Prep Time
30 Mins
Cook Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
8 servings

This old-fashioned chicken and dumplings recipe uses a whole chicken, cut up, and has a homemade pastry crust made with self-rising flour.  This is the recipe you want when you're looking for homestyle comfort food.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cover chicken with water, and bring to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and next 3 ingredients; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Remove chicken, reserving broth in Dutch oven; cool chicken. Skim fat from broth; bring to a simmer.

Step 2

Skin, bone, and coarsely chop chicken. Add chicken, bouillon, and remaining salt and pepper to broth. Return to simmer.

Step 3

Combine flour and poultry seasoning in a bowl. Cut in shortening and bacon drippings with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add milk, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.

Step 4

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 1-inch pieces.

Step 5

Bring broth mixture to a boil. Drop dumplings, a few at a time, into boiling broth, stirring gently. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring often, for 25 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

Charlotte59's Review

March 13, 2009
Loved this one. I added one chopped onion, 3 chopped ribs of celery and 1/2 box of chicken broth. I cheated and used Bisquick dumplings but did add the poultry seasoning to the dry mix. It was my best batch yet! I used 3 large chicken breasts for a time saver in prep.

September 29, 2016
Used your changes and of course the Bisquick dumplings.  Thanks - this came out great.

ainaelga's Review

January 01, 2012
I have been making this recipe from the 1985 Southern Living Annual Recipes Cookbook...since 1985...Absolutely the best recipe out there.. I have always done the drop method for the dumplings. Everyone gobbles this up and is looking for!

MaryAP's Review

October 22, 2011
These were the best chicken & dumplings I have ever made. My husband even said they were better than his grandmas. LOVE IT!!!

tickybob's Review

February 01, 2011
This was very good. I think this will be my go to chicken and dumpling recipe from now on. Yummy!

theresasway's Review

November 16, 2010
Wow, is all I can say. This reminded me of the old fashioned southern style classic chicken and dumplings my Dad made the family when I was a child. I thought I would never be able to make chicken and dumplings like him because I was intimidated by the thought of making dumplings.This was oh so easy.

lindamorton2001's Review

November 01, 2010
I made this just as the recipe said. The chicken smelled delicious when cooking...I think this would be a great start for chicken noodle soup. No one in my family was particularly thrilled with the dumplings. They were just ok, with not a lot of flavor.

Hot_Momma_to_2's Review

January 01, 2010
This was AMAZING! I have never in my life tried to make chicken & dumplings from scratch, and I was VERY pleased with the outcome! It was a huge hit with the entire family. I will definatly make this meal again. I used chicken breast instead of a whole chicken, and it was wonderful. Had a lot of flavor, and goes in our top 3 favorites now! YUM!

EShevette's Review

December 27, 2009
I have made this several times with Chicken, but this time made it by boiling my leftover Turkey carcus from Christmas and used better than turkey buillion from the grocery jar as my chicken buillon! My family loved it.

katiescarlett's Review

September 22, 2009
this was soooo FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have tried so hard for years to make good dumplings .... these are it tasted so like grandma.s