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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 (stew with dumplings): 576 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 189mg cholesterol, 1398mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 44g protein.

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Wrinkley User ID: 8886725 249986
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2016

"I made this in the instant pot, put everything in ( I'd frozen some deli chicken pieces) set it for 9 minutes and boy is it good!!!"

cal48taf56 User ID: 8020718 221740
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."

eilis-ryan User ID: 6485186 113917
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."

lisacourtney64 User ID: 2100640 180087
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!"

barbecue User ID: 3719675 196090
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."

cbojo1 User ID: 1000512 193015
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!"

MelissaJ75 User ID: 244444 194785
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."

hseago User ID: 4272511 119569
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."

linzkooz User ID: 5760379 136859
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

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

pmworley User ID: 6317758 124991
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!!!"

MargaretJoy User ID: 746341 136858
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!"

cheezhed68 User ID: 1083106 135036
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

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

aulait User ID: 6244644 194781
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."

mnccaleb User ID: 4255057 151109
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."

ahall User ID: 1223464 118752
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."

rldubya User ID: 3167736 186282
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."

Bakinfreekster User ID: 1859040 194780
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

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

smstillinger User ID: 3094333 196103
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

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

DottieZee User ID: 6116869 194779
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2011

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

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