are that they freeze so incredibly well! I put leftovers into small Ziplock containers with screw-top lids into the freezer and take them for lunch – they are thawed just about the time I take my lunch break and it is so great to eat homemade dumplin’s on a brutally cold day!
**Be careful of the biscuits you use – I do not use Grands or others because they have too much sugar in them – you end up with really gross sweet mess – always check the sugar content on the can of biscuits before using.
I make one very similar to this using the “cheap” biscuits. I don’t care for chicken in mine either….but hubby does…..so I leave large pieces in for him. Warms the bones! I have never frozen …thanks for that tip! paula
The recipes we get from our moms are always the best and most comforting meals, don’t you think? I have one for drop dumplings from my grandmother that I made ages ago but never posted. (I think we still lived in Egypt!) I need to go back and look (and probably laugh at the photos) and make it again. I know it is a challenge in that full house but I am so envious of you being able to have Top Girl at home again, with the bonus of Rocket! We’ve missed you but I know your time is being well spent. 🙂
Thanks for the kind words Stacy – yes, I AM thrilled to have both of them here. A bonus is that Son-In-Law vacuums as well as mops and waxes the floors AND cooks dinner on his day during the week that he has off. They are more helpful to us than you can imagine! I would love to see your granmother’s recipe so go review it, make it again and post!
I wish I would have seen this earlier it would have save me from the “oh to sweet biscuits!”
I seldom use canned biscuits but decided I needed something quick for my chicken and biscuits today. Yep, I used Grands and they were much to sweet for me. Next time, it’s back to homemade. Thanks for confirming my taste experience. I say this because I take a number of medications and found that they often change the taste of things. Evidently, it wasn’t them.
I’m so sorry! However, our experience was awful too! Mother sent one of us to get biscuits for the dish and although she told us exactly which kind to get, we grabbed grands – uh, not good at all! We had to throw the entire batch out – what a waste of food. It’s funny but I just never thought canned biscuits would have sugar in them, did you? Thank’s for dropping by and please come again!
I imagine Rocket livens things up quite a bit – good for everyone concerned, I say. Some interesting information and tips about the biscuits.
I usually make my ‘dumplins’ (potpie noodles to those of us who grew up in Pa Dutch areas..), but I have cheated and used the Pillsbury rolls before. It’s pretty delicious… I have a recipe around here somewhere to make something really similar to yours, but in the crock pot!
That sounds great! Make it and post it so I can try it too!
I will! It might be a bit because my computer just died….. so real posts might be hard to make until I get a new one and get my photo software all installed.
Oh no! so sorry!
Thanks. It’s been one of those weeks :/
I love this idea for easy dumplings! My dad’s mom used to make dumplings without leavening so my mom learned to make them this way for him. We loved them…but I’ve grown to like “normal” dumplings even more 🙂
Thanks Liz! They sure were delicious – I don’t think I’ve ever had any other kind. Isn’t that odd?
Yum! Comfort food at its finest.
now at home mom
🙂 Rocket must be like Nate 🙂 all day, he screams, runs, jumps, plays, sings … it’s non stop over here! my mom says that out of all her 3 kids; I was the only one like Nate and that my brothers were calm & now, I have my own little monster 😉
I understand why you are so busy, but it’s worth it having your daughter around and I’m sure you are really happy to see Rocket grow up every day.
your chicken and dumplin’s look very good Kelli, for sure something to prepare now that it’s so cold 🙂
Anita at Hungry Couple
Oh, I want this. Just the word dumplin’ makes me happy!
This is perfect for the season. When I Was little my mom would make these occasionally because they were my dad’s favorites. I’ll have to make a batch.
You will love them! 🙂
Wish I had read the hint about “Grands” before adding the honey ones….Talk about changing the taste of a delicious broth…So disappointing…but I learned a good lesson…Incidentally – we added some “Southern heat” which didn’t really help but did mask some of the sweetness….Thanks so much for clarifying the problem…I assure you that on my watch it will never happen again! LOL
Oh NO! I’m so sorry – it’s so awful when you eat sugar and chicken together. I read your comment out loud as we all remembered our experience with too-sweet biscuits. What kind of heat did you add? We agreed that we want to do that next time.
I love, love, love dumplings. I can never make them the way my mother did, will try the biscuit recipe. My question is boiling a whole for 10 minutes.
Is that enough time?
I love, love, love dumplings. I can never make them the way my mother did, will try the biscuit recipe. My question is boiling a whole chicken for 10 minutes.
Is that enough time?
Bonnie – oh my goodness! I have amended that one – 20 to 30 minutes! Thank you!!
I have been doing this recipe for years. Only difference is I roll out the biscuits very paper thin. This makes them not doughy. I grew up on Chicken and Dumplins. These are ALMOST as good as my Grandmas!
I was raised in the kitchen, on Chicken & Dumplins, and Fried Pies I grew up in Dallas, Texas!
Well that’s just about 2 hours south of here so regionally, we grew up on about the same food! Nice to meet ya – please come back anytime! I’m going to try rolling the biscuits out next time myself! 🙂
Does anyone have the recipe for homemade potato drop dumplings? There was a lady that used to make them out of leftover mashed potatoes when I was little and I loved these dumplings. Now I really wished I would have payed attention then. I do know that they were not difficult to make, I’m thinking that she added egg and flour to the mashed potatoes. Thank you if you can help.
I have not heard of these however that’s about the same mixture for potato pancakes which would make fine dumplings so try 2 cups creamed potatoes, 2 eggs beaten, 2-3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, and 1/4 cup buttermilk (you could probably use regular milk – Nana just used buttermilk). Mix it up and then drop them by spoonfuls into your broth. Thanks for dropping by!
Thank you Kelli, I will try this. I did try to make them once before, but I don’t think that I added enough flour because they fell apart as soon as they hit the broth. Not enogh of a binder. Thank you so much for your help.
I’m anxious to see how yours turn out!
Sorry (mispell) I meant enough of a binder!