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Chicken and Dumplings Casserole (+Video)

This Chicken and Dumplings Casserole is a family favorite. The dumplings make themselves! Tender, cooked chicken in a creamy flavorful sauce!

AN EASY WAY TO MAKE CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS

This Chicken and Dumplings Casserole was crazy delicious! My pictures do not do this recipe justice but we absolutely fell in love with it! The flavor was amazing and it was a family-pleaser for sure. Serve with a salad and your favorite vegetable. This is the food of my childhood right here.

fully cooked chicken and dumplings casserole in a white baking dish topped wih chopped parsley.

AN ALL-PURPOSE COOKBOOK

You know where I got this recipe? From that cookbook pictured below. It is The Southern Bite Cookbook and it was written by my friend Stacey Little of SouthernBite.com. Stacey shares generational recipes as well as some of his newer favorites. All inspired by the southern food he grew up with. 

The Southern Bite Cookbook shown on a wood table.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Could I use store-bought cooked chicken?

Absolutely! You do not need to make this totally from scratch if you are short on time. Pick up a rotisserie chicken. Get the family size chicken and just dice it up (you’ll need 3 cups of chicken.) Costco sometimes even sells pulled rotisserie chicken. A huge timesaver!

What if I don’t like celery?

Then just leave it out. You don’t need to substitute it with anything.

Can I substitute self-rising flour with all-purpose flour?

Self-rising flour contains a leavening agent as well as salt. It is all included for you. So, if you only have all-purpose flour then you are going to need to add these additional ingredients. To the one cup of all-purpose flour you would need stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Whisk together well then continue with the recipe as written.

Can I substitute margarine for butter?

Margarine (like Country Crock) will not work in this recipe. Margarine is mostly oil. The recipe won’t come together like we want if you use margarine.

Can you put raw chicken in a casserole?

Casseroles are usually made with cooked meats. When you use raw chicken, everything else in the casserole will be overcooked by the time the meat is done. So if you do see raw meat in a casserole recipe, the meat is usually started first in the cooking process because it takes longer to cook than the other ingredients.

What other cream soups could I use?

This really is all about what your family enjoys. You could substitute with cream of mushroom, cream of onion or cream of celery.

Can chicken and dumplings casserole be frozen?

I don’t recommend it. When you reheat it from frozen or go to cook it from frozen, the texture will be off. Now, if you don’t mind this not being the same texture as if you made it fresh, then thats fine. Sometimes people just like a taste of a recipe and not so much the texture. But for this to turn out exactly as it was intended, it should not be frozen.

Chicken and Dumplings casserole recipe from The Country Cook, serving on a white plate with a fork pictured.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • salted butter
  • onion
  • celery
  • cooked chicken
  • self-rising flour
  • milk
  • chicken broth
  • cream of chicken soup
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Chicken and Dumplings Casserole ingredients: butter, onion, celery, chicken breasts, self-rising flour, milk, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, milk.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS CASSEROLE:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add chopped onion and celery. Cook for about 8-10 minutes (until veggies are soft.) I seasoned my veggies with just a little bit of salt and pepper and I just let the butter melt as the veggies cooked.

diced celery and diced onion with a stick of butter in a large skillet with a wooden spoon.

Pour the butter and veggie mixture into your prepared baking dish.

melted butter, cooked diced celery and onion layered into the bottom of a large white baking dish.

Add the shredded chicken in a layer on top of the vegetables. Note: I seasoned with just a little salt & pepper here too.

cooked, shredded chicken layered on top of malted butter, Clery and onion in a white baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine self-rising flour with milk. Pour this mixture over chicken (do not stir the layers.) In another bowl (I just used the same one that I mixed the flour and milk, less dirty dishes, right?) combine the chicken broth with the cream of chicken soup. Season this with a bit of salt & pepper.

milk and self rising flour whisked together in a white bowl.

Pour this mixture over the chicken. Do not mix the layers.

flour and milk mixture poured over shredded chicken in rectangular white baking dish.

Then bake until the casserole is set (about 45 minutes or so). Sprinkle with a bit of dried parsley when finished cooking.

finished cooking, chicken and dumplings casserole in a baking dish.

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fully cooked chicken and dumplings casserole in a white baking dish topped wih chopped parsley

Chicken and Dumplings Casserole (+Video)

This Chicken and Dumplings Casserole is a family favorite. The dumplings make themselves! Tender, cooked chicken in a creamy flavorful sauce!
4.69 from 173 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add chopped onion and celery.
  • Cook for about 8-10 minutes (until veggies are soft). Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the butter and veggie mixture into your prepared baking dish.
  • Add the chicken in a layer on top of the vegetables.
  • In a small bowl, combine self-rising flour with milk.
  • Pour this mixture over chicken (do not stir mixture).
  • In another small bowl combine the chicken broth with the cream of chicken soup. Season with ab it more salt and pepper.
  • Pour this mixture over the chicken. Do not mix the layers.
  • Then bake for about 45-50 minutes or until the casserole is set.

Video

Notes

  • Use store-bought rotisserie chicken to make preparation even faster
  • You must use self-rising flour in this recipe (not all-purpose)
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 25g | Sodium: 861mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: March 2014
Updated & republished: May 2020

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105 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Easy and Delicious!
    My husband and I loved this and it will definitely be on our rotation of meals. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe countless times. This is one of my family’s favorite comfort meals. It is simple, but tasty, and the dumplings are pillow soft! We tend to leave it in the oven a bit longer than the recipe states.

  3. 5 stars
    This will be the second time making this recipe. It is delicious and very easy to prepare. Thank you for this delicious recipe.

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  4. 5 stars
    This is one of my most favorite recipes. I could eat the whole thing by myself on that note, I just found out I have celiac disease and can no longer eat gluten. Is there a way to make this gluten-free by subbing the self rising flour with a different type of gluten-free flour? Maybe making the biscuits beforehand and putting them on top? I’m not sure how to do it but I’m really sad that I won’t be able to eat this any longer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  5. 5 stars
    This is delicious. I had to use diced peppers instead of onion due to family preference, but otherwise made the recipe exactly as written. I will definitely be doing this again and again!

  6. 5 stars
    This was delicious! So good that I have been craving it all week and am going to make it this weekend again. I also used rotisserie chicken so it was super easy to make. Thanks for the recipe

  7. 5 stars
    I love casseroles, nothing better than putting something in the oven and getting the kitchen cleaned while it bakes. I found your recipe and just made tonight … exactly as written, it’s so delicious! Thank you! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  8. 5 stars
    Yummy!!! Just made this tonight and we loved it. At first my Husband was upset that I didn’t make my old Chicken and Dumplings…. then he tried it and stopped complaining!! Thanks for the easy peasy yummy casserole!