I know every southern lady has her own recipe for this classic dish, but I thought since I was making this on Sunday for my family I would share mine! It was perfectly warm and delicious on a windy and rainy evening! This my version of his mother's dumplings so take it as you will for traditional or not.
1 whole chicken cut in half
3 stalks of fresh celery chopped
1 large yellow onion chopped
1/2 stick of butter
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Celery Salt
2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp White Pepper
1 tsp Chicken Seasoning
1/2 tsp Chipolte Chili Powder (*optional for a kick)
3 cans of biscuits (NOT Grands ~ but regular sized)
1 cup of flour
dash of salt
dash of pepper
1. In a large stock pot melt butter and saute veggies. Add in salt, pepper, celery salt, white pepper, chicken seasoning and chili powder. Top with chicken and cover with water.
2. Bring up to a boil and then turn down heat to Medium. Cook until chicken is done and broth has tons of flavor adding water as needed to keep chicken covered. (I usually cook mine for about an hour and a half.)
3. Remove chicken and de-bone. You can add all of the meat back into the stock, or reserve some for another meal. (I often use 1/2 and then use the other 1/2 for a casserole or chicken salad.) Be sure to taste the broth for any added seasoning that you might need. (This is a GREAT time to toss those bones, skin, and such into the crockpot with some celery and onion with salt and pepper for homemade chicken stock!)
4. In a bowl mix flour, dash of salt, dash of pepper. Set aside. Open a can of biscuits. One by one, roll them out flat then and cut into strips. Toss in the flour and set aside into another bowl. Continue with all three cans of biscuits.
5. Toss biscuits with a bit of remaining flour to make sure they are well coated.
6. Turn heat back on under chicken and broth and bring to a boil. Dump in dumplings and stir once. Lower heat to medium low and cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Cover and cook another 10 minutes.
:) This truly is one of my husband's favorite meals and I always like cooking for him things that he enjoys. This recipe never turns out the same each time I cook it. I gave you measurements for the seasonings but please note that it is only a guesstimate because I never measure them!