Quicker Chicken and Dumplings (speedier version) Recipe
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Quicker Chicken and Dumplings (speedier version) Recipe

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This faster version of traditional chicken and dumplings uses canned broth. It is ready to eat in about a third of the time, thanks to chicken breasts and purchased biscuit mix.—Edna Hoffman, Hebron, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes, divided
  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 452 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 1431mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 39g protein .


  1. In a 5-qt. Dutch oven or kettle, combine the broth, celery, carrots, bay leaf and 1 teaspoon parsley; bring to a boil.
  2. For dumplings, in a large bowl, combine the biscuit mix, thyme and nutmeg; stir in milk and remaining parsley just until moistened. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto boiling broth. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes; cover and cook 10 minutes longer.
  3. With a slotted spoon, remove dumplings to a serving dish; keep warm. Bring broth to a boil; reduce heat. Add chicken; heat through. Discard bay leaf. Spoon over dumplings. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Quicker Chicken and Dumplings (speedier version) in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p53

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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wendykins 51312
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"Delicious....added mushrooms and used homemade biscuit...will definitely make again."

hspin 21668
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"I had never made dumplings before and didn't mix them enough before dropping into the broth so I would recommend stirring just a little beyond "just moistened". My dumplings turned into awkward lumps instead of pretty dumplings, but even so, it was absolutely delicious!"

Tlasley 45016
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"Wonderful, the whole family loved it and that is saying something. However I did add frozen peas."

radcook 45015
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2013

"This was easy and tasted good"

tallula.d 45013
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I love this recipe, very close to the chicken and dumplings I used to make. I usually double the dumplings."

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