Casey over at Save a dime asked me to post my chicken and dumplin recipe, so here ya go.
Start out cooking either a whole fryer hen or a big package of leg and thigh quarters
after chicken is boiled, take out, remove meat from the bone and place back into your stock.
Add about 5-6 chicken bouillon cubes and a couple cans of broth, unless you have a really good hen that made a really yellow broth when you boiled it, if that happened, you will not need the broth, just the cubes. Put one stick of margarine in broth, salt and pepper to taste.
Now you are going to want to get you a few cups of that broth out for the dumplins.
Put about 4-5 cups of plain flour in a big bowl, about one serving spoon full of shortening, and then salt and pepper. Now mix this up with the broth until you get a smooth biscuit like dough.
Next you need to flour a counter top, and pour that dough mixture onto it. work the dough really well, until its a little more firm than biscuits, but not as firm as a pie crust would be.
Flour a rolling pin and roll that dough out as thin as you can get it, without putting holes in it. Take a pizza cutter or knife, and cut the dough up in small strips. About a inch wide and a inch thick.. give or take a little bit.
Make sure your broth is at a rolling boil, and then begin to drop the dumplins into the broth. Drop a few, stir, drop a few stir. Make sure to stir from the bottom as they will stick. After you get all the dumplins dropped, just cook a few minutes, making sure to keep them stirred good so they don't stick to the bottom of the pot, and then remove from heat, and they are done. Simple simple meal, and delicious.
Small hint to keep the mess down with the dough. I flour my cutting board, take a small amount of the dough and roll it out on it, make the dumplins out of that, and then repeat this until I have used all the dough up, that way you do not end up with a floury doughy mess all over your counter top and flour. Hope you enjoy!!