1 whole chicken
4 cans biscuits
Salt and pepper to taste
Let’s Get This Done!
This recipe is one of those that is just so comforting and very filling.
I remember watching my granny make chicken and dumplings so many times when we would come to visit.
What is so awesome about this recipe is that it only has 2 ingredients, and your salt and pepper, which makes it so easy to make and everyone raves about them. Also, it really is an inexpensive meal to make. I mean, you can get a whole chicken for around $5 (and you are only going to use half of it), so say $2.50 for the chicken and then I think a 4-pack of biscuits is only around $2 or maybe even less if on sale. So let’s say for under $5 you can have a meal – and did I tell you how warm, cozy, and yummy it is?
Mostly, I use this recipe for chicken and dumplings for dinner, sometimes by itself like you would serve a bowl of soup by itself, or you could also serve a salad or something with it.
Okay. So here we go….
First, we will start out with boiling 1 whole chicken. Put it on in the morning and let it simmer throughout the day on low or, if you are in a hurry, put it on to boil and cook it for around 2 hours or until it is done at the highest temperature you can stand. I personally like for it to simmer all day as it puts that wonderful home cooked smell all throughout the house 🙂 and also seems to make the chicken more tender.
NOTE: I have some good news! You will only need HALF of this chicken so the other half can be used in another recipe later in the week! How’s that for good news? Two meals for the price of one 🙂 You can also use thighs for this if you need to.
After the chicken is done, take it out and you should be left with this:
Just look at all that goodness! I love chicken broth. You can do so many things with it.
While the chicken is cooling so you can handle it, bring your broth back up to a boil again and start opening your cans of biscuits. I use 4 cans of regular, cheap biscuits. Get them opened up wide and lay them on your counter top.
As a young child watching my granny make these dumplings, I remember every single time I would wonder the same thing. As she would drop the biscuits into the broth, her hands would just shine with I guess the steam coming up from the broth and I would always wonder how she could stand for her hands to get so hot LOL! Well, as an adult, I understand your hands don’t get “hot,” but they do collect some of the steam and that’s why her hands always looked like that 🙂
Anyways, while your broth is boiling, you won’t want to keep it on high, but you will want it to keep a gentle boil during this next step so you will want to keep your temperature on a good medium heat. You are going to take each biscuit and tear it up into tiny pieces and drop it into the boiling broth. Try to drop it into the actively boiling areas like in the photo above and don’t be picky about the size of each piece. Just do it quickly. Some will be bigger than others and will just take a little longer to cook.
You will find that 4 cans of biscuits seems to be a LOT of biscuits as you start tearing them up, but trust me on this, okay? They are going to cook down some. You will notice that the newest ones you have put in become fat and fluffy. These are not done yet if they are still “fluffy.” As they cook down, they will stop being fluffy and become more dense.
They should look more like this as they become done. Stir them with a wooden spoon or something and get them down in the boiling broth good and you will be able to tell by the look and feel of them if they are still fluffy or not.
Usually, by the time I get all the biscuits in, I turn it down and let it cook a little bit more while I’m putting the chicken in. Make sure you don’t let them stick to the bottom of the pan.
Take your chicken, which should be partially cooled by now, and debone HALF of the chicken and put it into the dumplings. (Save the other half for another meal, yippee!) It should look something like this with kind of a gravy holding it all together.
Add salt and pepper to taste (it usually takes a LOT of salt) and enjoy!
I actually like to let them sit a little bit before I eat them because they just seem to taste better and the texture becomes more consistent or something 🙂
NOTE: You can boil your chicken earlier in the day and let your broth and chicken cool off and then just get the broth boiling again and add your biscuits. Just plan it however it fits your day.
Let me know if you liked this chicken and dumpling recipe and if you try the recipe. I would love to hear your results!