Let me share some really great eating
and it is so easy to make just takes a little
time and you have a southern
You take a yard bird or if your
city folks that is a large chicken. If you use a
fryer, then hunt through them and find one that
is close to 5 lbs or bigger. If you get a
smaller one your buying lots of bone and little
meat and you need meat not so much
need 2 or 3 eggs.
You need about 3 cups
of flour if you use plain flour then you need
the stuff to make it self rising but only use
half as much as you would for making biscuits.
But what I like to use is both self-rising and
plain or all-purpose and mix them half and half
or about that. You know we are cooking not
building a rocket ship to fly to the
You need salt, pepper, some garlic,
and some milk.
we go ready or not making supper or Sunday
dinner for the preacher and his wife or just
feeding your husband or wife or just a friend.
Anyway, get out a big pot that is large enough
to hold the bird and cover it with water. Fill
it up about half way to the top and heat it to a
boil. Add a little salt and garlic and pepper
but the eggs in and also the chicken and bring
it back to a boil turn the fire down to low and
cover with a tight fitting lid.
Let it cook
for 1 hour on low heat, if you wish you can take
out the eggs in about 15 mins and they should be
hard-boiled by then.
comes the fun part you are going to make the
dumplings with the flour and some of the milk. I
use just a very small amount of vegetable oil
but not much. You need to use about a cup and a
half of milk or so.
Just enough to make a nice dough that
is dry enough to work with easily. Keep a little
flour handy just in case you need to keep the
dough from sticking to your hands to much. You
need to have a place to lay the dumplings down;
I use foil to lay them on with a little flour to
keep them from sticking. Now take small pieces
of the dough and mash them out flat and thin in
your hands or you can roll the dough out really
thin with a rolling pin but I just use my hands
and that way I get to clean my nails really
clean. Hehehheeh oh just kidding I wash my hands
before I start this stuff.
By now the hour is most likely
past and the chicken is ready to lift out of the
pot but be careful it is really hot and the
water which has turned into chicken stock now is
hot also. You need to have a big bowl ready to
place the bird into and now with lots of care
bone out the chicken and place the meat off to
the side for now. Bring the stock back to a slow
boil and start adding the dumplings one at the
time till they are all in the big pot. Now add
the meat and turn it down to a slow simmer
adding enough of the milk to just lighten the
color of the stock. Peel the eggs and slice them
about a ¼-inch thick.
Let this simmer until it gets
thick and the dumplings are done. And just
before you stop cooking it place the sliced eggs
into the pot.
You can serve this with
side dishes if you wish but where I live we just
make a complete meal of this and it is
I do one more thing when I get
done with boning the bird I place all of the
bones and skin and such into another pot of
water and cook it about 15 to 20 mins and then
let it sit and it makes a great stock that you
can freeze and save for later. It is kind of
like 2 birds with one chicken.
Jimmy AKA jcshrimp1