Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

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Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings is a family favorite meal that is both comforting and delicious! This easy recipe is created from scratch including the tender dumplings and juicy chicken in an easy homemade broth.

Old Fashioned Chicken and dumplings created from scratch including the tender dumplings and juicy chicken in an easy homemade broth.

Homemade Chicken and dumplings is good ol’ comfort food at its best. While I love quick and easy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings, there is nothing quite like a meal that is completely homemade.

Making old fashioned chicken and dumplings from scratch is much easier than you’d think. Most of the time is spent letting the broth simmer until it is flavorful and the chicken is cooked to tender perfection.

This delicious Chicken and dumplings recipe is homemade form scratch including the tender dumplings and juicy chicken in a flavorful broth.

This recipe starts with chicken, onion and carrots simmered on the stove. When making the broth I choose a large onion and leave the skin on to add extra color and flavor to the broth. Feel free to add in your favorite herbs such as bay leaf, a pinch of poultry seasoning and fresh parsley. Once the chicken is cooked, it is removed from the broth along with the vegetables.

We like to eat the veggies as a side dish but feel free to chop the carrots & celery and add them back into your broth.

Rolling out homemade dumplings is quick and easy! They're the perfect addition to this old fashioned chicken and dumplings recipe!

If you’ve ever wondered how to make dumplings from scratch, you’ll love how easy they are! While some people like to make them with Bisquick, I find they’re just as easy to make with ingredients you likely already have in your pantry!

Don’t get too caught up in making your dumplings perfect, it doesn’t really matter how they’re cut. The only thing you’re going to want to be sure of is that your dough is rolled out to about 1/8” thick. This gives the dumplings the perfect consistency.

This bowl of chicken and dumplings is just like grandma used to make! Simple fresh ingredients and homemade dumplings in a flavorful chicken broth.

At the end of cooking, we like to thicken the broth with a little bit of cornstarch and water once the dumplings are cooked. Just mix equal amounts together and add a little bit at a time until the broth reaches the desired consistency. If you prefer a creamier broth, feel free to add a little bit of milk or heavy cream once the dumplings are cooked.

Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings is a family favorite meal that is both comforting and delicious! This chicken and dumplings recipe is created from scratch including the tender dumplings and juicy chicken in an easy homemade broth.

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  • 1 chicken cut into pieces
  • 1 onion
  • 3 large carrots, cut into thirds
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into thirds
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • bay leaf or a pinch of poultry seasoning (optional)


  • 1 3/4 cups flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • parsley for garnish


  1. Combine chicken, onion, carrots and celery in a large pot. Season to taste.
  2. Add chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered 45-60 minutes or until chicken is tender. While broth is simmering, prepare dumplings below.
  3. Remove chicken and vegetables from broth. Discard skin and bones and chop remaining chicken, set aside.
  4.  Gently add dumplings to broth.  Simmer 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  5. Stir chicken (and vegetables if desired) into broth and cook about 2-3 minutes or until heated through.


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and shortening with a fork until shortening is mixed in.
  2. Add milk a little at a time and mix until combined (you may not need all of it, you want a soft but not sticky dough).
  3. Knead a few times on a floured surface until dough is smooth.
  4. Generously flour your surface and roll the dough out to 1/8″ thick. Cut dough into 1″ x 2″ strips.  Flour generously to avoid sticking.
  5. Cook in broth as directed above.

To Thicken Broth (Optional)

  1. In a small bowl combine 4 tablespoons cornstarch with 4 tablespoons water.
  2. Add to boiling broth a little bit at a time stirring to reach desired consistency.


Carrots and celery can be served on the side or chopped and added to the broth along with the chicken.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 551 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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50 comments on “Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings”

  1. So you boil a whole raw chicken cut up?

  2. What type of flour (self -rising or all purpose)?

  3. Very hearty and yummy!!

    Rating: 5
  4. Could flour be used to thicken the broth instead of cornstarch?

  5. delicious recipe.
    A couple of hints – Be sure to mix the dry ingredients together before adding shortening.
    Also, don’t overcook it, dumplings will start to disintegrate.
    Also, I figured putting in a whole chicken would be way too greasy. So I cooked up a couple of chicken breasts instead. That worked well.

