Homemade Chicken and Dumplings – It’s Easy. Really.

A bowl of homemade chicken and dumplings.  A glass of sweet tea.  It’s a meal any Kentuckian would be proud to fix and danged happy to sit down to.  And it’s not hard to make.  Come on, I’ll show you how.

You probably have all the ingredients for these dumplings in your kitchen right now.  And you don’t have to be a great cook to make them.

chicken and dumplings

First, here’s what you’ll need:


about 3 cups cooked chicken

6-8 cups chicken broth

2 cups flour

2 Tbs. butter

1/2 tsp. baking powder

salt to taste (I just shake some in)

about a cup of milk, maybe a bit less

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender.  Stir in the milk, mixing with a fork  until the dough forms a ball.

Heavily flour a work surface.  You’ll need a rolling pin and something to cut the dumplings with.  I like to use a pizza cutter.  I also like to use a small spatula to lift the dumplings off the cutting surface.


Roll the dough out thin with a heavily floured rolling pin.  Dip your cutter in flour and cut the dumplings in squares about 2″x2″.  It’s okay for them not to be exact.  Just eye ball it.  Some will be bigger, some smaller, some shaped funny.

Chicken and Dumplings

Use the floured spatula to put them on a heavily floured plate.  Just keep flouring between the layers of dumplings.  If they will be cooked soon, this method works well.  If I’m going to cook them later in the day I layer them on a cookie sheet with wax paper between and lots of flour.  You can also freeze them like this and then transfer them to a ziplock bag.

To cook them, bring the broth to a boil.  Drop the dumplings in one at a time, stirring while you add them.  The extra flour on them will help thicken the broth.  Cook them for about 15-20 minutes or until they not doughy tasting.  Add the cooked chicken to the pot and you’re done!

If you’d like to see some other versions of Chicken and Dumplings, check out this post on 4 Ways to Make Chicken and Dumplings.

You can also see this tutorial featured on Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen Blog.

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  1. I love how your dumplings are perfect little squares!

  2. Sounds yummy, I have a lot of chicken in the freezer so I will have to give it a try!

  3. This is the only way to eat chicken and dumplins. It makes me so mad when people say they made chicken and dumplins and they use canned biscuits!! The picture of the dough rolled out and cut into squares reminds me of “helping” my grandma make dumplins. She always gave me a square to make into my own creation! My mom says self-rising flour makes the fluffiest dumplins and she also puts a little bit of the chicken broth in the dough mix.

  4. Yummy Comfort Food at its best. I cant wait for the weather to cool down in Texas so I can make it. You dumplings turned out so good.

  5. mellisa rock says:

    I was just thinking about making this and had no idea how to go about it!! Found your blog through blogher…and going to sign up for e-mails!! Thanks a lot!!

  6. Pat Miles says:

    Looks like you really have a good site. Can’t wait to try some of your receipes. Keep up the good work and make all those young people good cooks, like your mom and you.

  7. We had these alot when I was younger. My family always called them chicken pot pie. I mentioned this to someone near and dear to us all and she said I lived too far north! I’ll admit I live north of the Ohio River. Whatever you call it, your tummy will be happy.

  8. I use the same recipe but use flour tortillas instead. I just cut them into strips and dip them in flour. My family loves this it!

    • Anonymous says:

      I get Aunt Annes frozen dumpling at grocer. these are easy to use, and I also get boneless, skinless thighs. also add some chicken broth. mmmmmm

  9. Very tasty dish, although I doctored it a bit. I cooked chicken breast in 2 cups of water and then used that as part of my stock. I also added some seasoning to the meat and added carrots. My family really liked it.

    • Tiffany says:

      Maureen, that sounds really good with the carrots. It would make my carrot loving son quite happy! Thanks for sharing how you changed it up.

  10. They look so soft and creamy! Yum! I’ll give this recipe a try. I usually use Kluski noodles. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3049/2729652046_7ff9885495.jpg?v=0 This is my favorite brand of kluski, they turn out thicker than egg noodles. I am really enjoying reading through your site! Great job!

  11. This is almost the same recipe I use, but I use a good bit less chicken. My family LOVES this! It’s probably their overall favorite meal.

  12. My mom was from IL and she used to make this for us growing up, except she cut the dough into long strips and for us it was (and is) called chicken and noodles. We like to eat it over a bowl of mashed potatoes. SO good! I love your site and tell everyone I know about it! I’m using your biscuit recipe again tonight, for biscuits and gravy. :)

  13. I made these tonight – YUMMY!! You were the only one I found who had “real” dumplings, no biscuit or tortilla fakers for me! My husband grew up in Tennessee, so these had to be real and he loved them! I cooked my chicken with cream of chicken soup to add a little extra flavor.

