I started out chopping up a whole chicken so that the water can get to the bones. It wasn't pretty but I have a good pair of kitchen scissors that make quick work out of it.
Then I added some carrots, celery, onion, garlic and a bay leaf because for some reason every recipe that involves chicken stock has a bay leaf. I then covered it with some water and set it on high. I had it on from 10:30 am to about 5 pm.
The chicken gave it it's all!
At about five o'clock, I started the base. I chopped a few carrots, some onion and celery. I sweated them out for about twenty minutes over medium heat until the onions were clearish. Then I added the strained chicken stock. I just ladled it from the Crock Pot to the soup pot through a strainer. Once the chicken cooled I picked it. It wasn't exactly cool, I did singe my fingers a bit.
While that was coming up to a boil I started the dumplings. I like floaters. Big fluffy biscuit like dumplings! So I use Bisquick. There I let go of my secret! I found the heart healthy Bisquick makes nice fluffy dumplings. I just follow the directions on the box. I do add a little bit of poultry seasoning and garlic powder to the batter and then I scoop it out with my small ice cream scoop. Since my dumplins start out small I only cook them half the time recommended on the box. I do pull one out and cut it in half to make sure it's done. It usually is and then I get the treat of the first dumpling.
Big pot of yumminess!
Waiting for this bowl to cool off seemed like it took forever!
Yes, I burned my mouth. But it was totally worth it!