- Brown the onions in a heavy skillet with some bacon grease until softened and well-colored.
- Add chicken. Brown rapidly, then season with paprika to taste.
- Turn heat down, add enough water added to cover the bottom of the pan, and cook on low. Keep covered but with the lid slightly cocked to prevent boiling.
- Proceed with the dumplings while cooking the chicken.
- Combine flour, eggs, and a pinch of salt with enough to make a dough. For dumplings to be ‘sticky’ inside, make a wetter dough; for all the way through, make a drier dough.
- Use a dessert spoon (or a melon baller for smaller dumplings) to drop pieces of dough into boiling salted water. To keep them from sticking to the spoon, let it heat up in the water.
- Let simmer until the dumplings float. Drain, put in a bowl with a tiny slick of melted fat, and keep them to one side in a warm place.
Notes, tips, and variationsEdit
- Once the chicken is fully cooked (160°F) and your dumplings are all done, stir dumplings and sour cream into the pan of chicken. Mix thoroughly but carefully to coat.
- Add more paprika until it is more pink (or orange) than white.
- Taste sauce; it may need more paprika or salt. Sometimes it is easier to remove the chicken, and then pour the dumplings and sour cream over the top to coat (when serving), depending on how big your pan is.
- Use seeded rye bread to sop up the sauce when you're done eating.