Monday, September 15, 2008

Chicken & Dumpling's {Semi Homemade}

Pretty soon the weather will start cooling down again and we can break out all those wonderful dishes that warm you from the inside out. One of my favorite chicken meals besides Old Fashioned Chicken Spaghetti, is Chicken & Dumplings. All that creamy dreamy goodness and those tasty dumplings.
Yummo! We prefer our dumplings more on the chewier side versus fluffy like biscuits. In m opinion it's more like good old fashioned chicken and dumpling. Some recipes call for placing the biscuits on top of the mixture and leaving them alone, yielding in a fluffy biscuit not dumplings. 

This recipe isn't like that at all. I call this version my Semi Homemade Chicken & Dumpling's. The reason I call it that is because its not totally made from scratch. This recipe utilizes canned biscuits instead of rolling and cutting out homemade dumpling dough.
Homemade is best, but sometimes I just don't have the time or I get a bit lazy. This version is just as good. It's not hard at all so really anyone can make it.  A lot of folks have steered away from cooking old fashioned meals. Chicken and Dumplings being one of those dishes.

We love all those meals like mama used to make, because there is no better meal than a southern one. It hits the spot and sticks to your ribs. So let's get started and I will show you my version.
Start by cooking the chicken first and de boning if not using boneless chicken. Set aside. Add chicken broth to a large pot (you can also use homemade broth from the cooked chicken).

and then add cream of chicken soup.

bring mixture to a boil. While you are waiting for the mixture to come to a boil.

Break the cooked chicken into small bite size pieces or shred.

separate the biscuits we use two cans because we love the dumplings and it never seems like there is enough with just one can.

using scissors cut each biscuit in four's

add about 1 cup flour to a separate bowl and add salt and pepper

dip each biscuit piece into the flour mixture,

shaking off any excess flour

Turn heat down and drop biscuits into hot broth. ( I learned the flour trick from Christy at southern plate. Not only does it help the dumplings stay together, but it thickens the broth as well)

When all biscuit pieces are added it will look like this.

Using a wooden spoon or spatula push dumplings down into the broth and cover.

try not to stir them to much but every once in a while push the dumplings down into the broth again.

Cook dumplings on low (just a simmer)  for about 10 -15 minutes then add the 3 tablespoons of margarine.

add the cook chicken and cook another 10 minutes

Semi Homemade Chicken & Dumplings:  

4 - boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into pieces or
1 - whole chicken fryer, cooked & de boned
1 - 10.5 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
2 - 14 oz cans low sodium chicken broth or reserve homemade broth
2 - tablespoons margarine or butter
2 - 7.5 oz cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits or homemade
1 - cup all purpose flour 
salt and pepper to taste

Cook chicken breasts in about 3-4 cups water for about 30 - 45 minutes. Remove, cool and break into bite size pieces.

Add both cans of chicken broth to a large pot pot. Add cream of chicken soup and bring to a boil.

While mixture comes to a boil cut biscuits into 4ths. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces or shred.

In a separate small bowl add 1 cup of flour. Dip each biscuit piece into flour. Shake off any excess, drop into hot broth one at a time.

Continue with remaining biscuit pieces until you have dropped all of the biscuits into the broth. 

Using a wooden spoon or a spatula push the biscuit pieces down gently under the broth and cover.

Try not to stir to much. Just every once and a while push the dumplings down into the broth. 

Cook on a low simmer for about 20 minutes and then add 3 tablespoons of margarine and the chicken.

Gently stir to mix and cook an additional 10 minutes. Keep warm and serve. Add additional salt and pepper if needed.

Cooks Note: You can also make roll dumplings instead of using biscuits. I use Jiffy or Pioneer Baking mix to make mine. Add 2 cups baking mix and 2/3 cup milk to a medium bowl. Blend until the dough comes together. Turn onto a floured surface and roll dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter cut the dumplings into one inch squares.


