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Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

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Nothing says Southern comfort food like Chicken and Dumplings. With my recipe, you use a can of biscuits to make the delicious dumplings. It’s tried and true and a Southern Kissed favorite recipe and has been shared over a quarter of a million times.

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.

What you need to 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 mother-in-law’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 can be used to make dumplings

The best shortcut to making Quick and Easy 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.

Small pieces of biscuits work best for making chicken and dumplings

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

Dumplings Made With Chicken Bone Broth

Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings in a bowl with spoonChicken and Dumplings Made With Chicken Broth

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Yield: 6 servings

Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings

This classic Southern staple is made easy using a few shortcuts.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


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


  1. Heat chicken broth in pot on medium-high heat and cook until gently boiling.
  2. Add chicken.
  3. Quarter biscuits and place in chicken broth. Stir well.
  4. Add cream of chicken soup and stir.
  5. Put small layer of pepper over dumplings. Stir well and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.


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 Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 1785mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 19g

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Chicken and Dumplings Made With Bone Broth

If you pefer dark meat, then check out the Chicken and Dumplings recipe that Martha Stewart makes.

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Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Delicious, quick recipe and tastes like the old-fashioned recipes! I made it according to the directions and added a bit of McCormick' s poultry seasoning. There were no leftovers! I plan to keep this as my go-to chicken and dumpling recipe!!!


Wednesday 9th of October 2019

Made this today and it turned out great! Added celery, carrots, vidalia onions, and garlic (my husband and I love garlic, so I added a whole bulb). Used Pillsbury biscuits, flattened them, cut into strips, and rolled them in flour. Used two cans of cream of chicken and seasoned with some salt, pepper, and parsley. Delish!

Brad Harris

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

Will try it soon! and give a treat to my kids.


Sunday 11th of August 2019

Made this for dinner tonight. Followed directions exactly, came out perfect. It was delicious. So easy and quick. Will definitely be making this again!

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