Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings (Made Easy)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

My recipe for chicken and dumplings isn't old fashioned -- but the flavor is! Table-ready in 30 minutes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. NOTE: IF USING SALTED BUTTER, USE TWO 14.5 OUNCE CANS CHICKEN BROTH PLUS TWO CUPS WATER. (STEP ONE): Chop deboned skinless chicken into bite-sized pieces; set aside.
  2. MELT 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and cook until bubbly and light golden, stirring often for 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and seasonings. Bring mixture to boiling then reduce heat to medium. Add chunked or diced chicken; stir.
  3. COMBINE the dumpling dough ingredients, stirring only until soft dough forms (do not overmix). Drop dough quickly by teaspoons in a single layer over surface of bubbling gravy on one half of large saucepan (do not roll or press dough, or submerge beneath the gravy). Simmer mixture UNCOVERED for 10 minutes.
  4. GARNISH tops of dumplings with parsley or chives.
  5. COVER then reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. SIMMER covered for 10 additional minutes; UNCOVER and remove from heat.
  7. LIFT out dumplings individually using a small slotted spoon, placing them onto a plate, leaving dumplings garnished side-up.
  8. STIR chicken and gravy using a wooden spoon (gently scraping bottom of saucepan while stirring).
  9. LADLE the chicken/gravy mixture into bowls, then arrange dumplings over the top.
  10. SERVE and enjoy.
Most Helpful

Wow this recipe is so good and so easy! I used swanson can chicken 1/2 dark meat 1/2 white meat,I used 2 cans and it was delicious.My family loved it.Thank you so much for posting I will be making this recipe often.

Janiepo May 15, 2010

definitely delicious!! I made the recipe almost exactly. added cilantro. i used regular canned biscuits instead of the Bisquick and lightly floured them and added to the pot. Very good!

mldmce2 April 16, 2011

I made this exactly as stated, and found that this recipe is not difficult and is full of flavor. Without doubling, it was the perfect amount for my family (2 adults, 3 young children) - no leftovers! This will definitely replace my old dumpling recipe!

bboysde February 03, 2010