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Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

My Grandma Walker created this recipe way before I was born. It's been a favorite comfort food in our family ever since.

Bowl of Chicken and Dumplings

Bowl of Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings: Southern Comfort Food

Talk about comfort food, chicken and dumplin’s has been a favorite comfort food in our family for generations. My Grandma Walker created this recipe way before I was born. She raised three kids in Oklahoma back in the early 1900s. My dad was born in 1911 in Roff, Oklahoma. He was the oldest of three children. They were raised picking cotton and raising their own food. They had their own vegetable garden and raised chickens.

Chicken and dumplin’s was a staple back in their day. This is a simple recipe, but the best I have ever eaten.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour

1 hour 30 min

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 pieces chicken thighs or legs, washed
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in your cooking pot and add enough water to cover the chicken with about 2 inches of water, enough to boil it. If you use too much water, your “soup” will be too thin. Be sure to leave the skin on your chicken while boiling.
  2. While your chicken is boiling, make your dumplings. Mix the flour and salt together and add enough water to make a dough. Dust a cutting board with a little flour. Roll out your dough, dusting with more flour as needed to keep it from sticking. Don’t make your dumplings too thin (not like a pie crust). Keep them just a little plump. Take a knife and slice your dough into bite-sized pieces. You may need to dust them with a little flour to keep them from being sticky, but the flour will help to thicken your “soup.”
  3. Once your chicken is done, remove it from the water and set it aside to cool. Add the milk, butter, and garlic salt to the chicken broth and return it to a slow boil. Drop your dumplings into the broth one at a time, stirring gently.
  4. Once the chicken has cooled off enough, you will remove the skin and de-bone it. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to your dumplings and broth. Cook at a slow boil, stirring gently and often. Cook until the dumplings are tender, approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Taste-test your dumplings from time to time to see if they are done. They should be tender and not “chewy.” If your soup has not thickened enough, you can add a flour and water mixture to thicken it. You may add salt and pepper to taste.
Fresh chicken thighs. Leave the bone in and the skin on while cooking.

Fresh chicken thighs. Leave the bone in and the skin on while cooking.

Making your dumplins: Not too thin.

Making your dumplins: Not too thin.

Slow boil the broth until it's done, stirring often.

Slow boil the broth until it's done, stirring often.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. This recipe is my daughter’s absolute favorite! I do believe she can eat her weight in chicken and dumplings! Grandma Walker would be proud! Slice some cucumbers and tomatoes, add a few green onions on the side and you have a truly Southern comfort meal!

© 2012 Sheila Brown

Comments

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on June 07, 2016:

Chicken and dumplin's is my "comfort food"! I love garlic and a little garlic flavor really goes good in this soup. Thanks again, for stopping by! :)

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on June 04, 2016:

Shelia now I need some chicken and dumplings! I like the garlic you have added to it, will have to try soon! Thanks!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 30, 2015:

i love dumplings but most of them are pork, seldom heard of fillings made from chicken, voted up

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on June 20, 2013:

Hello Ishwaryaa! This is my families favorite dish. It is really easy to make, very inexpensive and delicious! I hope you give it a try. Thank you for your very kind comment and ALL your support, it is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 20, 2013:

A tasty & delectable dish! With your easy-to-follow instructions, easy-to-find ingredients & easy-on-the-eyes photo, I would like to try your Oklahoma recipe. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & pinned

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 26, 2013:

Hi Tammy! Chicken and dumplings has always been one of my favorite foods. I always eat way too much of it, but it's too hard to stop! It's always good to try new variations of foods, you never know what you may like until you try. Thank you for your kind words and comment, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Tammy from North Carolina on March 25, 2013:

This is one of my all time favorite foods. I love trying new variations on this ultimate comfort dish. Great photos and recipe. I am definatley going to give this a try!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 25, 2013:

Hi Jill! I have to admit that I LOVE garlic. I add garlic to almost everything I cook. I hope you enjoy my recipe. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comment and votes! Have a wonderful day! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 25, 2013:

Hi Peggy! We love chicken and dumplings, especially in the fall and winter. I made a big pot just a couple of weeks ago, hoping to have some leftovers, but we managed to eat it all! I am curious about the dumplings your grandmother used to make. The potato dumpling sounds interesting! I hope you do give my recipe a try, I think you will really enjoy it. I remember my dad talking about killing the chickens, just grossed me out! I couldn't do that! We raise chickens, but just for the eggs. Thank you for your wonderful comments, votes and sharing! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Jill Spencer from United States on March 24, 2013:

The garlic salt is a nice touch! Will have to give it a try. Voted up & awesome. Good one!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2013:

Chicken and dumplings certainly is a comfort type of food. The dumplings that my mother and grandmother used to make were different. One was a potato dumpling and another one used cracker crumbs. I don't know if they were ever written down, sadly. Will have to give your recipe a try. Up and useful votes and will share.

