Yes, I know that I’ve already posted two other dumpling recipes. This one, however, is my favorite of the three. Since I grew up in the South, I have definitely eaten my share of chicken and rolled dumplings, also called slick dumplings or just “slickers”. Remarkably enough, they were part of school lunch in Florida and definitely my favorite meal that the cafeteria offered. These dumplings are a lot like large noodles, which is probably why I like them so much.
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.
3-4 lbs. of chicken with bones (a whole chicken or a combination of thighs, quarters, and/or drumsticks)
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 whole cloves
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. Add enough water to make 12 c. stock, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Make the dumpling dough by adding the following to a mixing bowl and stirring until a stiff dough forms:
1 1/4 c. prepared chicken broth
1 1/2 t. salt
4 1/2 c. flour
Cooking the Dumplings
Bring the remaining broth to a boil. Lightly flour the counter and roll the dough out as thin as humanly possible. Cut it into 1″ squares.
Add the shredded meat back in to the broth and begin adding the dumplings. Stretch them out so they are almost transparent before dropping them in the boiling broth.
Let the dumplings cook for 45 minutes, or until they are tender and most of the broth is gone.
This is where my husband and I disagree. I (and most sources) agree that the dumplings should be served with some broth, so I tend to add more during cooking if they absorb it all. My husband thinks they should be dry enough to serve on a plate. Your choice.
Chicken and rolled dumplings is excellent with a steamed vegetable or salad on the side. I personally love a few grinds of black pepper and some hot sauce.