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Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

After a very long week, comfort food called to me, so I made this meal on a whim. Rotisserie chicken drastically cuts the prep time, so we don't have to wait long for dinner to be ready. —Jessica Rehs, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup minced chives


  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Strain and set aside.
  • 2. In a Dutch oven, saute carrots and celery in oil and butter until tender. Add minced garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended; gradually add prepared broth. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.
  • 3. Add peas; return to a boil. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until peas are tender. Stir in chicken and cream; heat through.
  • 4. For dumplings, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine buttermilk and eggs; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • 5. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto simmering chicken mixture. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean. Garnish with chives before serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 576 calories, 24 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 189 mg cholesterol, 1,398 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 44 g protein.

Reviews for Chicken & Dumplings

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"The very best recipe for chicken and dumplings! Easy to make! Everyone loves it! Great for company, or for left-overs. Just a perfect comfort food!

It's not dull like grandma's chicken and dumplings."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"I've made this a few times now and it's always great - even with a few changes here and there. Some suggestions - if you want more liquid (or just less fat), I use 2 - 12oz cans of fat-free evaporated milk instead of the cream, and it still tastes great.

Another option is instead of the dumplings, I make a 6oz box of long grain and wild rice separately - but use about half the flavor packet in the broth (instead of the recommended herbs) and half the packet for the rice. When I'm ready to serve, I mix the rice in and serve with a nice artisan bread.
Yet a third option is if you get the BBQ rotisserie chicken - adds some geat flavor.
As others have said, I've had to leave out the red pepper from the broth and the dumplings depending on the crowd I'm cooking for.
And I agree - the cook/prep times take a while longer than what the recipe says."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"This recipe was a hit! There wasn't enough liquid when it was done so I will definitely double everything except the dumplings next time. The flavors blended together beautifully. The cayenne pepper gave the dish a nice kick, but the whole teaspoon may be too much for some people. Definitely a keeper recipe....can't wait to make it again!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"The prep time should be listed as 45 minutes to an hour and you may need to add more broth. The dumplings were light and I added more chopped carrots for color. It isn't bland like most chicken and dumplings recipes and not as spicy as tortilla soup, so it makes a good recipe for feeding the whole family. If you have leftovers, microwaving the soup doesn't change the texture of the dumplings."

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"This is the most flavorful chicken and dumplings I have ever made...and I have tried A LOT! I loved the cayenne pepper in the biscuits. mmmm...mmmm...good!"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"Fantastic!! This is the first time I've made chicken & dumplings from scratch and they turned out perfectly with this recipe. My whole family loved them. I'm about to make them again just a week later."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I only had 4 cups of broth but used the same amount of everything else and it turned out very good, although I think I would add more veggies next time. I also accidentally left out the cream and it still was very good. My husband wanted me to make more the next day."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"Definitely use low sodium broth, but this is delicious!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"This is a great recipe!! My husband, daughter and I all loved it!!! Will definitely be making it again. The prep and cook times are wrong, but is worth it!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"My husband and I and all of our guests loved this meal. I cooked my own chicken in the crock pot first and used the broth it made, instead of using a rotisserie chicken and store bough chicken broth. I've already made this twice and will definitely be making it again!"

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"This is a great recipe. The cayenne gives the dumplings some kick!"

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"This should be stated as,"Italian Chicken&Dumplings".The flavours are Italian in spices,Flavourings.Leave the Bay leaves out.As well,the "Pepper flakes".Too spicy for the Little Ones.Garlic too,unless Family likes this Bulb.Cayenne&Chives are Sophisticated Palate Seasonings.May be Why Some want to make this recipe their own.Just as We will,by using "cheese cloth" to hold the herbs under broth for brief Time&remove.Too much Garlic,Folks."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I thought this was great! I might make a little less dumplings next time, there wasn't quite enough liquid. Also, it was too spicy, and I didn't even add the cayenne pepper to the dumplings.

And the cook time is definitely off."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"I made this for dinner last night and it was a huge hit! The cayenne gave the dumplings a nice kick but to spicy for the kids. The cooking and prep time was off a bit but it was worth the wait."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"Taste is very good but prep & cook time is off about 30 minutes. Recipe did not thicken up like I expected."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"This is the best Chicken & Dumplings I have ever had!!! Yes this one is a keeper?"

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"Tasty dish, but the total cook time on the recipe is off. This is not a quick week night recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

"Simply delicious the spices really make this supreme! Dot"

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Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.