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Chicken & Dumplings from Dish

Photo: Oxmoor House
Yield Makes 10 1/2 cups
Hearty and rich—these may be the best dumplings ever. To save time, you can buy a whole deli-roasted chicken instead of roasting your own.

Ingredients

  • CHICKEN
  • 1 (3 1/2-lb.) whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • DUMPLINGS
  • 3 large eggs
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Parchment paper
  • STOCK
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ROUX
  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 10 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • GARNISH
  • Flat-leaf parsley leaves

How to Make It

  1. Prepare Chicken: Preheat oven to 350°. If chicken has giblets, remove them, and reserve for another use. Rinse chicken, and pat dry. Place chicken in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish, breast side up; brush entire bird with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of thigh registers 165°. Cool 30 minutes. Remove chicken skin and bones, and reserve them for stock. Shred meat with two forks, or coarsely chop. Set aside.

  2. Prepare Dumplings: Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add melted butter and salt, whisking until smooth. Gradually add flour, stirring until mixture forms a ball. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a 12-inch square on a lightly floured surface. (Dough should be about 1/4 inch thick.) Let dough rest, uncovered, 10 minutes. Cut dough into 2-inch squares. Place dumplings on a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Cover and chill until ready to cook.

  3. Prepare Stock: Bring 8 cups water and reserved chicken skin and bones to a boil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven. Remove from heat; strain stock into a large bowl. Discard skin and bones. Return stock to Dutch oven. Add onion and next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil. Add dumplings to boiling stock. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring often.

  4. Prepare Roux: Melt butter in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Cook 10 minutes or until light brown, stirring constantly.

  5. Stir roux and shredded chicken into stock; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, uncovered, 20 minutes or until thickened, stirring often. Season with additional celery salt, if desired.

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