Chicken and Dumplings Like Cracker Barrel’s

Ingredients for 6 servings:
1. 1 (3 -6 lb) frying chickens (any whole chicken will do)
2. 2 quarts water
3. 2 teaspoons salt
4. 1/2 teaspoon pepper (I use coarse ground and double it)
5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
8. 3 tablespoons shortening (I use Crisco sticks)
9. 3/4 cup buttermilk (I add 1 tbsp. vinegar to 1 cup milk let sit 5 minutes, then measure 3/4 cup)

Directions:
1. Place chicken in a Dutch oven. Add water and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a boil.
2. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 hour or until tender (should almost fall off bone).
3. Remove the chicken from the broth and cool. Bone the chicken and cut meat into bite-sized pieces.
4. Bring the broth to a boil and add pepper.
5. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the shortening. Add the buttermilk, stirring with a fork until moistened.
6. Knead the dough 4 to 5 times (never done), and pat to 1/2-inch pieces and drop into boiling broth (I do not pat it out, just pinch off pieces). Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Stir in the chicken and serve. I make it in the pressure cooker, much quicker and easier.
8. I pressure it for only 30 minutes.
9. It can also be done in the crockpot with 3-4 cups water but someone has that book so at this time I cannot give cooking times.
10. Good Luck! Hope you enjoy.

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