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This easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe is just like mom used to make! This recipe will teach you how to make chicken and dumplings that’s full of old fashioned homemade goodness. 

A ladle of Easy Chicken and Dumplings with cubes of chicken, sliced carrots and dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings is a classic American comfort food. It consists of a chicken and vegetable soup base, topped with a biscuit dough dumpling. You can find a wide variety of methods and preparations out there for chicken and dumplings, particularly when it comes to the dough for the dumpling itself.

  • Drop Biscuit vs. Flat Noodles

    Dumplings vary from being flat and noodle like, to being more like a drop biscuit. This will depend on your region and personal preferences. This particular recipe uses the drop biscuit type dough. It’s a simple dough with only a handful of ingredients. Buttermilk is used to interact with baking powder to form a puffy dumpling. The dough is dropped into the simmering liquid in various sizes for a rustic, homestyle look.

  • How do you make chicken and dumplings from scratch?

    For a true from scratch chicken and dumplings recipe, you’ll want to use a whole chicken that you have butchered up into individual pieces (IE breasts, wings, thighs, drumsticks). Sear those in some olive oil at the beginning of the recipe. Once seared, remove them from the pan and continue with the recipe. Because you seared the chicken and have the whole chicken in there, you can use water instead of chicken broth, as the chicken itself will create it’s own chicken broth. You will need to simmer your broth for much longer, 45 minutes to 1 hour, in order to make sure you chicken is cooked through. The disadvantage of using a whole chicken is that the skin and bones will need to be discarded. This, along with the searing, adds additional work and cooking time.

  • How do you thicken up chicken and dumplings?

    If you want to thicken the soup base on your chicken and dumplings, you’ll need to do it BEFORE you add in your dumplings. Take about 1/3 cup of the liquids and place it into a bowl. Whisk 2 teaspoons of cornstarch into this liquid. Once the mixture is smooth, pour it back into the soup pot and stir in. Then, you are ready for dumplings. The soup base will thicken as the dumplings cook.

This easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe is just like mom used to make! This recipe will teach you how to make chicken and dumplings that's full of old fashioned homemade goodness. 

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A bowl of chicken and dumplings with chicken, carrots, celery and dumplings
A ladle of Easy Chicken and Dumplings with cubes of chicken, sliced carrots and dumplings
This easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe is just like mom used to make! This recipe will teach you how to make chicken and dumplings that's full of old fashioned homemade goodness.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 celery ribs sliced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups chicken broth


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Heat a large dutch oven pot over medium high heat. Add in olive oil and heat through, 1 minute. Add in celery, carrots, and onion and saute 5 minutes, or until onions are soft and translucent. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute more.
  • Add in chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper. Pour in chicken broth. Bring to a boil and boil 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and easily shreds with a fork. Shred chicken directly in pot, or remove to a cutting board, shred, and return to soup.
  • Make the dumplings by whisking together flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Slowly pour in buttermilk and stir to combine. Drop by the spoonful directly into the soup. Cover and let simmer 20 minutes. Serve hot.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 2103mg | Potassium: 942mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5385IU | Vitamin C: 26.9mg | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 3.1mg
Course: Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken and Dumplings
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October 7, 2020 1:24 pm

Quick and most delicious chicken and dumplings since I used to make my grandmas many years ago. The chicken breasts instead of my own simmered chicken and broth did nothing to take away the flavor! This will be my go to recipe as I enjoy retirement in Florida…no more bisquick for me! Your dumplings were simple and tasty with ingredients I always have. Thanks for making a baby boomers day. I love ALL your recipes…never disappointing. Yummy and time saving❤️❤️

susan w garrett
August 5, 2020 11:04 pm

5 stars
I made this recipe and it was delicious, I usually make dumplings like noodles but these are fluffy on the inside and are so good I will make like this from now on thanks for making available

Cyndi Strauser
July 21, 2020 7:58 pm

5 stars
Absolutely delicious. Just like my grandma made. I grew up in Wisconsin

May 3, 2020 5:59 pm

5 stars
So yummy! First time making dumplings and you made it so easy. I used chicken leftover from a roast. This will be my go to?

February 25, 2020 3:24 pm

5 stars
I had never eaten nor made dumplings before and followed the recipie very carefully, thickening it with cornstarch. It was a hit with my family! They all loved it. I cheated and used Bisquick mix (with buttermilk) for the dumplings and it was really good. When I make this next time, I think I’ll add more carrots and a few potatoes. Thank you so much … it was very tasty

June 20, 2020 9:40 pm
Reply to  Shannon

There’s nothing you can’t personalize for your soup. Add something – don’t add something… I use a lot of vegies in mine; and prefer making my soup from a roasting hen when I have time! I’ve never used buttermilk in my dumplings, just milk – but next time I think I’ll try the buttermilk…

July 7, 2019 2:12 pm

5 stars
I add some thyme and a bay leaf to my soup along with some peas at the end. The dumplings are perfect!! Thanks for sharing.

February 12, 2020 9:02 am

5 stars
I’ve used this recipe many times and we absolutely love it. Typically I double it and we’ll eat on it for about a week, leaving coworkers envious of our lunch bags. Thank you for making dinner easy and delicious!

August 18, 2019 11:44 am

5 stars
Delicious! I also added bay leaves and fresh rosemary into the broth. Also some other vegetables like peas and mushroom and thickened it with some cornstarch…. turned out great! As for the dumplings, I added some shredded Parmesan cheese into the dough… they were fantastic oh my!

Linda Barnhart
January 14, 2021 3:20 pm

Simmered my Costco rotisserie bones for 28 hours, with vegetables, had plenty of good stock. Didn’t have any milk so used 2 cups half & half instead. Good so far. Smells wonderful. Made my biscuits, seemed dry, so added more buttermilk. Remembered to use soda when I use buttermilk, so add some of that too. Thought I remembered reading if I wanted thicker soup, add 2-3 tablespoons! of corn starch. (It was TEASPOONS!) Getting the picture?!? Well, I’ve make the most delicious gravy and dumplings ever. Next time, I’ll refer to Rachel’s instructions and not trust my memory! She never… Read more »

January 3, 2021 7:12 pm

5 stars
Delish, even my picky eaters loved it!

Christine Koss
January 3, 2021 3:52 pm

5 stars
Made this was a hit with the family. So delicious made dumplings for first time

January 2, 2021 3:06 pm

5 stars
Very flavorful! Perfect dumplings

Deanna Stiles
December 19, 2020 6:00 pm

I’ve made this easy recipe many times and it always turns out deliciously!

November 23, 2020 7:48 pm

5 stars
Just made the soup and it is wonderful!!

November 23, 2020 3:09 pm

Making it right now in this chilly, windy day! The house smells amazing!

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