Oct 8

Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

The weather has been a touch cooler this week, and I've been craving some real comfort food -- specifically this homemade chicken and dumplings recipe. It's a near perfect clone of my favorite dish of choice at Cracker Barrel with one exception...

If you've ever had Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings, you know that they use poached chicken and pour the dumplings on top. I wanted to go a somewhat quicker route, so instead, I picked up a Marketside rotisserie chicken at Walmart, shredded it up, and stirred it into the chicken dumplings.

This chicken and dumplings recipe has all the same great flavor, but it's faster and, thanks to a rollback at Walmart right now, it's more economical, too!

Rotisserie Chicken for Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

That's right -- rotisserie chickens are only $4.98 at Walmart through the end of October, giving you plenty of time to pick one up and try this delicious recipe!

Chicken Dumplings

The dumpling dough is very simple to make, requiring only 5 ingredients. Once it's mixed, turn it out on a floured surface and knead it a few times. Then roll it out thin and slice it up with a pizza cutter.

If you're working efficiently and aren't distracted by kids (as I often am, lol), this step takes only about 10 minutes, during which time you can be heating the chicken broth.

Chicken and Dumplings

Drop the dumplings one by one into the boiling chicken broth, and then cook them for about 15-20 minutes. Stir in the shredded rotisserie chicken, and it's done. Easy-peasy!

Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

Yield: 6-8 servings

Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings


  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups flour, plus additional for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • coarse ground black pepper to taste


  1. Remove the skin from the rotisserie chicken and shred, discarding the bones.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt until well combined. Cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter, and then stir in the milk until the dough forms a bowl. You may need to add an extra tablespoon or so of milk if the dough is too dry.
  3. Roll the dough out on a heavily floured work surface, slightly less than 1/4-inch thick works well. If you're having trouble rolling the dough, let it rest for a minute and then continue.
  4. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into small squares. There's no need to be too precise, but about 2"x2" is good.
  5. Remove the uncooked dumplings to a plate, adding additional flour in between each layer to prevent sticking.
  6. Bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the dumplings one at a time to the boiling broth, stirring constantly. Add any extra flour left on the plate directly to the broth to help thicken it up. Turn the burner down to medium and cook the dumplings for about 15-20 minutes, until cooked through.
  7. Add in the shredded chicken and heat through. Finish with freshly cracked black pepper to taste.


If you're looking for a few more tasty recipes using rotisserie chicken, try this delicious Buffalo Chicken Pizza or this yummy Apple Pecan Chicken Salad!

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by Tara | 13 comments

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Haddy October 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Added a lil garlic and substituted shortening for the butter due to the southerner in me but OMG soo good and soo easy! Thanks for this recipe and my happy belly!


Tara October 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm

So glad to hear that, Haddy! Garlic does sound like a great addition.


Jennifer October 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Lol. I got a lemon pepper chicken at Walmart yesterday! I’m making this tomorrow!
Tara. Why am I getting pop-ups all the time on unsophisticook? There so bad It took me 3 minutes to see this recipe after I clicked on it n your email. Every time I x out one another pops up?? Like 5-6 every time I come to this site. I love your websites but it’s a pain in the butt! They are ABC related. Like modern family etc.
Thank you, Jennifer – I’m not being bitchey just letting you know! :)


Tara October 18, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Yikes! Thanks for letting me know, Jennifer — I will definitely look into that. I haven’t experienced them, but I don’t see what the average user sees since I’m on the site so often.

Hope you enjoy the recipe!


Chris January 2, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I don’t get pop ups so may be it is in your computer somehow


Christi October 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Don’t discard the bones. Put them in the 8 c.of water and make your own stock! I also intend to add carrots and celery during the last 5 minutes to make this a one dish meal!!


Tara October 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Fantastic tip, Christi! Carrots and celery would be lovely in it too.


Christi October 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I forgot to say thanks for sharing this great recipe!! :)


Leah @ Whitefoot Blog October 30, 2013 at 6:50 am

I love chicken and dumplings! I just made homemade chicken stock and immediately thought, “Now what do I want to do with this?” Problem solved :)
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Lisa0118 December 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I learned how to make chicken and dumplings from my grandmother. I would never use anything but a boiled chicken. Any seasoned chicken is going to ruin the flavor of real chicken and dumplings.


Rita January 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Used this receipe & son & grandchildren loved it.


Karen February 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Can you use skim milk or would that change it?


Hanna February 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Made this today. I didn’t put any chicken in it (I hate chicken in dumplings) and shortened down the recipe to where it’s only one serving, just for me. It takes me five minutes, and I love it.


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