from Chef Nick Melvin of Venkman's in Atlanta, Georgia
1 3–3½-pound whole chicken, rinsed
Chicken stock, enough to cover chicken
4 cups cake flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
½ cup mixed herbs (such as parsley, chives, thyme, and tarragon)
4 tablespoons melted butter
1½ cups buttermilk
3 medium carrots, peeled and diced into ½-inch pieces
3 celery stalks, diced into ½-inch pieces
2 yellow onions, diced into ½-inch pieces
3 cups English peas, preferably frozen from previous season
[media size="medium" align="right" caption="Chicken and Dumplings Prep. Photo by Emily Schultz"]
Place chicken in large pot and cover with stock. Boil on high heat for approximately 45 minutes or until chicken is falling off bone.
Strain stock, reserving carcass and meat.
Return stock to pot and place over medium-high heat. Season to taste.
Pick chicken meat, discarding skin and bones, and set aside.
In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and herbs. Make a well in center of flour and slowly add melted butter and buttermilk. Incorporate wet with dry with a spoon until wet biscuit dough forms.
Bring stock to a simmer and find spot in pot where simmer is strongest. Use serving spoons to drop dumplings into or around strong simmer spot. Once 90 percent of surface of stock is covered with dumplings, reduce heat to medium-low. Turn dumplings after approximately 5–7 minutes to cook on other side.
Make hole in “dumpling cover” and slide pulled chicken and vegetables into soup, trying not to disturb other dumplings. Cook for another 7–10 minutes and enjoy.