You will LOVE these “Southern Style” chicken n’ dumplings just the way my Texas Grandma used to cook them! A big bowl of this filling hot soup is comfort food at it’s very best!You will LOVE these "Southern Style" chicken n' dumplings just the way my Texas Grandma used to cook them! A big bowl of this filling hot soup is comfort food at it's very best!

Fall is upon us, and Old Man Winter is just around the corner. Not too sure about you, but I tend to “hunker down” during this season of the year, and yearn for fires in the fireplace, a warm home, and good old comfort food, like a big pot of my Grandma’s Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumplings! Yum!

Why Are These Dumplings Flat Like Noodles?

I used to wonder about the use of the word “dumplings” in the name, since a lot of people make biscuit-like dumplings (and these look more like noodles), but if my beloved  Southern Grandma called them “dumplings”, well then “dumplings” they will be! Even Wikipedia tells us “dumplings” can be either PUFFY (typical in the Northeast) or ROLLED FLAT(Southern style!).

My Grandma, who lived in East Texas before she passed away, used to make this wonderful chicken n’ dumpling soup for us when we would visit on family vacations. My mom also made Grandma’s recipe for our family, then I began making this same recipe for my family many, many years ago. Our grown sons love this soup, as well, and I can’t even begin to count how many times they have eaten this meal.

Our oldest son, who is now 33 years old, still requests this as part of his birthday celebration, which amazes me to this day! It is REALLY simple, absolutely delicious, comforting and filling, and is very inexpensive to make… which is probably why I’ve been making this meal for so long!

Why Is This Recipe Good On The Old Wallet?

I start with a whole chicken. That’s the main ingredient in this soup, and I only use half the meat from the chicken, so I get another entire other meal out of the rest. That, to me, is a win-win.  Any time I can spend about $5 on a chicken and get two meals (plus leftovers) out of the deal is a good thing! I am sharing lots of pics for this recipe, but don’t let that scare you. This is simple, people!

So How Do I Make These Yummy Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumplings?

Place a whole thawed chicken (that is rinsed and cavity cleared) into a large stockpot. Cover with water. (If you want you can add 1/2 cup each of chopped onion, celery, and carrots to help flavor the broth, but it really is not necessary). Bring the water to boiling and cook the chicken for 1 hour.

Whole chicken cooking in stockpotWhen done, remove the chicken to a large bowl to cool down.

Fully cooked chicken ready for soup with dumplingsPour the broth through a sieve to strain out any veggies, particles, etc. Pour broth back into stockpot. I discard the veggies I flavored the broth with, but if you want to leave them in, go for it!

Straining chicken broth for soupWhen chicken has cooled, remove the skin.

Removing skin from cooked chicken before adding to soupThe chicken will be so tender the legs and thighs will easily tear off. I like to put a flexible cutting board on a baking sheet with edges, to help catch any liquid run-off.

Chicken for dumpling soup is tender and practically falls off boneCut or pull off all the meat from the chicken, and place into a large bowl. The chicken should be cut into bite sized pieces. I usually end up with between 4-5 cups of shredded chicken.

Shredded chicken to add to the soup and dumplingsI like to use about 2 -2 1/2 cups of chicken for this recipe. You can use all of the chicken if you want, but I prefer to put the rest of the chicken into a freezer bag and into my freezer, so I have cooked chicken ready for another meal (like quesadillas, enchiladas, casseroles, etc.), as well!

Leftover chicken pieces not used for soup are frozen in storage bagsAdd 2 to 2 1/2 cups of shredded chicken back into the pot of chicken broth.

Shredded chicken is added back into broth before dumplings are addedI add two large cubes of chicken bouillon to the hot broth to add additional flavor.


Additional flavor is added to chicken n' dumplings soup base with bouillon seasoning
Heat the broth back up on medium high heat. While it is coming to a boil, I make the dumplings. I know a lot of people make big puffy biscuit-like “dumplings”, but this is how my Grandma made Southern-style chicken n’ dumplings, and that is why they look like large noodles.

I start by blending flour, salt, and shortening together using a pastry cutter, cutting it in until the shortening is the size of small peas. Easy!

Mixing up the dumplings dough with pastry blenderHot water and more flour is added and mixture is firmed up into a large dough ball. Let the chicken n’ dumplings dough rest for about 10 minutes, then shape into 3 equal sized portions.

Hot water is added to dumplings dough, then mixed together.Dumpling dough is separated into 3 equal sized piecesThe dough is rolled out on a flour covered surface, one dough ball at a time, until it is thinly rolled out, and is about the size of a pie crust.

Each dumpling dough ball is rolled out on a floured surfaceDumpling dough is rolled out until very thin on floured sufaceUse a pizza cutter (or a very sharp knife) to cut the chicken n’ dumpling dough into long strips about an inch wide. Repeat the entire rolling/cutting process with the other two dough balls, adding additional flour to cutting board before rolling each one.

A pizza cutter is used to slice dough for dumplings into thin stripsOnce the broth is boiling, carefully drop the “dumplings” a few at a time into the boiling broth, continuing until all dumplings are in the pot.

Southern style dumplings are added to boiling chicken and brothAs dumplings cook, they float to surface of soupAdd a small amount of butter, as well as salt and pepper to the soup to help season it. Taste the broth, then add additional salt and/or pepper to suit your taste.

Butter, salt and pepper are added to chicken n' dumplings in potMix a couple spoonfuls of flour with some cold water (blend it well with a fork), and add it to the soup. This will help to thicken up the broth.

A flour slurry is added to chicken n' dumplings to thicken soupCook the chicken n’ dumplings until broth has thickened a bit, and is very hot. When ready to serve, ladle the soup into individual serving bowls, and serve with a big piece of crusty french bread on the side. That’s it! This is so yummy… and is “comfort food” at its best! Not only that, but the leftovers are amazing!

