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Chicken and Dumpling Casserole Recipe

Chicken and Dumpling Casserole Recipe

This savory casserole is one of my husband's favorites. He loves the fluffy dumplings with plenty of gravy poured over them. The basil adds just the right touch of flavor and makes the whole house smell so good while this dish cooks. —Sue Mackey, Galesburg, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen green peas
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • DUMPLINGS:
  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour, sugar, salt, basil and pepper until blended. Gradually add broth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute or until thickened; reduce heat. Add peas and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • 2. For dumplings, in a small bowl, combine baking mix and basil. Stir in milk with a fork until moistened. Drop by tablespoonfuls into 12 mounds over chicken mixture.
  • 3. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes. Cover and bake 10 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 393 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 80 mg cholesterol, 1,313 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 27 g protein.

Reviews for Chicken and Dumpling Casserole

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"I thought this was a great recipe. My boys loved it! It was very easy and inexpensive too. One more thought, can we comment on whether we like or disliked the recipe? The bashing between people that leave comments aren't necessary. Cooking is a passion for me not an intense competition. I appreciate others reviews, they are helpful in so many ways."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"While I will agree that the sodium content if high in this recipe, that's very easy to fix. But, really, jasaliby, it must be wonderful to be you and NEVER be short on time so you use mixes sometimes! I hate when people tear everything down because they are just SO much better than the rest of us! I thought this recipe was great! I did use low-sodium broth and left out the extra salt. Also, added some carrots and left the basil out of the dumplings. Otherwise, followed the recipe and found it quite tasty. For people who are just learning to cook or those who need dinner quick, this is a great recipe. And I don't eat this kind of stuff everyday!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"This is a great recipe. As-is! ... if someone is going to change it all up to make it "healthy" and then whine and submit a review? They are really reviewing their own not good altered recipe. Stop posting your changes if you don't even like them. LOL."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"Way too much sodium in this!.And whatever happened to using your own ingredients instead of mixes and dried? And saturated fat? I substituted evoo for butter, added fresh diced carrot, green beans and potato, cooked; used fresh basil and parsley. I used low sodium broth and less salt. Used my own biscuit recipe with 3 T evoo in dumplings, plus a pinch of poultry seasoning and 1% milk. Everyone loved it. I usually do my C & D in a pot but like this oven method very much. I also use thighs as they are more nutritious than breast."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"This was good, my guests loved it, but next time I would adjust the amount of pepper. I added carrots and small chunks of one large potato with the broth. I used two T. of butter to saute the veggies."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014

"This was very good. I used sherry in place of sugar also would cut back on the broth by a half of cup sauce was a bit soupy also added peas and carrots mix turned out great. Will make this again. I also used chicken thighs just because white meat tends to be dry. Good go to dinner."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"This is Skookumchuck ! I added 2 diced carrots for color."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"Love this recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"This was so tasty! I can see this will be a family favorite!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"This was easy and ok. We added a lot of hot sauce."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"We loved the basil in this recipe. I added carrots along with the peas. A delicious and easy way to use leftover chicken."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"Definitely a favorite in our household."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"We LOVE this recipe! I make it like the recipes says and I also change it up with different veggies. I've even added shredded cheddar to the sauce. So good on chilly nights."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"I threw this recipe away after making it one time. It's nothing but chicken and peas with biscuits on top and the flavor isn't even really good. In addition, it left me washing 2 skillets, a bowl and a casserole dish. Really not worth it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"SO yummy!!! My 4 and 5 year old even love it! I add sliced carrots ..I've found that my girls will eat them that way...Def a keeper!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

"This is pretty good. I have always used the Chicken and dumplings w/ sage recipe from Weight Watchers and this is somewhat similar. I used canola oil instead of any butter. I like the flavor that the basil gives. Next time I will add carrots and potatoes as well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"Very good. Make it off and on."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"I have made a similar dish for years from a weight watchers recipe. My husband doesn't like that one, but can not get enough of this one. I add sliced carrots along with the other veggies as I love them in a pot pie type dish. Thanks Sue for a great recipe. YUMMY!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2012

"Just right. Added 1/2 cup corn to recipe"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"My husband loves this casserole. We have made this recipe with peas, according to the recipe, or substituted broccoli. Both are fantastic!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"Easy. Good comfort food."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"As I write this, this recipe is baking in my oven for the second time in 2 weeks. A couple of changes I made: I used a bag of mixed peas and carrots and added a half bag of sliced frozen carrots as well. Like another user, I bought a rotisserie chicken and cut it up and used it for this recipe. (I used the rest to make some chicken salad.) I also used 2 bags of bisquick biscuit mix (which means that I then doubled all of the ingredients for the biscuit portion of the recipe). When I made this the first time, I didn't think there were enough biscuits for all of the servings (4 of us ate this for 2 nights) so I wanted to make more this time.

