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Chicken and Dumplings Recipes

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The aroma of this hearty chicken and vegetable stew topped with fluffy dumplings will call the family to dinner quickly. This page contains chicken and dumplings recipes.


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By 3 found this helpful
January 26, 2010

To make chicken and dumplings with less fat, I freeze or chill my chicken broth in the freezer. I then remove the fat which has come to the top. Next, I use some of this fat to make my dumplings along with a little of the broth. My dumplings are healthy and never greasy.

By Alma from Williamsport, TN.

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July 10, 2014

This recipe is for Chicken and Dumplings, with a surprise for the grand kids when you are finished.

Total Time: An hour to an hour and a half.

Yield: 4 adults, 4 grand children, and 2 spoiled dogs


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp cream of tarter
  • 1 package of frozen dumplings


  1. Dice celery and onions.
  2. Place whole chicken in large pot and cover with water.
  3. Add celery and onions and bring to boiling.
  4. Once at rapid boil, turn down to low medium and go get grand kids to make the "dumplings".
  5. Mix flour, salt, and cream of tarter together in a bowl. Let each child add an ingredient. Over low heat add 2 cups warm water to a sided skillet with dry ingredients and 2 T. oil. Stir till a gooey mess. Now let each grand baby stir it from the sides and keep stirring till it is dry. Place the dried dough back in the bowl and place in the fridge to cool.
  6. Take the chicken out of the pot to cool at this time or 45 minutes from when you started, whichever is longer. I put chicken in the fridge to cool faster. Time for a potty break and snack.
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  8. After washing all grand children's hand thoroughly, take dough out of the fridge and divide equally among grand children. I highly suggest putting the dough on Sarah wrap or rubber cutting boards. Let the kids knead the "dumplings" till it is smooth and elastic. Place in a covered dish when done to rest.
  9. Take chicken out of fridge and remove skin first. Then pull all meat off the bones. I only use half the chicken for the recipe and save the other half for fajitas the next day. The grand kids will get grossed out at this point and go play.
  10. Add chicken to the pot with a package of frozen dumplings that the grand kids never see. Place empty frozen dumpling trash at the bottom of the trash container, so you can keep the "surprise" going for years. Bring chicken and dumplings to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and let cook for 15-20 minutes.
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  12. If you want a thicker mixture add 2 T. cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water into the chicken and dumplings to thicken. May need to be repeated if you have tons of chicken broth.
  13. Serve the meal and tell the grand kids you cut their "dumplings" up when they left the kitchen after the chicken de-boning. Rave about how good the dumplings taste. Once their little tummies are full with delicious chicken and dumplings, and their heart is full of love that you shared making a meal together put them down for a nap.
  14. When they are asleep, take the dough mixture out and separate into 4-6 different balls. Take each ball and flatten slightly, add a different food coloring to each flattened ball. Knead each till you have the desired color.
  15. When the kids wake up from nap time."Surprise! You are the best Grandma in the world for having play-doh for them to play with!
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By 2 found this helpful
June 1, 2011

Place chicken into large soup pot and pour in water. Add salt and 2 Tbsp. butter, bring to boil, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer chicken until meat is very tender, 2 1/2 - 3 hours.

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By 4 found this helpful
October 12, 2010

This chicken 'n' dumplin's has all the flavor in a fraction of the time. Juicy chunks of chicken and homemade dumplin's cooked in a creamy juice; a full meal and your family will love it.

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By 4 found this helpful
February 24, 2012

Comforting, easy to make and tastes great. Melts in your mouth!

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February 18, 2011

Easy, good and cheap!

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February 6, 20050 found this helpful

In one big pot, fill pot 2/3 full with water Put 1/2 to 1 pound of chicken (if you use chicken with bones you will have to de-bone at some point), one pound of carrots (cut up or baby), 2-3 sticks celery (cut up), one large onion (quartered), 3 chicken bouillon cubes, 1/2 tsp. powdered garlic, 1/4 tsp. sage, 1/4 tsp. thyme, 1 tsp. salt.

