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Feed Your Family for Less: Home made Chicken and Dumplings

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Hot and Yummy Chicken and Dumplings

M-m-m-m Mouthwatering!

M-m-m-m Mouthwatering!

Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

Chicken and Dumplings is one of the most inexpensive meals I make for my family and they love it!

It is definitely a southern recipe but it fills the belly and warms the heart. The total cost for the meal is about $7.50.


  • One whole chicken, about 3 lbs.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 TBSP shortening
  • salt
  • onion
  • pepper
  • 2TBSP butter
  • 2 cups milk


Cook the chicken several hours before dinner. Simmer it in a stock pot with salt, pepper and a quartered onion. Bring to boil and then reduce to low. Let simmer for a few hours until chicken begins to fall apart. Turn off broth.

Remove chicken from the broth and de-bone. Place chicken on a plate and cover. Let cool while making the dumplings.

Make dumplings as you would biscuit dough. Mix 2 cups flour (self rising or all purpose, it doesn't matter. If you like puffy dumplings use self rising flour. If you like thin dumplings use all purpose flour) with 2 TBSP shortening and 1 tsp salt if using all-purpose flour. Use a fork to mix completely. Add 1 cup milk until dough is the right consistency. Sometimes you may have to add a little more flour. Flour a clean surface and roll out dumplings. Cut into triangular pieces and add to the broth once it is simmering again.

Add 2 TBSP butter and 1 cup milk to the broth. Cook until dumplings are cooked thoroughly, which should take about 20 minutes.

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filipinofoods from Philippines on November 27, 2012:

This is mouth-watering! :)

DRidge (author) from Gulf Coast, MS on October 01, 2011:

Thank you!

DRidge (author) from Gulf Coast, MS on September 18, 2011:

I hope your family likes it as much as mine does! If you're lazy (like I am some days!) you can use boneless chicken and put chicken broth in the dumplings instead. It increases the cost but it's yummy and quicker.

rachealomack from levittown, NY on September 18, 2011:

this looks delicious! I am going to try your recipe and let you know.

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