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This Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings recipe is easy to make and full of old-fashioned goodness. Flat dumplings are mixed in with a delicious creamy chicken soup, that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You’re going to love it!

Chicken and dumplings in a pot.

Chicken and Dumplings is a classic, Southern comfort food. The problem is that we are extremely picky about chicken and dumplings. You see, we’ve been making our own soup bases from scratch for so long, that we can instantly taste the canned cream of chicken soup in any recipe, which is certainly not our favorite. While canned cream of chicken soup has its place in the cooking world, we are here to help you navigate the world of from-scratch cooking, and there’s no better recipe to make from scratch than chicken and dumplings. Please don’t be intimidated by making dumplings from scratch. It is quick, easy, and best of all, absolutely delicious. 

Vegetables in Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings:

We prefer this recipe with all of the veggies in the soup base. You can always leave them out if you do not like vegetables in your chicken and dumplings. Alternatively, you can omit all veggies called for in the recipe and simple use a frozen bagged veggie mix, like pease and carrots, which would also work as a time saver!

Drop Biscuit Dumplings vs. Flat Noodle Dumplings:

Dumplings vary from flat and noodle like, to more like a drop biscuit. This will all depend on your region and personal preference. This particular recipe uses the flat noodle strip dumplings. It’s a simple dough with only a handful of ingredients that is rolled out, cut into strips, and then dropped directly into the soup base and cooked. 


If you’d like a time saver, use leftover shredded rotisserie chicken. 

Can I use store-bought dumplings?

The made-from-scratch dumplings are what really takes this recipe over the top. However, we know that sometimes you just need the shortcuts to save on time and energy. You can always use store-bought frozen dumplings instead of making them from scratch. 

Slow Cooker Instructions:

If you are interested in making this in the slow cooker, we have a whole post and instructions devoted to it!

A bowl of chicken and dumplings.

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed through. 

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Chicken and dumplings in a pot.
This Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings recipe is easy to make and full of old-fashioned goodness. Flat dumplings are mixed in with a delicious creamy chicken soup, that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You're going to love it!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening  cold
  • 3/4 to 1 cup buttermilk
  • Heat a large dutch oven pot over medium high heat. Add in olive oil and heat through, 1 minute. Add 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, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and easily shreds with a fork.
  • Meanwhile, make the dumpling dough. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in the cold shortening using a pastry cutter or food processor. Gradually pour in the buttermilk, stirring until the dough comes together. Turn the dough out on a floured surface and work it just until everything is well combined. The dough should not be sticky. Roll the dough out about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into 1 inch strips. Cut each of those strips into pieces that are approximately 2 inches in length.
  • Remove chicken from soup pot and shred. Add in milk and bring to a simmer. Drop dumplings strips into soup and simmer 15-20 minutes until cooked through.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. Pour into soup pot, stir, and return to a simmer. Simmer 2-3 minutes until broth is thickened. Return chicken to soup pot and serve hot.
You can add 3 diced carrots, and 3 diced ribs of celery to this soup at the same time that you add the onions and saute. 
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken and Dumplings
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