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  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 or 2 celery ribs and leaves
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • water to cover
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Simmer chicken with celery, carrot, and onion in water to cover, until meat falls off the bone.
  2. Take chicken out of broth and set aside.
  3. Remove celery, carrot, and onion; then strain the broth and pour the broth into a Dutch Oven or large pot.
  4. Pick the chicken meat off the bone and put into the broth. Add butter. Bring broth to a boil.
  5. While broth is heating mix the dumplings.


  • 2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Mix ingredients, blend well, and turn out onto a floured surface.  Knead four or five times.
  2. Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick and cut into 1x1-1/2 inch strips.
  3. Drop one strip at a time into chicken and broth.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover for 15 minutes. Then turn off heat.
  4. Break apart dumplings if you want smaller ones and sprinkle with pepper.
  5. Put the lid back on, but don't turn heat back on.
  6. Wait 30 minutes and enjoy.

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Pretty straightforward, although I like to add sliced carrots and celery after removing the flavoring vegetables. For the dumplings, I just cut up and roll Pillsbury Grands, saving one step (yes I am lazy).

Hi wadeckiburn 9560778, We have updated the recipe and the steps should be clearer now. And yes you can freeze chicken and dumplings. Thanks! -Editors of FaveHealthyRecipes

In step No.5 it says "put lid back on, but dont turn heat back on", when was it turned off? Also, this sounds like a good recipe for individual servings, so can it be frozen? Love this site and thank you

Hello Crafter, Sorry for the confusion, that would be a whole chicken for this recipe. I've updated the recipe to reflect. As for size chicken that's really up to you. This recipe will work best for the medium to large size birds. Thanks for the comments and question.

thie recipe is confusing,is it a whole chicken or chicken breasts and if so how many breasts or what size chicken?


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