Buttermilk Chicken and Dumplings…and a Giveaway!

by doughmesstic on October 21, 2011

in Chicken, Giveaways, Slow Cooker

 

I am a new buttermilk lover.  In the past, it wasn’t something I liked having on hand – but now I find myself keeping it around for a variety of goodies.  it is especially great in these chicken and dumplings.

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This time of year makes me really crave thick, hearty foods.  But I like it to be simple, too.  Chicken and dumplings are perfect in that respect.  I used to make them on the stove, which is easy enough, but things have changed.

I have become a slow cooker convert.

Gone are the days of clunky, difficult to clean, aggravating Slow Cooker Dinosaurs, because now I own a WestBend Versatility Cooker.  Oh sweet Lord.  Where has this been all my life?  It has several temperature settings, a built in timer, and it’s easy to see how your food is coming along thanks to the large glass lid.  But wait – there’s MORE!  Not only is it a six quart slow cooker…the cooker is just a large vessel that sits atop the heat source, meaning – it can go right into the fridge after dinner (no extra dirty dishes!) AND, that heat source?  It’s also a griddle. And it’s dishwasher safe.

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It’s like an appliance from genies or the future, or even genies from the future.  I honestly don’t care which.

I am not parting with it. Ever.

It was so easy to put together these chicken and dumplings: I just put in a few chicken breasts covered in water and chicken stock and a few herbs, set it on high, and a few hours later I tore up the chicken, added butter, cream, some more seasoning,  and my dumplings.

No effort.  At all.

Genies.

Buttermilk Chicken and Dumplings

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours

Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • Buttermilk Chicken and Dumplings
  • 2-3 lbs Uncooked Chicken
  • 2 1/2 quarts water
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 10 Tbsp. Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to taste (lots of pepper)
  • Oregano, to taste
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 cups Self Rising Flour
  • 1/2 cup Shortening

Instructions

  1. Cook the chicken in salted water and stock in the slow cooker until chicken is done. There is no harm in leaving it to simmer for as long as you want, the longer, the more tender it becomes. When you begin to make your dumplings, pull the chicken out to a cutting board so that it can cool. Go ahead and add your butter, seasonings and buttermilk now so that they can be cooking.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour with the shortening using a pastry blender. It comes together very easily. Add about 1 1/2 cups of your chicken stock, straight out of the pot, and stir to combine. The dough will still seem pretty dry, but that’s okay. Dump it out on your counter and knead it a bit until it all comes together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out thinly, to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick (I prefer to smoosh them pretty thin – it’s just the way we like them here.) then use a knife or a pizza roller to cut the dough into strips. Any size will do, but mine are typically 1 1/2 inches across by 3-4 inches long. Add the dumplings to your boiling stock, and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. While they are cooking, chop up your chicken into bit sized pieces. Add it back in at any point.. It is best to keep a lid on the boiling dumplings so that they steam.When dumplings appear done, spoon out and enjoy!
http://doughmesstic.com/2011/10/21/buttermilk-chicken-and-dumplingsand-a-giveaway/

The Giveaway

You didn’t think I was going to brag on that WestBend Versatility Cooker and not offer you one, did you? Of course I’m going to offer you one!


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Leave me a comment here telling me what you’d make in it if you win, and you’ll be entered to win!  But wait! There’s more!  Here are four more chances to win…

Share this post on Facebook, for one chance to win.  Just be sure to come back here and comment, letting me know you did.

For another chance, Tweet the link to this post.  Again, return, and let me know you did – I’m not psychic!

For a third and fourth chance, please Fan Doughmesstic on Facebook and/or Follow me on Twitter.  Each one counts, so that’s two additional chances, just be sure to comment for each one you do.

So there are FOUR chances!

Although not required, I highly recommend Following doughmesstic on Twitter and becoming a Fan on Facebook, as I have this tendency to throw bonus entries out via those two.  In fact, 4 of my last 5 winners have actually been from one of the bonus entries…so it can’t hurt!

Contest is open to addresses in the US only, and closes at 11:59pm on October 25, 2011.  Prize is supplied and shipped by Westbend. I was supplied one to review, but was NOT paid for this post, and all opinions are my own.

{ 184 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb P October 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Make me a slow cooker convert! With busy kids a slow cooker could make dinnertime much easier!