Enjoyed hearing a bit about your family background. In my family they did not raise chickens, but certainly had large gardens and did lots of canning and preserving of food.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 29, 2012:

Hello Au fait! I agree, there are so many wonderful cooks here on HubPages, I come here when I am looking for a new recipe. Thank you for our kind words, I appreciate them very much! It is 7:30am here in Southern Oklahoma and 17 degrees, brrrr! I am not a cold weather person. I hope you enjoy my chicken and dumplings recipe, and I won't tell! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

C E Clark from North Texas on December 28, 2012:

I've been thinking about making some dumplings for a long time. I know the best place to look for great tried & true recipes is right here on hubpages because there are so many top drawer cooks. Don't know how I missed seeing this recipe in your collection of hubs before, because I've been over them all many times, but I'm glad I saw it this time! I know your recipes are going to come out just right so long as I follow directions. This sounds so good I just may try this recipe tonight (it's currently almost 10 PM). We have a chilly night here in North Texas (30 degrees & dropping), not far from you. I think this meal would be just right for tomorrow! Don't tell anyone, but I might even have it for breakfast!

Voted up, and BAUI (Beautiful, Awesome, Useful, Interesting), and will share!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on October 02, 2012:

Hello Poohgranma! I am thinking about making some soon myself. Cool weather and chicken and dumplings just go together! I hope you enjoy! Thank you for stopping in and commenting! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

Poohgranma from On the edge on October 02, 2012:

I just bookmarked this to make this week. What a great recipe with ingredients you almost always have on hand. With cool weather here, this should be extra welcome. Thanks for the great idea!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 28, 2012:

Hello Sharkye11! I agree! I love chicken and dumplings during cooler weather, but also make them a couple of times throught out the year. They are my daughters favorite meal. Thank you for stopping in, voting and commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 28, 2012:

Hello Glimmer Twin Fan! There is nothing like a hot bowl of chicken and dumplings on a cold winters day! Thank you for stopping in, voting and commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 28, 2012:

Hello TJdavis! Thank you for stopping in, commenting and sharing! Maybe I should have titled this Chicken and Dumplings, Southern Style! :) Have a wonderful day!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 28, 2012:

Hello Suzie! These dumplings are super easy to make and sooo good, especially on a chilly night. I do hope you give them a try to if you do, let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping in, voting and sharing, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 28, 2012:

Hello TToombs08! My husband is from just west of Duncan, in Central. His dad still lives there. Small world! :) My family loves my chicken and dumplings, I hope they work out for you! Let me know if you have any questions! Thank you for stopping in, voting and sharing! It is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on September 27, 2012:

Delicious! Nothing beats chicken and dumplings once the weather starts turning cool! Not that it matters. I make them all year! And your recipe is almost exactly the same as mine, only difference is I make round dumplings because they are faster. Voting up!

Claudia Mitchell on September 27, 2012:

This looks yummy and tasty for the upcoming cold months. Nice recipe and easy to make too! Voted up!

Teresa Davis from Moscow, Texas on September 27, 2012:

Oh man I am hungry now..your chicken and dumplings look wonderful. I make mine pretty much the same way :-)

Voted up and will be sharing :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 27, 2012:

Hi sg,

This sounds so easy, ultra tasty and ideal comfort food for the Autumn and Winter nights ahead!! I have never made dumplings or really had them so I would love to give these a go. voted up +++++ and sharing on!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 27, 2012:

This looks heavenly! My mom (from Duncan, OK) loved chicken and dumplings but could never get it just right. I am going to have to try this out. Thank you for sharing your family recipe! :) Voted up and sharing.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on June 22, 2012:

Hello vespawoolf! I do like using thighs or legs instead of white meat, it is moister and taste better to me. I hope you enjoy my recipe. Thank you for your comment and vote! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 22, 2012:

Chicken and dumplings remind me of my grandpa! He made the most delicious c&d and now I want to try your recipe. I like that you use thighs which are more flavorful and moist and I like the addition of garlic powder to spice things up a bit without straying too far from the classic. Voted up!

