When fall rolls around we crave home-cooked meals and this one brings us memories of grandma’s kitchen and Sunday suppers. This recipe will warm you up inside – its truly comfort food! Roll up those sleeves and serve up this traditional southern meal!
- 1 (2 1⁄2- to 3-lb.) whole chicken
- 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 quarts water
- 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 3/4 cup whole buttermilk
- Place chicken, celery, and carrots in a Dutch oven; add water and 2 teaspoons of the salt. Bring to a boil over high; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until tender, about 1 hour.
- Remove chicken from broth, and let stand until cool enough to handle about 15 minutes. Remove and discard skin and bone from chicken, and cut meat into bite-size pieces. Bring broth to a boil over high; stir in pepper.
- Meanwhile, combine flour, baking soda, and remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; cut in shortening with a pastry blender (or use your fingers) until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Add buttermilk, stirring with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead lightly 4 or 5 times.
- Pat dough to 1⁄2-inch thickness. Pinch off dough in 1 1⁄2-inch pieces, and drop into boiling broth.
- Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency is reached, about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in chicken. Serve!