Michelle said... #

I'm making this for dinner one night this week. This is so simple. It's cooler out here in Louisiana, so this will be a good comfort food. Thanks for the recipe. :)

Tina Butler said... #

Hi Michelle it actually has cooled down a bit in Big "D" its only in the 80's. I bet your a lot cooler. I hope you stayed dry and safe through IKE. We got a lot of rain and wind but i heard parts of Louisiana got pounded. Thanks for stopping by.

Michelle said... #

Yes, we stayed safe for the most part. Alot of tree limbs down and got major winds, but it has since passed. Was quite scary around here Saturday. I live in NW Louisiana. Have a great night.

priscilla joy said... #

i *love* chicken and dumplings, looks yummy!!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

Tina, I've never had this. I've heard of it, but I thought it would be too hard to make. I love it. You make the recipe easy to follow and use. I will definitely try it. Thank you.

Tina Butler said... #

Teresa you gotta try this. It is one good bowl of southern goodness. I guess i am a Tex Mex/Southern Girl LOL.Chicken and Dumplings is my DH's Favorite. Your Tres Leche Cake looks so good.

Maria♥ said... #

Tina I love Fall and it's one of my favourite seasons cos you can make this type of comfort food, this looks delish!


Live.Love.Eat said... #

Hmmmm. My MIL taught me how to make this. You have me thinking I need to make it again SOON. C'mon Fall!!!

Maria said... #

What a great classic comfort food! Perfect for the cooler weather that is rolling in!

Shawna said... #

Oh my goodness these look good. Normally, I am not a chicken & dumplings fan, but I need to rethink that and try this recipe!!!! :) Looks excellent Tina!

Brittany said... #

IT must be the cooler weather because I felt like making chicken and dumplings too! I'll have to try this recipe next - looks great!

Anonymous said... #

Yummmm! This is SO up my boy's alley. I can see that quickly becoming a big hit at my house. For me because it's just too easy. And for them, because they love Chicken and Dumplings.

Cat@3KidsandUs said... #

Thanks so much for this recipe. I went looking online to find one and I thought I would get lucky making my first stop here. I've got the chicken boiling as I type and hope this recipe tastes as good as it looks. In fact I've added a few extra vegies to the mix.

Tina Butler said... #

OH goodness nothing like being put on the spot. LOL I hope this recipe turns out for you. Its pretty easy and you will be so glad when you are finished that you made it. Comfort food at its best. LMK how it goes. (fingers crossed)

Anonymous said... #

I am a new subscriber to this site and I really LOVE it! My favorite part is the monthly menu plans. I like to plan monthly meals also. My question: Can I find the recipes that can't be highlighted (linked to) somewhere else?

Tammy G.
Norman, OK

Tina Butler said... #

Hi Tammy, regarding your ? on the meals for the menu plans. If the meal is a linkable meal then that is one that has already been posted at my site or on the web somewhere. If it is on the web then i will make that meal and post it as I prepare the meal. Any meals that are not linkable mean that I have not made and posted them on my site yet. or it is just a easy night like stouffers lasagna or tyson nuggets that does not require a recipe. I hope this makes sense.

Anonymous said... #

This is almost like what i make! i am going to do the flour trick next time. This is one of my sons favorite meals!

Angel said... #

I was just wondering how I would double this recipe, I was thinkin if I doubled it 4 14 oz chicken broths would be alot? any suggestions?

Kathy K said... #

This recipe looks good and I'm going to try it, but it could use some vegetables for color, flavor and nutrition. I will be adding carrots and chopped onion, and a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley for sure.

Anonymous said... #

I am currently making these as i type. My dumpling started to rise and overflow in the pot!! whoops!! what did i do wrong!! did i put to much flour??


GiGi said... #

Another way to make "Semi Homemade" dumplings is to use flour tortillas instead of the biscuits. Just cut the tortillas into 2-inch size pieces. Awesome dumplings!

Anonymous said... #

hello all! I just fixed this AWESOME dish the other night, only I grilled 4 largs breasts instead of boiling a whole chicken and it was great! And I also used a little milk and a full stick of butter for a nice deep ritch taste. So keep up the good recipes and i will keep using them !

