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Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

The easiest and fastest way to make chicken and dumplings is to use a can of biscuits. It’s true. Canned biscuits make excellent dumplings in this classic Southern comfort food dish.

bowl of Chicken and Dumplings

What are Chicken and Dumplings?

Chicken and Dumplings are a staple in the deep South.   Basically, it’s like a thick, creamy chicken stew with pillowy dumplings.  The dumplings are cooked in the broth and seasoned, usually with a lot of pepper.

The first time I ever had any was on a trip to visit my husband’s parents (when we were dating).  Being originally from the North, it was not something that we ate at home.  Little did I know what treat was in store for me.  Since my husband seemed to enjoy them, I know they had to be good.  After trying them, I could see why.

How to easily make Chicken and Dumplings

There are only a few items that you need to make this super delicious one-pot dish:

  • Chicken
  • Chicken broth
  • cream of chicken soup
  • canned biscuits
  • pepper

While I don’t have my husband’s mom’s recipe and am unable to call her for exact directions, I believe that she would be pretty pleased with my version. I know that for the dumplings she used refrigerated canned biscuits and am not sure about the rest.

It doesn’t take special equipment to make these quick and easy chicken and dumplings – a nice large pot will do the trick.

Grands biscuits

The best shortcut to making Chicken and Dumplings?  

Canned biscuits.  You can use either 2 cans of refrigerated biscuit dough or one package of Grands biscuit dough.

My mother-in-law’s technique for making the dumplings was to pinch off the dough into small pieces and it to the pot.  I did that for years and then started to use a pizza cutter to do the trick. However, a large knife does the job even better if the dough is cold.

Cutting biscuits with a knife to make Chicken and Dumplings

A tip for cooking them:  smaller dumplings cook better.  The dough will expand once it is placed in the warm broth.

biscuit dumplings

You can use regular chicken broth or chicken bone broth. Bone broth will impart a richer, darker color to the dumplings.

chicken and dumplings made with bone broth

Dumplings Made With Chicken Bone Broth

bowl of Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings Made With Chicken Broth

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Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings

This classic Southern staple is made easy using a few shortcuts.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, dinner, Dumplings, southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 379kcal
Author Lynda

Ingredients

  • 1 – 32 oz carton of Chicken Broth
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 2 cans refrigerated biscuits
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat chicken broth in pot on medium-high heat and cook until gently boiling.
  • Add chicken.
  • Add cream of chicken soup and stir.
  • Cut biscuits into small pieces and place in chicken broth mixture. Stir well.
  • Put a small layer of pepper over dumplings. Stir well and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.

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Notes

Nutrition information is approximate. Values for 2 cans of Pillsbury™ Buttermilk Refrigerated Biscuits (from a Value Pack), 2 cups of chicken, and 12 ounces of cream of chicken soup were used in the calculation.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1785mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g
pot of chicken and dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings Made With Bone Broth

If you prefer dark meat, then check out the recipe that Martha Stewart makes. Prefer to use your Crock Pot? Sweet T Makes Three has you covered.

Quick and Easy versus Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

From the recipe above, you can see how easy this recipe is to make. Let’s take a quick look at Old Fashioned method.

First, you need either chicken stock or chicken broth. You can get it either by boiling a whole chicken in a large Dutch oven preferably with some aromatics (herbs and spices) over medium-high heat. The results are tender chicken and homemade broth. This is a good time to turn the burner off momentarily.

Next, you have to transfer chicken, chicken pieces, and other flavoring ingredients from the broth and skim any undesirable floating materials like chicken fat. The chicken meat needs to be taken off the bones. Return shredded chicken meat to the broth and adjust the temperature to

Now it’s time to look at making dumpling dough. For this, you need a mixing bowl, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, thyme, whole milk, and butter. Combine flour and the dry ingredients, melt butter, and then add the butter and milk to the dry ingredients. Mix well with a wooden spoon or a spatula. You can then either roll out the dumpling dough and cut it into strips or simply coop it into the flavorful broth. Turn the burner on and adjust to medium heat. Let the dumplings cook for about 15 minutes.

To me, using canned biscuits is the clear winner when it comes to convenience. It’s the perfect recipe for saving time in the kitchen. Truth be told, making everything scratch is a winner when it comes to eating cleaner. Unfortunately, we don’t always have enough time and just need an easy recipe to follow.


I hope you enjoy this family favorite. It’s a great recipe with simple ingredients that you can pick up at the grocery store. It’s perfect all year round, but especially on a cold night.


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Recipe Rating




Allie

Thursday 1st of April 2021

I love how easy this recipe is! I have made it this way many times, I have also made it using cream of celery soup and frozen biscuit dough that I let thaw then cut just because that was what I had on hand at the time. Its excellent both ways, the frozen biscuit dough tastes even better, closer to homemade than the canned dough, it has less preservatives than the refrigerated but you have to pull out what you want ahead of time and let it thaw out to cut. Sometimes I will add leftover cooked carrots when I have them. I love how easy this is to throw together on a busy night. I've found myself stopping to pick up a rotisserie chicken on the way home from work more than once just to throw this together for the kids on really busy days. They eat this about once a month through the fall and winter and never get tired of it. Here it is spring and I am fixing to make it for the last time until next fall, its time to rotate the menu and prepare for summer lol.

Lynda

Friday 2nd of April 2021

Thanks so much, Allie, for taking the time to let me know how you like this recipe. It makes my heart so happy!

Daniel Miller

Monday 22nd of March 2021

This recipe was fantastic! Turned out almost exactly like my mom would make when I was a kid.

The consistency will be very thick so if you want more of a soupy or loose chicken and dumplings I'd use more broth or fewer biscuits. Also, these dumplings are not the flat type so the texture will seem doughy if you're not used to this style, but the cooking for 10 minutes and resting for 5 was all it took to cook them all the way through.. If you love the thick ball-type dumpling then this is perfect.

I used everything exactly as the recipe stated in a 4 quart Dutch oven and the ingredients fit exactly. If you add any larger amounts of ingredients or add vegetables you'll need to use a 6 quart Dutch oven or it won't fit.

I used canned chicken and thought the taste was very good. I'll be making his version from now on.

Lynda

Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

Thanks, Daniel, for making my day! (This is the best comment I have gotten in 2021.). It makes my heart happy that you like this recipe.

Melissa Porter

Monday 22nd of March 2021

Anyone have suggestions on using frozen dumplings? Same amt of broth?

Sandy

Monday 8th of March 2021

Great recipe!

Camille

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

This recipe needs to be way more detailed. I used 2 cans of the biscuits pictured and it was way too much. One can would’ve been plenty. Also not sure if they cooked all the way through and it was hard to tell when they were ok enough to consume considering you cook the dough raw in the soup and broth mixture.

Lynda

Thursday 25th of February 2021

What size cans did you use?