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Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Perfect for autumn nights, this main course is speedy, low in fat and a delicious one-dish meal. —Nancy Tuck of Elk Falls, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-2/3 cups reduced-fat biscuit/baking mix
  • 2/3 cup fat-free milk


  • 1. In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook and stir celery and carrots over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, chicken and seasonings. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a gentle simmer.
  • 2. For dumplings, mix biscuit mix and milk until a soft dough forms. Drop by tablespoonfuls on top of the simmering liquid. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in dumplings comes out clean (do not lift cover during the first 10 minutes). Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 260 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 1039mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein.

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cccosey User ID: 5810783 263354
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"5 stars for quick, easy and tasty. I didn't grow up on chicken and dumplings but my husband and kids liked this recipe just fine!"

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 262050
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2017

"Really yummy although I couldn't find reduced fat biscuit mix and I used 1% milk since that's what I had on hand. Leftovers were great the day after!"

suet User ID: 63821 255261
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

"Excellent!! My husband loved it and he is a picky eater. I added basil and a bay leaf for extra flavor. I will definitely make it again, soon!!"

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 255256
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

"Nothing quite as good as C&D on a cold night in my opinion. Reading the recipe I was really hoping it would be something that would spur a need to make them in a month or two.My taste buds and sense of smell are not what they used to be. I have horrible allergies/asthma. I know that when I cook now I have to do a lot more seasoning so I can have any flavors at all. Unfortunately for me I can't see using an 1/8 t pepper (ever) in any recipe or 1/2 t poultry seasoning either. Still&all appreciate you posting recipe, I'm sure it's very good."

mjflowers User ID: 5877763 255224
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

"Very good recipe, added rosemary and a bay leaf for more flavor. I also added a 1/4 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese to biscuit mix. Yum!

Family loved this and will definitely make again!"

SammyPrissy User ID: 5091114 242362
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"I have made this numerous times. It's so good & easy!"

pcjceb User ID: 8691231 241964
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"Fast and full of flavor"

twinkiedog User ID: 8053636 241403
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"quick & easy! I too cooked for 20 minutes."

KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 239069
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"NANCY: Your recipe was quick and definitely delicious. Thanks for your lovely recipe for a delicious & quick dinner after a busy day!"

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 235642
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"This was very easy and very tasty. I had always used biscuits cut in fourths for dumplings . These were much better . Followed recipe except didn't add carrots ( personal preference)"

desmma15 User ID: 3711039 235516
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2015

"I use thawed frozen mixed veggies instead of the carrots and celery. I have also made it using cream of chicken soup instead of broth. Very rich and easy."

JUNKOTU22 User ID: 7470970 235002
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"Tired this and making it a lot we love it and it is so tasty and easy to make I added tarragon for extra flavor and makes a difference is so good my husband loves it added tarragon to the dumplings also, you must try this"

kate28 User ID: 8389978 230727
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2015

"First time I made Dumplings! Turn out Great! Thanks!"

dzz1qy User ID: 6636475 221577
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015


jbweb User ID: 3201441 220284
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"This is absolutely delicious. I never had luck making chicken and dumplings and gave up a long time ago. I decided to try once again. The dumplings turned out perfect. I left them cook 20 minutes to be on the safe side like some of the others suggested. So glad I did since any time I did make dumplings they were always full of doe in the middle. Husband says I have to make this again, which I definitely will. I also added onions because we are big onion fans. Excellent Recipe and is great in a time cruncher. Thanks for posting"

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 59478
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"Super fast and easy way to get a hearty meal on the table. This tastes like it has been simmering all day. I will be making this recipe many, many times. It's a keeper."

JANENOV46 User ID: 3295323 136618
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"I was in a time crunch last night and remembered I had printed this recipe out, and was glad I did.

I am a sucker for biscuits and that was why I wanted something super fast, easy and delish
Another thing you could do to make it even faster is use frozen biscuits.
Very nice recipe, will be making this again."

