Chicken and Dumplings

1 hen, cut up
5 to 6 cups water
1 onion, chopped
5 celery stalks, cut up
1 carrot, cut up
2 sprigs parsley
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup bell pepper
1 tablespoon roux
1-1/2 cups flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
Fresh chives, chopped

Boil hen, onion, celery, carrots, bay leaf, parsley, bell pepper, salt, roux, and black pepper in 6 cups water for 1 hour. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Remove 2 cups of liquid and set aside. Remove chicken and place in a platter. Mix 1-1/2 cups flour, 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup milk, fresh chives should be sticky. Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot gravy. Do not stir. When cooked, teaspoon gravy over chicken.

Serves 10.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana