Grandmother’s Southern Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/2 hours + standing Cook: 25 min.


10 servings (2-1/2 qt.)

Updated: Sep. 14, 2023
When I was a child, my grandmother could feed our entire large family with a single chicken—and lots of dumplings in this Southern chicken and dumplings recipe. —Cathy Carroll, Bossier City, Louisiana
Grandmother's Southern Chicken 'n' Dumplings Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 large chicken (6 pounds)
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place the chicken, carrots, celery and onion in a large Dutch oven or stockpot. Add water, vinegar and salt (adding more water if necessary to cover chicken). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until meat nearly falls from the bones. Remove chicken from broth; allow to cool. Strain broth, discarding vegetables and seasonings.
  2. Remove meat from bones; discard skin and bones. Cut meat into bite-sized pieces; set aside and keep warm. Set aside 1 cup broth; cool to lukewarm.
  3. To make dumplings, combine flour and salt. Make a well in flour; add egg. Gradually stir 1/4 cup reserved broth into egg, picking up flour as you go. Continue until flour is used up, adding additional broth as needed until dough is consistency of pie dough. Pour any remaining reserved broth back into stockpot.
  4. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead in additional flour to make a stiff dough. Let dough rest for 15 minutes. On a floured surface, roll out dough into a 17-in. square. Cut into 1-in. square pieces. Dust with additional flour; let dry for 30-60 minutes.
  5. Bring broth to a boil (you should have about 4 quarts). Drop dumplings into boiling broth. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until a toothpick inserted into center of a dumpling comes out clean (do not lift the cover while simmering), about 10 minutes. Stir in chicken and the pepper.
Southern Chicken and Dumplings Tips

Can you make dumplings in different shapes?

Chicken and dumplings is an iconic Southern recipe with a lot of nuances that vary from family to family. However, if you'd like to try modernizing the recipe, cut dumplings into short strips or long noodle-like strands.

Can you use store-bought dough to make dumplings?

Biscuit baking mix–whether homemade or store bought—is an easy shortcut if you are pressed for time.

How should you store leftovers of Southern chicken and dumplings?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If you liked this recipe, make sure to check out more of our chicken and dumplings recipes.

Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 310 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 114mg cholesterol, 981mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein.