Mama’s Chicken and Dumplings. . . comfort food!

Comfort food. . .

Fall has arrived . . . almost . . . I guess in about 9 days it will be “official”. With the arrival of fall we expect cooler weather, pulling out the sweaters, football games, the anticipation of favorite holidays, and more.

One of the things I like about fall is comfort food, and there’s nothing better than Mama’s Chicken and Dumplings!

Mama’s Chicken and Dumplings. . . family favorite comfort food!

Comfort food takes us back to our childhood; they reminds us of certain meals that we really liked, people we loved, family times, or places we were fond of. One of those dishes for our family was, and is, Mama’s Chicken and Dumplings. Mama has made them as far back as I can remember. She always makes them for our family holiday dinners (Thanksgiving and Christmas). In her words, she has to now make “4 recipes” of the dumplings since our family has grown to 33 people. What she could do by herself in the past, she now has to have help.

Mama. . .

(This was a picture take of Mama in Candace’s “shop” in 2008. She was 84 years old at the time.)

Mama is now 92 years old and still drives her car some. I now have to help her shop for her groceries, which, until last March, she was still able to do by herself. She still can cook what she wants to eat, and cooks some for the family. Just last Saturday she made an apple pie, just to see if she still could! Even at her advanced age, she is the best cook in the family. . .

Mama’s Chicken and Dumplings: past and the present. . .

Mama learned to make her Chicken and Dumplings from Hazel Wade, my Grandmama Hall’s housekeeper. Hazel worked for Grandmama for over 50 years, and always helped with our family dinners. Even after Grandmama passed away in 1992, Hazel continued to come to Mama’s on holidays and help make the “dumplings”.

Hazel Wade at Mama’s house helping her with one of the holiday dinners:) We considered Hazel part of our family.

Now, as time has marched on, my daughter, Candace, makes Mama’s Chicken and Dumplings, though Mama still makes them for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Candace is a more creative cook than either Mama or me. She likes to garnish her dishes to make them more “eye appealing”, like using parsley flakes in her dumplings. Mama just made hers plain. . . the old-fashioned way:)

Usually when Mama made her Chicken and Dumplings, she would serve it with plain cornbread or jalapeno cornbread and a vegetable or two. You can serve it in a bowl with the cornbread as a complete meal, or you can serve it on a plate with vegetables. You can serve it any season of the year. . . but, it is especially good in the winter!

How would you serve Chicken and Dumplings? As a complete meal, or on a plate with vegetables?

Mama’s Chicken and Dumplings Recipe


  • 6 cups chicken broth (from cooking the chicken plus water to make 6 cups)
  •  2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping teaspoon shortening
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups diced, bite-size cooked chicken
  • 1 (10.75-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • parsley flakes, (optional)


  1. Pour chicken broth into a large pot to bring to a boil while preparing dumplings.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Blend in shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture is the consistency of coarse meal.  Add water, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Divide dough into two pieces.  Roll dough thin and cut into strips.  Sprinkle strips with flour.  Stretch strips to make thin before adding to boiling broth. (Stretching the dough is the “trick” for making these dumplings.)
  5. Drop “dumplings” into boiling broth.
  6. Cover tightly, turning heat to medium and cook 15 minutes.
  7. Garnish with parsley flakes, if desired.



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