Melissa's Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is a very simple way to make chicken and dumplings. My mother gave me this recipe. It’s great on a cold day.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put chicken and celery in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cook chicken thoroughly.
  2. Once chicken is done remove chicken from pot and let cool on a plate. Set aside. Do not throw away broth--it will be used later.
  3. Add cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, salt and pepper to pot; stir. Cook on medium-high heat.
  4. Slice chicken breasts like you would a turkey (thinly). It will come apart once it's added back to the pot. Add back to pot. Bring to boil.
  5. With a rolling pin, roll out each biscuit and cut into fourths. (For smaller dumplings, cut them smaller). I like mine medium size, so fourths work for me. Once you’re done, it's time to add them to the pot.
  6. Just drop them in one at a time, make sure to stir often. They tend to stick if they aren't stirred. They will swell after they are first added, but they will go back down to normal size after a few minutes. Let them boil for 10 minutes, then simmer on medium-low for about 15 minutes; cover. Continue to stir often. Dumplings are done when the center of the dumpling is slightly darker than the outside.
Most Helpful

Thank you it was very good I add some carrots and some diced onions and it like a letter from home

priceless cook November 21, 2010

Wonderful base to chicken & dumplings. I've never been able to make them with any degree of success until now. Being from Delaware, I subbed frozen flat ("slippery") dumplings for the biscuits, so I don't know if that's making too huge a change or not. I found that following the recipe and subbing a full quotient of the flat dumplings made the result too thick. Lesson to be learned by me: this is a perfect recipe, and if you're going to sub the flat jobbies, make up for it in liquid. Excellent resource, Melissa!

ShellyS June 13, 2007