  14. I made these today! They are absolutely delicious! Thanks for the wonderful recipe. By the way, the pot’s empty! Thanks again, Beth

  15. This was soooo easy and very yummy! Thanks for such a great and simple recipe!

  16. I love chicken and dumplings and grew up eating them. I’ve never been able to master the art of the dumpling but I’m giving your recipe a try tonite. However, I doubt I’ll be able to make my dumplings as pretty as yours.

  17. I made this recipe last night! Oh so good! It was a hit with the whole family which includes a very picky 6 year old. It was a fight for the last bowl of leftovers today!

  18. I just made the “Homemade Chicken and Dumplings” It really was easy! My grandmother used to make this when I was a child and have great memories of it. As an Adult I always wanted to make it but was intimitaded by it….however this reciepe made it so easy! My family loved it! Even my mother who is critical was impressed by it… :-)
    I highly recommend trying it!

  19. great recipe!!!! reminds me of my mommas chicken and dumplings. very quick n easy

  20. I love homemade chicken and dumplings. I have searched and searched for an easier, more “dependable” way to make them. If you’ve made chicken and dumplings more than once you know that they can vary in texture no matter what you do! My solution: Flour Tortillas. I know, it sounds crazy…but if you cut them up into dumplings, shake them in a bag with flour and drop one by one into boiling broth. Drop them in one by one and make sure they are all the way in the broth before adding more, otherwise they stick together. Trust me YOU WON”T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. And they are perfect every time. Truthfully, I never make them the old way anymore. My father in law would not eat anyone’s dumplings because he said he never found any as good as his mothers. I made them while they were visiting once. He started out with the juice, then the chicken, then the dumplings, and now, HE ONLY EATS MINE! I just can’t get a more rave review than that. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.

  21. Sorry, I did not like the dumplings AT ALL. They were like noodles not dumplings. Maybe I did something wrong, I don’t know but they were not dumplings. The Flavor and everything else was good though.

    • Ashely, I’m sorry you didn’t like them. Could you have rolled them out too thin? Or maybe you’re used to the thicker, drop dumpling type. There are several different ways to do dumplings and I think in different parts of the country they are different. I’m glad the flavor was good. Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

      • I love how kind you are. It really made me smile tonight.

      • I’m wondering if the reason she didn’t like the dumplings is because she is from the northern part of the US. I also call these noodles, but when I met my ex, (who was from GA) we had a debate over this. Our dumplings in the north (MO) are biscuit dough dropped by teaspoon or tablespoon-fuls into the boiling broth, so they come out fat and fluffy. I think it’s a regional thing, just not what she was expecting. Just a thought….

  22. I made this but first I cooked some carrots in the broth first. Then I added peas near the end. Very yummmmmy!!

  23. I am happy to hear that I can freeze the dough! That means I can pull them out to thaw in the am and whip it together for lunch after church with guests. How many do you think this amount will serve? The recipe I was given doesn’t have measurements or use baking powder what do you think the difference is?

    • Cindy Lou says:

      It’s been 2 years since the above post, but you don’t have to thaw the frozen dumplings. Just toss them in your hot broth and give them a little extra time to cook.

  24. I saw this recipe tonight circulating through Pinterest and I made it because I had all of the ingredients and it looked easier than other chicken and dumpling recipes. It was so good! My husband and I love it. We’re newlywed and always looking for way to save money and for cooking inspiration and motivation. I’m so glad I was led to this site. I can’t wait to try other recipes! Thank you!

  25. Tried this last night after seeing it on Tasty Kitchen and it was amazing! So glad to learn of your blog and can’t wait to look around your menus more! You have a new fan for sure!

  26. Kate Broyles says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I found this recipe off Pinterest and made it for the first time last night and it was very yummy! I have tried recipes before that use biscuits for dumplings instead of hand making them, and they just don’t taste as good. I’ll be doing handmade chicken and dunplings for now on! I used canned chicken and added it in at the end and it tasted wonderful. Thanks again! :)

  27. Bernadette says:

    I understand that the dumplings can be frozen, but can the whole meal be frozen?

    • Bernadette, I’ve never tried freezing the whole meal. They tend to thicken in the fridge, but you can just add water when you heat them. I’m not sure how they will hold up in the freezer. If you try it, let me know how it works.

