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How To Make Dumplings For Chicken And Dumplings

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Learn how to make flat dumplings from scratch for chicken and dumplings, plus an easy chicken and dumplings recipe to go along with it!

If you’ve ever wondered how to make Dumplings for Chicken and Dumplings, look no further than this recipe! They come out so soft and tender, they almost melt in your mouth. And guess what? You only need 4 kitchen staples, and one secret ingredient that makes them perfect every single time. That’s fewer ingredients than in your morning coffee order!

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If the thought of making flat dumplings feels a bit intimidating, let me toss that worry right out the kitchen window for ya. I loved them since I was a child, and I always thought they were super hard to make. But as I grew older I realized these dumplings are not just easy – they’re like “make-em-in-your-sleep” easy! You just have to mix the ingredients in one bowl, shape the dough, and cook it in a pot full of chicken stock. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting down to a bowl of the most comforting, delicious dumplings you’ve ever tasted!

Dumplings For Chicken And Dumplings Overview

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Number of Ingredients: 4 (excluding the ingredients for the chicken broth)
Total Cook Time: 30 minutes
Primary Cooking Method: Boiling and Simmering
Dietary Info: Low-Fat, Contains Gluten and Dairy
Key Flavor: Tender Dumplings with Savory Chicken Broth
Skill Level: Easy

Notable mentions

  • Easy to Make: No fancy tools needed here – just a bowl and a pizza cutter or a knife to slice your dough into perfect little squares. It’s quick, easy, and oddly satisfying!
  • Dinner in a Dash: Got 30 minutes? That’s all you need to learn how to make flat dumplings. It’s the ultimate recipe for those busy evenings when time is short but the craving for something comforting is high.
  • Season to Taste: The final touch is all you. A little salt, a dash of pepper, or a sprinkle of fresh parsley – it’s your call. You can customize the seasoning to make these dumplings uniquely yours!
  • A Hit with the Kids: Getting the little ones to agree on dinner can be challenging, but these dumplings are a surefire winner. They’re simple yet flavorful, and that’s exactly why I was head over heels for them as a kid!

Ingredients to make Dumplings For Chicken And Dumplings

  • Water: 6 cups, the base of your broth.
  • Better Than Bouillon Chicken Stock: To enrich the broth with a deep, savory chicken flavor. You can use other chicken stock, but Better Than Bouillon has always been my go-to.
  • All-Purpose Flour: The primary ingredient for your dumplings. It gives them structure and substance.
  • Baking Powder: For helping the dumplings rise just a little.
  • Unsalted Butter: Cold and cubed, for mixing into the dumpling dough. It adds that iconic richness that every Southern dumpling has.
  • Buttermilk: This is my secret ingredient to bring moisture and a slight tang to the dough! To me, no flat dumplings recipe is complete without buttermilk.
  • Cooked Chicken Breast: Shredded. If you have any leftover shredded chicken lying around from previous meals, use it here!
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How to make flat Dumplings

Trust me when I say these flat dumplings are delightfully easy to make! You don’t need a bunch of complicated steps or fancy techniques. And remember, for the exact quantities and cooking times, just scroll down to the recipe card.

Step 1: Prep The Chicken Broth

  1. In a large pot, whisk together the water and Better Than Bouillon chicken stock. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
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Step 2: Make The Dumpling Batter And Shape It

  1. While the broth is heating, make the dumplings. Gather all the ingredients, including the shredded chicken.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour and baking powder.
  3. Work in the cold, cubed butter with a pastry cutter or two forks until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Gently add in the buttermilk.
  5. Mix until just combined. The dough should look shaggy.
  6. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough. Cut it into squares with a pizza cutter or a knife.
A step by step image collage on how to make dumplings for chicken and dumplings with ingredients, mixing dry ingredients, adding butter and milk to dry ingredients, and kneading and cutting the dumpling dough

Step 3: Cook The Dumplings In The Chicken Broth

  1. Once your broth is boiling, add the shredded chicken.
  2. Gradually drop in the dumpling squares to the chicken broth, a few at a time.
  3. Stir frequently to keep the dumplings from sticking.
  4. After all the dumplings have been added, let them cook until they are firm and cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to your liking, and garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley if desired.
A step by step image collage on how to make dumplings for chicken and dumplings with shredded chicken added to stock, dumplings ready, dumplings inside the chicken stock, and dumplings and chicken all mixed in the stock
  • Herbs & Spices Boost: For an extra layer of flavor, mix in some finely chopped herbs like thyme, rosemary, or sage into the dough. It’s a simple way to elevate the flavor and make those flat dumplings even more irresistible.
  • Shortening Instead of Butter: If you’re out of butter, try using cold shortening instead. It gives your dumplings a slightly different texture, but they will still resemble pasta.
  • Go Vegan: You can skip the chicken and the stock altogether and cook your dumplings in a rich vegetable broth. It’s a great way to keep the tastiness and comfort while fully embracing the veggies.
  • Swap The Chicken: If you don’t have chicken breasts, you can always cook up and shred boneless, skinless chicken thighs. They can bring a richer flavor to your dumplings!

