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I Made Carla Hall’s Chicken and Dumplings

If you have been reading my blog, you probably know that I have never made chicken and dumplings.  My Mother and Grandmother made them from scratch but they never showed me how to make them.  I have seen many different versions of them and I realized that I don’t like the flavor of some of them.  I think they can taste a little bland.  After I finally got the courage to try to make the dumplings, I looked through many cookbooks and  decided to make Carla Hall’s version from her Carla’s Comfort Foods cookbook.  Carla is on The Chew, a daily TV cooking show here in the US, and she is from Nashville, TN.  She incorporates new techniques with older versions of recipes.

Carla’s recipe includes carrots, onions and celery and that would be a gigantic NoNo in this area of North Carolina.  We don’t traditionally put vegetables in our chicken pies so vegetables in dumplings would be unthinkable.  As I continued to read Carla’s recipe, I liked the idea of using bone in dark meat chicken pieces as I think they add flavor to any chicken dish.  The only herb that Carla used was thyme and it is a favorite of mine.

It took me a long time to prepare the dumplings for the first time but I prodded along and did not get into a rush.  I was a little apprehensive about what Mr. D would think of them as they were very non-traditional compared to the chicken and dumplings he is familiar with.  He liked them and said they were a cross between my grandmothers and the dumplings from a previous church we attended. I loved the texture of the dumplings as they seemed very light and fluffy.  However they absorbed the broth and had a delicious taste.

Here is a picture of my dumplings and I was so happy with the results.


Here is Carla’s recipe and it is listed below on two pages.

Page One:

carla's chicken and dumplings


Page Two

carla's chicken and dumplings 2

I loved the way Carla gave such good instructions about preparing the recipe.  The only thing that I did differently is when I was ready to cook the dumplings, I did not think I had enough broth so I added another cup of broth to the mixture and let it come to a boil before adding the dumplings.  We had enough of the tasty meal for ourselves and to share with a neighbor.

I will agree with Carla that her Aunt Minnie was great at preparing dumplings and I know that I will give it a try again soon.  Thanks Aunt Minnie and Carla for helping me to accomplish my wish of making homemade chicken and dumplings.  I truly believe Carla and her Aunt Minnie had a joy for cooking. Now I know for sure that I am truly Southern as I have learned how to make dumplings.

Thanks for stopping by.

2 responses »

  1. Barbara Piekarski

    Chicken and Dumplings is truly comfort food. I grew up with the slick noodle like dumplings but I will give Aunt Minnie’s recipe a try. Winter is the perfect time for something warm and tasty that can make a meal, especially for someone feeling sickly.

  2. Thanks Barbara and this recipe is so flavorful. I think you will really like the results.


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