Grandma's Southern-Style Chicken n' Dumplings served hot in a bowl

Sure hope you will give these chicken n’ dumplings a try. You might even enjoy a few other soups I have here on the blog, like Albondigas Soup, Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup, or any of the soups you can find in the Recipe Index at the top of the page.

There’s nothing better than having a big pot of delicious soup available to slurp on during the cold Fall and Winter seasons! Enjoy!

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Grandma's Southern-Style Chicken n' Dumplings
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 
You will LOVE these "Southern Style" chicken n' dumplings just the way my Texas Grandma used to cook them! A big bowl of this filling hot soup is comfort food at it's very best!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken n' dumplings
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 341 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
To Cook Chicken And Make Broth:
  • 1 whole chicken , thawed and cleaned (remove and discard giblets from cavity)
  • 1/2 cup carrots , celery, and onion (OPTIONAL-to flavor the chicken broth)
  • Water to completely cover chicken in a large stockpot.
To Make The Dumplings:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup HOT water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
To finish soup:
  • Two large chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup water mixed with 2 Tablespoons flour
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste (approx. 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper)
Instructions
  1. Put the chicken and the veggies (if using) in a large stockpot. Cover completely with water. Bring to a quick boil, then continue cooking chicken for one hour. When done, remove chicken to large bowl to cool. Strain broth to remove leftover veggies or other particles. Return broth to stockpot.
  2. Once chicken is cool, remove skin, then cut chicken into bite sized pieces. (At this point I divide the chicken pieces in half, and freeze half for use in another meal).
  3. Add chicken pieces (approx. 2 1/2 cups) back into chicken broth. Heat the chicken and broth back up to boiling. Add bouillon cubes, salt and pepper (to taste).
  4. While chicken is coming to a boil, make the dumplings. In a large bowl, using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the shortening and salt into the cup of flour, until shortening is the size of small peas. Add 1/2 cup HOT water and 1/2 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons of flour to the mixture. Stir and work the mixture until a soft dough ball forms (firm enough to roll out). Divide dough into 3 equal sized balls, then let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Generously flour a work surface. Roll each dough ball out (one at a time), sprinkling with flour (if necessary) to keep dough from sticking to work surface. Roll out to about the size of a large pie crust (roll out thin). Cut dough into strips about an inch wide using a pizza cutter or knife. Repeat process for remaining dough balls.
  6. Drop dumplings a couple at a time into hot boiling chicken/broth mixture until all have been added to pot; add butter, and continue cooking.
  7. Make a slurry by mixing 1/4 cup water with 2 large Tablespoons flour. Stir well to combine, then add to soup pot, and stir well. (this helps to thicken broth a bit). Cook an additional 10 minutes on high to fully cook dumplings. Taste test broth, and add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Ladle hot soup into bowls, serve, and enjoy (especially with crusty french bread on the side!)
Recipe Notes

If you are pressed for time, you can always start with store bought chicken broth (cook the chicken in water/drain, THEN use broth in pot), and can also use a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken to get the chicken from, BUT I prefer to make it the way I have posted it, as it is far less expensive... but, hey... whatever works, right?

Nutrition Facts
Grandma's Southern-Style Chicken n' Dumplings
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 435mg19%
Potassium 230mg7%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1515IU30%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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198 Comments on Grandma’s Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumplings

  1. These turned out fantastic. The only change was instead of Knorr cubes I used the home style chicken stock concentrate.
    I think adding the butter cinched it!!!

  2. I mad these for supper and bout broke my arm patting myself on the back !! So so good.I think I’ll use the dumplin recipe for blackberry dumplins

    • Good morning, Janet! Hope your arm is feeling okay (ha ha). Guess those dumplins’ were a winner! And oh boy… do blackberry dumplins’ sound wonderful! Take care, thanks for writing, and have a GREAT day.

  3. I grew up around the Amish and they call these rolled dumplings “bot boi” or “pot pie.” My grandmother’s & mother’s dumplings were different that either the fluffy or rolled ones. They used water, egg, salt & flour. Stirred them together til stiff. Then dropped them into boiling broth. Cooked them uncovered for about 12-15 min til they were cooked through. These were very heavy and almost noodle like texture.

    • Hi, Shari… thanks for taking time to write! Loved the little bit of “history” with yet another way to cook dumplings! I think it is fascinating to hear all these heritage stories! Take care, and have a great day.

  4. This is close to how I make my dumplings, but I add some graduated chicken boullin, fresh chives, granulated garlic and onion, salt and pepper to my flour before mixing up my dumplings. They are amazing!

  5. I’m 60 and I still ask for this dinner on my birthday. Using my grandmother’s recipe, which is almost identical to yours, it is my favorite meal. We cut the dough into squares. My daughter makes it for me now. Thank you for sharing the southern style dumpling

    • Good morning, Cathy! Thank you for writing, and for your kind words. Yes, I have heard from folks in different parts of our country who also cut the “dumplings” into squares. You are so fortunate to have your daughter close to you so she can make the dumplings for you to enjoy! How wonderful. Take care, and have a great day.

  6. I made chicken and dumplings for Sunday meal and it was delicious. I just used the dumpling recipe and really like it. It was easy and I will not be buying anymore frozen dumplings unless I decide to be lazy and don’t feel like rolling out the dough. My question is how to store leftover dough.

  7. Florida girl here. I first made this recipe after I moved north about 5 years ago and was craving some southern comfort food. It was AMAZING. The only thing I changed was to swap the vegetable shortening for chicken fat (from cooking the chicken) and a bit of leftover bacon grease for extra flavor. I had a craving again today, and searched a whole lot of recipes on Google before I found this one again! Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi, Allison! Glad you enjoy these chicken n’ dumplings. You are definitely right about the Southern comfort food thing… ha ha! Take care, and stay safe. Thanks for writing!

