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Just for the record, the fact that I even letting this recipe leave my fingertips.. my grandma is probably SPINNING in her grave of exasperation.
My grandma used to make dumplings and noodles from scratch. When she made noodles, I remember the drying racks-- those wooden fold out clothes racks-- all over the kitchen with noodles hanging down. Her dumplings-- she made two kinds-- drop dumplings and rolled out dumplings, or Pot Pie.
She has been gone almost 30 years, but I swear to you I can still taste her dumplings.
So, in the interest of time-saving, I came up with my own chicken and dumplings. I call them cheater chicken and dumplings. Sorry, grandma.
Cheater Chicken and Dumplings
1 whole chicken OR 4 boneless chicken breasts*
2 cans chicken broth*
3 rolls plain refrigerator biscuits
2 cups white flour
If using a whole chicken, place in crock pot over night with about an 1" of water. Allow to cook and shred from bone. Reserve broth/juice from crock pot.
If using chicken breasts, place in large stock pot and cover with water. Bring to boil and cook until done.
Remove chicken and dice or shred and return to pot with the cooking water. If using crock pot method, pour cooking broth into stock pot with chicken.
Add the canned chicken broth to the cooking broth and bring to rolling boil. Take rolls apart, cut in half and then half again-- creating fourths. Roll in flour and drop into boiling water. The dumplings will float when they are done.
Turn down heat and add flour to pot to thicken broth, as needed. Salt and pepper to taste and serve with mashed potatoes.
*You can also use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Shred the chicken from the bone and then place in the pot with 4 cans of chicken broth. Add a small amount of water (2 cups) as needed to create enough broth.