I also only baked this for 30 minutes uncovered - the biscuits were done after that amount of time and I didn't want to make them any darker.
This is a great recipe. It's snowing here and this is the perfect dinner for a cold and snowy night. Looking forward to eating in about 20 minutes!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"The only additional thing I did for this recipe was add a can of mixed vegetables that I happened to have on hand. Otherwise I made it exactly as specified and it turned out wonderful. I was a little doubtful about putting the stew part in a baking panbut that worked fine. The dumplings turned out more like biscuits which the men in my family actually liked better than traditional dumplings. In the final baking step you cover the dish with foil for 10 minutes and that is when the dumplings turned golden brown. This was delicious. I made it on a Saturday and by Monday was asked when I'd be making it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"Wonderful! I used a rotissere chicken and a bag of mixed veggies! I look foward to preparing this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Surprisingly tasty for how easy the recipe is! We'll definitely make it again and add more veggies, probably use frozen peas and carrots rather than just peas.

Thanks for the recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Sub the cooked, rotisserie (sp?) chicken for the cubed chicken. YUM! Baby carrots + butter + brown sugar for an awesome side."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2011

"Very good! We love chicken and dumplings! Thanks for sharing this recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

"My family loves this recipe!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"We loved this chicken dish. Easy to make, turned out perfect."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"I liked this recipe but adding more flour, is best for the gravy, and I don't care for basil with this recipe so I used fresh thyme, it was delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"We did not care for this dish. The basil is overpowering and the peas become tremendously overcooked. If you really want to try this recipe, I suggest making the following alterations: cut the basil by half (both in the sauce and in the dumplings), eliminate the added salt (there's more than enough in the chicken broth), thaw the peas before adding them then toss them in with the chicken just before putting the dish in the oven, and eliminate the last 10 minutes of cooking. I personally won't bother trying this recipe again, because we've discovered a wealth of other recipes here on ToH that we adore!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"Good recipe. Sauce is a little thin, but I add a little more flour and more chicken. Great recipe to use up leftover turkey, which is my favorite way to make it. I also use frozen peas and carrots or mixed veggies for more color. I doctor up the biscuits with a little garlic powder, some shredded cheese and a touch more milk. I tried the low fat biscuit mix once and didn't like it as well, too dry. Sometimes I'll add dried parsley if I'm out of dried basil."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"This recipe turned out much better than I thought it would. I did add more onions, garlic and an extra 1/4 cup of flour like others suggested to thicken the sauce. I didn't have any celery, so I added carrots instead, which also added more color and taste. I will make this again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"Since my husband is not fond of bisquick, I used lasagna noodles and it was really good too."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"I have to admit that I did change a thing or two. For starters I used BEEF!! My 3 guy's are beef men and this was the first time I ever made dumplings, so it was an experiment in itself!! I deleted the butter, and I put the whole thing in the crock pot. Instead of plain peas I used peas & carrots. I used 2lbs of tri-tip steaks that I had handy, which I cut into 1/2" cubes, and added 4 medium potatoes also cut into 1/2" cubes. Cooked it for 6 hours, and added the dumplings the last hour and a half into cooking time. It was a success! It did make the whole house smell great! Will definitely make again, maybe I will even try it with chicken?!?!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

"the only change i have to make is to take out the peas and put in corn!my husband wont touch peas ! At least he likes other veggies! thanks for the recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010

"Good made with fresh cilantro in lieu of basil!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"Excellent recipe. I too added more flour and used mixed vegetables. I am anxious to try the left overs tonight."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"This is an excellent recipe. My husband and I look forward to making this with the left over roast chicken. Has an excellent flavour using the basil."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"I always make from scratch biscuits with this recipe. I have served it for a company luncheon using leftover turkey, and it's more elegant than chicken. Love the basil smell when baking!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"This is an oldie but goody. Started making this when it first came out. Put as many ingredients together as could, used canned chicken and made this for my parents and son on a camping vacation. It was a hit all around.

