Chicken and Dumplings

I have eaten more bowl of chicken and dumplings than I can count. It’s always been my favorite. If you’re looking for an easy and delicious comfort food meal this is it!   
pot with fluffy dumplings chicken, broth, carrot, celery
Growing up if you asked me what I’d like for dinner, it would be Chicken and Dumplings and Baked Ziti
those were my favorite dinners my mom made.
I great up having the dumplings made from Bisquick and they were yummy.
But I never used it for anything else, I always thought it made pancakes and waffles too “heavy” so…
EASY chicken and dumplings recipe from
I now make the dumplings from scratch, and after many attempts, I’m sharing my GO-TO dumpling recipes and it’s DELICIOUS and light and fluffy, just the way you want a dumpling to be. This recipe easily doubles for more portions, in a 5 -6 qt pot I often double the recipe for 6-8 servings.
The choice is yours on how you can make it with my easy recipe, but me…
I prefer the homemade dumplings and have extra room in my pantry since I don’t need to buy Bisquick for dumplings anymore.
I do know in the south they serve noodles in their chicken and dumplings, these are not that type of chicken and dumplings.
Chicken and dumplings are the epitome of comfort food, the chicken is slow-cooked and tender, with a mix of carrots and celery, and onion…
and the chicken broth is so delicious.
chicken and dumpling recipe from

How to make delicious chicken broth

Using chicken on the bone or with just the skin will result in a richer delicious chicken broth. 
This recipe can be made on the stove or pressure cooker (instant pot).
Depending on how much chicken you cook time will be about 40+ minutes. You can cook it for 20 minutes in the pressure cooker, then add the vegetables and cook for 5 minutes or longer if you want them softer, then remove the chicken and add the dumpling mixture.
chicken and dumplings recipe
I use my Le Creuset dutch oven to cook large portions, I use this 5.5 qt dutch oven for meals to serve 4-6. I love how evenly they cook, the food says hot long after the burner is off. They are heavy duty and clean up well.
You can use induction burners which we have used outside, which is great when you don’t want to heat up the house, remodel a kitchen, or just want to enjoy the outdoors with some modern conveniences. I have this induction burner and use it often. In the kitchen when we remodeled we added a commercial cooktop, ordinary pots and pans would not hold up to the heat, so I’ve been adding to my collection piece by piece to have a variety of sizes.
chicken and dumplings recipe

I slow-cooked the chicken on medium (alternatively, you can use cooked rotisserie chicken, bring it to a simmer to release flavor to the broth, then debone and shred chicken)

while I took the chicken off the bone,

I skimmed the fat off the broth then,
chopped  6 large carrots, 3 stalks of celery, and half an onion.
Alternatively, you can use any type of chicken in this recipe. The skin/fat gives the broth a delicious flavor, if you use boneless skinless chicken, add a tablespoon or two of butter to add flavor. Season with chicken bouillon as desired.

chicken and dumplings recipe
I simmered them with 1-2 tablespoons of chicken bouillon,
then scooped out the dumpling mix and placed it on top of the simmering broth with the chicken returned to the pot.

chicken and dumplings recipe
 I cooked the dumplings for 10 minutes without being covered
then 10 minutes covered
the dumplings come out flakey.

If you don’t want to make homemade dumplings, Bisquick is what my mom used.
chicken and dumplings recipe

Chicken and Dumplings in an Instant Pot:

If you’re cooking the meal in an Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) add the chicken, broth, carrot, celery, and pressure cook for 12 minutes. Release pressure then add the dumpling mixture on top of the cooked chicken soup, time if for 5 minutes, then cover with foil, a lid or the pressure cooker lid for 3-4 minutes, release pressure if using the pressure cooker lid, then serve. 


Easy and delicious homemade chicken and dumplings a comfort food tradition, the recipe is easily doubled to have plenty for leftovers
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 -6 dumplings


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or 1/2 cup milk with 1 teaspoon vinegar

thicker for gravy consistency

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch.

Chicken Soup with Vegetables

  • Cook chicken pieces skin on until fullly cooked and tender with onion, celery, carrots.
  • Add chicken bouillon to taste.
  • Add salt and pepper before serving.


  • First make the "chicken soup" cook chicken and vegetables until tender
  • Prepare the dumplings
  • Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl with a fork.
  • Place dollops of dumpling dough on top of lightly boiling chicken broth, and time it for 10 minutes.
  • Then place a lid over the pot and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  • Serve with chicken and vegetables and spoon broth over the dumplings.
  • To thicken the broth to a rich and creamy "gravy" add 1 cup milk mixed with 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and pour slowly into the simmering broth.


  1. That looks so yummy! And to think you made it with Le Creuset Cookware! Thanks for also entering my Le Creuset Prep Bowl Giveaway! It's a great prize and I hope you win! Winner will be announced on the 26th!

  2. Over the past few years, i've been saving up and treating myself now and again to a Le Creuset Cookware piece. I have the casserole pot and some ramekins inc heart shaped ones. I do like them.

  3. The chicken and dumplings look superb and I think I have all the ingredients. I do not however have the lovely Le Creuset accoutrements. I must say I'm a little jealous. I have to make due with the Mario Batali version.

  4. OH, I am so jealous! I love your Le Creuset! Just can't bring myself to spend all that money…but if my husband would surprise me….:)
    P.S. Your chicken and dumplings look delicious!

  5. I love your mother! ENJOY it! I have my eye on the white one… Some day!

    Your chicken and dumplings are PERFECT!

  6. Oh, I love chicken and dumplings! You've made it look easy. Your blog banner is beautiful; makes me want some chocolate right now!
    — michele

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