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Southern-Style Chicken and Dumplings

Perfect meal for a cold winter’s night. This chicken and dumplings made with southern-style dumplings will warm the cockles of your heart!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Chicken, Comfort Foods, Everyday Meals
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken and dumplings, southern style
Servings: 4
Calories: 793kcal


  • 1 whole chicken cut up or 2-3 lbs chicken parts
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 3 ribs celery cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Dumplings:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter cut up in small pieces
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • Heat a large dutch oven over medium-high heat
  • Add the 2 tbs butter to the pan and melt.
  • Add chicken, brown well on all sides. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  • Add the celery, onion, baby carrots and bay leaf to the pan and saute until onion just begins to get soft.
  • Place the chicken back in the pan. Add stock cubes, and the water.
  • Bring to boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare dumplings as follows:
  • Place flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl; stir to combine.
  • Add the flour and using a pastry blender, cut the butter in until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • Gradually add the milk while stirring adding only enough milk to make a rollable dough.
  • Turn dough out on lightly floured surface and knead a few times.
  • Roll out dough so it's 1/4-inch thick.
  • Using a pizza cutter (or a knife), cut dough into 1-inch squares (approximate)
  • Let the cut dough remain on the floured surface so it dries slightly.
  • When chicken is done, remove it from the pan and keep it warm.
  • Bring the liquid to a boil and add the dumplings, stirring so they don't stick together.
  • Cover and reduce heat to low and cook for 12 minutes, or until dumplings are done.
  • Add chicken back to the pan if desired.
  • Serve immediately.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 793kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 1251mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5122IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 5mg