      • adding the fat from the chicken broth is how my Mom did it .PS I’m almost 70 and have yet to make them to taste like hers. I will attempt again with this recipe. So many of her recipes were “till it feels right” or “till it looks right. Thank you

        • Hi, Janet… yes. A common theme with my grandma’s recipes is that she cooked a lot by taste, texture or until it just “felt right”. There’s a lot to be said for that, and I am so grateful for my Mom and Grandma, and their tried and true recipes! Have a great day.

  8. I am planning to make your dumplings this week. We need some Corona virus comfort food. I will be using a rotisserie chicken and chicken broth. How much chicken broth should I use. Should I only use chicken broth, or should I mix it with water. If I mix it with water, how much water.

    I haven’t made chicken and dumplins for about 20 years. I am also from East Texas, so this recipe will probably be just like the dumplins my grandmother made.

    • Good morning, Dena! Thanks for taking the time to write. I hope you enjoy the chicken n’ dumplings… they really DO sound good right about now during these trying times. I would recommend a minimum of 12 cups of liquid. If you have all broth, that would be great, but if necessary, you can use a little water (1-2 cups) of water to increase the amount of broth. You might want to taste test it (if adding water to broth), to see if the broth will need additional salt or pepper, but you should be good to go. Once you add the chicken pieces and the dumplings to the pot of broth, you will want your Dutch oven pan to be about 3/4 of the way full. Hope this helps a bit. Take care!

    • This East Texas connection is interesting. My grandmother (born 1898) grew up in Shelby Co., TX, and lived her adult life in Logansport, LA. I am wondering if this was just the standard recipe that “everyone” knew, or if these are family traditions.

  9. We always called this dish Chicken and Gleason’s (I think it was considered a French Canadian dish). My grandmother would rool out the flat noodles in the afternoon, cut them and leave them on a floured surface until she was ready to drop them in the pot.

    • Hi, Kathleen! Thank you for writing! I love the tip for leaving the dumplings out on a floured surface… make ahead is always a good thing, right? Take care!

  10. These are the dumplings I grew up with in Indiana, not the “puffy” kind. I still make them that way!! Although my mom used self-rising flour. So glad to see the good old dumplings that I remember.

      • Your recipe for chicken and dumplings was spot on with the way my Grandmother made the dish. With chickens being so fat nowadays, I cool the broth, then remove as much of the fat as possible with a fat separator, freeze and discard fat. Do not add the butter until fat is removed and I use 1/2 stick of butter or a full stick for a large pot of this goodness. Removing the fat will eliminate most if not all of the bad taste you could ever expect out of making this dish. Takes a bit longer, but well worth the extra step. Forget about left overs from my Tyler, Texas East Texas Hillbillies. They lick the bowl clean to show how much they appreciate this comfort food.

        • Good morning, Cliff! Glad your family enjoys chicken n’ dumplings the same way we do! Aren’t our Grandmother’s recipes good? Thanks for the extra tips. Take care, and have a great day.

    • Good morning, Kayla! Thank you for taking the time to write. Glad you enjoyed this recipe. Sounds like you did absolutely nothing wrong! These Southern-style dumplings do not “puff” like traditional biscuit-style dumplings. Even though they are called dumplings, the end result is more like that of a flat and wide homemade noodle (Southern-style). Hope you have a great day!

  11. My family only likes white meat chicken breasts. Will be making this recipe in the near future and following it to a T except for the breasts. I know it will turn out just great. Have you ever made with only white meat chicken breasts?

    • Hi, Melissa!Thank you for taking the time to write. Yes… I have made this recipe a couple times using only chicken breasts, when that was all I had in the freezer. The chicken n’ dumplings will be just fine prepared that way (maybe with just a smidge less flavor!). The chicken bouillion cubes will help to add some good chicken flavor back into the broth. Hope you enjoy this dish. We love ’em!

  12. Although I love chicken and dumpling made this way, i like pork dumpling even better when made this way. I use pork back bones boiled till meat will fall from bones. Using the broth and meat just like it was chicken, then make the dumplings. If you haven’t tried this it gives dumplings a new twist.

    • I love those pork neck and backbones too. What a great flavor they give to most anything. I also love the flat dumplings and the puffballs too. I make both of them. I made a pot of the old fashioned chicken and dumplings using the puffballs today and look forward to using this recipe next time as it’s so much less time-consuming. Great recipe!

  13. Hi, is there any way to make the dumplin dough ahead of time by a couple hours? So its ready to drop in the pot to cook? Making some for Christmas get together and wanted to have as much ready as possible so when we got to Nanna’s and got ready to fix them I didn’t have to do dumplins and all then. However, didn’t wanna mess up the dumplins either. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi, Sarah. Thanks for writing. Sorry for the late response, because I’ve been taking care of my mom who came up for Christmas and haven’t been anywhere near my computer. I have never pre-made the dumpling dough ahead of time in all of the many times I’ve made them over the years. The thing that would concern me is that all those dumplings might stick together, which wouldn’t be too good. My suggestion might be to make the dough, divide it into balls, and wrap really tightly in plastic wrap for travel. Then while you preheat the broth part, you could roll them out and quickly cut them. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas celebration with your family, Sarah.

  14. I make dumps basically the same way but instead of a chicken I use a fresh hen with alot of fat on her. The meat is much richer. I boil the hen in chicken broth, while it is boiling I make small cuts in the skin so it peels away from the hen and is easier to remove. When making the dumps I use the chicken broth mixed in with plain flour really seasons the dough I also use some of the broth in my dressing. I roll them out just like you do and my mama always said to give them a little pull to male them even thinner and always drop them into a boil. This is a family tradition for us and now that mama is gone my daughter and I enjoy making them. One of us rolls the dough and the other pulls and drops. We sometimes leave the chicken out and eat it as our meat since we don’t like turkey.

    • Like your mom, my mom also used an “old, fat hen” to make the broth, and used a cup of the broth with flour to make the dumplings. Oh so good! She also said to “strectch” the dumplings when we slid them into the boiling broth. She said to never stir the bumplings, rather lift them and turn them with the spoon. Not sure why on lifting rather than stirring unless it is so they don’t fall apart.

      • My mother said not to stir the dumplings because they were tender and would fall apart. As a young newly wed 50 years ago I made chicken and dumplings and stood there stirring almost constantly. Mother knows best, the dumplings completely fell apart.

  15. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Sounds like my Mamma’s and grandmaw’s recipe! My aunt would leave the chicken out to make a delicious chicken salad on the side to be served with the chicken and dumplings! Thank you!

    • Good afternoon, Sandy! Thanks so much for taking time to drop me a note! I sure do hope you enjoy this recipe for chicken n’ dumplings. Funny thing is, several times I too, have used the rest of the chicken I don’t use in the recipe to make my homemade chicken salad for another meal. Ha Ha! Have a great evening!

    • Hi, Carol! Thanks for writing! Yes… absolutely you can use chicken stock instead of the cubes. Use the stock in place of the water, and you should be fine! Hope you enjoy this yummy soup!

  16. This looks delicious! My grandmother used to make the BEST chicken and dumplings…This recipe is very similar to how I remember her making them.
    Could I substitute the shortening with butter or margarine?

    • Good morning! Thank you for taking the time to write! In the over 40 years I have been making these chicken n’ dumplings I have never ventured away from my Grandma’s recipe for the dumplings, so I honestly do not know how they would fare substituting butter for the shortening. Sorry. I know that is not much help, but I truly do not know. If you do try it using butter or margaine, I would love to know how they turned out for you!

        • Good morning, Rachel! Glad to hear you have enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for the tip about the butter, too! Thank you for taking the time to write. I appreciate it! Have a great day.

        • If I got vegetable shortening, I would never use it for anything else. Do you use the same amount of butter as the shortening?

  17. Hi,

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I can wait to try it. I have a question, do i have to use chicken bouillon cubes? I can use something else to instead.

    Thank you

    • Good morning, Ching. Thank you for writing. No, you do not have to use chicken bouillon cubes if you have a preferred way to make the chicken broth flavor. This is simply what I have used for years and years to add more chicken flavor to the broth. Have a great day!

  18. My Grandma Annie made this recipe but we called it chicken and pastry. My Mom makes it whenever she visits… I try to make it but it just never tastes as good as Grandma/ or Mama’s. We always had a side dish of baked sweet potatoes. Oh to be back in my grandma’s kitchen…. sadly she passed in 1980….

    • Good morning, Renee! Thanks for writing! Thank you for sharing your sweet memories of your Grandma… My grandma passed around the same time as yours, and I hang on to those memories, as well! Hope you have a GREAT day!

      • Hi, Sharon… yes, I have found out about so many other names this dish is called, by many visitors to this post! Fascinating, right? Take care!

  19. Dear JB, AWESOME!!! I have my Nanny’s recipe..well did, but Military Life, & my Mom replenished it. Some recipes are just too comforting & when they are generational, they actually mean goodness & love from our ancestor’s, I think that is the best!! My hand me down recipe is exactly like yours except the 1/2 c hot water~my Nanny used Chicken Broth for the dumplings! LOVEloveLOve!!!! Great Minds think alike!!! Congratulations on your amazing 42 yrs together with your Man! I’ve been married for 26 yrs! Through thick & thin!!! Thank you!!! Respectfully, Aimee.

    • Good morning, Aimee! Thanks for your kind note about the chicken n’ dumplings! Thank you for your kind words about my hubby and myself. We feel very blessed to have journeyed this crazy life together! Congrats on your 26 years, too. Hope you have a wonderful day, and thank you for writing. (p.s. a huge thank you to whomever in your family served our country in the military – can’t tell from your comment, but huge respect coming right back atcha)!

  20. Hi JB, My husband and I have been married for 50 years this coming August 22nd, and for almost 50 years I have been trying to replicate his grandmother’s chicken ‘n dumplings just by experimenting. Nothing I ever made came close to Maw-Maw’s dumplings. I got to taste hers several times before she left southeast Texas to go to heaven. I’m so glad you wrote the blog and explained everything in detail. I think the only way you can truly learn to make chicken and dumplings is by watching the grandmother or mother make them, and my mother never made these “rolled out” dumplings. She only made what she called “drop dumplings,” and my husband does not like them. So I can hardly wait to make these. I think his Maw-Maw also used some chicken broth instead of water to form the dumplings. Either way, I’m certain they will turn out delicious because of the details you gave. I’m so glad I came across this recipe on Pinterest and decided to read the blog and all the comments, too. Thank you again, and God bless you and your family.

    • Good morning, Judy! Thank you so much for writing! It was one of the very first things I saw this morning when I checked on the ol’ blog. First off, CONGRATULATIONS on almost 50 years of marriage! That is something to be very proud of! We will be celebrating our 42nd this November, and I am so grateful God gave me my hubby to share this life with! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I appreciate them very much. I learn by not only “seeing” the printed recipe, but “seeing” the process most of the time. I try to include photos of “how to make the recipe”, because I, too, feel like if I can see how it’s made, I can perhaps do it the same way, with success. Hope you have success with, and enjoy the chicken n’ dumplings once you have the opportunity to make them! Have a blessed day.

  21. I have been trying to make chicken and dumplings for years without success. My Mammaw made the best, but passed away when I was young and my mom thought they were too much trouble! These took me back to my childhood and were wonderful! Thank you! I did use the carrot, onion, and celery as well as several bullion cubes while cooking the chicken. It made an awesome stock! I also added my chicken in last to make sure the dumplings had room jto move and not stick together (which had happened to me in the past)! My daddy loved it, so I will be making this again!

