Southern Chicken and Dumplings From Scratch

Close-Up Of Boiled Chicken In Plate
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  • 2 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 105 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
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Chicken and dumplings, made with a stewed chicken and homemade dumplings, is one of the South's best-loved dishes. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 chicken, 2-1/2- to 3-pounds
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (well shaken)

How to Make It

  1. Pat the chicken with paper towels to dry and cut it into pieces. Place the chicken parts in a Dutch oven or large kettle; add water and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, or until tender.
  2. Remove chicken and set aside to cool slightly. When it's cool enough to handle, debone the chicken and cut the meat into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  3. Bring the remaining broth to a boil; add the black pepper.
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk, stirring with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead lightly 4 or 5 times.
  2. For drop dumplings, pat dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Pinch off dough in 1 1/2-inch pieces, and drop into boiling broth. Roll the dough to make the dumplings a 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into 4 x 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Drop the dough, one piece at a time, into the boiling broth, carefully stirring after each addition. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until you reach your desired thickness, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the chicken back to the broth and stir gently. 
  5. Ladle into bowls and serve hot.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 671
Total Fat 40 g
Saturated Fat 12 g
Unsaturated Fat 16 g
Cholesterol 195 mg
Sodium 1,132 mg
Carbohydrates 12 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 62 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)