Like a really good pot pie. For those worried about calories and fat etc., you might want to only use recipes from TOH's Healthy Cooking magazine."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"I haven't tried this, but the sodium is OUTRAGOUS!! Maybe try the low sodium chicken broth and unsalted butter.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"We love this recipe. My only changes are a bit more flour and I use frozen mixed vegetables in place of the peas."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"This is the worst recipe I have made from TOH! The dumplings were like dense heavy biscuits and the casserole was way too saucy. I threw out the leftovers! I'm an experienced cook so I don't think it was anything I did. I followed the recipe except added more celery and onion than called for. So many great reviews??"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"My Grandmother gave me all of her old Taste of Home magazines and this one was in a magazine from 1993 or so. I had everything on hand, it was easy enough to make and my 2 and 4 year old ate it with no complaints. I will be keeping this recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"so easy! my only complaint is that the sauce is a bit thin. next time i will add more flour before backing. great for leftovers!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2009

"I'm a Mom of 3 boys and we've made this recpe over and over again. The one thing differnt that I've added is using frozen peas and carrots instead."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"Good recipe. Had a lot of different flavors to it. I have tried other recipes like this and this is definatly a cut above the rest"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"The flavor of this casserole was definitely wonderful, and the consistency came out perfect. I had always had the traditional Chicken and Dumplings made on the stove top in a stock pot - but this was an interesting twist. Really yummy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2009

"it's comfort food with a little twist. i added cubed potatoes and cubed carrots."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"Oh My Word! I use to love chicken and dumplings when I was living at home....but now! :( i can't have it....This recipe looks so yummy it's actually making my mouth water."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009 Edited Feb. 23, 2011

"I tried this and it tasted ok, but it ended up really runny. It wasn't very pleased with this dish."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2009

"This is so delicious. It's total comfort food, tastes great, and fills an empty belly very nicely :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2009

"great recipe. Its our family favorite. I do add carrots when im boiling my chicken makes better broth and the carrots add a little to the meal. My two toddlers love it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2008

"This is now one of my families favorite dishes. Since my husband will not eat peas, I put diced potatoes in their place. It comes out wonderful."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008

"This is one of my family's favorite dishes now. Whenever we have roasted chicken I make sure to put this in the menu to use up the left over chicken. I also use mixed vegetables to add color & give variety in flavor. However, I don't make this biscuit recipe. I make my grandmother's recipe and drop the homemade dough on top. So Yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2008

"This recipe was pretty simple to make and had wonderful flavor! Not too much but definitely not too bland. One thing I might do differently next time is use mixed frozen vegetables to add some color and extra different flavor for my kids!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2008

"This is so easy and delicious. Everyone I've made it for has loved it. It's one of my regular meals now. And I agree with everyone else about how great it makes your apartment smell while it's cooking."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2008

"Hello! I'd like to comment that I made this dish for my husband and myself (we're empty nesters so cut recipe in half, except for dumplings) and it was just the right amount for us. My husband has a hearty appetite (he's a dairy farmer) and he especially enjoyed the dumplings. Very easy to make; this is a definite keeper!! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Sincerely,"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2008

"we served our diiner with rice to help soak up some of that great gravey sauce man was this worth waiting for. It smelled so good as it was cooking. Thank you for this wonderful supper."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2008

"Good recipe! This is something that really sticks to your gullet. After my husband ate his share, he announced that his new name was "Professor Leadbelly," but he loved it. I halved all ingredients and baked in an 8" square Pyrex dish, which worked out fine (two skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cooked earlier in the day, then cooled and cubed, yielded plenty of meat for this dish plus a little extra for my spoiled tortie kitty). Also cut back a little on the amount of frozen peas and substituted diced fresh carrots, as suggested in a previous review.

However, I had a problem with the dumplings. They didn't bake up nearly as large as the ones pictured. In fact, they were downright chintzy. The Bisquick I used was from a brand-new box. Next time I make this I will use the full two cups of Bisquick, two teaspoons of basil and 2/3 cup milk and will make six or eight nice large dumplings."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2008

"Great recipe!!!! I add carrots to mine which makes it even better."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2008

"I have other recipes for chicken & biscuits that I like better. sc"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2008

"My daughter and I loved it; husband thought it was ok, but he doesn't really like chicken.

Brought leftovers to work and everyone liked it too. Will make again for sure."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2008

"I made this a lot when the kids were still living at home. I never met anyone who didn't love it!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 14, 2008

"My husband and two small boys (1 and 4 year old) loved this meal. And they are the pickiest of eaters. I can't believe how good it turned out."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2008

"Since our daughter, who lives with us, doesn't like peas by themselves I used peas and carrots. Also because all of the family thinks anything with olives in it is ok I also used pitted ripe olives which I sliced in half. Thanks for the reciepe. Shirley"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2008

"I just made this and I thought it was very good. My dad also enjoy it and my son happily took a few bites, though he's full from sneaking banana chips. It's been added to my recipe binder to make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2008

"It's a cold day here & I've been hoping to find something that sounded good & warm for dinner. This sounds delish!

Thanks, Renee"

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