    • Hi, Robin! Thank you for taking time to write and tell me your story! So glad you had a good experience making your pot of chicken n’ dumplings. Also glad your Dad like ’em, too! Have a great weekend.

  22. I made this but added s bit more veggies than the recipe I drained and blended them in a blender and put back in for more flavor and because my girls won’t eat it if the see them. It is freaking Awsome. Also made with gluten-free four

    • Hi, Karen! Thanks for taking time to write! Congrats on the stealth move to incorporate more “hidden” veggies into the recipe for your kids! Ha Ha! They will never know what hit them! So glad you enjoyed the chicken n’ dumplings! Have a GREAT day!

  23. This is very similar to our old family recipe for “slick” dumplings, which is the way we go over “puffy” dumplings. One trick we find useful is to always double roll the dough, which insures they are firm. Incidentally, in Texas we have access in most freezer sections of grocer stores to very usable packages of slick dumplings. If you chose to use them, be sure to defrost them thoroughly because you cannot get them apart despite what the instructions say.

    • Good morning, Lynn! When I typically reheat this dish, I simply put the big pot of chicken n’ dumplings back on the stove on LOW heat until reheated through. If it has been refrigerated overnight, you might need to add a touch of water, if the broth has thickened up too much. Other than that…that’s it! Hope you have a GREAT day!

  24. Tried this recipe tonight after so many failed attempts at Chicken and Dumplings-this was a winner!!! I cooked the chicken with some S&P, poultry seasoning and onion. These were just perfect and will be my go to recipe from now on!

    • Good morning, Pam! Thank you so much for taking the time to write! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the chicken n’ dumplings! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  25. Growing up, my grandma made homemade chicken and dumplings for birthdays. Every year. She gave everyone options for what they wanted. EVERYONE requested it. Every year. As she got older, she made them less and less. About a year ago she came over and gave me her recipe and helped me make them. This recipe is almost IDENTICAL to hers and it’s amazing. Takes me back. She’ll be 89 later this month and doesn’t make them at all anymore. Even though I have her recipe, it doesn’t give exact amounts of anything. I’m so happy I stumbled upon this today! ❤️ Thank you!

    • Good morning, Ashley! Thank you SO much for sharing your story. It sure made me smile! You are so very fortunate to have your Grandmother still with you to love! What a wonderful heritage and great memories you will ALWAYS have to treasure. I’m so happy you stumbled upon this recipe, as well! Hope you enjoy it! Thanks again for writing… I NEVER get tired of hearing these stories, so similar to my own! Have a GREAT day!

    • I LOVE that you have such wonderful memories of your Mom’s cooking, Sam. My mom is also a wonderful homemade, simple but delicious cook! We are so fortunate! Thank you for writing!

  26. I also grew up with Pot Pie. I do ham, chicken and turkey. My mom also added the flour over the dough. It thickens the broth without adding the slurry. My mom made her ham pot pie in her bean soup. My mother-in-law makes it the same and hers is called Pot Pie. Our recipe came from my German grandmother. No matter what it’s called it’s Delicious.

    • Hi, Cindy! I agree completely… No matter WHAT this dish is called in different pats of the country (and others), it IS delicious! Thank you so much for taking the time to write! Have a GREAT day!

  27. Ran up on this while searching for a good chicken and dumpling recipe like my GrandMa used to make in when I was just a kid. This one is very close to hers and really easy to make, I started with a from scratch broth using 4 leg quarters ($3.80) and fresh herbs from my garden. Followed your instructions and everything just came together. Really took me back several years to where times were simple and the comfort food was outstanding. Thanks for sharing, this will continue to be my Go-To recipe from now on.

    • Aw, I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe! I agree… sometime simple comfort foods ARE outstanding, especially when cooked for those you love, with love! Thanks for taking time to write. Have a great day!

    • Of course you can. You will DEFINITELY have to cook the chicken for a much longer time, and as it cooks, there may be giblets from inside the chicken that will need to be removed to ensure the chicken cooks faster and thoroughly. I say “go for it”! Thanks for writing. Have a GREAT day!

  28. This almost like my Grandmothers but instead of water she would always use some of the broth for the noodles, just set some aside to cool and use that instead of water and your dumplings will be delish.

  29. I was a bit excited to try your recipe and I admit once done, I thought the dumplings were not the texture I read looking for. But then, I thought, I’m gonna continue to cook on a low temperature for another good 20 or 30 minutes and then I tried to hurry myself because I couldn’t stop eating! I like cornbread with my chicken and dumplings because that’s the way my mother did it. My daughter came in from school and tried to eat the rest. I was so upset because I didn’t want to share…lol
    Thank you for the recipe… it will be my go to from now on!

    • Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to write, Kimberly! Glad you enjoyed them… and yes… we LOVE having cornbread with our chicken n’ dumplings, too! YUM! Have a great day!

  30. Exactly how my granny made it!!! Seeing this recipe brought back so many memories, that I just had to make it. My chicken is stewing in the pot as I write this. Thank you!!!

  31. My grandmother would make these just to have us come and spend the night
    or just visit! I wish inhad a recirding of her telling me her recipe- – no
    cup of this or tsp/T of that- Loved her Chicken Dumplings! Now I have friends from the east coast and we have big disagreements on the best
    dumplings! othing is better than Southern Chicken and Dumplings!
    Thank you! Can’t wait to make these !

    • Thanks for your comment, Cathy! Your memory of your Grandma “bribing” you with chicken n’ dumplings made me giggle. Those kind of Grandmas are the BEST! I really hope you enjoy this recipe, straight from MY Grandma! Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for taking time to write!

    • Good morning, Lucy! Truthfully, I am not sure. I’ve made them hundreds of times over the years, but NEVER have had leftovers (after a few days) to try freezing. Perhaps someone on this comment thread has done that and can add info. that would be helpful to you. There’s no reason why you couldn’t freeze them, but I do not know from experience if the dumplings (noodles) will hold together or become too soft during the freezing and thawing process. I’m sorry I don’t have a good answer for you, but I do appreciate you taking the time to write! Have a great day!