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October 11, 20040 found this helpful

Okay people, this is so easy and yummy. All you need is 2 cans of Cream of Chicken soup, empty into pan, and fill one can up with milk and add to the pan, then get 3 cans of biscuits.

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January 29, 2009

Combine chicken, salt, pepper, and about 6 cups water in a Dutch or large pot. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer 2 hours or until chicken is tender.


Remove chicken from broth; cool. De bone chicken. If necessary, add more water to broth.

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November 30, 20051 found this helpful

Skinless chicken is the basis of this delicious stew with cornmeal dumplings made with low-fat milk.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 15, 2009

Brown onion in shortening, add seasonings. Cover and let simmer slowly until tender. Remove chicken, add sour cream to drippings in pan and mix well. Add dumplings, arrange chicken on top.

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January 4, 2009

Brown the onion in shortening and add the paprika pepper, salt and chicken. Brown the chicken for 10 minutes and add the water. Cover and simmer the chicken until it is tender and remove it from the heat. Mix together the sour cream, flour and the drippings from the pan and mix well. Pour mixture over the chicken.

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February 14, 2008

Here is a good use for leftover chicken. Mine is for one person. Mix pancake mix (I use this instead of regular baking mix, just because I like it. You can use Jiffy or whatever pleases you.)

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February 12, 2008

Use large pan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; drop in dumplings. Cook on low uncovered for 10 minutes. Cover and cook for 10 minutes more.

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October 23, 2007

Place chicken in Dutch oven, cover with water and add parsley, celery, carrot, onion, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes, simmer 2 hours or until tender. Add more water if necessary.

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November 17, 20140 found this helpful

Can I use broken pie crust for dumplings and chicken?

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November 19, 20140 found this helpful

If you're referring to the frozen kind I don't see why not. Would probably be something like the southern rolled dumplings. Give it a go and report back!

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February 7, 20180 found this helpful

Chicken and dumplings is a hearty meal that your whole family will love. Here's a great quick and easy chicken and dumplings recipe.

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April 3, 20170 found this helpful

Camp outs are a perfect time to make this easy chicken and dumplings dinner for your hungry campers. This page contains campfire chicken and dumplings recipe.

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February 20, 20110 found this helpful

This is one of my favorites! Also a very old recipe.


  • 1 chicken (preferably an old hen)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped celery leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
For Dumplings:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk


Cut chicken into serving pieces. Cover with water and cook slowly until almost tender. Add finely chopped onion, celery leaves and seasoning. Cook 15 minutes, and then add the dumplings to the boiling broth and meat. To make the dumplings: Stir dry ingredients together. Add beaten egg and milk. Stir until well blended. drop dough from a teaspoon into boiling chicken. Cover tightly. Cook 12 more minutes. Do not uncover until ready to serve.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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September 18, 20090 found this helpful


  • 1 chicken cut up into quarters
  • 1 Tbsp. chicken seasoning
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced carrot
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp. shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Put chicken in a large Dutch oven with enough water to cover plus about 2 inches. Add chicken seasoning, celery, and carrot. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, covered until meat can be easily removed from the bones. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside until cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile, strain the liquid and return to the pot, throwing out the vegetables or reserving for another use. When chicken is cooled, remove from the bones and return to the liquid in the pot. Bring back to a boil.

Mix the remaining ingredients to form a dough and spoon into the boiling liquid in the pot. Cover pot and simmer for 15 minutes. DO NOT PEEK! After the 15 minutes uncover the pot add salt and pepper if needed and enjoy!

I serve this with big slices of crusty bread and a salad on the side.

By Lighthouselady


Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

WOW!! When I posted this I never knew how many different ways there are to make this comfy dish! I really like some of these ideas. Now I have something to try when I feel like experimenting. (09/13/2006)

By Bonnie Prather

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September 18, 20090 found this helpful

You can use either a whole chicken or just pieces. Boil in stockpot until meat falls off bones. Separate meat from bones and place chicken back in broth, adding your favorite seasonings. I like using soul seasoning and garlic powder. Let broth boil rapidly and use Grand biscuits (that's what I use, but you can use any biscuits) and tear pieces of biscuits off and throw them in the broth. Cook 20 minutes or until done. ENJOY.

