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Amber's Homemade Chicken& Dumplin's

1, 3-4 pound whole chicken
3 cups flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 cup shortening
3 cartons of chicken broth
8-10 drops of yellow food coloring
2/3 cup + 1 T water

Place chicken in a large pot and cover with water. Salt & pepper to taste and cook over medium-high heat until chicken is tender (at least an hour). While chicken is cooking mix flour & salt in a medium bowl. Cut in shortening until it resembles pea-sized balls. Mix in water (one tablespoon at a time) until dough sticks. Turn onto floured surface and roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into squares.

When the chicken is done, cool it and then tear into bite-sized pieces. Save the water from the pot and add chicken broth to it one carton at a time as needed. Add chicken to a pot of chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add food coloring and then slowly add dumplings making sure they do not stick together. Add in salt & pepper to taste. Simmer until dough is thoroughly done.

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