Tips for making the best Dumplings for Chicken & Dumplings

  1. Doneness Test: Dumplings can be tricky, so even if they’re floating, they might not be done. To see if they’re done, poke one with a toothpick. It should look slightly puffy and feel firm to the touch.
  2. Avoid Overworking the Dough: When mixing your dough, be gentle. Overmixing leads to tough dumplings, so stir until just combined. It’s okay if the dough looks a bit shaggy, this ensures the dumplings will be light and tender.
  3. Rest for Softness: If you want to know how to make extra soft flat dumplings, let the dough rest for at least 10 minutes after rolling it out. This little break relaxes the gluten and makes for incredibly tender dumplings.
  4. Stir With Care: While adding dumplings to the broth, stir gently but frequently. This prevents sticking and helps them cook evenly without turning into a doughy clump.
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How to store & reheat Flat dumplings

Once you’re done with dinner, cool the dumplings to room temp, then tuck them into an airtight container and slide them into the fridge. That’s the best way to store them!

To reheat, you can use either the stove or the microwave. On the stove, gently heat them with a splash of chicken stock in a pot over low heat until thoroughly warmed. This helps keep the dumplings tender. If using a microwave, reheat in short intervals, stirring in between to spread the warmth evenly.

How long will Flat dumplings last in the fridge?

In the fridge, your dumplings for chicken & dumplings will stay fresh and tasty for about 3-4 days. However, always make sure to check for freshness before reheating.

Can i freeze Dumplings for Chicken & Dumplings?

Yes! For freezing, place the cooled dumplings in a freezer-safe airtight container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. When the craving hits, thaw them in the fridge overnight and reheat as above.

Also, if you made a big batch, you can freeze these flat dumplings before cooking. Just spread them out on a parchment or waxed paper-lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer bag, label it, and they’ll stay fresh for 2 to 3 months. Cook them straight from frozen – no thawing needed.

What to serve with Flat dumplings

  • Classic Cornbread: You can’t go wrong with a slice of warm, buttery cornbread on the side. It’s perfect for soaking up all the savory broth until the last drop!
  • Roasted Veggies: Carrots, Brussels sprouts, or asparagus, seasoned and roasted until they’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, add a lovely crunch and a pop of color to your comforting dumplings.
  • Crisp Green Salad: Balance out the heartiness with a light, crisp green salad. A simple mix of fresh greens, maybe some cucumber or cherry tomatoes, and a light vinaigrette can really brighten up the meal.
  • Steamed Green Beans: For a fuss-free, healthy side, try steamed green beans. Their natural flavor and crunch make a great complement to the soft, savory dumplings.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make these dumplings gluten-free?

Yes! Just swap out the all-purpose flour for your favorite 1:1 gluten-free flour blend. Also, Better Than Bouillon contains gluten, so use a gluten-free chicken stock.

What if I don’t have buttermilk?

You can make a quick substitute by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a cup of regular milk. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, and you’ve got yourself a DIY buttermilk.

Can I Cook the dumplings in a slow cooker?

Absolutely! Cook the broth and chicken on the low setting of the slow cooker for a few hours, then add the dumplings in the last hour of cooking. Keep an eye on the dumplings to make sure they don’t overcook.

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Now that you know how to make Dumplings for Chicken and Dumplings you’ll be whipping them up so often, you might just find yourself making double batches – one for now and one for, well, also now (because who can wait?). They’re the ultimate sidekick for your homemade chicken broth, transforming it into a bowl of comfort that’ll have everyone asking for more!

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Dumplings For Chicken & Dumplings

Learn how to make flat dumplings from scratch for chicken and dumplings, plus an easy chicken and dumplings recipe to go along with it!
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Author Jackie
Servings 8 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 246
Prep Time 10 minutes
Bake Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon chicken stock
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cubed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast shredded

Instructions

  • In a large pot, whisk together the water and Better Than Bouillon chicken stock. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • While the broth is heating, make the dumplings. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
  • Work in the cold, cubed butter with a pastry cutter or two forks until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Gently add in the buttermilk, mixing until just combined. The dough should look shaggy.
  • On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to about a ¼ inch thickness.
  • Cut the dough into 1-inch squares with a pizza cutter or a knife.
  • Once your broth is boiling, add the shredded chicken.
  • Gradually drop in the dumpling squares a few at a time, stirring frequently to keep them from sticking.
  • After all the dumplings have been added, let them cook for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until they are firm and cooked through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to your liking, and garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 256mg, Potassium: 211mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 148IU, Vitamin C: 0.01mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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