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Cracker Barrel Homemade Chicken & Dumplings


Cracker Barrel Homemade Chicken & Dumplings


For the Chicken Stew:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 quarts of chicken broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For the Dumplings:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • Instructions:
    1. In a large pot, combine the chicken breasts, chicken broth, chopped onion, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
    2. Remove the cooked chicken from the pot and shred it using two forks. Return the shredded chicken to the pot.
    3. In a separate pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour to create a roux, cooking for a couple of minutes until it’s lightly browned.
    4. Gradually whisk in the heavy cream, making sure to remove any lumps. Cook and stir until the mixture thickens.
    5. Add the cream mixture to the chicken and vegetable stew, stirring well. Allow the mixture to simmer while you prepare the dumplings.
    6. For the dumplings, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Stir in the milk until a soft dough forms.
    7. Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling dough into the simmering stew. Cover the pot and let the dumplings cook for about 15-20 minutes until they are cooked through and no longer doughy in the center. Keep the lid on during this time.
    8. Serve your homemade chicken and dumplings hot, and enjoy!

    This recipe should give you a taste similar to Cracker Barrel’s Homemade Chicken & Dumplings. You can adjust the seasonings and ingredients to your preference.


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