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Simple Chicken And Dumplings Recipe

November 20, 2018 by Michelle

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This chicken and dumplings recipe is so easy and fast and yet so delicious. Some links in this post are affiliate links that earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Chicken and dumplings pot

It’s chilly, so you know I’m all about the comfort food. These chicken and dumplings are some of our favorites, and this time I took the even easier route and used a rotisserie chicken.

Why haven’t I done this before? The entire meal was ready in a half hour, perfect for busy weeknights – which is all I have now!

I’ve made this recipe for years, and it used to be good for at least two meals for my family. I now have teenagers, and while my son had a small bowl leftover for lunch, no one else got any leftovers.

Simple chicken and dumplings

In fact, the night I made this, my son had three huge servings. Can I tell you they let me take no photos outside of a few I snapped with my phone? This just disappears – which is a good thing, right?

This is one and only recipe I requested from my mother-in-law. I asked for it one weekend when my husband wasn’t feeling too well, and you know what they say about chicken soup!

Of course, I didn’t leave the recipe alone and had fun tweaking it. Shhh don’t tell her, but my kids insisted this week that mine tastes so much better than their grandmother’s.

They didn’t believe me when I told them it was her recipe originally! Or partly anyway. She cooks with bouillon cubes, so that was my first swap. And the day I accidentally added butter to the dish?

Well lets just say that accident was quite serendipitous. If only every time I dropped thing it worked out that well, right?

Whether you make your own chicken stock or not, definitely use chicken stock versus bouillon cubes. My chicken stock recipe is so super easy – and perfect if you ever buy rotisserie chicken.

Shhhh I used to not know what chicken and dumplings were

Do you want to know my little secret? Before I confess, know that I never spent time in the south growing up. I’d never had chicken and dumplings before. You know what they say about assumptions….

My mother in law made them when my husband and I were engaged and visiting his family one weekend. I thought that they were supposed to be a soup.

When my MIL put them on the table, let’s just say everyone laughed at me when I expressed my surprise. Have I mentioned before that my mom didn’t cook much when I was growing up?

In any case, they were great, and I’ve been a huge fan since. They’re pretty easy to make, and they’re a huge hit with everyone, including the wee ones — and those are the best kinds of recipes!

When I make these, I often add extra broth to make them a bit more like a soup. They taste great either way!

Simple Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a heavy pot. Add the chicken breasts and turn down to a simmer.

Cook 20 to 25 minutes and remove the chicken. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and set aside.

Alternatively, use  rotisserie chicken to save time. Remove the meat from the chicken and cut into pieces. You need half to three-quarters of the rotisserie chicken, so save it for another meal like chicken pot pie or a Greek salad.

Add butter to the still hot broth and let melt. Turn off the heat once you add the butter.

Beat four egg yolks until fluffy with a whisk – they will change color and turn a very light yellow. This will take about 2 minutes.

Add one cup of the broth with butter to the eggs, being sure to temper the eggs. You want to add a bit of broth at a time and stir well to bring the eggs up in temperature without scrambling them.

Add pepper and flour one cup at a time. Mix with a fork until it forms a dough that is just slightly sticky but not dry. Depending on humidity, it will be between two and three cups.

Roll out dough on lightly floured counter until about 1/4″ thick. Use a bench scraper to cut into strips which will form your noodles (they can be as thin or thick and long or short as you choose).

Cut dumplings

Drop them into broth that you have brought back to a boil a few at a time to avoid clumping. Cook until all dumplings have risen to the surface, then simmer a few minutes.

Add dumplings to boiling stock

Add cut up chicken, stir and let the broth reduce until it’s at a consistency you prefer. Sometime I reduce nearly all the broth, while other times I leave it like a soup.

Have you ever made homemade chicken and dumplings?

Chicken And Dumplings

Chicken And Dumplings

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

These chicken and dumplings are absolutely delicious and simple to make. Enjoy a perfect comfort food meal that will take you back to childhood.


