Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings

Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings Recipe

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Make a classic chicken and dumplings recipe even more Southern by topping the vegetable-and-chicken-packed stew with cornbread dumplings.


Makes 8 servings
Total time: 5 Hours, 40 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 5 Hours, 40 Minutes


3 skinned, bone-in chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb.)
6 skinned and boned chicken thighs (about 1 lb.)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 pound carrots, sliced
1/2 pound parsnips, sliced
4 celery ribs, sliced
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 (10 3/4-oz.) cans cream of chicken soup
1 (32-oz.) container chicken broth
Cornbread Dumplings
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup self-rising yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


1. Prepare Chicken: Rub chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Place breasts in a 6-qt. slow cooker; top with thighs. Add carrots and next 3 ingredients. Whisk together soup and broth until smooth. Pour soup mixture over vegetables. Cover and cook on HIGH 3 1/2 hours or until chicken shreds easily with a fork. Remove chicken; cool 10 minutes. Bone and shred chicken. Stir chicken into soup-and-vegetable mixture. Cover and cook on HIGH 1 hour or until boiling.

2. Meanwhile, prepare Dumplings: Whisk together flour and next 3 ingredients. Make a well in center of mixture. Add milk, butter, thyme, and parsley to dry ingredients, gently stirring just until moistened.

3. Drop dough by 1/4 cupfuls into simmering chicken mixture, leaving about 1/4-inch space between dumplings. Cover and cook on HIGH 30 to 35 minutes or until dumplings have doubled in size.

November 2012
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