  28. This was exactly the recipe I was looking for! My grandmother has been very proud of her chicken and dumplings for years and she’s not been feeling well so I decided to make some to surprise her. Not only did she love them, but thought they tasted just like hers and was very proud. Thank you so much! I never could follow her recipe, but this was definitely a life saver.

  29. How do you think they would taste with buttermilk instead of regular milk? I wanted a bit richer taste.

    • Cassie, I think buttermilk would be good. If you use chicken broth from a real chicken (as opposed to canned) to cook the dumplings in it will be very rich.

      • Thanks! I made them with real chicken broth the first time and it does make them very tasty. I used your whole chicken crock pot recipe and then added a small amount of canned broth so I’d have enough liquid. I just thought the buttermilk might be a bit better.

  30. So…I am attempting this recipe tonight (really hoping I did it correctly!) I have a few silly questions though…..what heat level do you cook the dumplings at…it says to boil but then after that….what level? I just turned the heat down some because I didn’t want them to stick to the pan. Also, do you stir the dumplings the entire time or occasionally or not at all once they are all in?
    Thank you so much for any help and I can’t wait to try this tonight!!!

    • Patricia, you’ll want them to boil gently as they cook, so you won’t need high heat once they get going, but keep them boiling gently. And stir them occasionally to keep them from sticking. Happy cooking!

  31. I had never made chicken and dumplings before I made these. Now, I’ve already cooked them for multiple people and they all love it! This is an amazing and extremely easy recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

  32. Could someone tell me how many this recipe serves? Thanks!

  33. I am going to try this tonight. Just a quick question, how do you cook your chicken? Thank you so much!

  34. I am trying this tonight. We just got snow a few days ago and it is so grey and ucky today. I think this will be the perfect meal for filling the family’s belly and showing them all how much I love them. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Anne dolin says:

    Omg, yummo! The dumplings were more like noodles, but soo good! My son and daughter loved it! Def a make again!

  36. Found this on pinterest and so excited to try it! My grandmother used to make this when we would visit and it was always such a treat. She was from Kentucky, too. I was lucky enough to inherit her rolling pin that she received from her mother as a wedding gift. How special to roll out some home cooking for my dad with her favorite kitchen tool. Can’t wait! Do you have a Kentucky green bean recipe to go along with it??

  37. Elizabeth says:

    This is this first time I have made chicken and dumplings and I found this recipe easy and very tasty. My family also enjoyed it. Thank you!

  38. Planning on making these tonight (: Just a quick question, do you use all purpose flour or self rising flour for the dumplings?

  39. Marge Zemina says:

    This looks like what my grandmother used to make, can’t wait to try it!

  40. Tried these tonight and I loved them! Made them with self-rising flour to make them a little fluffy and added some sage into the broth. Delicious and even my picky husband ate two helpings. Thanks so much for the recipe. This is a keeper.

  41. Looks so good! I have a recipe that we love, but I can tell that your recipe takes much less time to finish. And it looks like tasty goodness! Can’t wait to try this one out =)

  42. I just used your recipe and it turned out great. The only modifications I made were to use buttermilk instead of regular milk and add some pepper to the flour mixture. Oh, also, I needed a bit over a cup of milk as my flour was still way dry after a cup. I knew it didn’t need to be sticky but there was a ton of flour leftover in the bottom of the bowl that wasn’t incorporating!

    While I was making the dumplings, I cooked b/s chicken breasts I’d cubed into 1″ pieces in 2 cartons of chicken stock, added some chicken bouillon powder, thyme, s&p to the stock mixture and halved 2 carrots and an onion and tossed it all in the liquid while it cooked. After the chicken was done, I strained out the veggies/herbs, put the chicken in a bowl, added some water to bring the liquid back up to 8 cups and then put in the dumplings a few at a time. I stirred every few minutes, reduced to a simmer after about 20 mins and let it cook on low for an additional 15 mins or so just to thicken up (Cracker Barrel style!!). Super quick and easy and will definitely be my go-to dumpling recipe.

  43. ive made them over and over this is a fast and easey recipe and they turn out yummy

  44. Thank you for sharing your recipe. My grandson (6 yrs old) and I just made them. Delicious!

  45. Just made your version tonite…I did alter mine a bit by adding a bit of milk,1/2 and 1/2 with flour mixed in…The recipe was very good and my family enjoyed the dumplings. Only difference was I left out the celery,onions,peas and carrots I normally add and my son DID request those be added the next time but he gave this two thumb’s up even without them.

