By Dawn Vezina on October 09, 2003
Photo by Chef Mommie
Photo by Chef Mommie
"My mom made a similar recipe for this comforting dish, and I still remember the wonderful aroma of chicken and dumplings cooking throughout the house. She didn't make it often, but when she did, what a treat. I especially loved the light, tender dumplings, which is still my most favorite part of this dish. (In a pinch, Bisquick dumplings are also very good). For those of you, like my good friend Cindy, who like a more Southern style of dumpling (heavier, chewier), the recipe is at the bottom. This recipe is from Steph's Country Kitchen Goodness. This is my favorite website for recipes."
Serving Size: 1 (387 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"Very good, very fast recipe that the family loved. The only thing I changed was that I used two sets of veggies. The first set of veggies I boiled with the chicken for flavor as the recipe stated. I discarded them after that( way to mushy for my taste). The second set of veggies I added right before adding the dumplings, and finshed the recipe the same. This step made the veggies firmer instead of mushy."
"I had made a chicken stew to use for several preparations, one of which was to make Chicken and Dumplings, so I only used the dumpling part of this recipe. The dumplings were light and had a delicious ('perfect' in my book) texture and flavor. I used melted unsalted butter instead of oil, and used a scant teaspoon of salt. I also cooked them close to 30 minutes. Just wonderful. DH was very suspicious - his experience had always been with heavy, gooey dumplings - but he loved this. The secret to a light dumpling is to never lift the lid until they're done (just like cooking rice). Thanks for a great recipe for an old standard."
"Although this dish is normally considered "comfort food" this simple recipe is worthy of a dinner party. I followed instructions tit for tat except that I used 3-1/2 lbs. of boneless, skinless thighs (my favorite in soupy chicken dishes because the rich chicken flavor does not get washed out). Your recipe rocks, Ms. Vezina! Thank you for sharing and know that this is now my default Chicken 'n dumplings recipe. Booyah!!!"
"I'd never cooked chicken/dumplings before so I took the time to read the reviews--whew! WELL, I ended up letting the chicken boil (I cut this recipe down to use 1 lb of chicken breasts)--which only took 15 min to cook, not 2 hrs. Took about 2 cups water to cover the chicken. Hubby helped me out by telling me the dumplings would need enough liquid to "steep" in as they cooked, so I needed a "taller" saucepan (I was using a "longer" one so the chick would lay next to each other & cook equally). Good thing! The dumplings were easy to put together--and took about 15 min to cook (I cooked them 12 min; hubby said they needed a bit longer); I made them tbsp size but next time will make them smaller as they really did "poof!" I read the reviews about not opening the lid as the dumplings cook & that helped. It was a great recipe; one I'll hopefully repeat b/c it was great to be able to serve this to hubby :-) Thanks so much!"
"What I love about recipes like this is that it allows for the passionate cook to come out and play. And for the beginner cook, it is simple and straight forward. This recipe has virtually endless variations on what can be done with it. In my Dumplings I tossed in some Italian herbs and pepper. My 'Soup', loaded it up with all kinds of veggies, what ever is in season. Wonderful Chicken and Dumpling. This is a great recipe as is or made with the flavours you like. Either way, it is a keeper!"
"This recipe, for me, was all about the dumplings, as I already make my chicken soup in a very similar manner. I made chicken soup the other day with homemade broth from my freezer, leftover rotisserie chicken, onion, carrot, celery etc. I'm not real adept at making dumplings but this recipe was so simple to make I could't resist. They turned out awesome! I added extra broth as some reviews said and also did not take off the lid on the pot while the dumplings were cooking until I was sure they were done. I left them to go at a good simmer for twenty minutes. I also followed the recipe exactly except I halved it, and there was plenty to go around. Leftovers were wonderful. Dumplings came out light, light, light, and fulffy! Delish! Thanks so much I'll use this again!"
"Six thumbs up from three eaters--a winner at my house. I used my own chicken stock that I had made and frozen earlier, adding herbs and vegetables before putting the chicken meat back in. The dumplings were very satisfying. I might make just a little less dough next time, as there were too many dumplings to fit nicely in my pot. Someone with a wider pot will not have this problem!"
"Yummo! My family loved this chicken and dumplings recipe. The only thing I did different was used 3 pounds of chicken thighs."
"I made this more or less along with the recipe, except that I used a can of cream of chicken and 6 chicken strips, so it was a smaller batch. The dumplings were so delicious though (I used the southern style instead) and the chicken broth gave them such a great flavor. I grew up on my mother's "German dumplings" which are very chewy. Don't get me wrong, I like them, but this is a nice change. Next time I will use a bigger pot though, as they expanded some and it overflowed a bit. The extra dough mixture (about half was left) went for a batch my mom made. That was a bit of a surprise as she's picky about dumplings. Just a tip to any one else who wants to make the southern ones: if you make your own chicken broth, make sure it's barely warm when you add it so as not to cook the eggs. Oh and I have to agree with another review, I think I'll make them a little smaller next time lol. Maybe I'll go by teaspoons instead for mini dumplings :) Either way, this was a hit for my family and DH. Thanks for sharing!"