[email protected] User ID: 1254336 71241
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2014

"if you can't remove the lid how can you insert a toothpick see when the dumplings are Done???? I am confused"

KathiVanOut User ID: 7262408 149050
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"This was a big hit with my family easy to fix and taste is great."

MeeshellayG User ID: 7737578 142879
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"This recipe was loved by my husband and my two picky girls! I used carrot, onions and peas in my recipe."

cwatcleoh User ID: 7699096 149035
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"I had four cups of rotisserie chicken in my freezer that I wanted to make good use of, and this brutal, unending winter makes me yearn for comfort foods. I searched the internet and came across this recipe, which I followed with the exception of the chicken amount. It turned out great! Very filling and satisfying! Definitely a keeper."

BestMomInAllTheLand User ID: 7193949 136590
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"easy and tastey. Perfect comfort food for a chilly night. I like to add additional veggies, whatever I have, sometimes even frozen mixed veggies."

Sherry Marie User ID: 7036501 71236
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"I have made this recipe and one that uses refridgerated biscuits and cream of chicken soup. My children and husband all liked this recipe better. I did not use the vegetables because my kids will not eat their veggies if I put them in a casserole or soup."

Sherry Marie User ID: 7036501 142878
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"I have made the cream of chicken soup version and this one, Minus the vegetables because the kids will only eat veggies separate. I honestly thought they would like the cream of chicken soup better but all three of them and the hubby liked this one much more."

scqfishinggirl User ID: 5870118 55683
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"Although my family absolutely loves dumplings, I've NEVER been able to make them. They either end up under-cooked or spread out all over the pan like soup. These worked out perfectly though! Reading through the comments, I went ahead and let them cook 20 minutes without lifting the lid. Then I tested them with a toothpick to check for doneness and they were just right. When I make a new recipe, the big test is whether my family would want me to make it again. I received a resounding "YES" on this one. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe!"

anitamm User ID: 7158753 136588
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"This is only the second time I've made this and it is so easy and good. This time, though, I added a can of cream of mushroom soup and a 16 oz bag of edamame."

ruddtwo User ID: 1272814 108800
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

"I make this probably once a month because we love it so much!"

wdifranco User ID: 4321716 59477
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"I added about 1/3 of a large onion, and some garlic salt(just a pinch.) My sons favorite is chicken and dumplings-he LOVES this recipe! :) Thank you Nancy, for sharing it with us!"

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 206334
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"I rated this recipe as it was written. First it was pretty bland so I added a small chopped onion, a minced garlic clove, a handfull sliced mushrooms and 1 1/2 T. chicken soup base. Then I made the dumplings and I wondered about the thin consistency but cooked them anyway. They never did cook all the way through. More like dough lumps and the tasted BITTER. I ended up fishing them out and made another batch with 2 c. of bisquick and cooked them as directed on the box, 10 minutes uncovered and another 10 with the lid on. Perfect dumplings although by now the broth had reduced to nothing and I was literally left with chicken and dumplings."

EileenP21 User ID: 6970879 59619
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"Loved by 4 boys and a Dad!!! Can't believe how good the sauce turned out. So quick too! We could add other veggies next time too. Thanks for a great recipe!"

[email protected] User ID: 3007389 63675
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Love this recipe, really easy. Just needs a little extra flavor for my taste. Added an onion to the veggies and some garlic. Also added some salt and rosemary and parsley. quick and really good. Might try another reviewers idea and use a rotisserie chicken next time..."

WRL_TALO User ID: 6954584 206333
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"This recipe turned out to be very, very good. Makes an awesome dinner on cold evenings, will definitely be making this again...soon."

thewyatts4 User ID: 5840451 55674
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"did not have bisquit mix to make the dumplings but I did have a box of potato dumpling mix so I did a substitute and everyone loved it. Will add more broth next time for a "soupier" consistency"

tarasawchuk User ID: 5685688 143383
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2012

"This recipe was super easy to make and really tasty! I did make some modifications...I added on medium diced onion a sprinkling of garlic salt and one heaping tsp. of cornstarch mix into 1/4 c. water."

suzie706 User ID: 5894457 136563
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"So easy to make, and so good !!!"

lisjam1 User ID: 2981871 136587
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"This was so easy and pretty tasty, especially for a healthier recipe. The family really liked it so I?ll be making it again. Next time I might add some onions and skip the poultry seasoning."

