Chicken and Drop Dumplings (Floaters)

I love dumplings! I always thought that making them would be hard, but it’s really not. It’s really easy to just whip them up while the soup is cooking. This is from the Lion House Classics cookbook and somewhat modified by me, since I really need to go grocery shopping. Chicken and drop dumplings is a comforting meal that doesn’t take too long to make. These dumplings are puffy and light, as opposed to rolled dumplings, which taste more like thick noodles.

The Chicken Broth

As with any soup, it is best to start with a homemade broth.

In a large pot, cook together for about 1 hour or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone:

*Instant Pot directions: Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, natural release for 20.

2 lbs. of chicken with bones (a combination of thighs, quarters, and/or drumsticks)

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

a handful of celery leaves

enough water to barely cover it all

Remove the chicken and de-bone it, discarding all the skin and vegetables. Shred the meat into small pieces.

The Drop Dumplings

In a saucepan, bring to a boil:

1/2 c. butter

1 c. milk

Stir in

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. nutmeg

Remove the pot from the heat and stir in

1 c. flour

3 eggs, 1 at a time

You will end up with a sticky, gooey dough. Set it aside for now.

Making the Soup

Heat a pot on medium-high and saute until starting to brown around the edges:

1 medium onion, chopped

1 stalk celery, diced

2 carrots, diced

Add the following and simmer until vegetables are tender (about 15 minutes):

6 c. chicken broth

shredded chicken (You should have about 10 oz. or 2 c. from the broth made earlier.)

Drop the dumpling dough by tablespoon-fuls into the soup. Simmer the soup until the dumplings float. I left the lid on and put the heat on medium-low. My dumplings took 10 minutes to cook.

Chicken and drop dumplings is a meal by itself, but crackers or toast are always nice too.

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chicken and drop dumplings

Chicken and Drop Dumplings (Floaters)

Chicken and drop dumplings is a comforting meal that doesn’t take too long to make. These dumplings are puffy and light.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 5

Equipment

  • pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

The Chicken Broth

  • 2 pounds chicken with bones drumsticks, thighs, quarters, etc.
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 stalk celery or a handful of celery leaves

The Drop Dumplings

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk whole
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs

The Soup

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 2 carrots diced

Instructions
 

The Chicken Broth

  • In large pot, cook the chicken and vegetables together with enough water to cover them, about 6 cups. After an hour, the chicken should be tender and falling off the bone. Or, pressure cook them for 10 minutes with a natural release for 20 minutes.
    2 pounds chicken with bones, 1 onion, 1 carrot, 2 cloves garlic, 1 stalk celery
  • Strain the chicken and veggies from the broth. Debone the chicken and set the meat and broth aside. Discard the veggies and bones.

The Drop Dumplings

  • In a saucepan, bring the butter and milk to a boil.
    1/2 cup butter, 1 cup milk
  • Season.
    1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the flour, then the eggs 1 at a time. You will end up with a sticky, gooey dough. Set it aside for now.
    1 cup flour, 3 eggs

Making the Soup

  • Heat a large pot on medium and saute the veggies for a few minutes until they're fragrant.
    1 onion, 1 stalk celery, 2 carrots
  • Add the broth from earlier and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the chicken back to the broth. Add the dumpling dough by tablespoons. Simmer the soup on medium-low until the dumplings float, about 10 minutes.
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