"Very good, very easy! I used 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts because that's what I had on hand. When I came to the step of adding the dumplings to the soup, I made them quite small based on other reviews I read. Well, when it was finished cooking, most of my dumplings had dissolved into the soup! It made the broth very creamy and yummy, but I was disappointed because I actually wanted dumplings lol. So, I just made ANOTHER batch of the dumplings and cooked in some plain chicken broth (and made them bigger this time) and just stirred them into my previously completed dish. Much better now. :)"
"This was a really good recipe. I made three changes. The first was that I didn't have an onion so instead I used about 1/4 cup dehydrated minced onions. 2. I used 2 cups all purpose baking mix with 2/3 cup milk to make the dumplings instead....just because I was lazy. Then dropped them in the soup the same way the homemade ones would have been dropped in. They were delicious! The other change that I made, was that right before I added the dumplings I put in 2 potatoes (diced) because Im from Idaho and its against everything I know to eat a meal that doesn't contain potatoes. By the time the dumplings were done, the potatoes were cooked (but not too soggy, because they will be too soggy if you add them in the beginning with the other veggies). Thanks for the great recipe!"
"Husband and kids loved it. This is definitely a keeper in my household. The next time husband wants me to do the dumplings in two different variations--half the way it is done in the recipe and the other half which is the chewier southern style you list at the bottom of the recipe. Husband liked the way the dumplings dissolved the next day making it like a creamy soup. Wish I could give this recipe more than five stars!"
"I followed the base recipe, but did several things to lighten this dish. it was fantastic. I used 2 boneless breast, seasoned, diced and sauteed in 1 tbsp oil. I deglazed with about 1/4 cup white wine and added the vegetables and a bit of garlic. I used 2 cups chicken broth to cover and added an additional 2 cups of stock and simmered for 40 minutes. I also added a pinch of Poultry Seasoning. For the dumplings, I eliminated the oil, used 1% milk and 1 egg. I had used a bit of slurry to thicken the broth, but I don't know that it needs it after the dumplings cook. DH couldn't even tell this was a lighter version. My only issue is that the dumplings were a bit salty for me, I will greatly reduce or eliminate the salt the next time. Can't wait to make this again."
"Great recipe! This is almost the same one I have been using for years. We just found out that our son has an egg allergy and the dumplings recipe I have always used prior calls for eggs. I was glad when I found yours! I knew it was the right one with all the great reviews. This one is a keeper and will replace the old family one I had been using. Also used some cornstarch and water to help thicken. Thanks for sharing!"
"VERY satisfying! The hardest and longest part was taking the chicken off the bone. It smelled fantastic and everything was cooked to perfection. We used the traditional dumplings and they were exactly the light,fluffy dumplings we were looking for. The only thing we changed was to add poultry seasoning to the chicken prior to cooking, as several people suggested."
"My grandma from Kentucky would have been proud!!! This is a wonderful and easy recipe. I followed the directions exactly! Next time and there will be a next time I will make my dumplings a little smaller!"
"I have never been able to make a successful pot of chicken and dumplings before trying this recipe. The broth was flavorful enough (although I did add more liquid and some garlic and cayenne,) but what really did it for me was the inclusion of the word 'simmer' at the step where you add the dumplings. This may be common sense for veteran chicken and dumpling makers, but for me, 'simmering' as opposed to 'boiling' meant the difference between the decimated dumpling mush from my previous attempts and the perfect, fluffy bits that I had with this recipe. Eureka!
Thank you, Dawn Vezina. Now I can make a wonderful dish that sendst my husband back for seconds."
"My mother used to make flat style chicken and dumplings. Decided to make this recipe for the new year and it was wonderful! I'm so proud of myself and mom would be too. Thanks for providing such an easy delicious recipe."
"Really good - flavor was that of a true "old fashioned" chicken and dumplings. Made exactly as written the first time and it was excellent. The 2nd time I also fried some bacon and added in the first step; and to save time used "flaky canned biscuits, torn apart, dipped in flour and cut into fourths" for the dumplings and that too was very good. Next time I want to use the Southern Style Dumplings recipe at bottom of this recipe. Got rave reviews - a real keeper. Thanks for sharing."
"This was a wonderful and easy recipe!! My husband was not a fan of dumplings, but this recipe has won him over!! It all goes together quickly and was the perfect warm, comfort food for a bitter cold night like tonight!! ***UPDATE*** I just made this again and am still as much in love with this recipe!! I used leftover roasted chicken from Sunday's dinner. Just sauteed onion and carrots in oil, added chicken broth and diced chicken, thyme, salt & pepper, brought to a boil and dropped dumplings. Couldn't be easier!! Definitely a new family favorite!!!"