Source: A lady I took care of in the 80's.

By castleberrycc from St. Ann, MI

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September 13, 20060 found this helpful

I'm just looking for a cheap and quick recipe for chicken & dumplings. Thanks!

Prettyptbull (07/23/2006)


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Chicken and Dumplings

Boil large frying chicken and debone. Save chicken to go back into broth. I cover chicken with plenty of water and add two chicken bouillon cubes and black pepper. Taste for salt and if it needs it add a little, a teaspoon. Take out one cup of broth ,add one beaten egg and enough self rising flour to make a dough that you can roll out and cut in strips. Add strips back into broth and cook about 15 minutes without stiring. Add chicken and enjoy. (12/05/2005)

By Faye Clayton

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

2 cans of chicken broth, 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, 1 can of flaked or chuncked chicken ( Next to the tuna usually) 1 can of cheap biscuits or dried dumplings in the pasta section at the store. Mix the first 3 indregients together and bring up to a simmer slowly the cut can biscuits in to halves and add to the mix slowly cover and simmer til dumplings are done . Cook slowly or dumplings will be tough. Enjoy (07/20/2006)

By Pat Wilson

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

I found this recipe on another site which is very QUICK! 7 Minute Dinner

You can't beat this "quicker-than-take-out" meal for speed and flavor, great option when you need to eat now.

7 Minute Dinner

Serves 2 to 3 people

Place Chicken broth and cooked chicken in microwave safe 1 1/2 quart size container (like corningware) Heat for 3 to 4 minutes remove from microwave. Add stuffing mix and any seasoning packet that may come with it, stir to mix. Place back in microwave and heat on high for 60 to 90 seconds, remove, fluff and serve.

*The generic versions of the stuffing mix also work very well with this recipe if you are tight on money and time, it's a great option to try.

**If you double the recipe, adjust your cooking container size to a 2 quart size and cooking time, 2 cans of chicken broth, will take about 4 to 5 minutes to heat sufficiently, The stuffing should still take about 60 to 90 seconds to fully heat and absorb the moisture from the broth.

7 minute dinner bowl

Serve with a salad or a side of vegetables and you have a complete meal ready in a snap. This may not be what you want to make this every day, but on those no time to cook days, you still have to eat, this is a tasty and quick alternative.

Try this recipe using canned ham and stuffing for pork for a different flavor, or add some veggies to the broth before heating for a more complete meal.

By Pat Wilson

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Mine is quick and cheap. Add Tone Chicken Base, or any broth mix, to water to cover whatever chicken you have. Add (chopped fine) onion, celery, celery tops, and chunks of cauliflower (all are optional, use whatever you have). Cauliflower is absolutely delicious in this and you need less chicken. Add pepper, but wait on salt because the broth is salty. If you use boneless chicken, this is done in 25 minutes (bring to boil, add Bisquick dumplings, follow package directions--10 minutes covered, 10 minutes uncovered.) If bone-in, cook for 30 minutes before adding the dumplings, and either debone or let everyone do it themselves. (07/21/2006)

By Jeneene

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Use flour tortillas cut up for the dumplings in any recipe for fast and delicous dumplings (07/21/2006)

By Sonya

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Chicken & Dumplings

For the Chicken:

For the Dumplings:

Chicken and Dumplings is just about the most delicious creation to ever come out of the deep South. Pure comfort food, of the highest order. There are as many ways to make it as there are cooks who specialize in it. After much trial and error, I have discovered the key to making good Chicken and Dumplings. It must be started the day before. This give the broth a chance to cool down so you can lift the fat off of it. The fat in the broth makes for an indigestible mess.