  46. Mary Ann Estes says:

    Love this recipe and tried it out this weekend. It was a hit thank you for sharing:)

  47. Just made this, delish! The dumplings turned out perfect (even with my 2 year old ‘helping’). I sautéed my chicken in the pot first just for more flavor. So good!

  48. I found this recipe a while back on Pinterest. My whole family loves them. I make them at least 3 to 4 times a month. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  49. How exactly do I cook the chicken? My Aunt Kelly used to make it when we lived in Florida but we recently moved to Illinois and the weather is getting chilly. I’d love to make this for dinner! Thank you!

    • Candice, there are several options for the chicken. You can “cheat” and buy a rotisserie chicken and take the meat off the bone to add to the dumplings. Or you can bake your own whole chicken or cut up chicken in the oven for about 1 1/2 hours at 350. Or bake boneless chicken breasts in the oven for about an hour.

  50. Can I use Crisco instead of butter?

  51. Made this again! It’s now my go to recipe :) I add carrots though so we at least get some veggie

  52. have you tried country drop dumplings make the dumpling mixture the same way but make thin it out to the thickness of pancake batter may just a tad bit thicker it cooks really fast and they are fluffy on the inside

  53. Lori TenHaken says:

    Would these still be good if you froze the leftovers for future meals?
    Thanks and blessings,

  54. Christina says:

    My grandmother used to make these. I have fond memories of her at the counter with her rolling pin. I made your recipe tonight, and used that same rolling pin (I “inherited” it). These were delicious and JUST LIKE Grandma used to make. They took me way back to a simple time and brought back sweet memories of my grandmother. Not only that, but my big, picky family loved them so much. Thanks so much for posting this recipe and helping me to give that same memory to my children. These will go into our meal rotation.

  55. How many does this feed?

  56. O.M.G. sooooo amazingly gooood. Definetely my go to recipe. BUTTTT gonna put in my two cents on what i did…. I had a TON of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, sooo i that instead of chicken. I didnt ahve enough chicken broth, but had chicken bouillion cubes. So i boiled 4 cups of water with 2 chicken cubes, an also 2 1/2 cups chicken broth. Put the turkey in an got it boilin while i made the dumplins. Had alittle leftover buttermilk, so added some of that, was bout 1/2 cup, then added 1/2 a cup of chicken broth. Then put it in an turned to simmer. Was soo yummy!! Thanks!

  57. I just made this today, very good. But I made a few changes. I didn’t have chicken stock so I made a vegetable stock with onions celery and carrots; thyme, and oregano; salt and pepper. Strained that then did the chicken and dumlpings normally but the last 15 mins of cooking I added celery and carrots to it. Very good. thank you for the dumplings recipe.

  58. Patricia Engle says:

    your recipe is simaliar to my mothers she uses lard instead of butter. I think I will give this one a try with some of your other recipes I have bookmarked.

  59. I’m going to have to try this recipe for my Texan husband. First time I made my yankee style big fat fluffy dumplings he looked at me like I was crazy!

  60. Great recipie. But here where I live in Pennsylvania, in the middle of PA dutch country, this is called Chicken Pot Pie. Chicken and dumplings would consist of the same base withthe chicken and chicken broth, adding carrots, and potatoes to the mix and the dumplings would be plops of dough that get all gooey and good on the outside but the inside stays dry and puffy with air hole in them. Only way I can describe there. But this recipe makes a great chicken pot pie and thats the way we make it here.

  61. Will be trying this for sure i remember my mom making these gonna try this in a couple of days. she used to make them round but square is just fine with me….

  62. Betty Lois Brown says:

    I made these Dumplings today, good!

  63. I make these all the time with the same recipe. My mom always made the drop dumplings (and as someone mentioned earlier it may be regional because I’m in IL and I hated drop dumplings. My husband’s father made the rolled ones and they are so much butter. The only difference is he pre-cooked the dumplings in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes to cook some of the starch out (I have no idea if it really does anything but my husband does it the same because of this) and then transferred them to the broth to finish cooking. Funny thing – he never thickened the broth and when I explained my mom always did and it was a little more like a gravy he tried it and loved it!

  64. I’ve made these about a half dozen times!! They are great!! My little guy loves helping me cut out the squares! But they always seem rather big, esp. for his little mouth. I think maybe I’m not rolling them out thin enough? Because it always takes about 40 minutes or so do get mine done. He says I should just make them more bite sized for him. Which I’m going to try when I make them again tomorrow, since he’s had such a blast helping me. He’s my picky one, and I have no doubt the only reason he loves when we have this is because he loves helping make it.

    • Not that he doesn’t love it and eat it all! But if I tried to get him to eat any other version he wouldn’t even try it.

