Growing up in the East Tennessee mountains, Dolly Parton sure knows her way around a traditional Southern meal. The country legend may be a star on the stage, but she also can cook her way into any kitchen if you give her some ingredients and a dash of time.
Parton recently took to her Facebook to share her recipe for her favorite Sunday supper, chicken and dumplins’. A family woman herself, Parton makes the recipe sound all too easy to whip up in no time and a home-style dish that no one could ever resist! Get more helpings of Parton’s homemade recipes in her cookbook, Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s.
Dolly Parton’s Chicken and Dumplins’
Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Cook time: 45-60 minutes
1 (3-lb) chicken
2½ tsp salt
¾ tsp pepper
1 onion, peeled and left whole
¼ cup chopped celery leaves
2 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
½ tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp. vegetable shortening
¾ cup milk
- Put the chicken and 2 teaspoons of salt in 2 quarts of water into a Dutch oven. Cover the chicken and wait for the water to come to a boil.
- After the water starts to boil, bring the temperature down to medium heat. Add pepper, onion and celery leaves.
- Let the chicken simmer just enough for the meat to fall off the bone.
- Take the chicken and onions out of the cooking pot and strain the celery leaves to discard along with the onion.
- Once the chicken has cooled, take off parts of the meat to cut into 1-inch pieces. Discard any skin and bones from the chicken left.
- Bring the chicken broth back to high heat and leave to boil.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and ½ teaspoon of salt together. Add shortening by cutting small pieces with a knife and fork or pastry cutter. Continue to stir until the mix reaches a breadcrumb-like consistency.
- Slowly stir in the milk until the dough is moist. Spread the dough out on a flour-covered surface and knead for 5 minutes. Roll the dough into a ½-inch thickness and proceed to cut into 1 ½-inch squares.
- Take small pieces of dough and add them to the boiling broth. Reduce to low heat, cover the pot and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Add chicken into the pot and cook for about 8 minutes or until the chicken is warmed all the way through.
- Serve it while it’s hot and enjoy some good Southern cookin’!