Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. develops and operates the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. Its restaurants provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The company’s gift shops offer various decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts, apparel, toys, music CD’s, cookware, old-fashioned-looking ceramics, figurines, a book-on-audio sale-and-exchange program, and various other gift items, as well as candies, preserves, pies, cornbread mixes, coffee, syrups, pancake mixes, and other food items. As of September 18, 2012, it operated 620 stores in 42 states. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Cracker Barrel Chicken And Dumplings


  • Chicken and Broth
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 3-4 pound chicken cut up
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-6 whole parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Dumplings

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the chicken, 1 teaspoon of salt, onion, celery, garlic, bay leaf, and parsley to the pot. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook the chicken, uncovered, for 2 hours. The liquid will reduce by about one third.

2. When the chicken has cooked, remove it from the pot and set it aside. Strain the stock to remove all the vegetables and floating scum. You only want the stock and the chicken, so toss everything else out.

3. Pour 1 1/2 quarts (6 cups) of the stock back into the pot (keep the leftover stock, if any, for another recipe-it can be frozen). You may also want to use a smaller pot or a large saucepan for this. Add coarsely ground pepper, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the lemon juice, then reheat the stock over medium heat while preparing the dumplings.

4. For dumplings, combine the flour, baking powder, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and milk in a medium bowl. Stir well until smooth, then let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes. Roll the dough out onto a floured surface to about a 1/2 inch thickness.

5. Cut the dough into 1/2 inch squares and drop each square into the simmering stock. Use all of the dough. The dumplings will first swell and then slowly shrink as they partially dissolve to thicken the stock into a white gravy. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until thick. Stir often.

6. While the stock is thickening, the chicken will have become cool enough to handle. Tear all the meat from the bones and remove the skin. Cut the chicken meat into bite-size or a little bigger than bite-size pieces and drop them into the pot. Discard the skin and bones. Continue to simmer the chicken and dumplings for another 5-10 minutes, but don't stir too vigorously or the chicken will shred and fall apart. You want big chunks of chicken in the end.

7. When the gravy has reached the desired consistency, ladle four portions onto plates and serve hot. Serve with your choice of steamed vegetables, if desired.

4 comments:

  1. okay, no way those dumplings will "roll out" with a 2 parts flour to 1 part milk. Regular biscuit dough is almost 3 to 1 (2 cups dry to 3/4 cup wet), your recipe would be almost waffle batter.

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  2. Chicken and Broth; 3 quarts water; 1 3-4 pound chicken cut up; 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; 1 small onion sliced; 2 stalks celery, chopped; 1 clove ... 1crackerbarrel.blogspot.com

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  3. Description

    A bowl of chicken and dumplings. A glass of sweet tea. It’s a meal any Kentuckian would be proud to fix and danged happy to sit down to. And it’s not hard to make. Come on, I’ll show you how.
    Ingredients

    2 cups Flour
    ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
    1 pinch Salt
    2 Tablespoons Butter
    1 cup Milk, A Bit Less Than A Full Cup
    2 quarts Chicken Broth
    3 cups Cooked Chicken

    Preparation Instructions

    In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender. Stir in the milk, mixing with a fork until the dough forms a ball.

    Heavily flour a work surface. You’ll need a rolling pin and something to cut the dumplings with. I like to use a pizza cutter. I also like to use a small spatula to lift the dumplings off the cutting surface.

    Roll the dough out thin with a heavily floured rolling pin. Dip your cutter in flour and cut the dumplings in squares about 2″x2″. It’s okay for them not to be exact. Just eye ball it. Some will be bigger, some smaller, some shaped funny.

    Use the floured spatula to put them on a heavily floured plate. Just keep flouring between the layers of dumplings.

    To cook them, bring the broth to a boil. Drop the dumplings in one at a time, stirring while you add them. The extra flour on them will help thicken the broth. Cook them for about 15-20 minutes or until they not doughy tasting. Add the cooked chicken to the pot and you’re done!

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  4. This is EXACTLY how my mama makes it – a recipe from her grandmother.

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