Southern Chicken and Dumplings From Scratch

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  • Total: 2 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 105 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
671 Calories
40g Fat
12g Carbs
62g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 671
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 195mg 65%
Sodium 1132mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 62g
Calcium 104mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chicken and dumplings, made with a stewed chicken and homemade dumplings, is one of the South's best-loved dishes. 


Steps 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Roll the dough to make the dumplings a 1/4-inch thick. Cut dough into 4 x 1/2-inch pieces.

  6. 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.

  7. Add the chicken back to the broth and stir gently. 

  8. Ladle into bowls and serve hot.