Monday, October 29, 2012


Maw Maw's Chicken N Dumplings (North Carolina Style)

1 Whole Chicken
3 Cups of self rising flour
2 Cups of warm broth
1 Egg
Salt & Pepper
Wax Paper, and extra flour for dusting
Rolling Pin
Pizza Cutter
Large stock pot/dutch oven
Chicken Broth (reserved from cooking the chicken)

Cook chicken in a large pot until done and tender (I like to do mine in the crock pot all day this saves time for later. I sometimes cook the chicken one day and do the dumplings another day.)

Remove chicken from bone, cut into bite size pieces. Reserve broth.

Bring Broth to a slow boil while you are rolling out the dumplings. You will need a good boil by the time you cut the dumplings and are ready to drop them.

In a separate bowl, add 3 cups of flour. Create a hole down in the middle of the bowl, so that the flour is now like a "ring" with a dry spot down in the middle. You will then crack the egg and place the yoke down in that hole. Then add 1 cup of warm broth to the egg and mix slightly with a fork. Once you have that mixed then you begin to pull the flour down into the egg/broth mixture. This will create a dough.  Place your wax paper out on a table and sprinkle it with flour. Put flour on your hands and then work the dough into one large ball. Pinch off three sections of dough, they are about 1 good handful each. Place the dough on the wax paper and add flour to the rolling pin (just rub it on lightly) roll out the dough about 1/4 inch thick. You may need to flip to dough over to keep a more circular dough. Then repeat with the other two sections of dough. Once you have them rolled out, take a pizza cutter and cut strips about 2 to 3 inches in length.

Now you are ready to drop the dumplings! Make sure your broth is boiling good and begin to break your long strips into bite size pieces. I like thicker dumplings so I don't roll all mine out so thin- I like variety. Once they are all in the pot, add a little salt and turn your heat down to low. Add in your chicken pieces.  You will then cover the pot with a lid and let them cook down for about 10 minutes.

By the time you set the table and call everyone to wash up, the dumplings are ready to serve!
They are so delicious. Next time I cook them I will take photos each step of the way and or video the process. It's easier than it sounds!

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