  6. I can’t get the recipe 

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  7. What can be used instead of shortening? Also, this reminds me of the way my mom used to make it, I just don’t recall her using shortening. Butter, I think?

    • Butter can be used, yes, but its lower melting temperature should be kept in mind when making the dumplings. For all it tastes great, butter can be finicky to work with. That said, these dumplings shouldn’t take long enough to have a problem! :)

      I make chicken and dumplings every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas with my mother, so it’s a food I really love.

  8. I made this chicken and dumpling It was so good that my family what me to make it again today . Thank you

    Rating: 5
  9. This is a wonderful recipe, but the best part is the dumpling. I made these a bit thicker than directed in the recipe, more dumpling than noodle-like. I have been looking for a dumpling recipe that tastes like my grandmother’s (whose recipe I do not have) and this one does. Well done and thank you.

    Rating: 5
  10. Can I just ad chicken broth and condensed milk to water used to boil chicken , add all the veggies then use canned biscuits cut into 4ths ?

  11. Instead of using shortening or butter, add just enough broth from your cooked chicken to the dry flour mixture, which gives you the shortening plus the liquid..

  12.  Dry easy and delicious 

    Rating: 4
  13. I already had my own chicken stock, but made a roux of veggies and then boiled the dumplings in it. The dumplings were fantastic!

    Rating: 5
  14. This looks really good and reminds me of my Granny’s recipe. I want to cook it in the instant pot to save time. Any idea how long to cook the whole chicken on high pressure instead of 60 minutes? Maybe 20?

    • For a whole chicken, I use the meat setting and cook it 25 minutes depending on the size (25 for a 3-4lb chicken, 30 for a 4-5lb chicken). The pressure cooker will require a little bit of broth in the bottom.

  15. I followed the dumpling recipe to the letter–and they were just what I wanted. (I used Kerry Gold salted butter for the shortening.) I think this recipe can also (if thinly rolled) be used for a pie-crust-like cover for a cobbler or a chicken pot pie. I think it would have a flaky biscuit-y quality, unlike the short-flakiness of a pie crust.

  16. when simmering the dumplings, do you put a lid on the pot or off?

  17. I have tried many recipes and most fall short, but I knew the minute I rolled out these dumplings this was going to be a winner. The aroma filled the kitchen with much anticipation and this recipe did not dissapoint , when my fiancé says tastes just like my moms , I knew we had a winner. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  18. Made these dumplings today…..amazing!  Had the tenderness that I remember from my grandmothers. SO DELICIOUS!  Thank you!!!!

    Rating: 5
  19. Loved it! Really made a big hit with my hubby!!! Making again today.

    Rating: 5
  20. This was really awesome it made me feel like a kid again think you but it made me miss my grandmother that was her favorite

    Rating: 5
  21. How long do you cook the dumplings in the broth? 

    Rating: 5
  22. This tasted just like my mom use to make, delicious!

    Rating: 5
  23. So yummy! Made this just as the recipe directed, except with Gardein chicken (vegetarian chicken) instead of regular. It’s easy, straight forward and was the perfect comfort food for a rainy weekend. 

    Rating: 5
  24. I have searched high and low for Chicken and Dumplings with dumplings like these, somewhere in between a noodle and spatzle. I really don’t like the fluffy lumpy puffy kind. This recipe  is perfect!!! Search is over. Couldn’t wait to make it so I didn’t have carrots or shortening. Followed everything else to the letter and just subbed in frozen peas at the very end and used bacon grease in the dumplings. This will be a new family favorite, it’s so so good!!! 

    Rating: 5
  25. Can I use buttermilk instead of regular milk?

  26. Soooo good. It’s a good amount of work with chopping, boning, making the dumplings. That said if you muster up the motivation it’s definitely a great pay off!

    Rating: 5
  27. I am making this for the second time and I will make it again soon I’m sure because my whole family enjoyed it. I sometimes use a rotisserie chicken and sometimes throw in whatever veggies I have in the fridge or freezer. It’s a great way to use up some chicken I have and I usually make my own broth with the bones. Thanks for the dumpling idea I was intimidated to make them at first but its so easy.

    Rating: 5

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