So start the day before. Get out a very large pot, 5 quarts or bigger. Put the chicken into the pot and pour the water over it. The chicken should be covered with water, if it isn't add more, until it is. If you use chicken leg quarters, use about 4 of them to make three pounds. Now bring the chicken to a boil on the back of the stove. Put a lid on the pot, or a pizza pan, and reduce the heat to medium-low. It should still simmer, but sort of slow and easy like, the same way the sun sets on a hot summer day in the south, not energetically, but sort of lazy like instead. Now let the chicken simmer like that for a full two hours. Longer if the chicken was partially frozen when you put it in. You want the meat to fall off the bone. When the chicken is good and tender, remove it from the broth. Try to make sure there are no sneaky bones which have worked there way to the bottom of the broth. If you find any, just fish them out. I do this with a slotted spoon, and a fork. The chicken is hot, so be very careful not to burn yourself. Collect your chicken in a dish or bowl and let it cool down. Let the broth cool down too. Then put the whole pot of broth into the fridge overnight.

When the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones. Discard the skin, or give it to a grateful pet lurking nearby. Toss the bones away. Put the chicken in a bread bag or quart size canning jar and keep it in the fridge until tomorrow.

The next day get the big pot out of the fridge and lift off the cake of fat which will be solidified on top. Toss it out. Now bring the broth to a boil on the stove over high heat, adding the chicken bouillon and pepper. When the broth is boiling, add the chicken meat from the fridge. Reduce the heat so that is barely simmers, in that lazy southern sunset way. Taste it carefully and add salt if you think it needs it, probably it doesn't, but make sure first.

While the broth is starting to cook on the stove prepare your dumplings. Get out a big bowl and mix up the oil and milk. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix it up to a stiff batter, like for drop biscuits. Set it aside until you need it.

When the broth and chicken are simmering slowly, it is time to drop in the dumplings. Take small rounded scoops of the dough with teaspoon and drop them into the simmering broth, on top of the boneless chicken. Keep dropping the dough blobs until you have scraped the bowl clean. Now put the lid, or a handy pizza pan over the pot and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Do not peak. Let the dumplings simmer covered for the full 20 minutes.

The thing about dumplings is that they cook partly from the boiling broth and partly from the steam. The steam is what makes the fluffy, and the simmering broth is what cooks them all the way through. So just trust me and don't peak while the dumplings are cooking. When the time is up, serve the chicken and dumplings right away. The broth will have miraculously thickened into a rich gravy, the dumplings will be fluffy and the chicken will be a savory gift from the heavens (or the cook). I serve it in cereal bowl with instant mashed potatoes, green beans, and brownies. Orange juice is good with it too, he citrus flavor sort of feels good on your tongue in between bites of the chicken.

This recipe serves 8 folks pretty well.

It may seem like a lot of work when you read this recipe, but it really isn't. The first day, the hardest part is taking the bones out of the chicken, and that really only takes about 15 minutes, after the meat is cooled down. And the second day, the whole process takes about 30 minutes from when you start it to when you eat it. The other charm of this dish, is that if you have little else beside chicken leg quarters (often less than 50¢ a pound), flour and a little milk, you have a dish fit for royalty. This is one of the best recipes in my whole collection. (Source: (07/21/2006)

By Mary

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

I make chicken soup then thicken it with cornstarch and water. Season really well with rosemary and tyme and garlic. Then when it is ready and boiling, take regular biscuits from the rolls in dairy case popnfresh kind. Take 1 biscuit I use the jumbo ones and cut it into 4ths and roll into balls and drop in. Cook for about 20 minutes on low covered. Tastes really good I bring this to church, and people don't even know that the dumplings are just cut up biscuits. They request this! (07/23/2006)

By linda

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

I know this isn't what you asked for....but if you want good chicken and dumplings and don't want to have to fix from scratch. Go to the frozen section of your grocery store and look for Banquet Crock Pot Classics Chicken and Dumplings. We've got one cooking right now for our Sunday night meal. We think it's pretty good. Give it a try, you might be surprised! (07/23/2006)

By Debbie Dzurilla

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

PS: The Banquet frozen chicken and dumplings costs about $5.99 (it will be on sale too sometimes) and is 5 servings. (07/23/2006)

By Debbie Dzurilla

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