Grab the chicken and start making the dumpling dough, it's chicken and dumpling time! A Southern dish at its heart, chicken and dumplings are always a welcome addition at the family dinner table. In fact, did you know that chicken and dumplings have been around since the 1800's? But there's more than one way to make this classic dish, so we've gather up some of our favorite chicken and dumplings recipes.
You can make homemade chicken and dumplings in a slow cooker, in a Dutch oven or in your favorite cast iron skillet. You can swap out seasonings, use Bisquick, and if you're feeling especially adventurous (or you're out of chicken) you can even swap turkey in.
Here are 12 of our favorite chicken and dumplings recipes.
1. Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
Refrigerated biscuits are the star of this quick to put together dish, cutting down your dinner prep time. In a slow cooker add cream of celery soup, cream of chicken soup, parsley, poultry seasoning, black pepper, chicken breasts, chicken broth, and frozen vegetables. About an hour before the soup is finished, top with pieces of the biscuit dough.
2. Chicken and Dumplings Casserole
This cozy casserole is a twist on the real thing. Almost like a pot pie, you shred the chicken, add cream of chicken soup and chicken broth, then top with spoonfuls of dumpling mixture and bake in the oven until bubbly and golden.
3. One-Pot Chicken and Dumplings
One Dutch oven or large pot is all you need for this easy recipe. Whip up the tender and fluffy dumplings by mixing together all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and fresh parsley then drop the mixture in the chicken stock to cook.
4. Chicken and Dill Dumplings
Dill is such a fresh herb to add to chicken soup. Simply sprinkle a hearty handful into the dumpling mixture and sprinkle more on top when serving.
5. Skillet Chicken and Dumplings
It doesn't get any better than this one pan main dish. Grab your favorite cast-iron pan and whip up this comfort meal in an hour or less.
6. Turkey and Dumplings
While it's not a traditional chicken and dumplings soup recipe, this Turkey and Dumplings recipe calls for leftover turkey instead of chicken breasts. Along with turkey, onions, carrots, celery ribs, frozen peas, and fresh thyme bring this soup over the top.
7. Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
If you have never owned an instant pot or pressure cooker, we highly recommend it, especially for this chicken dish.
8. Chicken and Slicks
In some regions of the United States, chicken and dumplings are also called chicken and slicks. Thick and chewy, these long noodle dumplings swim in rich chicken broth and pieces of tender chicken.
9. Copy-Cat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings
If there's one chicken and dumplings recipe you have to add to your copycat recipe book, it's this one. Comfort food at its finest, this Southern dumpling recipe is made to be eaten with a fork rather than a spoon. Blogger CopyKat suggests shredding a rotisserie chicken and topping these dumplings to make it a complete meal.
10. 30-Minute Chicken and Dumplings
While this comforting dish tastes like you spend all day at the stove, this quick version of Chicken and Dumplings takes only 30 minutes to prepare. The key to preparing this chicken and dumplings recipe is mixing up a flour mixture slurry to thicken the soup. You also want to prepare your drop dumplings to be small, making it faster to cook.
11. Easy Chicken and Dumplings for Two
Homemade chicken broth shines in this instant-pot recipe. With a total time of 45 minutes, this two-person meal is easy to put together on any weeknight. What makes this old-fashioned chicken and dumplings recipe so different is the use of chicken thighs and the addition of cornmeal in the dumpling biscuit dough.
12. Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Dumpling Soup
Chicken dinners just got zestier! Featuring boneless skinless chicken breasts, this chicken recipe is cooked up in the slow cooker along with gnocchi, vegetable broth, and lemon juice. Start this chicken and dumplings recipe on a rainy Saturday morning and the simmering soup will have your whole house smelling amazing all day.
This article was originally published on October 18, 2018.