Friday, October 28, 2011

Fluffy Chicken and Dumplings

I think when a lot of folks are asked for their list of Top 5 comfort foods, Chicken and Dumplings comes up in that list.  It certainly does for me.  My Mom made chicken and dumplins a lot when I was younger.  My favorite part was always the dumplins.

My Momma worked long and labor intensive hours as a school custodian but she always tried real hard to make dinner for us kids. My Dad was in the Navy and was out to sea a lot serving our country.  They both had tough jobs and I suppose you don't always appreciate your parent's hard work until you are grown.  I look back now, and I truly appreciate my Mom always trying to get a good meal on the table even though she was exhausted most days and didn't feel like going to the grocery store after work and then coming home to make dinner.  My Mom usually made this with canned biscuits (which you can too if you like). But these days I like to make it with Bisquick to keep the dumplins nice and fluffy. This is a really versatile recipe so go with whatever you like and what is easiest for you.
1 pound chicken tenders, diced
½ small onion, finely diced
1 container (32 oz.) Chicken Stock or Broth
1 cup water
1 cup milk (or half & half)
1 package Chicken Gravy Mix (see note below)
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cups warm water
 Dried Parsley (optional)
Note: For a creamier chicken and dumplings, use a can of undiluted cream of chicken soup instead of the chicken gravy packet and water.

Place a large pot on stove over medium high heat, add chicken broth, water, diced onion and diced chicken tenders.   Cook until onions turn soft and chicken is cooked. Season mixture with salt and pepper
 In a small bowl, whisk together gravy mix and milk. Pour into  pot.  
Stir and bring up to a boil (to thicken slightly).  Add frozen peas and carrots.

In a medium bowl, combine Bisquick with warm water. Stir until combined.
Drop tablespoonfuls of prepared mix into the pot, spacing dumplings as evenly as you can.
 Cover pot tightly and reduce heat to medium low. Steam dumplings 8-10 minutes.
 Remove from heat and serve. Sprinkle with dried parsley (optional)
Cook's Notes: Chicken and Dumplings don’t always make the best leftovers. The dumplings will continue to absorb the liquid so when you make this, be sure you’re going to eat it all the same day.  Also, if you'd like, you can use some rotisserie chicken in this which gives it a wonderful flavor or if you have leftovers from a roasted chicken.
Prefer a more old-fashioned dumpling recipe?
Try the one below!


  1. It looks delicious! One of my favorite dishes. I actually have a character in my book who also loves Chicken and Dumplings. May I share this on my blog?

  2. Ugh, I wish I could have some of this right now! It looks amazing!

  3. Mmm this is probably one of my favorite down home southern foods, looks delicious!! :)

  4. We never had this growing up. My Dad wasn't a big soup fan, and putting dumplings in there would not have gone over well with him. Me on the other hand, I can't wait to try this!!

  5. My Grandma used to make Chicken and Dumplings, as well as chicken and home made noodles. Pure Southern comfort food for sure! Thanks for the memories!

  6. I haven't had chicken and dumplings in the longest time and haven't ever made them myself (I usually order it at Cracker Barrel.) This is going to be perfect to make on a cool Fall day!

  7. I'll be right over cause I'd love to have some right now. ;-} This looks soo good - such great comfort food. Thanks for making it look so easy to do. You're always doing good! =D

  8. I have this on my stove simmering right now. thanks for the easy!! It looks wonderful!

  9. Hi Jen!~ I really hope you enjoyed it!! :)

  10. This looks so good! I was just wondering if it can be made in the crock pot?

  11. Hi Kim! As much as I love my Crock Pot, I probably would not recommend this recipe for it. I think the broth would be fine in it but not the dumplings. In order for them to stay on the fluffy side, they need to be steamed in the pot for just a few minutes. You could try adding them in the Crock Pot during the last 15 minutes or so of cooking. You just don't want them to get too dense or be too mushy in the middle. Hope that helps!

  12. Definitely a keeper! My husband ate this for three days in a row! I added a few more frozen veggies (a cup each of corn, green beans, and carrots, since I didn't have the mixed peas and carrots). I also had to make a sudden grab for the Joy of Cooking, for a pancake mix recipe, since I was about to add the dumplings and realized there was no Bisquick in the house! But it turned out great, my husband loved it, and it was super easy and fairly quick to make. I'll be making it again, probably pretty frequently. Thank you!

    1. That is so great to hear Moira!! Love that you still made it work. Thank you so much for letting me know how it turned out for you!

  13. I love that you use GV brands.

    1. Thanks! I am working on a budget here, so unless I have coupons for something then I buy the store brands. :)

  14. This is a good recipe but I didn't have chicken gravy so I substituted with chicken bullion and found that the dumplings thicken the broth well.

  15. I spotted this recipe on the side of your blog.. then had to search for it. This looks amazing!

  16. This was great! Whole family loved it! Added small clove of garlic, minced. Also added both the chicken gravy mix and the can of cream of chicken soup. Turned out great, will make again.

  17. I made this for dinner last night. It had been a cold snowy day. I left out the gravy mix because I didn't have any on hand. I made a few pre made noodles to add to this when the dumpling were done. This tasted so good. My husband couldn't stop saying how good they were! Thank you for taking the time to share your recipes. I really think you should consider writing a cook book...

  18. So sweet! Thank you so much for coming back to let me know how it turned out for you. I would love to do a cookbook. Creating one isn't too expensive but it's the distribution that has proven to be the super expensive part. Maybe one day!! :)

  19. Hi, I made this again tonight...its soo delicious! I love your site and have cooked many many of your recipes!

  20. I am a 'homemade egg noodle' girl, but my husband has always talked about his mother's drop dumplins' made from Bisquick. He called when he got off work, asking if I had lunch for him. I said, sure! I knew I had about 30 min. I had chicken in the freezer from making a beer can chicken, so hurriedly thawed that in the microwave. I softened my cut up carrots in there, too. With 3 cans of broth, a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of peas I put in right before dropping in the dumplins, along with salt, pepper, oh, and I mixed the parsley in with my Bisquick, I had lunch ready for him when he walked in the door. I do think it would've been better if I'd used original Bisquick instead of the gluten-free, but that's what I had. He ate 2 bowls, saying it was good. I said, "I know it's not like how your (late) mom made it..." He replied, "No, I think it's like how my wife makes it." :-)


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