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Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings Copycat Recipe

Best Chicken and Dumplings EVER! Easy meal idea from scratch
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner idea
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Jennifer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • I started this recipe by boiling my chicken first. After the chicken was completely cooked, I removed the cooked chicken and shredded it into smaller pieces. I set it aside to make the dumplings. This created my broth.
  • You can use leftover chicken for this recipe also. If you don't boil your chicken, or are using leftovers, you can heat up 2 quarts of chicken broth you purchase from the store. Or, add a bit of Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base. (not all stores carry this but you can grab a can on Amazon) This stuff is amazing and gives it such a good flavor. In fact, even when I boil my own chicken I spoonful of this stuff for extra flavor!
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium size bowl.
  • Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender. The pastry blender is easy to use especially when the butter is rock hard.
  • Stir in the buttermilk with a fork until the dough forms a ball.
  • Heavily flour a work surface. The ball of dough will be a bit sticky and you don't want it sticking to your counter. You’ll need a rolling pin and something to cut the dumplings. I like to use a pizza cutter.
  • Roll the dough out thin with a rolling pin. Be sure to dust your rolling pin with flour before you use it to prevent sticking. Now cut the dumplings in squares about 2 inch strips as seen in the photos. These do not have to be perfect by any means. You want them all about the same size so they will all cook the same.
  • Next, I use a spatula to put them back in the bowl the dough just came from. I'm all about messing up less dishes so I have less to clean up. When you pick up the dumplings, if you notice any sticking you may want to dust them with a little bit more flour so they don't stick. Don't worry about using too much flour though. The extra flour dust helps create the thicker soup sauce.
  • To cook them, bring the broth to a boil. Drop the dumplings in a small amount at a time, stirring while you add them. The extra flour on them will help thicken the broth. Cook them for about 15-20 minutes or until they not doughy. Add the cooked chicken to the pot and Voila! Dinner is done!