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CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS – The Southern Lady Cooks


Chicken and Dumplings is an all time favorite Southern comfort food meal. This dish can be made with leftover baked chicken,  bought chicken,  or turkey.  You can also boil a chicken or chicken breasts for the recipe.  My family loves chicken and dumplings and the more dumplings the better we like it! Chicken and dumplings has been a favorite Southern recipes for years.  I remember my mother making chicken and dumplings when I was a child and we usually had it on Sundays in the South!

Ingredients for chicken and dumplings.

Chicken or turkey, cooked


Cream of chicken soup

Chicken broth


Dumpling Ingredients:

Self Rising Flour (you can make your own here)



These simple ingredients make wonderful dumplings. We have always enjoyed the flat dumplings, as this is what I grew up on. My grandmother and mother both made flat dumplings. However I know many of you love the drop dumplings, which are super easy too. Instead of rolling out the dough, you just pinch if off and drop them in the soup mixture.

Easy Chicken and Dumplings - The Southern Lady Cooks

Great reviews on these delicious dumplings:

“Usually when I make chicken and dumplings it is a major project. This recipe makes a delicious dinner with a fraction of the work and in a fraction of the time. I am grateful for this recipe. Thank you for sharing it.” – Leslie

“Rarely do I comment about a recipe, but I have to share. I was always hesitant about making from scratch dumplings. I either got take out Cracker Barrel, or attempted to make them using biscuits, which always swelled more than I cared for. I came across this recipe a couple of years ago, made them several times, and they are perfect! Last night I wanted dumplings, but couldn’t find this recipe in my collection. I got the recipe on the Martha White site (the same one on the Crisco site) that called for chicken broth instead of hot water. Saying they were a mess is being generous–I tossed them out without even trying them. So I searched today until I found this recipe again. I’ll never use another! Just like Grandma’s.” – Janie

Full recipe in recipe card below.

Easy Chicken and Dumplings - The Southern lady Cooks

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Your family will love these Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Course Main Course

Cuisine American


  • 4 cups chopped chicken or turkey cooked
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • one 10.5 ounce can of cream of chicken soup I use Campbell’s soup and broth
  • two 10.5 ounce cans of chicken broth
  • 3 of the 10.5 ounce cans filled with water

Dumpling Ingredients

  • 2 cups Self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening

Dumpling Instructions

  • Pour 2 cups self-rising flour into a large bowl, cut in 1/4 cup shortening with a pastry blender or fork, add 3/4 cup boiling water a little at a time until you can shape the mixture into a ball. Roll out to about 1/8 inch of thickness on a floured board. Cut into strips, then squares

  • Remove lid on pot and add several squares at a time to the boiling broth replacing lid each time for about 30 seconds until you have added all the dumplings. Once all the dumplings are added lower heat to simmer for about 20 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For Drop Dumplings

  • If you want drop dumplings, just don’t roll the dough out but pinch off pieces and drop them into the broth just like you dropped the flat dumplings. Try to make each pinch uniform so your dumplings will cook through simultaneously.

Keyword Chicken and Dumplings, Easy

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