Chicken and Dumplings

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


Full of natural goodness, this time-honored chicken and dumpling recipe is sure to be a family favorite! A great budget stretcher and crowd pleaser!


  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups milk (divided)

Optional: 1 Cup peas, carrots, and/or corn


  1. Simmer chicken and salt in broth and water until cooked (about 30 minutes).
  2. Remove chicken from stock and shred chicken; return chicken to broth.
  3. Add peas and corn, if desired.

Prepare dumplings:

  1. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder in large bowl; cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixed well.
  2. Add 1 ½ cups milk and mix into a stiff dough that’s not sticky but can be patted out on a floured surface.
  3. Pat dough into a rectangular shape about ½ inch thick.
  4. Cut into 1 inch strips and then pinch off about 2 inches of the strip at a time and drop into bubbling stock.
  5. Turn heat down to medium/low and cover; cook slowly 12-15 minutes.
  6. Add about 1 ½ cups of milk and let stand about 10 minutes. If it needs thickening, you may simmer longer to reduce or add a little instant potato flakes.