MommyB_918 User ID: 4375443 86117
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012

"LOVE this recipe. For Picky eaters & kiddos plus Mommies trying to watch their waistline. FINALLY, one meal for EVERYONE! I used canned chicken and added some ground fresh spinach leaves- getting in the greens is never easy with toddlers."

kgburgess User ID: 2727982 59476
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"This was so incredibly good! My whole family raved about this. We'll definitely be making it again and again. I was surprised at how simple the recipe was to taste sooooo good! I let mine simmer extra long to be sure the dumplings were really done, so it cooked down to a nice chicken stew consistency. I only used 20 oz. of chicken breast, so between less chicken and simmering down quite a bit, I ran short on servings of the actual stew to go with all those dumplings. But other than that, it was perfect! Delicious!"

nataliepooh User ID: 1727 143378
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"Very tasty, and so easy! I didn't have carrots, so I thawed some frozen mixed vegetables and added them in with the broth. I also used leftover turkey. I didn't use anything reduced sodium or reduced fat, so it was definitely salty enough."

reesiman User ID: 6552996 142842
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"I Really like this recipie for its versatility and simplicity. I had never made this dish before, and it was a great starting point."

agoodbrand08 User ID: 4327021 136572
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"Very easy to make....hardest part was chopping the veggies! Very tasty, my husband loved it, too!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 63674
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"Very good and SO easy! It did need some salt I thought- I added about 1/2 teaspoon or so. I made a few alternations as well. Instead of canned chicken broth- my Mom makes and freezes it. I put in about 4 cups of broth. I also added one less cup of chicken. Instead of using 1 2/3 cups biscuit mix, I used 2 cups using my Mom's homemade biscuit recipe. This is what I used:

2 cups flour, 1 T. baking powder, 1/2 t. salt, 2 T. lard. Mix all ingredients together then add your milk, you may need to add about a tablespoon or so more mix. So easy and quick. It tastes a lot like stuffing.........."

Ldeponceau User ID: 6225919 108797
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"My family loved this. I will make this again."

rebekahb16 User ID: 6299738 149034
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"Me and my Family loved it we will surely be making this again"

buffalorubyt User ID: 6248897 113208
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"I really enjoyed this recipe."

mtorres3 User ID: 1346747 206332
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"This was delicious and so simple to make. I bought a rotisserie chicken from the deli which gave the recipe some extra flavor. Will definitely be making this again."

maryilich User ID: 2974842 149027
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"I LOVE making this recipe. It is ssoo easy and tastes great. I sometimes make it when taking a meal to someone. It is always so well received."

walkingfit User ID: 4734545 86115
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"This was very good! The broth thickens up as it cools. I cut the recipe in half but made the full amount of dough for dumplings and there were 7 large dumplings for us."

asledge User ID: 6104391 55590
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"Simple and delicious. I have made this several times over the past couple of years."

cmdalen User ID: 6208574 149018
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"This was great and easy to make!"

LoveAndCorndogs User ID: 5982721 71232
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"My family LOVED it! Definitely making it again!"

mcglaurie User ID: 4560960 59582
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"First time my chicken and dumplings have came out!!! I used a rotisserie chicken and added the skins to add more flavor, added onion with the celery and carrots,and I also added garlic, because we like garlic and it was wonderful!!1 Everyone said they would like to have it again! Thanks!!!"

Jwright1350 User ID: 5805718 108542
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"This recipe is great and so easy. I ahve neer made chicken and dumplings before, and my husband was a little skepticle. Everyone was plesantly supprised and satisfied after dinner was done."

