Cracker Barrel Chicken n’ Dumplins


For the Chicken:

  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 lbs), cut into pieces
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves

For the Dumplings:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup buttermilk

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the Chicken:
    • In a large pot, combine the chicken, water, salt, black pepper, onion, garlic, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
    • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the chicken is tender and fully cooked. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside to cool. Strain the broth and return it to the pot.
    • When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and bones, and shred the meat into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  2. Make the Dumplings:
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
    • Cut in the shortening using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    • Gradually add buttermilk, stirring just until the dough comes together.
    • On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into 1-inch squares or strips.
  3. Cook the Dumplings:
    • Bring the chicken broth to a gentle boil. Drop the dumplings into the broth, one at a time, stirring gently to prevent sticking.
    • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through and tender.
  4. Finish the Dish:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and heavy cream until smooth. Stir this mixture into the broth to thicken the sauce.
    • Add the shredded chicken back to the pot and simmer until heated through. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy the comforting flavors of this homestyle dish.

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 1 1/2 hours | Total Time: 2 hours

Servings: 6-8 servings

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