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Chicken and Dumplings

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A old fashioned chicken and dumplings is the ultimate comfort food featuring chicken, veggies and tender dumplings all simmered in a creamy sauce.
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  1. CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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Easy, hearty, and delicious, this simple recipe for homemade chicken and dumplings is a classic family favorite that’s ready in minutes. Fresh veggies and tender chicken are simmered in a delicious broth with from-scratch fluffy dumplings dropped on top.

For more satisfying comfort food, you’ll also love our old-fashioned meatloaf and my grandma’s chicken casserole recipe. 

CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

For the Soup:

  • 3-4 cups shredded rotissierie chicken (or 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded)
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Chicken
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 carrots, cut in half lengthwise and then diced
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced finely
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

For the Dumplings:

  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2/3 cup milk

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHICKEN: There are several options for making the chicken for this great recipe. Here are our suggestions:

  • OVEN: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Drizzle olive oil on the chicken breast and then season them with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Spray your cooking dish so they don’t stick! Bake for 25 minutes until they reach 165°F. Allow to rest before you shred them.
  • SLOW COOKER: Place 6 large chicken breasts in a slow cooker. 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. 
  • LEFTOVERS: If you have leftover chicken breast from another meal in the fridge (like leftover Oven Baked Chicken), this is the perfect recipe to use it in! You can add more than the recommended two cups if you’d like an even heartier soup. 

CHICKEN: You could also use boneless skinless chicken thighs in place of the chicken breasts in this easy recipe.

VEGETABLES: Add in other favorite vegetables like corn, peas, zucchini or peppers for added texture and an even heartier dish! Frozen veggies can be used in place of fresh vegetables for this recipe.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS RECIPE

STEP ONE: In a large bowl combine water and Better than Bouillon to make chicken stock. Place in the microwave for 3 minutes. Remove and stir well. Set aside.

STEP TWO: In a large stockpot over medium heat, add carrots, celery, onion, and 4 tablespoons butter. Stir well to combine. Let cook for 10 minutes, stirring often to ensure that the onions don’t burn.

STEP THREE: Add the ½ cup flour and stir to combine. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.

STEP FOUR: Add the shredded chicken, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and 1 cup of milk. Stir well. Turn temperature to low and let simmer while making the dumplings mixture.

STEP FIVE: In a separate bowl, add the seasonings to the Bisquick and gently toss to incorporate.

PRO TIP:

Don’t over mix the batter. Mix until just combined.

STEP SIX: Drizzle the milk into the Bisquick flour and gently stir to incorporate the liquid. DO NOT OVERMIX. Let the batter rest for 1-2 minutes.

STEP SEVEN: Using a 1 ½ tablespoon (1.5 inch) cookie scoop, gently drop the Bisquick batter *leaving space between each dumpling because they will expand in size as they cook* into the simmering chicken and vegetables. Cover the pot with a lid and allow the dumplings to simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.

STEP EIGHT: Very carefully turn over each dumpling in the pot (being careful not to break them apart) and continue to cook, uncovered, for an additional 2-3 minutes.

PRO TIP:

Be sure to leave the pot covered during this time to let the steam do its thing and make the dumplings fluffy! You can check if the dumplings are done by inserting a toothpick into the middle. Overcooked dumplings will start to break apart, so watch closely at the end.

STEP NINE: Serve immediately. You can also garnish with a little chopped parsley if you’d like. This yields 12 dumplings.

HOW TO SERVE

This delicious chicken and dumplings meal is filling just as it is, so sides are completely optional—we usually eat it without any! This is a great thing to serve on a cold night. If you do want a side, add a Caesar salad or green beans.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You can keep it in the fridge for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. The leftovers are delicious for lunch! 

IN THE FREEZER: You can keep in the freezer for 2 to 3 months in a freezer-safe container. I prefer freezing the soup portion, then thawing it and making the dumplings fresh if possible! 

This easy chicken and dumplings recipe is perfectly filling, with sauteed veggies, shredded rotisserie chicken, and homemade pillowy dumplings that are light and fluffy, In just 45 minutes you can have a classic dish that is hearty and cozy. You’ll love this delicious, old-fashioned, one-pot dinner! 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I shred chicken?

To shred chicken, use two forks. Holding one in each hand, use them to pull the chicken pieces apart.

Can I make my own homemade dumplings for this crockpot meal?

If you have a preferred recipe for your own delicious dumplings, you are more than welcome to whip up a batch of dumpling dough and drop dumplings into the pot for this creamy chicken recipe.