    • I know this is 4 months late, but when my grandmother made these and sent some home with me, freezing them never yielded a good result. It seemed that the dumplings tended to harden up and get “brittle.” The taste was still there, but the texture was not very pleasing.

  32. Your pictures look like what my Mennonite family calls “Potpie”. The Mennonite Community cookbook (Showalter) has a recipe for Chicken Potpie, but my family always made Ham Potpie with a similar noodle. The Potpie noodle recipe does not use shortening. I will have to try that the next time. Now I’m hungry for homemade noodles. I like that they are fresh from rolling to the pot, no drying necessary.

    • Good morning, Jill! Thanks for taking the time to write. I love hearing about the many different names this dish is called in different communities around the country. Have a blessed day, and hope you will enjoy the recipe.

    • Good morning, Mary Ann! Thank you for writing. I have never used gluten free flour for this particular recipe (or any others, for that matter), so unfortunately I cannot tell you if that would work. Hopefully someone else seeing your comment will be able to answer this question for you. Hope you have a really great day!

  33. My mom made the noodle type dumplings when I was growing up. But, I remember the meal she made with them was a pork roast and great northern beans – I think! Does that sound familiar? I never found the recipe and by the time I was grown up and married, she couldn’t remember. (She had me when she was 40 years old)! I’m not much of a cook without recipes or some instructions; I need something to go by –

    • Good morning, Kathy! The recipe using pork does not sound familiar to me at all… hope someone else that sees your comment can help you find what you are looking for. Have a wonderful day!

    • If there is enough broth you can cook these with any type of meat. My mother in law made them with beef as well as chicken. I have only had the drop dumplings with bean soup.

    • I am so suprised to read this comment! My grandmother made it this way also and passed before I could get the recipe. I have searched everywhere with no luck. They were soo good with pork!! Everyone I mention it to thinks I must be crazy!! Haha! I’ve never tried it but I wonder if just substituting pork instead of chicken would be what we are looking for. Alot of work if it didn’t turn out though. Maybe someday I’ll try it.

  34. does anyone have a recipe for the biscuit type dumplings? i really like them better than the soup! Some people use Pillsbury biscuits but i use Bisquick but there must be a good old fashioned way to make biscuit
    dumplings

    • cut 1 stick buter, 1/2 c flour, 1/2 c Kentucky Kernal. Cut until p size balls – may need uptp 1/4 c milk to form ball. Let sit cover bowl with damp towl. Add balls of dough, 2 – 4 tblesp to boiling chicken.

    • Hi, Kasey! Thanks for writing. I have ONLY used vegetable shortening for as long as I’ve been making these, so I cannot speak to substitutions. I did a very quick search online and found a recipe the make homemade egg noodles (without shortening), that “might” work (can’t vouch for them since I have never tried this particular recipe, though. Hope you are able to find something that will work for you! https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/11776/grandmas-noodles-ii/
      Have a great evening. JB

    • Yes, use cold butter. I haven’t made this recipe yet, but when reading it I was already substituting butter for the shortening as that’s how my mother (grandmother, aunts) made dumplings. Other than that it looks very similar. Except Mama always took the cut dough directly from the cutting board to the pot of broth with the board flour still evident. I think that’s what helped thickened the broth without needing a slurry.

  35. I made this today and it is great! I added thyme, carrots, celery and an onion to the chicken while cooking but left them out when I strained the broth. This recipe will be a staple in our home. Thank you.

  36. I m so grateful for Pinterest & all these vintage recipes. My Grandmother made the best chicken & dumplings but couldn’t give me a recipe. She just threw flour & shortening, salt & broth in a bowl. I chose your recipe because it did not have any baking powder or soda in. We like the more noodle type dumplings & not the doughy kind. This recipe tastes just like I remember. The only thing I changed was adding hot broth from the chicken instead of hot water because that’s what my grandma did. It was delicious.

  37. My grandmother made this and called it chicken and noodles. She would cut up the chicken, salt and pepper it and fry it in a very hot pan to brown the skin. She said that was where all the flavor was unless she killed an old hen we had (she was good at that). She used lard and added a little baking power so the noodles to lighten them up. She didn’t know what bullion cube was. The chicken fat was stored in a jar in the fridge to fry all sorts of things.

  38. This is exactly how my Kentucky grandmother taught me to make chicken and dumplings, large flat noodles swimming in homemade chicken broth with chunks of chicken! Thanks for sharing!

    • Good morning, Becky! Thanks for writing! Don’t ya just love how our grandmothers have passed down recipes that are real KEEPERS? I sure am grateful, and think of her with great love and memories every single time I make them! Have a great day!

    • Same here. My mother and grandmother made their chicken and dumpling the same. My grandmother raised chickens and like to use a hen, which she said made the broth more flavorful. They both also cut the strips across into squares or diamonds. Delicious recipe!

  39. I learned how to make Chicken and dumplings from my Grandma she’s from the south Melvin Texas to be exact she also added milk to the broth we add at the last 10 minutes of cooking the dumplings peas and carrots so they won’t turn to mush and they still have texture and crunch.

  40. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It sounds just like what my mom used to make. This was my favorite meal growing up. She would also cook a baked sweet potatoe with cinnamon. I have tried to make her recipe several times but when I do, the dumplngs fal apa or desentigrate. What am I doing wrong?

    • Hi, Dawn! Thank you for writing. I’m not sure I can answer your question since I am not familiar with the recipe you’ve used in the past. My only guess would be that the noodles (dumplings) were possibly rolled too thin, but I really can’t be sure. Sorry. Perhaps sometime in the future you could try this recipe and see if the dumplings hold together for you made this way. Have a wonderful rest of the day!