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on June 16, 2012:

I never knew that Dumplings were so easy to make! Very inexpensive too! Now I have to hide this recipe from my kids! They love chicken and dumplings, and I kid you not...we just ate this tonight for dinner! Great recipe! Up and shared.

JSMatthew~

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on May 31, 2012:

Hello LaThing! I am so glad you gave my chicken and dumplings recipe a try and loved it. Just remember me when you are enjoying it! :) Thank you sooo much for letting me know, you just made my day! :)

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on May 31, 2012:

Hi sgbrown,

Just wanted to let you know that we tried it few times already, AND MY FAMILY LOVES IT!!! It's so good.... I think this is going to become our family heirloom :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on May 30, 2012:

Hello again TripleAMom! This was my grandma's recipe and it is really good and fairly easy. We love it even in the summer time! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Have a wonderful day! :)

TripleAMom from Florida on May 30, 2012:

My grandma made the best chicken and dumplins and it was my absolute favorite meal. I haven't done a good job of it. I will absolutely try this one. Voting up and following. Saw other hubs I want to read. I love photography as well. Can't wait to see what you do.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 27, 2012:

Hello Thelma. I hope you enjoy, it's my family's favorite! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful day! :)

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 26, 2012:

Yummy! Another recipe to try. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 24, 2012:

Here ya go! Enjoy! :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Short and sweet, but I like your comment, thank you! :)

Sam from Tennessee on April 24, 2012:

I'd like a large serving, please...

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 24, 2012:

Hello rahul0324! LOL I am sorry I have made you so hungry! :) I do hope you try this recipe, it is very good! I am sure you will enjoy it. Go get something to eat to calm the river and satisfy the mice. :) Thank you for stopping in and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 24, 2012:

Hello CassyLu1981. I am glad you want to try my chicken and dumplings recipe. It is very good! My daughters favorite! Thank you so much for stopping by, voting and sharing! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day. :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 24, 2012:

Hello LaThing. I hope you enjoy my chicken and dumplings recipe! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 24, 2012:

Hello Brett! Chicken and dumplings is a "from scratch" recipe, not too many people cooking from scratch these days. Too many people buying packaged food or eating out these days. They don't know what they are missing, do they? Thanks for stopping by, voting and sharing! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on April 24, 2012:

I have not eaten anything since 12 hours and now I have read this and seen the pictures! Gosh! There is a river in my mouth... and mice in my stomach!

Looks yum! Definitely will have to try!

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on April 24, 2012:

I can't wait to try this :) Voted up and useful and shared with followers and pintrest!!!!

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on April 24, 2012:

This is truly comfort food! Love chicken and dumpling, but never made it this way, I guess Oklahoma Style :) This one is so simple, and looks delicious. Must make it soon :)

Thanks for sharing your grandfather's recipe with us!

Brett C from Asia on April 24, 2012:

A great hub, I can't remember when I last had this, but I will be having it soon! Such a good dish, but not seen many cooking it now.

Thanks for SHARING, up and useful.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 19, 2012:

Hello Eddy! I hope you enjoy my recipe. If you try it, make enough for some left overs, it is even better the second day. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

Eiddwen from Wales on April 19, 2012:

Mmm another great one to save;take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 18, 2012:

Hello molometer! Good to hear from you! I think you will really like these. I always eat until I am miserable when I make these. Make enough for left overs as they are even better the next day! Thank you for reading, commenting and 5 stars! :) Have a wonderful day! :)

Micheal is from United Kingdom on April 18, 2012:

I am made about dumplings. I will have to try them with chicken Oklahoma style.

I like this hubs layout, very nice. Gave you a big 5 stars.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 16, 2012:

Hello prasetio! :) I hope you and your mom are able to try my recipe, it really is one of our family favorites! If you do get to try it, let me know how in and you like it. Thank you for stopping in, reading and voting! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 16, 2012:

I love chicken dumpling with Oklahoma style. Your recipe sound delicious and Yummy. I am glad to share this hub with my mom. Good job and rated up!

