Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Southern-Style Chicken and Dumplings has a soothing flavor with a delightful texture of stewed chicken, and delicious homemade dumplings in a thickened broth that will capture any Southern Soul the way Scarlett O’Hara would have liked to have won the dashing Rhett in the famous black and white movie “Gone With the Wind.”

Dumplings are one of those items that have made their way in many cultures around the world. You can historically find them in such cultural backgrounds such as the British, Irish, Italian, German, Hungarian, Norwegian cultures –other places including Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Middle-Eastern areas and Egypt.

 

Creamy Chicken and DumplingsWhile some dumplings resemble reliable water boiled doughs, such as gnocchi, others such as wontons or ravioli feature a wrapping of dough around a filling. Southern Style Dumplings contain flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and salt and pepper.

Forget what you have heard all these years about Southern Chicken and Dumplings being a depression-era recipe, this delicious, comforting meal was served up in Southern kitchens long before The Great Depression. Various dumplings have emerged in methods in multiple ways since at least the 1800s here in the South.

 

 

 

Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings has a soothing flavor with a delightful texture of stewed chicken, and delicious homemade dumplings in the thickened broth that will capture any Southern Soul the way Scarlett O'Hara would have liked to have won the dashing Rhett in the famous black and white movie "Gone With the Wind."It seems; many folks, when writing up a recipe and tossing it on the net, seem to think our beloved Dumplings are a reminder of an era that called for throwing shit together like an afterthought. Yes, I just used the word shit in case you were speculating on what you just read.

Chicken and Dumplings shouldn’t dare to be called poverty food of The Depression; on many menus dating long before the 1929-1939 Depression-era Dumplings were proudly served on lists right along Roasted Lamb, beef, and other luxury menu items.

 

 

 

Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings has a soothing flavor with a delightful texture of stewed chicken, and delicious homemade dumplings in the thickened broth that will capture any Southern Soul the way Scarlett O'Hara would have liked to have won the dashing Rhett in the famous black and white movie "Gone With the Wind."

 

 

 

A few of the many recipes that include dumplings or dumpling techniques

  • In 1836, in the cookbook The Virginia Housewife, Mary Randolph had a recipe for Meat Dumplings, a  boiled meat pie. Made with a basic pastry made with beef fat,  then rolled out, It’s filling consists of parboiled beef or mutton, then folded over and sealed.
  • Mary Randolf’s recipe for Potato Paste has also been recognized as a dumpling recipe,  made from potatoes and flour, rolled thin, then filled with fruit. The dumplings are wrapped in clean cloth, boiled, and served with butter, sugar, and nutmeg.
  • In 1839,  in the cookbook The Kentucky Housewife, Lettice Bryan has several recipes for dumplings, including strawberry dumplings, cherry dumplings, and plain apple pudding made “in the form of a massive dumpling.
  • In 1847, in the cookbook Carolina Housewife, Sarah Rutledge has a recipe that suggests that our beloved dumpling-making was a popular cooking method in the South Carolina kitchen. In her recipe for Hog Head Cheese,  Sarah Rutledge instructs the cook to wrap the skin from the hog’s head in a coarse cloth “in the same manner as you would put paste to make an Apple Dumpling” and then “tie it up as for a dumpling.”

 

 

 

 

Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings has a soothing flavor with a delightful texture of stewed chicken, and delicious homemade dumplings in the thickened broth that will capture any Southern Soul the way Scarlett O'Hara would have liked to have won the dashing Rhett in the famous black and white movie "Gone With the Wind."By the 1890s,  the Southern states preferred what was known as a  rolled version of dumplings making was the most popular technique. The chicken was usually stewed with a scant amount, if any, vegetables or spices, then often removed from the pot and cooled while the thinly rolled dumplings were cooked in the chicken’s broth. By the end, the chicken was later pulled from the bones, then placed back in the to the pot to marry with the dumplings and rich homemade chicken broth.

Let’s roll to the year 2018-2015, you will find various recipes and techniques used to make Dumplings, you will also find not all recipes claiming to be Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings are created equal; I tend to chalk it up to a learning experience and personal preferences of the chef in charge of your dinner. I play around with about three family recipes, all from various periods.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients needed to make Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings

  • Two tablespoons of Olive oil
  • Two large chicken breasts, remove bones and skin if needed
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Four tablespoons of Flour
  • Four tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 9 cups chicken stock
  • One large yellow onion, chopped
  • Three medium carrots, sliced
  • Two celery ribs diced
  • One cup of organic frozen peas
  • Four garlic cloves, minced
  • One teaspoon Cajun Seasoning, optional
  • One and 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • One and 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup of fresh chopped parsley, optional

