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Ultimate Comfort Food

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"This is the best recipe for chicken and dumplings that I've ever found. It's the ultimate comfort food."

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Original recipe makes 6 to 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr 10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    9 hrs 50 mins


  1. For the stock: In a large pot over high heat, place the chicken parts, chile pepper, carrots, celery, onions, bay leaf, garlic and chicken broth. Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 to 2 hours, or until chicken comes off bone easily. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, skim the fat off the top of the soup and remove the chicken parts. De-bone the chicken and chop the meat into bite size pieces. Discard bones and set meat aside. Using a slotted spoon, remove and discard the vegetables. Return the pot to the stove over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low for 10 to 15 minutes, add the heavy cream and stir well.
  3. In a separate small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add to the pot. Stir until thickened, and make the dumplings while the stock reduces.
  4. For the dumplings: In a large bowl, combine the flour and the heavy cream, mixing well. Roll into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Drop balls carefully into the simmering soup and cook for 7 minutes. Then cover soup and cook for 7 more minutes. Add the chicken, stir well and allow to heat through.
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Jan 25, 2003

The heavy cream gives it a nice flavor but I found the dumplings to be bland and the broth thinner than what I am accustomed to. I will use to broth recipe again but will thicken it with instant mashed potatoes and make my usual drop dumplings with poultry seasoning. My family liked it.

May 04, 2009

Really helped me through the divorce.

Sep 08, 2003

This is the best chicken stew recipie I have ever eaten. I adapted the recipie slightly by using 10 oz. egg noodles in place of the dumplings (which I didn't care for), and increasing the broth, and it was a hit. Every bit worth the effort it takes to make it.

Aug 09, 2010

Good, but I just can't understand why anyone would discard all those veggies. I kept them in. Also added some herbs to the dumplings at other's suggestions. They were the best part of the dish I think. The chicken and gravy and veggies were good of course, just nothing special.

Sep 29, 2005

OH MY!!! This recipe was incredible. I had very hard to please chicken n dumpling experts and boy, did I impress my mother in law with this creamy and delicious recipe. I recommend homemade mashed potatoes with heavy cream as a side. YUM!

Oct 21, 2002

It didnt work out exactly like the recipe, but it still turned out great!

Jan 03, 2011

This is a hit at my house. I make it dairy free by using coconut milk to make the dumplings and added some ginger and cumin to the stew. Thickened it once with leftover sweet potato and added curry. Delicious!

Dec 28, 2009

minus the carrots, which I think are better left out... this is the exact recipe I made over a year ago for the first time and I still get requests on at least a monthly basis to make it again. It's become a staple, thank you :)


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  • Calories
  • 1055 kcal
  • 53%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.2 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 308 mg
  • 103%
  • Fat
  • 57.8 g
  • 89%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 89.3 g
  • 179%
  • Sodium
  • 1445 mg
  • 58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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