Mama’s Chicken and Dumplings

by Natalie on March 12, 2012

Mama's Chicken and Dumplings

Here in Texas we are wrapping up a mild winter. We’ve been blessed with a lot of 70-degree days with a few chilly days mixed in. Last week’s chilly day (which I hope is our last) left me craving chicken and dumplings.

This recipe is for my mother’s chicken and dumplings which consist of homemade chicken broth filled with big chunks of chicken and giant fluffy dumplings. The dumplings and the broth are seasoned with garlic powder and sage. So delicious.

Mama's Chicken and Dumplings

You may be reading things and thinking “that is not how I eat my chicken and dumplings!” But it seems to me that there a few recipes in life that are only edible when prepared the way your mother makes it; chicken and dumplings tops this list for me (followed by nachos and hot chocolate). If this is not your mama’s I suggest you try it because I think it is pretty dang good!

To prepare it cut a whole chicken into eight pieces: breasts, legs and thighs, wings, back, and neck. Place all of this into a large pot and cover with eight cups of water. Add in one diced onion and season with sage, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer on low for about 40 minutes or until meat is cooked through.

Remove chicken from pot and remove skin and shred the meat. Discard any bones, skin, fat, and the neck. Skim any fat from the top of the broth. Add shredded chicken back to broth.

In a medium bowl add Pioneer Baking Mix (don’t ask me why but it must be Pioneer, Bisquick doesn’t come out the same). Be careful to get the baking mix and not the pancake mix, I’ve made that mistake before! Add to this milk, salt and pepper, garlic powder, and sage. Stir until well combined. Slowly add more milk if needed and stir until a wet dough forms. Drop large spoonful’s of dough into the simmering broth. Cover and let cook for about five minutes.

Mama's Chicken and Dumplings

This is one of my favorite cold day meals and always makes me think of home. Even the way it makes the house smell when cooking is comforting. I have to admit that I don’t eat much of the chicken and go straight for the fluffy dumplings. Even if this isn’t your Mama’s recipe I think you will still be pleased!

Mama's Chicken and Dumplings



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Russell at Chasing Delicious March 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

What a scrumptious recipe! It looks soo yummy!


Lacy @ NYCityEats March 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Wow. This looks incredible! I love the creaminess and the vast amount of dumplings! I’ve never had chicken and dumplings before (I know – scary right??). But your recipe sounds so good, its seriously making me want to try it as soon as possible. Yum!


Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen March 13, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Wow! I’ve never had chicken and dumplings before, but I definitely want to try this recipe asap!


Kiri W. March 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Mmm, that just looks so comforting and warming :) Wonderful.


Beth Michelle March 17, 2012 at 6:39 am

YUM! That looks so creamy and delicious. What a comforting meal.


Diane @ Attempting Domestication March 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

Natalie – this looks great! Can’t wait to try it.

Also wanted to drop by and let you know I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. I love following your posts! If you want to check out the details, they’re on my blog:


kale @ tastes good to me! April 10, 2012 at 2:36 am

I love dishes that remind me of home. For me, it’s corn chowder. Soups are so earthy and yummy!


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