How to Make Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

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Chicken and Dumplings

Get the best comfort food recipes New England has to offer from the editors and readers of Yankee magazine. Your Yankee All-Access Charter Membership is your ticket to a satisfying meal.

When the days grow short and cold here in New England, and the wind gusts from the north, we retreat to our kitchens to warm not just our hands, but also our hearts. Comfort foods, those special recipes that are both simple and magical, are on the menu more often than not. These aren’t the recipes in the latest cookbooks; they get passed down through generations and shared among friends. In fact, this chicken and dumplings recipe is one we’ve adapted from our friends at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and in true New England fashion, it is a hearty and robust dish. We can’t give the entire recipe away here. You’ll have to read Old Fashioned Homemade Chicken and Dumplings for that. We can share one of the secrets that make this dish so delicious. Ready? To get a truly rich and flavorful broth, the entire chicken goes into the pot, and then the meat is added back in at the end with the dumplings. The result is a deep, satisfying flavor that one of our readers says tastes, “almost identical to my grandmother’s!” Another reader loves this because it’s, “a good substitute for my great-grand dad’s recipe.” And we all know, if it’s as good as our grandparents’ home cooking, it’s comfort food through and through.

Get the complete Old Fashioned Homemade Chicken and Dumplings recipe to stay warm and cozy on a blustery New England night.

Mac and Cheese The Chicken and Dumplings are delicious, but you don’t want to miss the Yankee Comfort Food Collection. It’s packed with over two dozen of our favorite New England comfort foods, starting with a baked Mac and Cheese from one grandmother’s kitchen in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The “delightful dish, with bubbly cheese melted through the elbow pasta and a crunch topping” may be simple, but it’s loaded with real cheddar cheese and plenty of butter. Of course, we can’t talk about New England comfort foods without sharing a classic recipe for Yankee Pot Roast. Almost every cookbook written in New England over the last century has a savory Yankee Pot Roast recipe. The classic combination of tender beef, seasoned vegetables, and enchanting sauce embodies the traditions of simplicity and patience, with exquisite rewards. Comfort food isn’t just for dinner, either. There’s something about warm Homemade Cinnamon Buns that gets even the coldest morning off to a happy start. We like this recipe because the dough is so easy to work with, and it’s stuffed with lots of cinnamon and brown sugar! Grab yourself a cup of coffee and cozy up for a scrumptious breakfast. Your Yankee All-Access Charter Membership gives you immediate access to each one of these recipes, plus many more. The Yankee Comfort Food Collection is filled with recipes that come straight out of grandma’s kitchen and share the genuine beauty of New England’s food traditions.

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Discover new favorites and learn new ways to make your old favorites, all in our Yankee Comfort Food Collection. With your Yankee All-Access Charter Membership, you have full access to every recipe and story in theYankee Comfort Food Collection, including:
  • An Old-Fashioned Banana Bread recipe with a delicate texture and big banana flavor
  • A combination of some classic favorites, with the Vermont Cheddar-Ale Dip. Serve with a crusty bread and a local brew for a true taste of New England
  • A Hungry Man’s Quiche recipe, packed with potatoes, ham, and cheese, that always gets rave reviews from our readers
  • What may be the ultimate comfort food, Chicken Pot Pie. Instead of buttery pastry, this one’s topped with herbed mashed potatoes, and baked to a gorgeous golden brown
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