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Lynn October 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

OMG! What would I make with it!? What WOULDN’T I make!! I make an awesome chicken soup, and of course, there’s ALWAYS chilli, not to mention THIS recipe!! I have already printed it out! Can’t wait to try it!

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Debbie October 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I shared this on fb!

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Debbie October 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I follow you on twitter

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Debbie October 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I am a fan on facebook!

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Deena October 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Shared, and am a fan on FB. Can’t wait to try out this recipe!

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Heather October 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

FB Fan.

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Shannon October 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I would love to try my chili recipe in the WestBend slowcooker! It is my number one Fall thing to do .

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Shannon October 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Shared.

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Shannon October 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I am now a FB fan!

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Katie October 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I am a fan on facebook!

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Katie October 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I also follow on twitter

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Marlee October 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I would soooo make this chicken n dumpling recipe! Perfect for my family of six! I have liked on FB and Shared! Pick me! Pick me!!

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Barb @ Mom's Fridge October 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

My kids like chicken and dumplings, and I just haven’t gotten it “quite right” yet. I’d try this recipe!

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Amy October 23, 2011 at 11:34 am

I’m a newlywed without a lot of cooking experience, and this looks like something I might actually use! I am always using recipes from your website, and my husband loves them everytime. If I had this, I would definitely make these chicken and dumplings… :)

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Amy October 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

I also shared this on fb.

And I’m a fb fan.

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Molly Jo October 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I’m not sure what my first meal made would be if I won, but I’m pretty sure I’d use it more often than not and already am dreaming up a collection of recipes to cook! I like your chicken/dumplings; I’ve never tried that before. Would love to give it a chance!

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Molly Jo October 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I posted this link on facebook.

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Molly Jo October 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I’m a fan of DoughMessTic on facebook.

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Molly Jo October 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I shared this on twitter.

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Molly Jo October 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I follow Doughmesstic on twitter.

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Jersey Girl Cooks October 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I would make stew in the crock pot. I could use a new one since mine is over 15 years old. Thanks for the chance!

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Jersey Girl Cooks October 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

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Jersey Girl Cooks October 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I like Doughmesstic on Facebook.

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Barbara | Creative Culinary October 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I make a different kind of dumpling but now I’m wondering if it’s possible in a slow cooker. I could do a test!

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Donna @ Cookistry October 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

First I’d make stock. Then I’d make soup.

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BrerMatt October 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I think I would make chili, for sure. Also, I saw on Pinterest an easy-peasy slow cooker pulled pork recipe. That would do so well here.

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BrerMatt October 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm

And I’m a Doughmesstic Facebook fan.

And an off-Facebook fan, too.

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BrerMatt October 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I also follow you on Twitter.

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Donna @ Cookistry October 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm
Donna @ Cookistry October 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Follow you on twitter

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Donna @ Cookistry October 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Fanned you on FB

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Natalie Merkel October 23, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I would make Beef stew!

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Natalie Merkel October 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I follow you on twitter

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Natalie Merkel October 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I also “LIKE” you on FB.

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Natalie Merkel October 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Okay I tweeted about this post.

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Natalie Merkel October 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Shared this on fb

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Stephanie Sturgeon October 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

I would make chicken and dumplings for my husband.

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tiffany October 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

I would make corned beef and cabbage if i won the crock pot!

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Jenny October 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I’m not sure what I would make – I’m usually not a fan of slow cookers – but I’m willing to give this one a try :-) — ribs or pulled pork?

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Jenny October 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Fan on FB

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Follow on twitter @icywit

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Cindy Carver October 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I just tweeted the link !

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Jules October 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Love a good slow cooker recipe. I make a mean lasagna.

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April @Gluten Is My Bitch October 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I would make a cobbler in that bad boy, because it’s cobbler time, people. Yes, it is.

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April @Gluten Is My Bitch October 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Gluten Is My Bitch really ‘Like’s She’s Becoming DoughMessTic on FB.

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April @Gluten Is My Bitch October 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm

And @atothepg already follows you on Twitter. Whew!

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Denise Wolf October 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Just became a fan on FB. I’m really looking forward to trying your recipes. A new slow cooker would be awesome!

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Denise October 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Just became a fan on FB. I can’t wait to try your recipes out…

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Rachel @ Bakerita October 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I’d definitely make some chili! Been craving it now that the cool fall weather is rolling around. :)

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