Mamaorr User ID: 5857072 59581
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2011

"It tasted good but needs some alterations. For starters it wasn't very soupy and could use either some water or another can of chicken broth. Good starter recipe that could be great with some improvements."

Kathyau User ID: 5844910 142841
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"This is very good and easy to make in a hurry. I cook a whole chicken in my crock pot and debone and soup is ready to go in just a short time."

lrflan User ID: 5840755 136561
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"I've tried several times over the years to find a chicken and dumpling recipe like my mother used to make and was always disappointed with the results until I found this recipe. I don't always put vegetables in it but it is delicious either way. Anytime I cook a chicken in the crockpot I always put a single serving of shredded chicken with some broth in the freezer and make a small batch for my lunch when I'm home by myself."

Bren Al User ID: 5749306 136569
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"Yes I would make this again, but I would for sure use the sodium reduced everything, I didn't use sodium reduced broth and it turned out a little salty. But will keep this on my remake list. I made my own dumplings from scratch and every one liked them. I also put in peas, garlic,onion, a bay leaf, and I substituted 2 of the cans of broth to Cream of chicken soup. I will definately make this again."

kiteez3 User ID: 1595503 71231
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"My hubby loved this! I chopped a small onion to saute with the celery and carrots. I also used olive oil instead of coating my dutch oven with cooking spray. Delicious!"

tlchu03 User ID: 5490087 86095
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I made this recipe last night, using everyone's review suggestions: Adding poultry seasoning, a little salt, etc. I also used a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the store to speed the process up. It was absolutely delicious! The only thing, next time I will make the biscuits and not cheat by using a Homestyle refrigerated brand. It's just not the same as homemade. Kids LOVED the meal, too. Big plus!"

walkingfit User ID: 4734545 108540
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"I cut the recipe in half and it was very good. The only thing I did different was to add some chopped onion to the vegetables and then cook them for 5 minutes in a little bit of canola oil. I was regretting that I didn't have any cream of chicken soup to thicken the broth but I found it was not needed. The broth was a perfect consistency after the dumplings were cooked."

amstaggs User ID: 5123549 86062
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"I have never made this recipe exactly how it says, but I use it as a guide. I don't add carrots; I use celery and onions. The biggest change I make is using homestyle canned biscuits. I cut each biscuit into thirds and toss in flour, which helps to thicken the soup. My husband's favorite!!!"

bdiederich User ID: 2369142 148974
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Very easy and the whole family loved it. Next time I will try adding some cream of chicken soup to thicken it a little."

Jendoug2 User ID: 2641140 148973
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"I followed all the directions exactly except I cooked the biscuits for 20 minutes and they turned out great. My husband and I loved it very much. This recipe is a keeper!"

monica tn User ID: 5792598 136567
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times, and always with rave reviews! It's so easy, and soo good! It's a wonderful comfort food in cold weather."

essica1 User ID: 1867787 108539
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"Made this the other night and everyone loved it. The perfect comfort food. I read everyones reviews and suggestion it really made a difference. I used some cream of chicken soup which helped with thickness. I also used some onion and also peas. Also, let the dumplings cook extra long. They turned out great. There was so much leftover, I just reheated the next night and made more dumplings. I can't wait to make it for my college daughter to send back with her."

wvmom6 User ID: 5734323 108525
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"The whole family just loved this! The left overs were even better after sitting in the fridge all night. It really thickened up. This is a really quick and easy meal!"

kim.webb User ID: 5461955 86060
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"It was really good. The only thing I would change is probably add onions and a little salt with it. But I will definitely make it again."

tennisbucs User ID: 5110508 86058
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"Everyone at work was sick, so before I caught the cold I wanted to make some hearty chicken soup. I added tons more broth and spices to give the soup an extra kick. I also added egg noodles which turned out great. The dumplings did not come out as planned, but still tasted great, just did not look that appetizing!"

rikdea User ID: 3829532 148947
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"I like a lot of veggies in mine, so I added a handful more carrots, one small onion, and a cup of frozen peas. (I stirred in the peas before adding the dumplings, as the other readers did). Since I'm a spice girl, too, I used a rounded 1/2 tsp of the poultry seasoning, and added 1/2 tsp salt, plus a pinch more pepper. Delicious!"

