Nov 13, 2008

Yummy Chicken and Dumplings


If you read my Menu Plan Monday post this week you saw that I had Homemade Chicken (or Turkey) and Dumplings on the menu. Homemade Chicken/Turkey and Dumplings is probably one of the least expensive meals ever. I paid less than $10 for the turkey that I used and I used only about 1/8 of the turkey to go with the dumplings.

I really have no idea how much the dumplings cost to make… pennies? I used 2 cups of flour + 1/2 cup of flour to knead into the dough (that I got for super cheap last week at Kroger), 1 cup of broth, about a tsp. of salt and a few sprinkles of pepper.

Here are the step by step pictures of how to make the homemade dumplings:

1) Mix ingredients well and knead in additional flour until the dough is not sticky, but is not too firm either.

2) Roll dough out on floured surface until very thin.

3) Cut strips about 1 1/2 inches x 6 inches.

4) Let sit for 30 minutes.

5) Dust with more flour and add to 2 quarts of boiling broth (without the chicken – you’ll put the chicken or turkey in for a few minutes after the dumplings are done to heat) one dumpling at a time.

6) Boil dumplings on high for 5 minutes and then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hr.

7) Add chicken until heated.

8) Enjoy!! You might need to add a little more salt and/or pepper depending on your taste buds. 🙂

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  1. This looks good and easy. Thanks.

  2. I was always taught to make dumplings with baking powder…helps them rise.

    This is how my Great-Grandma taught my mom who taught me

  3. Rachel @ Surviving The Stores says:


    I haven’t tried them with baking powder. I guess every family has a different recipe that is passed down.

    How much baking powder do you use?


  4. houstonmom says:

    I’ve never made dumplings from scratch. I thought you needed shortening. Is it really just flour and chick stock? That sounds like something I could do!

  5. Rachel @ Surviving The Stores says:


    Yeah, it’s just flour and stock – super simple! You can also find recipes out there that use baking powder to make the dumplings fluffier.

    My grandmother fixes this almost everytime we go visit her and I didn’t realize until recently how easy and how inexpensive this recipe is (especially when then flour is almost free!) 🙂

    Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!


  6. simplejill says:

    That sounds delicious! I add 1 egg per cup of flour to my dumplings for added nutrition. We have a flock of chickens so this is a great way for us to use up our surplus.

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