Chicken and Dumplings

This dish is unique and delicious. The seasonings are perfect and the dumplings make the meal a special one.

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Chicken and Dumplings

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    Ingredients

    2 cups all-purpose flour 3 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
    1 teaspoon baking powder 6-8 pieces chicken, or 1 whole chicken cut up
    2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper
    3 tablespoons shortening 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
    3/4 cup milk

    directions

    Prep: 1 hour 20 min (80 mins) Total:
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    • 1

      Place chicken pieces in a large pot (6-quart or more).

    • 2

      Add 4 cups of water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning.

    • 3

      Cover the pot and cook over medium heat until the chicken is done and about to fall off the bone, about 45 minutes. Do not boil.

    • 4

      While the chicken is cooking, mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

    • 5

      Stir in the shortening and then the milk. The dough should be easy to work.

    • 6

      Sprinkle the bacon bits into the mixture, a little at a time, and work them in.

    • 7

      Place your dough on a floured surface and knead it until it smooth and springy.

    • 8

      Then, either roll out the dough to a thickness of about ...-inch and cut it into pieces, or pinch off small pieces and shape them into 1-inch balls. If you are going to cut them into pieces, you can even make fancy shapes! These are your dumplings.

    • 9

      In another pot, make sure you have enough liquid to completely cover your dumplings.

    • 10

      Add chicken broth as needed.

    • 11

      Bring the liquid to a low boil and gently add the dumplings.

    • 12

      Cover the pot and cook for 15 minutes.

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