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      Yes, you can make this while camping with a bit of preparation! Your family will think that you are the best cook aroundgiggle smiley
      Camping Chicken and Dumplings
      2-1/2- to 3-pounds chicken2 qt water
      1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
      1/2 tsp pepper
      2 cups all-purpose flour
      1/2 tsp baking soda
      3 tbs shortening
      3/4 cup buttermilk
      In a bowl, combine flour, soda, and 1 tsp salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal.
      Add buttermilk, stirring with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead lightly 4 or 5 times. Spray dough with cooking spray to keep it from drying out and place in a large baggie. Place in fridge until ready to pack in cooler for camping trip.
      When you get to your campsite, get the fire going or set up camp stove. Place chicken in a Dutch oven or large kettle. Add water and 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat,and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Then set up the rest of your camp.
      Remove chicken. Let it cool slightly. Bone chicken, cutting meat into bite-size pieces. Set aside.
      Bring the remaining broth to a boil. Add pepper.*
      You’ll be making drop dumplings, so while the dough is still in the baggie, pat dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Pinch off dough in 1 1/2-inch pieces, and drop into boiling broth.
      Drop dough, one piece at a time, into boiling broth, carefully stirring after each addition. Reduce heat to medium-low or move to edge of fire, and cook 8 to 10 minutes or to desired thickness, stirring occasionally.
      Stir in chicken. Serves 4 to 6.
      *Note: If desired you can prepare chicken at home, place de-boned and sliced chicken in a baggie, and broth in a container. In Dutch oven, bring broth to a boil and follow directions from there.

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