BEST EVER CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS

Chicken & Dumplings recipe made with juicy chicken, fresh vegetables and homemade biscuit dumplings. Seriously THE BEST you’ve ever tasted! Simple tips to make this the best chicken & dumplings dinner ever.

Chicken & Dumplings are one of those recipes that’s just pure comfort food. The weather turns cooler and I love making this recipe for dinner for my family. A warm bowl of creamy, flavorful chicken stew cooked with homemade dumplings just hits the spot!

Chicken & Dumplings recipe made with juicy chicken, fresh vegetables and homemade biscuit dumplings. Seriously THE BEST you've ever tasted! Simple tips to make this the best chicken & dumplings dinner ever.

Here are some tips I’ve learned after making chicken & dumplings many, many times over the years:

  • Use 3 cups diced rotisserie chicken instead of uncooked chicken breasts.
  • Chop the celery, carrot and onion beforehand. I like to buy a 2-lb bag of carrots, celery and 2-3 large sweet yellow onions and take 30 minutes one afternoon to do a lot of chopping. I combine the carrots and celery in a large ziplock bag and freeze. I put the diced onion in a separate ziplock bag to freeze. You can combine them all together, if you’d like! (This mix is called mirepoix and is such a time saver!)
  • Use a can of Pillsbury Biscuits, cut into halves, instead of making the dumplings from scratch. The homemade ones are better, but if you’re in a rush, you can shave a little more time off this way.

How do you make dough for dumplings?

Making dumplings for homemade chicken & dumplings is really easy! Just combine 6 ingredients in a bowl and stir them together. I like to use a cookie scoop to measure out the dough and place them in the chicken stew to cook. They are soft dumplings with fantastic flavor and they add a lot of interest to the basic chicken stew.

Chicken & Dumplings recipe made with juicy chicken, fresh vegetables and homemade biscuit dumplings. Seriously THE BEST you've ever tasted! Simple tips to make this the best chicken & dumplings dinner ever.BEST EVER Chicken & Dumplings

Chicken Stew:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups sliced celery & carrots {about 2 stalks celery and 1 large carrot}
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans reduced fat cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • salt & pepper to taste
Dumplings:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour {I used half whole wheat flour}
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

How do you make easy chicken and dumplings?

  1. Saute chicken in 1 TBSP oil until almost cooked through. Set aside.
  2. Heat remaining TBSP of oil in a large saute pan or dutch oven. Add onion, carrots, celery and sage. Cook on medium-high heat for about 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft, stirring often.
  3. Add the cans of chicken soup, broth and milk to the vegetables. Whisk to combine. Ladle out 1/4 cup of the liquid and mix in the cornstarch. Return cornstarch liquid to pan. (If you just add the cornstarch to the larger mixture, it’s really hard to incorporate. So mix it into a small amount, then pour that into the stew.)
  4. Add the chicken and the frozen peas. Heat until bubbly, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  5. While the stew is simmering, you can mix up the dumplings. Add the dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add the butter and milk and stir, using a fork or a rubber scraper until well combined.
  6. After 20 minutes, remove the lid and increase the temperature back to medium heat. Give the stew a quick stir, then add the dumplings to the stew in 1 TBSP sized balls. (You’ll have about 20 dumplings.) The dumplings will rise & expand while cooking so make sure you’re saute pan is large enough to accommodate.
  7. Replace the lid and turn the heat down to low. Cook the mixture for another 20 minutes, with the lid on, without stirring or ever lifting the lid!
  8. Gently stir and serve. Enjoy!

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CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS

Chicken & Dumplings recipe made with juicy chicken, fresh vegetables and homemade biscuit dumplings. Seriously THE BEST you've ever tasted! Simple tips to make this the best chicken & dumplings dinner ever. 

Ingredients

  • Chicken Stew:
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups sliced celery & carrots {about 2 stalks celery and 1 large carrot}
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 2 10.75 ounce cans reduced fat cream of chicken soup 
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen peas 
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Dumplings:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour {I used half whole wheat flour}
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/4 tsp  onion powder 

Instructions

  1. Saute chicken in 1 TBSP oil until almost cooked through. Set aside.
  2. Heat remaining TBSP of oil in a large saute pan or dutch oven. Add onion, carrots, celery and sage. Cook on medium-high heat for about 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft, stirring often.
  3. Add the cans of chicken soup, broth and milk to the vegetables. Whisk to combine. Ladle out 1/4 cup of the liquid and mix in the cornstarch. Return cornstarch liquid to pan. (If you just add the cornstarch to the larger mixture, it's really hard to incorporate. So mix it into a small amount, then pour that into the stew.)
  4. Add the chicken and the frozen peas. Heat until bubbly, then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  5. While the stew is simmering, you can mix up the dumplings. Add the dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add the butter and milk and stir, using a fork or a rubber scraper until well combined.
  6. After 20 minutes, remove the lid and increase the temperature back to medium heat. Give the stew a quick stir, then add the dumplings to the stew in 1 TBSP sized balls. (You'll have about 20 dumplings.) The dumplings will rise & expand while cooking so make sure you're saute pan is large enough to accommodate.
  7. Replace the lid and turn the heat down to low. Cook the mixture for another 20 minutes, with the lid on, without stirring or ever lifting the lid!
  8. Gently stir and serve. Enjoy!

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for giving us the shortcuts to what looks like a lovely chicken and dumpling stew… there are some days when shortcuts are just necessary, you know! I appreciate it!

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