Can I freeze this recipe?

You can keep it in the freezer for 2-3 months in a freezer-safe container. I prefer freezing the soup portion, then thawing it and making the dumplings fresh if possible! 

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Chicken and Dumplings

5 from 31 votes
A old fashioned chicken and dumplings is the ultimate comfort food featuring chicken, veggies and tender dumplings all simmered in a creamy sauce.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the Soup

  • 3 to 4 cups rotisserie chicken shredded (or 2 large chicken breasts cooked and shredded)
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons Better than Bouillon Chicken
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 carrots cut in half lengthwise and then diced
  • 4 celery stalks diced
  • 2 small yellow onions diced finely
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

For the Dumplings

  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2/3 cup milk

Instructions
 

For the soup

  • In a large bowl combine water and better than bouillon to make chicken broth. Place in the microwave for 3 minutes. Remove and stir well. Set aside.
  • In a large stock pot over medium heat, add carrots, celery, onion, and 4 tbsp butter. Stir well to combine. Let cook for 10 minutes, stirring often to ensure that the onions don’t burn.
  • Add ½ cup flour and stir to combine. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add the shredded chicken, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and milk. Stir well. Turn temperature to low and let simmer while making the dumplings mixture.

For the dumplings

  • In a separate bowl, add the seasonings to the Bisquick and gently toss to incorporate.
  • Drizzle the milk into the bisquick flour and gently stir to incorporate the liquid. DO NOT OVERMIX. Let the batter rest for 1-2 minutes.
  • Using a 1 ½ tablespoon (1.5 inch) cookie scoop, gently drop the Bisquick batter *leaving space between each dumpling because they will expand in size as they cook* into the simmering chicken and vegetables. Cover the pot with a lid and allow the dumplings to simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Very carefully turn over each dumpling in the pot (being careful not to break them apart) and continue to cook, uncovered, for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy. Optional to garnish with a little chopped parsley. This yields 12 dumplings.

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Notes

TIP: Don’t over mix the batter. Mix until just combined.
 
TIP: Be sure to leave the pot covered during this time to let the steam do it’s thing and make the dumplings fluffy! You can check if the dumplings are done by inserting a toothpick into the middle. Overcooked dumplings will start to break apart, so watch closely at the end.

Nutrition

Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1977mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5372IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Josette says

    This looks amazing. Was wondering if anyone has tried it with homemade pot pie noodles instead of the dumplings? Not a fan of f Bisquick biscuits.

  2. Debbie says

    5 stars
    This soup is delicious! I didn’t have what I needed for the dumplings so instead used wide Amish egg noodles which I threw in dry & cooked about 10 min before adding the chicken. I’ve always been a big fan of chicken & dumplings I could tell this recipe makes good dumplings. This is a saver that I will definitely make again & again.

  3. Lynn says

    5 stars
    My17 yr old granddaughter asked me to make chicken and dumplings “my way” today so of course that was now on tonight’s menu. We have lived in the south for so long that I typically make them the southern way rather than with fluffy steamed biscuity dumplings and I could not find my old recipe so I punted. Girl, this was a home run in my granddaughter’s eyes! She ate her fill and asked if she could take the leftovers so she could have a midnight snack. Thank you from a happy grandmother!

  4. Sondra McAdams says

    5 stars
    I’ve made this twice now snd it is so delicious, but my dumplings all merge together and become one. Please help

  5. Jess says

    5 stars
    My first time making chicken & dumplings & this tasted sooo amazing!!. Hubby & kid approved! I did tweak just a little: ddnt have boulion chicken so i used only 6 cups vegetable broth and added a bit of soulful seasoned salt to it. I also added 1tsp and a half of soulful season salt to the chicken.
    Not sure why but my dumplings merged together and i also had to turn temperature up and cook on medium for dumplings to get done.

  6. Barbara says

    5 stars
    This recipe was superb. I have made a variation of this recipe, but bar none this is the best recipe I have ever had. I boiled a whole chicken in water and used the skimmed broth in place of plain water. My husband had seconds. He NEVER has seconds unless it’s super yummy. Thank you for sharing. This will be the only way I make chicken and dumplings going forward!

  7. Kim Hendrix says

    5 stars
    My family LOVED this! I reduced recipe to only 2 carrots and 2 celery sticks and 1 onion while making this-everything else remained the same. I will most assured make this again.

    Thank you-

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