This chicken and dumplings recipe is the ultimate quick and easy comfort food, with a taste every bit as delicious as the Cracker Barrel version!
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 at Cracker Barrel with one exception…
The Case for Rotisserie Chicken
If you’ve ever had Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings, you know that they use poached chicken and pour the dumplings over the top. I wanted to go a somewhat quicker route, so I picked up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store.
Rotisserie chickens are one of my favorite shortcuts for getting a delicious dinner on the table fast. Shredded up and stirred into the chicken dumplings, it gives this chicken and dumplings recipe all the same great flavor I love, but it’s waayyy faster. And it’s typically more economical, too!
PRO TIP: Check out these useful tips for how to cut a rotisserie chicken and the easiest way to shred chicken!
Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
The dumpling dough is very simple to make, requiring only 5 ingredients: flour, milk, butter, baking powder and salt. Stir these together until they form a ball.
Once the dough mixed, turn it out on a floured surface and knead it a few times. Then roll it out thin (slightly less than 1/4-inch) and slice it up with a pizza cutter. No need to be precise!
If you’re working efficiently and aren’t distracted by kids (as I often am, lol), this step takes only about 10 minutes. During this time, you can start heating the chicken broth on the stovetop.
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!