  41. These look amazing, and look to be the consistency of my grandma’s homemade noodles. I can’t find her recipe anywhere, but I know she used to dry them for several hours before using. How far ahead can I make the noodles before cooking them? I want turkey and noodles for Thanksgiving, but need to make some things ahead so I’m not completely exhausted by dinner!

    • Good morning, Lea! I have never made the dumplings (noodles) ahead of time, but I do make homemade pasta (which is very similar) and let that dry for several hours sometimes before cooking. If drying the noodles a bit, just make sure they have a light dusting of flour to keep them from sticking to each other, then keep them covered, if possible. Good luck with your Thanksgiving preparations. Have a wonderful day!

  42. This is exactly the way my mom made chicken and dumplings except instead of using water to make the dough she used some the broth of broth that the chicken was boiled in, that gives the dumplings a lot more flavor.

    Thanks for sharing these recipes – I love them.

    • I’m finding that a lot of people make their chicken n’ dumplings this way, Kim! It is a great handed down recipe in our home, for sure! Thank you for taking time to write. Have a great day!

  43. Why can’t I pin this? I NEED THIS RECIPE!! Mine is done the Southern way where you put a PILE of Flour, a handful of shortening, a little milk, a little MORE MILK, ETC.

    HELP!!! PLEASE tell me HOW TO PIN THIS!!!

    • Hi, Celeste. I had no idea my Pin It button had stopped showing (just in the past day or two) at the top of the post. Thank you for alerting me to this! I have temporarily enabled a Save it button which you can find by hovering over the top left of the main photo. If you click on that, you should be able to pin it to your Pinterest boards. Thank you for your note. Now I need to solve this problem with part of my blog software. Ugh. Have a great evening.

    • Well, to tell the truth, both are Southern ways to make chicken and dumplings. However, to hear the Old Timers tell it, “slicks” were made by TRUE Southerners and the “puffy balls” were made by Yankees who moved south….
      This recipe, IMHO, is how generations of my family and husband’s have done it for eons and is by FAR the best and ONLY way….. kudos for making me smile today

  44. I live in southwestern Ontario, Canada and I grew up with this almost exact recipe! Only we have always considered it a French Canadian dish. This is my all time favourite meal too! Guess we are all more closely associated then we thought!

    • Hi, Janet…
      Thanks for writing! I’m amazed how many parts of the country (and other countries apparently, as well) have this type of chicken n’ dumplings. Comfort food, right? You and I also share the same name (Janet)… so see how much closer we already are? Have a great day!

  45. My grandmother and mother made this recipe. The dumplings were referred to as “Johnny Boys”. This was my birthday dinner for many years (I’m 76 now) Haven’t a clue where that name came from…~=)

    • Hi, BJ! (my nickname is JB!)-
      What an interesting bit of info on the dumplings. I have never heard of them being called “Johnny Boys” before. You and our oldest son have a lot in common having this as your birthday dinner. He still asks for them for his birthday meal and he’s almost 35 years old now. Thank you so much for taking time to write. Have a wonderful day!

    • This may seem odd- but I always wanted to know how to make these dumplings, the kind my grandma made in W Va. She also made something called tomato dumplings- the dumplings looked just like yours but it was fresh tomatoes I have no idea how she made it . Maybe someone on here knows what it is? No one I have ever asked knows.

      • Hi! Wow… tomato dumplings. I’ve never head of them before. Really sounds interesting, though. Hope someone commenting here might have an answer for you as to a recipe. Thank you for writing. Have a great day!

    • Hi, Lynn! I typically use a regular sized frying chicken (sizes vary, but usually a 2-3 pounder, I guess). I buy them when they are on sale, so I don’t often check how much they weigh. Hope you have a great day! Thanks for writing.

  46. Finally! Someone who makes chicken ‘n’ dumplings almost exactly the same way my Mama makes them back home in Mobile, Alabama! This is my all-time favorite comfort food, and I request this dish every time I visit home.

    • Thanks, Sheri! We love them… as a matter of fact, I just made a huge pot of them last week during a “cold and rainy” couple of days here in Oregon. Yum! Thanks for taking time to write! Have a fantastic day.

    • My grandmother used to make this. She added a quart of milk to the pot before adding the dumplings. As noted below, if you add extra flour to the pie dough, it will thicken the broth perfectly. A total favorite! I showed my friends how to make it and the husband is the one who does it, used to be three times a week! I’d be big as a barn! But it’s the ultimate comfort food.

      • Thanks for taking the time to write, Linda! You are definitely right about this being comfort food! Have a fantastic weekend.

      • Hi, Stephanie! These do not puff up like a fluffy biscuit type dumpling. But they are wonderfully delicious! Thanks for taking time to write!

    • Good morning, Kristen. I have never used store-bought broth to make this recipe, but I can tell you this. The dutch oven that I use to make this is a 6 Quart size. The broth that I use from cooking the chicken, (if measured out) would be approximately 4 quarts or so. Going with at least 4 quarts of broth would be a safe bet for the amount of dumplings the recipe makes. Then, depending on the size pot you are using, you can always add a bit more broth, if desired. Thanks for taking the time to write. Have a great day!

  47. This is my husband’s favorite recipe. I know it is not the same as homemade, but if in a hurry, Walmart sells a frozen brand of dumplings that are actually very good. Of course, I like the homemade, but just a little tip if pressed for time.

    • Thanks for the tip, Teri! I always enjoy making the homemade dumplings, but there are others out there that will find the tip time-saving! Thanks for taking time to write… and have a fantastic day!

