There’s nothing like a bowl of hot comfort food on a cold winter’s day — or any other time you need it. Chicken and dumplings offer plenty of comfort without all the hard work. Chunks of tender, protein-packed chicken and light, fluffy dumplings make for the perfect combination of melt-in-your-mouth satisfaction, and it only takes a few simple ingredients to put together. Follow this basic 10-step classic chicken and dumplings recipe and satisfy your soothing-food craving.
Choose a four- or a five-pound whole chicken to cook. A pink hue indicates a fresh chicken, while chicken with a dark color should be discarded. Once you select your chicken, wash it thoroughly with water, then place it in a large pot suitable for cooking. Fill the pot with water until the chicken is fully immersed.
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