From Scratch Chicken and Dumplings- Simple and Delicious Comfort Food!

From Scratch Chicken and Dumplings

Scratch-Made-Chicken-And-Dumplings


Chicken and Dumplings is a pretty new meal for me.

I didn’t grow up with this comfort food, so I didn’t really know what I was missing out on!

One day, I decided to give Chicken and Dumplings a shot and I used this recipe. It’s been the recipe I’ve fallen back on ever since, and it’s really helped me love Chicken and Dumplings.

BUT…it’s TIME consuming. And super ingredient heavy. And honestly it pales in comparison to the Chicken and Dumplings recipe I’m about to post! (but it’s still really good and probably a bit healthier than the version I am now enjoying though.)

This recipe starts with my homemade cream of chicken soup

You can either make the cream of chicken soup in advance, or just make it as part of your dinner prep the night you intend to eat Chicken and Dumplings!

From Scratch Chicken and Dumplings

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Ingredients:

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (you can throw ‘em in frozen!)

1 Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe (or 2 cans of cream of chicken soup…but trust me, the homemade stuff will be much tastier in this recipe!)

2 tablespoons butter

1 onion finely diced

3/4 cup chicken broth (with more on hand if needed)

For the biscuits:

2 cups flour (use any combo that works for you. All wheat, half white/half wheat, etc…)

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup cold butter diced

1 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Add the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth,  2 tablespoons of butter, diced onions and chicken to a pot. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer.
  2. Simmer until your chicken is cooked all the way through and you can remove it and shred it with 2 forks (the time will vary based upon the size of your chicken breasts and if you put them in frozen or not).
  3. Shred your chicken (you can use two forks for this) and set aside for a bit.
  4. Making the biscuits/dumplings:
  5. Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a bowl
  6. Cut in the cold butter and work it into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of small peas. Don’t overwork it! You want the butter to still be cold.
  7. Add your milk to the mixture and knead just until it’s all moistened.
  8. Turn up the heat on your cream of chicken mixture on the stove until it’s at a high simmer.
  9. Drop biscuit dough in by the tablespoon full. Go kind of slow just dropping a few in at a time and letting the heat come back up in between biscuit drops (hereafter known as dumplings!).
  10. Add your chicken back in and allow to simmer for 10 minutes of so. Pull out a bigger dumpling and check inside to be sure it is cooked through. (At this point, if your mixture is looking way too thick, you can add some more chicken broth to thin it out. We like it thick though!)
  11. Salt and pepper to taste and garnish with some parsley!

This recipe is SO tasty! You can throw veggies into it if you like, but honestly I just like to serve the veggies on the side.

You do not have to use my biscuit recipe. You can use your own or you can just use canned biscuits if you like. 

You can also make this in the slow cooker! In fact, can I tell you a secret? 

This is the recipe that made me realize my slow cooker was broken. I had the ingredients in the slow cooker for 3.5 hours when I went over to check and saw that the lid wasn’t fogged at all. Lifted the lid and my chicken for my chicken and dumplings was still frozen solid! I transferred the whole thing to a pot and that’s how this turned into a stove cooked recipe instead of a slow cooker recipe ;)

You would just cook it in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low and add the biscuits 60-90 minutes before serving.

(So who wants to buy me a new slow cooker? ;) )

I hope you enjoy this Chicken and Dumplings Recipe and be sure to come back and comment if you try it or change it up!

Printable Version:

From Scratch Chicken and Dumplings- Simple and Delicious Comfort Food!
Recipe type: Dinner
 
You can make scratch made chicken and dumplings without spending all day in the kitchen! This recipe will be a hit with the whole family!
Ingredients
  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (you can throw 'em in frozen!)
  • 1 Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe (or 2 cans of cream of chicken soup...but trust me, the homemade stuff will be much tastier in this recipe!)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • ¾ cup chicken broth (with more on hand if needed)
  • For the biscuits:
  • 2 cups flour (use any combo that works for you. All wheat, half white/half wheat, etc...)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter diced
  • 1 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Add the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, 2 tablespoons of butter, diced onions and chicken to a pot. Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer.
  2. Simmer until your chicken is cooked all the way through and you can remove it and shred it with 2 forks (the time will vary based upon the size of your chicken breasts and if you put them in frozen or not).
  3. Shred your chicken (you can use two forks for this) and set aside for a bit.
  4. Making the biscuits/dumplings:
  5. Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a bowl
  6. Cut in the cold butter and work it into the dry ingredients until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of small peas. Don't overwork it! You want the butter to still be cold.
  7. Add your milk to the mixture and knead just until it's all moistened.
  8. Turn up the heat on your cream of chicken mixture on the stove until it's at a high simmer.
  9. Drop biscuit dough in by the tablespoon full. Go kind of slow just dropping a few in at a time and letting the heat come back up in between biscuit drops (hereafter known as dumplings!).
  10. Add your chicken back in and allow to simmer for 10 minutes of so. Pull out a bigger dumpling and check inside to be sure it is cooked through. (At this point, if your mixture is looking way too thick, you can add some more chicken broth to thin it out. We like it thick though!)
  11. Salt and pepper to taste and garnish with some parsley!

 

Comments

  1. Katie R says

    YUM!!!! Pinned this one too….We LOVED chicken and dumplings, but I haven’t found a really good recipe before.

  2. Katie R. says

    Do you think I could make the chicken mixture one day, refridgerate it, then bring it back to high simmer the next day and do the dumplings? Of would it be better to just make it and refridgerate it all together and re-heat?

    Random, I know. I took the chicken out of the freezer last night, then ended up not cooking it today. Now I don’t need it until Thur.

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  3. Graciela Quinn says

    Made the homemade broth and then cream of chicken soup…came out delicious! I didn’t change anything! It was creamy and so very tasty. If I ever have to use store stock or cream soup I know it will not taste as good. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. handtalker55 says

    I always put the bisquits in a pan of chicken broth. They suck up so much liquid it doesnt leave me any soup broth.

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