Homemade Dumplings

  • 2 cups of Self-Rising flour
  • One teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Five turns of black peppercorns
  • Two eggs
  • 2/3 of a cup buttermilk
 
 

 

Pro Tips:

  1. Organic Free-Range Chicken and Organic local grown veggies are recommended, but not necessary if you cannot access them readily. 
  2. Use precaution when cleaning or rinsing the chicken, wash your hands, and always be careful not to splash the water from chicken on the counters, floor, etc. Immediately clean all surfaces the chicken has come in contact with to be on the safe side.
  3. Low sodium chicken broth may be substituted for the nine cups of chicken stock. You may want to reduce the amount of Kosher salt in the recipe after doing so.
  4. If you do not have Self-rising flour, you may substitute it with two cups all-purpose flour, four teaspoons of baking powder, and one tablespoon sugar.
  5. This will serve up to 6-8 people, depending on the portions served at a meal.
  6. You can refrigerate up to three days in a well-sealed storage container or freeze up to one month.

 

 

 

 

5 from 15 votes
Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings has a soothing flavor with a delightful texture of stewed chicken, and delicious homemade dumplings in the thickened broth that will capture any Southern Soul the way Scarlett O'Hara would have liked to have won the dashing Rhett in the famous black and white movie "Gone With the Wind."
Southern-Style Chicken and Dumplings
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Rest
5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings has a soothing flavor with a delightful texture of stewed chicken, and delicious homemade dumplings in the thickened broth that will capture any Southern Soul.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Buttermilk Dumplings, Creamy Chicken and Dumplings, Southern Chicken and Dumplings
Servings: 8 People
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 Large chicken breasts skins and bones removed if needed
  • Kosher salt to season the chicken
  • Freshly ground black pepper to season the chicken
  • 9 cups Chicken stock may substitute low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 ribs Celery thinly sliced or diced
  • 3 medium Carrots sliced
  • 1 large Yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup Organic frozen peas
  • 4 cloves Garlic smashed or minced
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning optional
  • ¼ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper black pepper
  • cups half-and-half cream
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
Homemade Dumplings:
  • 2 cups Self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 5 turns Freshly ground black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar optional
  • 2 large Eggs
  • cup Buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Optional: Before cooking the chicken take a few moments to rinse the chicken using standard precautions and immediately clean all surfaces afterward. I clean mine beforehand with precaution.

  2. In a large dutch oven place a small amount of olive oil and heat on the burner set to medium heat, season both sides of chicken breasts with kosher salt and ground pepper, place in dutch oven cook 10 minutes and flip cook another 10 minutes, remove from pan and place on a plate. Once cooled remove any skin and or bones, and cut into bite-sized pieces.

  3. In the same Dutch Oven place 9 cups of chicken stock, bring to a good simmer.

  4. To prepare the dumplings, place all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In another bowl, lightly whisk the eggs and buttermilk together; pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and gently blend together. Mix just slightly until the dough binds together, the consistency should be a thick batter.

  5. Meanwhile, Once the chicken has slightly cooled and has been cut into bite-sized pieces, then place in the Dutch oven with simmer chicken stock add onions, sliced carrots, diced celery ribs, organic frozen peas, garlic, kosher salt, and coarse black pepper keep at a low simmer.

  6. Drop dumpling batter by teaspoon or tablespoonfuls depending on the desired size you enjoy, simmering in the mixture. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling come out clean.

  7. Reduce the heat and temper in half-and-half cream, adding very slowly and stirring constantly.

  8. Add the fresh chopped parsley and turn off heat, cover and let sit about 5-6 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes
  1. Organic Free-range chicken and organic veggies are recommended for use in this recipe.
  2. Use precaution when cleaning or rinsing the chicken, wash your hands and always be careful not to splash the water from chicken on the counters, floor, etc. Immediately clean all surfaces the chicken has come in contact with to be on the safe side.
  3. Low sodium chicken broth may be substituted for the nine cups of chicken stock. You may want to reduce the amount of Kosher salt in the recipe after doing so.
  4. If you do not have Self-rising flour you may substitute it with two cups all-purpose flour, four teaspoons of baking powder, and one tablespoon sugar.
  5. This will serve up to 6-8 people depending on the portions served at a meal.
  6. You can refrigerate up to three days in a well-sealed storage container or freeze up to one month.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Southern-Style Chicken and Dumplings has a soothing flavor with a delightful texture of stewed chicken, and delicious homemade dumplings in the thickened broth that will capture any Southern Soul the way Scarlett O'Hara would have liked to have won the dashing Rhett in the famous black and white movie "Gone With the Wind."

 

 

 

 

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