Maw Maw’s Chicken and Dumplings (Fricassee)


I like to spoil my grandchildren; I knew this was my granddaughter’s favorite dish so I would cook it for her when she came. Here is a secret that neither she nor my daughter knows. Well you see neither of them like celery and some of my other grandchildren do not like green onions. So what I do is chop the celery extra fine and although the green onions are meant to be put in the dish in the last few minutes of cooking; I just add it early in the cooking process. That way it cooks down, disappears and no one knows that the celery and green onions are in the dish except us now. That will be our little secret. Ssssssssssssh, no telling!


  • 1/2 jar Savoie's Roux or 1/2 cup roux
  • 1 cut up fryer; skin removed optional
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, very finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 pods of fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup scallions green onions chopped finely
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 tbsp melted shortening
  • enough milk to make the dough sticky


Step 1

In a heavy duty or cast iron pot, warm the roux and then add about 1 quart water. Add the onion, bell pepper and celery and seasonings; simmer in the roux mixture for approximately 30 minutes.

Step 2

Add the cut up chicken and let it cook until fork tender approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Add additional water if needed for desired thickness and bring to a boil shortly before adding the dumplings.

Step 3

Prepare the dumplings: Sift together the dry ingredients and mix into a dough with the egg, the melted shortening and milk. It should be fairly thick and sticky. Drop the dumplings from a teaspoon or tablespoon into the boiling chicken stew gravy. Cook closely covered for 10-15 minutes. Over cooking will make the dumplings tough and chewy. When cooked just right they are very light and fluffy when you bite into them.

Step 4

You can also use the dumpling recipe on Bisquick or Pioneer Baking Mix.

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