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How do you make copycat Cracker Barrel chicken dumplings?

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To prepare a chicken and dumplings recipe similar to the version served at Cracker Barrel, begin by boiling a 3- to 6-pound chicken in 2 quarts water, along with 2 teaspoons salt. Once the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and allow the chicken to cook for an hour. Remove the chicken, preserving the broth, and let it cool. Then, debone the chicken and set the meat aside.

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Bring the chicken broth back to a boil, and add 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1?2 teaspoon baking soda and 1?2 teaspoon salt. To the mixture, cut in 3 tablespoons shortening. Using a fork, stir 3/4 cup of buttermilk into the dough.

Knead the dough by hand, then pinch off small pieces approximately 1/2 inch in diameter and drop into the boiling broth. Reduce to medium-high heat and cook the dumplings for about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir frequently.

When the dumplings are fully cooked, return the deboned chicken to the Dutch oven. Stir all the ingredients together, then serve.

In place of buttermilk, a small amount of vinegar may be added to regular milk. Let the milk and vinegar mixture sit for five minutes before adding it to the dough.

For a richer tasting broth, add celery and carrots to the pot when boiling the chicken. Some versions of the recipe also call for the addition of boullion cubes or additional seasonings.

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