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Easy Chicken and Dumplings

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I grew up in a small town in the Midwest. It was everything a magical childhood should be. My grandparents owned over 40 acres of farmland in small town America — which led me to growing up having some of the very best experiences a girl can imagine. Thanks to America’s Farmers for sponsoring this post.

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As a child, I grew up riding horses, picking blackberries, rowing boats and finding all sorts of wild adventures to go on.

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I also got to spend lots of time with my wonderful Papa and Mim. My special grandparents have spent a lifetime together helping others around them. Their house was filled with the laughter of my cousins and I as we ran up and down the halls.

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Holidays meant being gathered around singing carols together as a family. Time at their home meant bowls of ice cream and endless stories at bedtime. Time at their house was magical.

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I helped Papa around the farm and in his workshop. He taught me to drive a tractor long before I could drive a car. To this day, the smell of his shop almost brings me to tears, just thinking of all the hours we spent working, talking and laughing together.

Those are some of my very best memories. He instilled his tireless work ethic in me as well as helping me believe that anything is possible if you work for it.

Ingredients for Chicken and Dumplings

Equally precious to me are the memories of days in the kitchen with my Mim. To this day, my favorite foods are things she has created.

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

We had lots of afternoons baking and cooking together before family and friends would gather for meals and potlucks.

Easy Dumpling Recipe

Any potluck meant there would be crockpots full of chicken and dumplings and at least four different kinds of mashed potatoes. And really…. what more does a girl need?!

Easy Dumplings

The My Town campaign is celebrating all the parts of community that create such a special place to live and grow. Small towns can sometimes get a bad reputation but research shows that 95% of residents of rural communities are proud to call their corner of the world home — and boast of the many positive attributes you can enjoy there.


Easy Recipe for Chicken and Dumplings

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Best Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings are a meal that I don’t make often enough but whenever I do, it immediately makes me feel like I’m home… safe at Papa and Mim’s, with the people that I love.

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

It’s incredible how food can transport us into a memory. Potlucks represent the feeling of community that I grew up experiencing. I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as I do!


Easy Chicken and Dumplings

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 5 cups cooked shredded chicken (recipe below)
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 64 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup

For the dumplings:

  • 2 1/3 cup biscuit mix
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  1. In a small measuring cup, measure out the milk for dumplings and stir in 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Let sit until ready to use.
  2. In a large pot, pour in olive oil, carrots, onions and seasonings. Cook over medium heat until onions are translucent.
  3. Add chicken, peas and broth. Bring to a low simmer.
  4. While soup is coming to a low simmer, make the dumplings. In a large bowl, mix together biscuit mix and soured milk.  Mix until it forms a ball.  Generously flour a clean surface and turn the dough out and form a round disc.  Roll out until ½ inch thick.  Use a pizza cutter to cut into strips.  Then cut the strips into thirds.
  5. When the soup comes to a boil, stir in cream of chicken and cream of celery soup.
  6. Gently add the dumplings to the pot and gently stir.
  7. Let simmer for 5-7 minutes until the dumplings have cooked through.
  8. Let cool slightly and garnish with fresh parsley.

For the chicken:

Place 6 large chicken breasts in a crockpot.  Season generously with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.  Thickly slice 1 sweet onion and place rings over the top of the chicken.  Pour in ½ cup water or chicken broth.  Cook on low for 3-4 hours. When done, shred the chicken to use in various meals.  ( I used half for the dumplings and will use the rest for enchiladas)


Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.