Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

What?…were you expecting a salad or something? Pfftttt.

I think Chicken and Dumplings has to be one of my all time favorite comfort foods. It’s really not all that bad for you either. I mean there is no butter or oil in there.

Sure the flour and the Bisquick turn right into sugars, but seriously, cut me a break here people. I live in my own delusional world. Let me be.
It’s an easy dinner to make, there are just a few easy steps. And let me tell you, my chicken and dumplings remind me of Cracker Barrels, only better.  Yeah better, try them for yourself!

They are they best you will ever have…pinky promise.

Chicken and Dumplings



Chicken and dumplings


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Chicken and Dumplings
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Serves: 10-12
The ultimate comfort food, chicken and dumplings
  • 1 5-6 lb whole chicken, reserve the bag of giblets
  • 10 cups water, or enough to cover the chicken
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, whole
  • ½ of a large onion, very rough chop
  • 3 tablespoons instant chicken bouillon
  • 1 26oz box chicken STOCK
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon course Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1½ cups water
  • Flour for dusting
  1. In a large stockpot, add the chicken, contents of bag in the chicken(heart,neck,liver,etc.) water, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic cloves, onion, chicken bouillon and chicken stock.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 to ½ hours or until the chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Remove chicken and allow to cool until cool enough to handle.
  4. Remove the giblets, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic cloves onion(optional) and discard.
  5. Bring the stock back to a boil.
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the Bisquick, flour, parsley, salt and pepper until combined.
  2. Add 1 cup of water and mix. Add the additional water in ¼ cup increments until a wet dough can be formed. You might not have to use the entire 1½ cups or it might take you a tad bit more.
  3. Turn dough out onto a nicely floured surface.
  4. Kneed the dough for about 15 seconds.
  5. Re-flour the surface and roll the dough out to an ⅛" thickness. (The dough will puff up when added to the stock, so it needs to be pretty thin)
  6. Flour the top of the rolled out dough and with a pizza cutter or knife, cut the dough into dumpling strips, about ½" x ½"..this does not have to be perfect.
  7. In small batches, carefully add the dumpling into the boiling stock.
  8. Once all of the dumplings are added, boil for 10 minutes.
  9. Thinly shred the chicken and add back into the dumpling and broth mixture.
  10. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
The chicken and dumpling will thicken upon standing.



  1. 1

    Must be chicken and dumps week on the internets, I just posted mine yesterday! Favorite food around here. Definition of comfort food. Yours look glorious!

  2. 2

    Love these! Cozy food is kinda my thing 😉

  3. 3

    Looks yummie!! Going to fix them tonight!!

  4. 4

    Okay, that’s the first time dumplings have ever looked good to me. They look lighter than the usual gut-bombs that other people call “dumplings.” Nicely done!

  5. 5

    Absolutely yum-tastic! I MUST try these soon…I have been totally cheating and just using premade Gnocchi from Trader Joes as my dumplings, lol!

  6. 7

    I have never made chicken and dumplings. This recipe looks delicious…going on my must try list! Thanks for sharing!

  7. 8

    Now that is a bowlful of comforting goodness. YUM!

  8. 9

    I never had a desire to make this dish…but you make it look delectable! Thanks!

  9. 10

    Lovely! Have bookmarked it 🙂

  10. 11

    I haven’t had chicken and dumplings in years…. but they are such a comfort food for me. I have a fond memory of being ‘stranded’ at my grandmother’s house during an ice storm as a child and my grandmother making a big ‘ole pot of chicken and dumplings. There’s just something so comforting about eating a bowl of chicken and dumplings with family by the fireplace!

  11. 12

    One of the best I’ve seen. I absolutely love chicken and dumplings. Pinned.

  12. 13

    Oooo boy do I miss carbs. This looks awesome!!

  13. 14

    SO, I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out how I can justify flour and butter as “vegetables,” since I am trying to eat more of those things and soup is a good vehicle for that. Sigh. Screw it. This looks awesome. Must. Make.