  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 c low sodium chicken stock
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2-3 c flour
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/4 c butter
  • salt, to taste


  1. Bring chicken stock to a boil. Add chicken and turn to simmer. Cook 20 to 25 minutes, then remove chicken. Cut into bite size pieces and set aside.
  2. Add butter to still simmering broth, then turn off heat and let butter melt.
  3. Beat 4 egg yolks until fluffy. Slowly add 1 c of the broth with butter to eggs. Add a tablespoon at a time and whisk for the first 3-4 additions to prevent eggs from scrambling.
  4. Add pepper and flour 1 c at a time. Mix with a fork until it forms a slightly sticky dough. Depending on humidity, you need anywhere between 2-3 cups of flour.
  5. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4" thick. Cut into strips.
  6. Bring broth back to a boil and add salt. Drop in noodles a few at a time. Cook until all dumplings rise to the surface, then simmer 3 minutes more.
  7. Add cut up chicken, stir and let broth reduce to desired consistency.


If you're tight on time, use rotisserie chicken instead. Remove it from the bone and chop it. You need about half to three quarters of a rotisserie chicken - add as much or as little meat as you prefer. Bring the chicken stock to a boil and prep the dumplings, then add the chicken at the end as you normally would.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 438 Total Fat: 12.5g Cholesterol: 178mg Sodium: 612mg Carbohydrates: 42.6g Fiber: 1.3g Sugar: 3g Protein: 36g
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Simple chicken and dumplings recipe. This perfect comfort food is kid friendly and a perfect weeknight dinner. Make it even easier and use a rotisserie chicken to save time! #chicken #easyrecipes #comfortfood #dumplings

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  • Jamie

    Sound super yummy!

  • septembermom

    Thanks for the great recipe! I think I’ll try it for my crowd. Hopefully, some of my picky eaters will love it too!

  • 3 Bay B Chicks

    Saw your comment on Megryansmom blog this morning, Michelle.

    I just wanted to stop by and say that if you make this dish for me and my family for dinner, I will totally clean your house. (Note that I don’t vacuum, dust, or clean the bathroom. I am more of a “hose it down” type of girl.)

    Do we have a deal?


  • Jennifer

    Chicken and Dumplins is definitely part of our southern cooking but, I’ve never made it with a batter using eggs…just my normal homemade biscuits. I’ll try it like this and see what we get…maybe tomorrow! thanks

  • Lisa@BlessedwithGrace

    I love chicken and dumplings. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

  • Megryansmom

    That sounds really yummy and I might even be able to make it. I’m no Betty Crocker.

  • Megryansmom

    Wenda was here!

  • Brenda

    Add butter to the chicken broth?! Sounds great, but I have never heard of that!

  • Anna Lefler

    Oh, chicken and dumplings are the BEST!


    :^) Anna

  • Michelle

    Jamie – Ohhh it is. And to think I went through so many years of my life having never tried chicken and dumplings.

    septembermom – It’s perfect for a crowd. We still have some leftovers from Monday night 🙂

    3 Bay B Chicks – Hmm. Well, I’d totally cook if you’d clean, but hosing? That’s sorta my thing. How about laundry? Can we agree on laundry?

    Jennifer – Now I’m trying to figure out how you do this with biscuits. Do you boil them in the broth like I do the noodles?

    Lisa – Thanks, enjoy yours, as well!

    Megryansmom – Trust me, if my mother in law can successfully make this, ANYone can make it. She of the burned bacon and tasteless muffins from a mix and rubbery scrambled eggs and….

    Brenda – That’s what one of my friends said when I asked how she did hers dairy free… I did it without this time, and my husband could definitely tell the difference!

    Anna – Yup, they totally rock. And they’re TOTALLY not a soup. Ahem.

  • Live.Love.Eat

    This is one dish my MIL makes & my hubs loves that I have not tried to duplicate yet.

  • Debbie

    That sounds like a keeper!

  • Michelle

    Live.Love.Eat. – You should try it. It’s one of those old-fashioned recipes that really sticks with you. In a good way.

    Debbie – Yep, just like my husband (all together now, awwwwww). Let me know if you try it.

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