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Quick and Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

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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! 

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. Cut biscuits into small pieces 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.

If you like Easy Chicken and Dumplings, Here are some more Southern Recipes You Should Try:

*Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf  –  This is one of my favorite recipes using ground beef.  The brown sugar topping complements the beefy loaf of goodness.
*Southern Buttermilk Biscuits – These biscuits are made with only 3 basic kitchen staples.  They can be made in under 30 minutes and are so much better than store-bought canned biscuits.
*Easy Chicken and Dressing – This recipe is another classic Southern favorite.
*Chicken Fiesta Casserole– Chicken and shredded potatoes are combined in one dish to make an easy weeknight delicious dinner.

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Monday 23rd of November 2020

Thank you!! My heart is happy!! Comfort at its best!!


Tuesday 24th of November 2020



Thursday 19th of November 2020

Can this be done in the crockpot if one does not have a big pot otherwise?


Thursday 19th of November 2020

There is a post for Chicken and Dumplings at Spend With Pennies that is made in a Crock-Pot that uses canned biscuits. I haven't tried it, but I imagine that it is delish!


Sunday 15th of November 2020

Nevermind I found it. This sounds yummy!


Sunday 15th of November 2020

May be silly but is it a regular can of cream of chicken? Or one of the big cans?


Sunday 15th of November 2020

If using bone broth, should I dilute it with water?


Sunday 15th of November 2020

That is up to you. It will have a darker color if you don't as well as a richer flavor.