  65. Absolutely loved this recipe. So close to my Mom’s, yet so easy. Made it just as it’s stated and added the leftover flour from the counter at the end just to thicken it even more. This is the 3rd time I’ve made them and practice does make perfect. I was easily intimidated by the dough the first time, but the thought of using biscuits made me more determined than ever to have “Homemade.” So, so good!

  66. Cathy t says:

    I have always made drop dumplings like my mother for the last 30yrs….I tried these, they were very easy to make tho mine don’t look as nice for the first time but it was very simple.
    Can’t wait to try them for dinner :))

  67. Yummy!!! This looks so good. Reminds me too of making chicken and “dumplins” with my grandmama. She used Crisco and buttermilk. The dumplins were so good (as were her biscuits!) we’d eat dough pieces raw before they were even cooked! Also, here in eastern NC we would call your style Chicken and Pastries. Oh but we’d still eat ‘em all up! lol. My grandmama did the drop style where they’re big fluffy balls….miss that. I love both styles! Mmm Mmm. May have to make this very soon. Thanks for sharing.

  68. I was searching for a way to freeze the dumplings once I rolled them out and found your sight. My dumpling were made for a simple baking mix similar to bisquick. I always have some kind of chicken parts in the freezer and today I just simply used some wings I had thawed in the fridge. Thanks for the tip about freezing them!

  69. Just made these but with turkey. Added chopped fresh thyme & rosemary added to dumplings. Great recipe.

  70. Katrina Grammer says:

    Hello! You have a very wonderful recipe and present it wonderfully easy to to follw! I made a double batch, everyone loves them but was wondering if I can freeze some because I just made way too many!! I don’t want them to go go waste! ]
    Thank you

    • Katrina, they do freeze very well if you do it before cooking them. I’ve never tried freezing them after they’re cooked, but I imagine it would work fine too. Just be gentle when you heat them, not to stir too much so they don’t break up.


  72. I just make this! My family loved the recipe. I seasoned the flour with garlic and pepper before mixing the dough. Thank you!

  73. Anonymous says:

    i make them just like u do but just regular flour and their a hit with my family and everyone but im gonna try it with the self rising flour to make them more fluffy.and i dont like vegetables in them veggies on the side .

  74. Mark Hodges says:

    As a ten year old, I would go squirl hunting. My Grandma born in 1885 would take them to back of her small house we built her and skin them..zip, zap done. She made squirl dumplings, but she didn’t use milk, but the broth from the stew and the same with chicken.

    • What did the squirrel dumplings taste like? When was the last time you had them? Interesting story!

      • Mark Hodges says:

        It has been over 50 years. Squirrl is great, Rabbit is better, Chicken is third to me. I am going to make the wild game dumplings this year. Oh and oppossom is last. Grandma used to get em, feed them in a cage for a week and cook em, delicious. I grew up a lot like the Dynasty guy, Phil.

  75. I think I’ll try these and use smaller cookie cutters on the dumplings to make some interesting shapes for my grandchildren. The recipe sounds delicious.

  76. Have you ever tried adding well seasoned chicken broth (the homemade kind) to make the dumplings in place of the milk?
    A friend taught me this and I really like it.
    All of your recipes are wonderful. Thanks so much.

  77. rebecca says:

    This is real chicken and dumplings to me. If it has veggies in it, it is still good but more of a chicken soup. I remember it this way when I was growing up in the Florida panhandle. Couldn’t remember all the ingredients in the dumplings, so was searching for a recipe. Thanks, this is perfect. Also, I buy whole chickens and if I am in a rush I just cut g he whole chicken in half and freeze. So this dish is a good use for the half chickens I have in the freezer besides just roasting them.

  78. THANK YOU! My fondest memories of my Nanny were of her chicken and dumplings. Southern comfort food that sticks to your ribs. No one made dumplings as good as my Nanny and now that she’s gone no one could duplicate her dumplings. My mother is hideous at dumplings and gave up trying long ago. Nanny’s recipe is similar to yours and I’ve been trying for years to find an authentic version of dumplings from around KY. (She lived in a tiny little town near Pikeville.) Through the years I’ve found recipes close but not quite. Your recipe is perfect. No shortening in the recipe, she did include some chicken broth in her dumplings, and they were rolled not drop dumplings. I found your blog because I was trying to find if I could freeze dumplings to use at a later time and was going to search once again for a new dumpling recipe to try. Up popped your recipe and its perfect. Thanks again. I can’t wait to make this recipe.


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