Better than Cracker Barrel® Chicken 'n Dumplings Recipe
Use this simple from-scratch recipe for making chicken and dumplings instead of going out to Cracker Barrel® the next time a craving hits.
THIS IS DELICIOUS! I love cooking the whole chicken and making this deliciously flavorful broth. And using the broth to mix into the dumplings is a genius idea. I made as directed the first time and every time after that I’ve doubled the carrots and celery and like it even more. The house smells so wonderful and I look forward to making this every time.
I added some herbs and Adobo seasoning. This is very tasty! Definitely better than Cracker Barrel. :-)
I felt that this was a rather easy recipe for the dumplings...I tend to be scared away from making scratch dumplings/pie crusts/etc. because I haven't always had the best results. But the dumplings were delicious! I added garlic powder and extra pepper and they were so tasty, plus I really truly love the flat or "slippery" dumplings best. Big balls of dough (i.e. drop dumplings) are not my cup of tea. Sadly, I used boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of a bone-in chicken so my broth was seriously lacking some flavor. That was MY fault, but next time I know better. I thought this was rather easy and hassle-free. Thank you for a delicious recipe!
I have made this recipe several times. I strained the broth after the chicken was done. I also juiced the lemon--did not use entire lemon. Just like CB chicken-so good and NO leftovers! The dumplings are not supposed to rise--they are like thick noodles that cook down to thicken the broth.
I made this dish with the addition of rosemary and adobo to the broth while cooking. Some other reviews made me leery of the lemon, so I removed the two lemon halves halfway through cooking. I'll leave them in next time for even more deliciousness. I'll also double the carrots and celery, and maybe add peas, as suggested. I allowed the dough to rest 20 minutes before rolling out to 3/16" thick. This recipe is wonderful! If you don't like flat style dumplings, feel free to make drop dumplings, but we love them made this way.
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This is the best recipe for OLD TIME TASTE, DOWN HOME COOKING chicken and dumplings. For some of us that like getting our hands dirty when cooking, you will love this recipe. Old fashioned, hands on experience.