Chicken & Dumplings Recipe & Tutorial

These are a favorite at our house. My Ganky (my mom’s sister) made THE best. This is a slight variation on her original recipe. We thoroughly enjoyed these. I always wonder why I don’t make them more often. Let me know if you have any other questions. Or if you think I misspoke or left something out.

NOTE: The pastry cutter I used in the picture below can be purchased here.  I honestly don’t think I paid that much for mine, so you might check at your local kitchen stores before ordering.  It got one bad review on amazon but I have really loved mine.  I think maybe the person reviewing it was a bit rough with it!  I have had no problem whatsoever.

Your dumplings can be made way ahead and frozen. But make them at least a few hours before so they will be very well chilled if not frozen.

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt

Stir together and set aside.

  • 1/2 cup all vegetable shortening ( I know lard would be amazing but I have never tried it -quite sure my Ganky used regular Crisco)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 large egg, well beaten

Put the shortening in a heat proof bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Stir to melt the shortening. When it has melted pour this into your flour/salt, stir a couple of times, then add the egg

Stir with a fork until well blended. Then give it a little beat with a wooden spoon to be sure you get all the flour off th bottom of the bowl.

Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to rest.

On a well flour cloth with a well floured rolling pin, roll out the dough using a approximately 1/4 of the dough at the time.

Cut into strips or squares using a knife or pastry cutter.


Layer on a parchment or waxed paper lined cookie sheet, putting parchment or waxed paper between the layers of dumplings.

Place a piece of parchment or waxed paper over the last layer and then wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer while you prepare your chicken. If however you are making these days or even weeks before you intend to use them, they freeze very well. Simply allow them to become completely frozen and then remove them from the cookie sheet and put them in a zipper freezer bag, label them with the date and return them to the freezer, using them within 3 months.

I have a large white enamelware pot I make dumplings in. But a dutch oven or soup pot with a good fitting lid will do.

Boil a chicken or enough chicken pieces to make a rich broth in enough water to cover the chicken well. Salt and pepper to taste. You certainly may need to add more water as the chicken cooks. But keep it well covered with water. After chicken is completely cooked remove from the broth to cool and when cool enough, pick meat off the bones and return it to the broth. To the broth add 2 (16 ounce)cans chicken broth, 2 chicken broth cans of water and 2 cans cream of chicken soup. Bring this to a rolling boil and stir so the cream of chicken soup is well incorporated.


Drop the still VERY cold or frozen dumplings into the boiling pot one at a time, shaking to move the dumplings around so they don’t bunch together but DO NOT STIR.


When all your dumplings are added to the boiling liquid. Turn the heat down to simmer and put the lid on your pot. Cook undisturbed for 25 minutes. If you like add a little more freshly ground black pepper to the pot.


Serve right away while piping hot! We usually do not have any sides with this – just dumplings…and more dumplings.


A plain and simple meal. And I told you, they are easy!!!

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Your dumplings look luscious! They make me hungry. The cutting tool is wonderful…where did you come by that?

I do believe I purchased it at a little kitchen shop on the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City, LA. But I will see what I can find online for you when I have time. They were soooo good! So good, we are having them again today for lunch!


Mmmm the chicken and dumpl’ins look yummy. One of my favorite dishes. Oh and a piece of coconut cream pie for dessert.

Oh my but those chicken and dumplings look delicious!! I love your cutter as well!!

I’ve never seen dumplings like that! Beautiful! I just scrape heaping spoonfuls of dough into the pot.

One of our favorite dish in our house too.


We made Chicken and Dumplings Saturday because Krista and the kids love them. We did the Bisquick kind, but as we ate, I described the flat ones my Great Grandmother used to make-which are much better. She used to use flour and broth from the freshly cooked chicken, then rolled them out and cut in to strips. There were always perfect, of course!

These look delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe.

Oh my gosh, those dumplings look delicious. My mouth is watering just looking at the pics. Yum! :),

Stay Cozy, Carrie

I too want one of those dumplin’ cutters!! I hate I missed the black pie birds too. I collect little kitchen birds.

Susan, I made these and my hubs loved them. Thank you, thank you!!



Well, “not quite Donna Reed” (that’s who my children’s friends used to call me!) had to come over from Sher’s Creative Expression to read about your chicken and dumplings!

My mama and I love, love, love these too. Try as I may, I never get them quite like my southern aunts make them. Thank you for this tutorial. I will definitely be trying.

I’ve never seen a happier man than your husband. So cute!



I am southern all the way. My grandmother makes a wonderful pot of chicken and dumplings that people request for miles.
A few years ago someone told her a little secret.
Just cut up flour tortillas and use them. It is the same ingredients as you put in to make the dumplings. It rocked her world. She has done it ever since and no one has been the wiser.
Give it a try and see what you think.


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