Simple Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

Chicken & Dumplings are yummy and perfect for a cold fall evening.  This meal is the closest I’ve come to making something from scratch.  The best thing about this recipe is my whole family loves it!  I posted on Instagram and many friends asked for the recipe.  So here goes…


To begin you will need:

  • A stick of butter
  • Half an onion chopped up
  • 1 clove of Garlic (I normally use fresh but didn’t have any on hand)

Put the above in a big pot and heat over medium heat until the onions are cooked to the consistency you like.

carmelizing onions

Now add your water.  Uh oh…I don’t have an exact measurement to give you because I just add water until the pot is almost full. Turn that heat up to medium high to high (depending on your stove.)

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  • Cut up chicken & add to pot.  I usually cut up about 2 to 3 chicken breasts.

boiling chicken

While the chicken is boiling.  It’s time to get the dumplings ready.

new Ingredients for dumplings

Dumplings Recipe

Even though the recipe says drop spoonfuls, if I have time, I let the kids roll the dough into balls.  Otherwise, it totally works to just spoon up some dough and drop in.

Dumpling Dough2

When you are mixing the dough, at first you will think you don’t have enough milk…keep stirring and it will form into a dough.

Dumpling Dough

The kids love to mix the dough and roll it.

girl scooping dumpling dough

Dumplings and Dough

girl rolling dumplings


By the time you are done with making the dumplings, your chicken will most likely be cooked.  If not, let it boil until the chicken is cooked through.

before dumplings

After the chicken is cooked, if the water is not boiling, turn up the heat to high and wait for the stock to boil.  Once it is boiling, add your dumpling dough.

adding dumplings

If a child is helping you with this, make sure you remind them the pot is hot and to carefully drop the dumplings into the soup.  Otherwise, the mixture might pop up onto their and burn them. (I know this by experience)

newdroppings dumplings into pot

  • add some salt and pepper to soup

After you have carefully dropped your dumplings into the pot, turn down the heat to low.  Cook uncovered for 10 minutes then cover with lid and cook for another 10 minutes.  It is completely normal for the liquid to have a white creamy consistency.

ENJOY!  Sometimes I double the dumpling recipe because that is everyone’s favorite part!

new bowl of chicken and dunplings

Feel free to pin the following collage to your recipe or food boards on Pinterest so you can find it when you want to make it. 🙂

Simple Chicken and Dumplings at

Simple Chicken & Dumplings Ingredients:

  • Salt & Pepper
  • Stick of Butter
  • Half of Onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • Chicken (around 2 to 3 chicken breasts)
  • 2 Cups of Bisquick
  • 2/3 Cup of Milk
  • Water (depends on the size of your pot…about 3/4 full)

Always LOVE to hear your feedback. Please let me know if you tried this and you & your family liked it.

From our family’s kitchen to yours,


  1. Good tutorial. Maybe you should post it on Pinterest. These are so good. Love, Mom

  2. Well that looks easy enough, maybe I will make it tomorrow 😉 Hope all is well with you and your family.

  3. I love Bisquick dumplings, and I always make extra too! 🙂 Yum, we had my favorite beans and cornbread tonight but I think this one needs to happen soon!

  4. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

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