  48. This is the first recipe I’ve seen that is virtually identical to the way my mother used to make chicken pot pie. Hers was strips of dough just like yours that had no leavening and no eggs. It wasn’t cut into squares and they were dropped into the boiling broth to cook. The broth was made the same way you make yours. The only thing different was that she didn’t put the meat back in with the noodles. It was served separately. We call it Pennsylvania dutch-style pot pie. I grew up on it. I can even eat it cold out of the refrigerator. She also sprinkled flour over her strips of dough before letting them sit and rest before putting them in the broth. That extra flour helped thicken the broth without having to add a slurry like you do although if it didn’t thicken up she could. She didn’t add bouillon cubes, either. Genuine old school.

    • Good morning, Wendy! Isn’t it amazing how many “names” this recipe goes by? I love all the regional ways this is prepared! Thanks for writing… and hope you have a fantastic day!

  49. I randomly happened along this post, and I’m so glad I did! Thank you so much for posting this, and for sharing such a special and delicious family recipe! It’s almost identical to the one my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother always used and passed down, and it brought back so many good memories of growing up in the backwoods of North Carolina. Like a lot of things, in my family, every recipe was passed down first-hand by teaching, and no one ever bothered to actually write-down our family recipes. You’ve inspired me to collect our own family recipes like this one and put them together. Maybe I’ll even pass out copies to everyone for Christmas!

    • What a wonderful comment, Emma! I think your idea of collecting and putting together family recipes is an absolutely fantastic idea! What a great Christmas gift to give to those you love… a real gift from the heart – the best kind! Thank you so much for taking time to write… your kind words made my day! Blessings, Love, JB

    • This is just like the way my Grandmother would make, instead of hot water to make the dumplings, she used the hot broth. Makes me want to make a batch right now.

  50. So excited to see this recipe! Being from east Texas it’s hard to find how to make the dumplings my grandmothers made. Dropped biscuits seem to be what most use now. I don’t like them a bit. So thank you for posting.

    • Gotta love our grandmothers and their good ol’ dumpling recipes, right, Stormy?!!! Hope you find the recipe to your liking! Thank you for taking time to write! Have a great evening.

  51. This is similar to what my Grampa used to make…he called it Chicken Popeye. I’m not sure where it started in our family. We don’t use shortening in the noodles, just eggs, flour, and a little bit of water. We flour up the cutting board and the rolling pin and that extra dusting of flour is what thickens up our broth. We cut the dough into decent size squares and we don’t add butter, just pepper and seasoning salt. We serve it over mashed potatoes. Carb overload…but talk about comfort food! Perfect for rainy days, but we only make it 1-2 times per year. I put my own little touch on it by adding parsley flakes.

    • Love the name “Chicken Popeye”! Don’t you just love those hand me down recipes from our relatives? If my Grandma were still alive today, she would be amazed at the numbers of people who have given her recipe a peek! Have a great day, Suzanne… and thank you so much for taking the time to write!

  52. I’ve made chicken & dumplings or noodles for years. I love it & my family does too, but after finding this recipe for the homemade noodles southern style I actually have a new recipe that I will use from now on !! I love the “dumplings” or as I would call them noodles. It’s fast & so delicious !! So happy to have found this great soup !! (I leave the celery, & carrots in the soup)

  53. This is the recipe my mom always used for dumplings & I have always done so. I make them in advance, rolled out & cut on a cooie sheet; place cookie sheet in freezer; when frozen, place dumplings in a ziplocki bag. Keeps in the freezer for several weeks. Drop them in the stock still frozen. Can have dumplings at a moments notice! I often use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. I bone the chicken (and often freeze it in advance) and boil the skin and bones in the stock. GREAT flavoring!

    • What a fantastic tip, LuGlena! I do the same thing for homemade pasta, but have never tried freezing the dumplings for this soup. Thanks so much for the tip… I just may have to try it on the next go around! Have a fantastic rest of your weekend, and thank you for taking the time to write!

  54. I have never made chicken n dumplings nor have I ever eaten them. I made them tonight and they were great. My husband,brother, and 7 year old all went back for seconds. Me too! I will be making these again.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Cayla! They’re a family favorite around our home! Have a fantastic day, and thanks for taking time out to write!

  55. Omg I love CND! I am currently looking for a better recipe than what I came up with on my own and this looks and sounds perfect! I have always had mine served with side collard greens and black eyed peas!!

    • I’m glad you found this one, Brandi! Hope you have a chance to try making them… and really hope you love ’em like our family does! Thanks for taking time to write!

  56. If you use hot broth to make the dumplings in place of the water you won’t need to add the shortening since some chicken fat is already in the broth. I also really helps to flavor the dumplings.

  57. I made this recipe last night and it’s amazing. It’s the exact recipe my great Aunt Martha passed down through our family. She was a Tennessee gal and was the best cook! I couldn’t get the family recipe in time for dinner last night so I searched all over the Internet for something that looked similar to make for my sick fiance. I’m glad I found this and I’m also glad there are other folks that prefer this style of dumplings ♡ Oh and I’m almost 30 and I still request this for dinner when I visit my mother in Texas!

    • Thanks for your note, Cassandra! I think we are so blessed to have recipes that have been handed down through the years by our family members. Their recipes hold such a special place in our memories. Hope your fiance is feeling better today. Have a wonderful day, and thank you for taking the time to write!

  58. I ended up making this recipe tonight. I genuinely enjoyed this meal. My son is a very picky eater and he ate 2 bowls. This recipe is a keeper in our house. Thank you so much again for sharing!!!!

    • I am thrilled you enjoyed them! The recipe is one of my “keepers”, also. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. Have a great day.

  59. I’m a northern girl living in the south who really hasn’t had much experience with chicken and dumplings. I had them at Cracker Barrel a few weeks ago and have been craving them ever since!. I made this recipe tonight and it was AMAZING! I took the easy way out and used a Publix rotisserie chicken, but WOW! Thank you!

    • Thanks for letting me know you tried the recipe, Jennifer! Hey, there’s never anything wrong with taking the easy way out and using a good rotisserie chicken, right? I’m so glad you enjoyed the Chicken and Dumplings! Have a great day!

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