bradicreech User ID: 1170044 120133
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"Love love loved this. The definition of quick and easy comfort food!"

kimesch1 User ID: 4034075 113206
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"Very good. I also added some chopped onions and when I added the dumplings I also threw some frozen peas in. I also added 2 red potatoes and loved that. My 2 1/2 year gobbled up an entire bowl and then ate some of my husband's dinner later!"

kkutz User ID: 4198388 71195
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"this was really easy and good my kids and husband loved it, i DID NOT use reduced chicken broth or fat free milk and biscuit/baking mix it turned out fine, i will be making again!!"

uofm34 User ID: 5273614 63671
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"My family loved this recipe!! The only thing I did differently was to season with extra salt and pepper. We will definitely make this again soon!!!"

jenjen2002 User ID: 4906957 143369
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"The dumplings took a little longer than the recipe said, they were very pasty looking, but tasted very good. I subbed corn for carrots ( I didn't have any carrots!) and it turned out really good. Even my picky six year old really like this, I would make it again for sure."

robertaledwards User ID: 4515056 136557
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"Another favorite!"

[email protected] User ID: 2579332 136510
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"I used 2 cans of cream of chicken soup plus a large can of broth. I also cut up a couple of small red potatoes (sometimes I used diced hash browns) plus chopped onions. My final addition is once I add the dumplings, I gently stir in a handful of frozen peas. My family requests this recipe often during the winter months."

janet lathrop User ID: 1840562 55587
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"Made this for my family. They loved it. Had enough left over the next night to serve over biscuits. Would be great served over cooked noodles, too."

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 142634
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2009

"Very good. I used leftover turkey instead of the chicken. Regular biscuit mix and salt free all purpose seasoning."

mah53 User ID: 3541630 142617
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"I can't imagine chiken n' dumplings w/o sauteed onions. :-) So I added a chopped onion w/the carrots & celery. Yummy!"

poohpal User ID: 3331189 142616
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2009

"really good! Everyone loved it. I also put fresh garlic in it."

hmast User ID: 3062879 136558
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2009 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"Kids loved this one. I would add more broth next time though."

chefleslie User ID: 2149582 108397
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2009

"I used regular Bisquick and they turnout out perfect. Maybe skip the poultry seasoning, but mine didn't seem to stick to the dumplings. They were even better as leftovers!!


marybethshaw User ID: 3110136 136551
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2008 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"i use a stock pot instead of a dutch oven and I follow the recipe on the baking mix box for the dumplings. The dumplings have always come out puffy and light! This is a favorite!"

pauburn User ID: 3355651 143349
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2008

"My dumplings did not rise and they were heavy. As well the poultry seasoning collected on the dumplings, therefore they had a very strong flavour. I used regular Bisquick, as the light counterpart is not available here. Any thoughts?"

blagoodcook User ID: 2870097 143329
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2008

"What if you don't own a dutch oven? Can you use a crockpot instead?"

kathy0927 User ID: 3469128 55673
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2008

"I use a can of cream of chicken and cream of mushroom and use refrigerator biscuits cut into quarters for dumplings. Campfire style chicken and dumplings."

joeltpeckham User ID: 2811152 86057
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2008 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"This has been a great receipe, I only changed one ingredent and that was to add range free chicken broth that is fat free and sodium is low. JP in WY"

Jody664 User ID: 1035171 59474
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2008

"This is one of my favorite recipes! I make it all the time in the fall/winter. It tastes like it took hours to make, but is very quick. Since I live alone, I usually make half the recipe - which gives me yummy leftovers for lunch the following day."

pinkhottie User ID: 3003964 86056
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2008 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"wonderful. i will definately make this again."

ReneePotter User ID: 1254172 143298
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2008

"easy and good. The dumplings were not "gooey" Even my picky eater ate some."

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