Anonymous said... #

I made this recipe tonight for my husband's birthday dinner. This is the second time I have made it and this time I doubled it because it was GONE last time. Absolutely to die for...definitely an easy crowd pleaser that is now one of my go-to favorites. Thank you!

Anonymous said... #

Hi this is such a yummy recipe, I have made a very similar recipe with a crockpot, you cook chicken breasts or tenders in the soup mixture in your crockpot then add the biscuits a half hour before its done. Its so easy and it tastes like you spent all day on it! I love your website you have the best recipes!

Rebecca said... #

This was delicious! My whole family loved it, including my very picky 3 year old DD! My husband was very impressed as well. As far as using canned dough - who cares! Once in a while you do what you need to do! And, if it means my family gets a homecooked meal instead of pizza - then cool! Thank you for including meals with a few shortcuts!

tanya said... #

I tried this with a rotisserie chicken(cause I was lazy) and it was wonderful. It added extra flavor. I used a lemon garlic flavored chicken.

This is the best recipe I have found for chicken & dumplins.

Brandy G said... #

Absolutely amazing!!! We are a military family living in South Korea and sometimes you just get cravings for food from home. I've never attempted chicken and dumplings before, and was a little scared to be honest. However, I followed this recipe and my kids are begging me to make another pot... as they are finishing off the first pot! Thank you so much for giving us that warm feeling deep in our bellies that makes the homesickness a little easier to handle :)

Anonymous said... #

Can u use the big cans i accidently bought the larger ones the flakey ones :/

Tina Butler said... #

Are you talking about the grands biscuits? Thats a pretty large can so I would go with just one can and cut the biscuits into 6 pieces instead of 4.

Chelle said... #

Love love LOVE this. I am a northern girl (read: I know nothing of real, Southern biscuits, so canned are just fine for me!) and this is so awesome for cold nights. I throw in a bag of frozen stew veggies (carrots, celery, pearl onions, and potatoes, with the potatoes taken out) while waiting for the broth/soup to come to a boil, just before the biscuits. Or sometimes I don't. I could seriously eat the whole pot myself. Thank you SO much for sharing!

Anonymous said... #

Hi..I live in southern Louisiana and I am going to cook this tonite..Just one question..So you don't use the water from the boiled chicken at all? Please let me know. Thanks Montie

Christina said... #

This looks so yummy... Trying it for dinner tonight. even though it is hundred degrees outside....

Beth Norred said... #

♥ Great recipe. made a couple additions, but your recipe is wonderful. thanks for sharing

Anonymous said... #

After I cut up the bisquits I also squeezed some of them to test.. didn't fell apart at all and more homemadelike! Nomnomnom.

Anonymous said... #

does this recipe feed 8 people

Anonymous said... #

Tastes awesome but dont use the flaky biscuits - that is all I had - they are good but dont think they hold together as well

Anonymous said... #

I used one can of grans biscuits cause they are 16 oz which is more than two of the regular size ones - I cut mine up into 8 pieces and that worked

Anonymous said... #

Thank you so much for posting this. My mother passed away earlier this year, and unfortunately, I never learned the recipe for chicken and dumplings that she (and her mother) used to make. Your photos look nearly identical to my mother's, however, and I'll bet they're just as close taste-wise, if not spot-on. I look forward to trying it!

Anonymous said... #

Just wanted to thank you for posting this recipe. I've been using it for a few years now because it's just like what my granny used to make. Simple but so comforting and delicious. =) It's brought a little southern home cooking to Japan with me and my husband. He's in the Air Force and we're stationed over here.

Unknown said... #

The comfort food of all comfort foods.

Unknown said... #

Great recipe my wife usually makes our dumplings but I saw this and made them myself. Most of the family concluded mine were much better. Haha! DOUBLED everything and glad I did. Grand kids couldn't get enough.

srk said... #

Just wanted to say I have been making these a few years now and they are like my mom’s and everyone in the family loves them. Thank you so much.