  14. 15

    That chicken and dumplings looks gorgeous! If it is in any way reminiscent of Cracker Barrel foods, I’ll have to give this recipe a try next time I visit my grandma–she loves that place. 😀

  15. 16

    Looks delicious, I love chicken and dumplings soup. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at

  16. 17

    the presentation is beautiful and it looks pretty good, I’ve never had chicken and dumplings but I can’t wait to try it

  17. 18

    It does look very comforting.. Can I have a bowl?

    The Mommy Who Never Sleeps

  18. 19

    I haven’t made this in many years. It looks delicious and my husband would go crazy for it!! Happy New Year to you!

  19. 20

    That does look good. I like that you rolled the dumplings into thin pieces. Thin means healthier, right?! 😉

  20. 21

    –Just looked under “Comfort Foods” & Saw This Photo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x

  21. 22

    Mmmmmm. MMMMMMMM! Just like mamma used to make. You are such a temptress! 😉

  22. 23

    Leslie, what a perfect comfort food meal! Love your pics.

  23. 24

    Leslie, this sounds delicious. It is perfect for a damp and chili day. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  24. 25

    Girl, this is comfort food in the absolute bestest way! Love it 🙂

  25. 26

    Ive already bookmarked this to make, it looks delicious. In Pa. this is called Chicken Pot Pie. I tried making it once and couldn’t get the dough rolled out right so I’m trying yours.

  26. 27

    mmmm, i could eat this any day of the week, i love chicken and dumplings!

  27. 28

    Tis the season! I heart this recipe, and the pic is so pretty!!

  28. 29

    Yum! I can’t wait to try your recipe. Chicken and homemade dumplings are definitely a favorite comfort food for me and always takes me back to my carefree childhood.

  29. 30

    I have to make my own dumplings, and soon. This sounds so comforting and Delicious!

  30. 31

    You are so right. Nothing better than dumplings….I learned this from my mother who put them on and into everything! I even like them in plain chicken broth. Used to make simple ones for my kids when they were sick!
    Double yum to this recipe, Leslie!

  31. 32

    Mmmm, love the looks of your dumplings! I’ll take this meal over a salad right now; actually I wish I did have a bowl right now.

  32. 33

    this is very high on my list of favorite comfort foods as well. i love your dumpling method!

  33. 34

    This is definite comfort food! Yum!

  34. 35

    I have never had hikes and dumplings or cracker barrel and I am wondering why?! This looks insanely good.

  35. 36

    Perfect timing…this looks like comfort food for a cold Sunday night. Yum! Thanks for sharing, Leslie 🙂

  36. 37

    Would you believe, I have never had chicken and dumplings. I can’t why. Time to change that. Yours is a good sales pitch for making my own dish.

  37. 38

    not that there is anything wrong with a salad, but OMG this looks amazing! I love that you rolled your dumplings and made them into squares.

  38. 39

    oh glory! those dumplin’s look delicious ((chews through computer screen))

  39. 40

    YUM! looks UH.MAZ.ING.

  40. 41

    Yum! This looks absolutely amazing. I just bought the perfect little cooking dishes too that are just waiting to be tried out. =)

  41. 42

    and if you want to skip making dough alltogether go to the frozen section in your store where biscuits are..they make frozen dumplings! they are dough strips and so easy and i think delicious…WAY better than using canned biscuits (if you’re cheating)

    • 43

      Very true. I actually had some frozen dumplings in my freezer. While they are delicious, they don’t have any flavorings in them. I love to add flavor to every aspect of my recipes. I too am not a fan of the biscuit topping.

  42. 44

    A recent stop at a cracker barrel while on a road trip left me dying for some chicken and dumplings. These were my first attempt at making my own dumplings, and they were AMAZING. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  43. 45

    Your chicken and dumplings look wonderful! I always use canned biscuits for mine, but I think I’ll need to try your recipe soon!

  44. 46

    I made this last night and it was amazing! The chicken was so tender being cooked whole, and the chicken stock had so much flavor. My kids even loved it. This is the ultimate comfort meal.

  45. 50

    Okay so I’m attempting to make your chicken and dumplings for the first time, no pressure there, lol. I have a feeling I’ll be calling you and perhaps even borrowing some cooking tools too. I’ll let ya know how it goes, hope they taste as great as yours do!!!


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