Blessing,

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 14, 2012:

Hi Jackie. I use Jiffy Mix for my pie crusts, I never have made a good pie crust from scratch! I hope you like my recipe! Thank you for reading and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a great day! :)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 14, 2012:

This does look good and I love dumplings and I had never thought to make dumplings from scratch but use jiffy mix, so now I will try my own. Thank you so much. I can't wait!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 14, 2012:

Hi Lesley. I have not tried dumpling with beef, but it sounds good. I hope you like this recipe, it is one of my all time favorites! Thank you for stopping in and commenting. I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful day! :)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 14, 2012:

I am a big fan of dumplings - I normally have them with beef, so am looking forward to trying them with chicken, this looks delicious, thank you!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 13, 2012:

Hello itakins. Dumplings may be different from country to country. Some people make their dumplings fat and gooey, but I like them plump but done and tender. I think you will like this recipe. Thank you for stopping in and reading and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

itakins from Irl on April 13, 2012:

So that's what dumplings are! I am going to try this recipe,it has a comforting feel about it.I had dumplings once in Hungary,but I never quite worked out what was in them -thank you.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 13, 2012:

Hi viking305. My dumplings and your dumplings may be very different. I hope you like these. Chicken and dumplings is an old southern dish. Let me know what you think if you try this. Thank you for your voted and sharing! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

L M Reid from Ireland on April 13, 2012:

I love chicken and I love dumplings but I have never had them together. This chicken and dumplings recipe is one I am going to make very soon.

Thanks for SHARING. Voted Up and awesome

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 13, 2012:

Hello B. :) These are really easy to make and soooo good! I hope you try them, if you do, let me know what you think. Thank you for your nice comment and sharing! Have a wonderful day! :)

b. Malin on April 13, 2012:

Mmm, Mmm Good Sbbrown. I think Chicken and Dumplings is a Comfort food All over the Country...Who wouldn't enjoy the Treat. Wonderful Recipe, nice, EASY, and light, and very tempting to try! Thanks for sharing.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 13, 2012:

Hello Lilleyth! That sounds just like mine! They are always better the next day. I try to make enough to purposely have some leftovers. Thank you for stopping in and commenting. It is always good to hear from you! Have a wonderful day! :)

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on April 13, 2012:

Here on Delmarva we call them "slippery dumplings". We cut them into squares or rectangles. They are especially good the next day after they have been soaking in the chicken gravy and become all sticky. That is, if you ever have any leftover.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 12, 2012:

Hello moonlake! Always good to hear from you. This is just a simple recipe, not a lot of add ins. I like it simple. Thank you for your vote up! Have a wonderful day! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 12, 2012:

Hi Rebecca! This really is good. I just finished eating the last of it! Thank you for your kind comment. I am sure you will like them. Have a great day! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 12, 2012:

Hello Ihchan. Few ingredients and really easy to make. I hope you and your children like them! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 12, 2012:

Hi Nonna! I do love my chicken n duplin's! I just finished eating the last of them! I think our grandmas always made the best foods. Thank you so much for stopping in and voting. I love your comment! Have a wonderful day! :)

moonlake from America on April 12, 2012:

I love Chicken and Dumplings. This sounds really good. Voted UP.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 12, 2012:

That sounds like a great true southern recipe.Book marked for sure.I am salivating and wanting my G Ma!

kelleyward on April 12, 2012:

I will! Thanks!

lhchan on April 12, 2012:

The ingredients are easy to get, I feel my kids will like it. Thanks for the recipe (Oklahoma style)

Dee aka Nonna on April 12, 2012:

I think my mother was the Chicken and Dumplings champion ...lol my mother and grandmother could make you "hurt yourself" it was so goooood ... I still make it...love it and during the winter months we have it at least once a month and the grandkids always ask for it when visiting. OMG, you just made me really hungry.

Voted up and tasty...ooh,ooh, good.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 12, 2012:

Hi Kelly! From one Okie to another, I love that! I am seriously sitting here right now, finishing off the last of them! LOL They are really a lot better if you will use dark meat chicken and keep in mind to stir gently, often. I hope you like them. If you have any questions, just let me know. Thank you for reading, commenting and voting! Have a WONDERFUL day! :)

kelleyward on April 12, 2012:

Yum! From one Okie to another this looks great! My mom made chicken and dumplings but I haven't since becoming a mom. Your hub has inspired me to make this for my boys. Voted up and useful.