Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on Time
55 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 25 Mins
Makes 8 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring chicken, water to cover, garlic powder, thyme, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper to a boil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour. Remove chicken; reserve broth.

Step 2

Cool chicken 30 minutes; skin, bone, and shred chicken. Skim fat from broth. Add chicken, bouillon, and remaining 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper to broth. Return to a simmer.

Step 3

Combine flour and poultry seasoning in a bowl. Cut in shortening and bacon drippings with a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in milk. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 1-inch pieces.

Step 4

Drop dumplings, a few at a time, into simmering broth, stirring gently. Cover and simmer, stirring often, 25 minutes. Garnish, if desired.

Step 5

*2 tsp. butter plus 1/4 tsp. salt may be substituted.

Ratings & Reviews

Love this with some changes

November 14, 2015
My husband gave me the Southern Living Community Cook Book for my birthday which had this recipe in it but I had to use this recipe onlibe because the book was actually missing some steps in the recipe. I really enjoyed making this but since I was making this with what I have I pretty much had to just season with lots of salt, pepper and butter. I didn't have any of the veggies except the onion so I replaced some of the water with vegetable broth. I actually prefer my broth thick so I added one can of cream of chicken and then made my own with half the broth and some flour. This made it creamy and delicious! Since there's only the two of us, this will last us a long while. Yay!

DeRoet68's Review

Slocomb Trojan
January 01, 2014

salollie's Review

December 30, 2013

NativeTexan's Review

March 03, 2013
Not quite sure how to rate this one. Everyone in the family thought the flavor was just right, which is an accomplishment. But everyone was also surprised that the broth was so thin.

lmrunner's Review

January 10, 2013
This had good flavor, but for some reason, my dumplings dissolved in the broth during about the last 10 minutes of simmering. Not sure why - should I have worked the dough more? Everything looked good until I raised the lid during the last 10 minutes, and they were disintegrating! Very frustrating.

JALZSK's Review

March 02, 2012

LovesToEat77's Review

January 08, 2012
This was great! It was a little bland though so I had to jazz it up. When boiling the chicken, I added a bay leaf, some chopped celery and carrots, onion salt and celery salt. I used low-sodium chicken bouillon cubes (they were small cubes so I used three). The dumplings were easy and delicious. I'm definitely going to make it again!

kristymos's Review

December 11, 2011
Absolutely a classic! Am getting ready to make it for a houseful tomorrow. Perfect cold weather recipe that will feed a crowd. I agree to add the carrots and celery...makes it seem a tad more healthy!

heathermercer's Review

July 06, 2011
was always afraid to try my hand at chicken and dumplings. . .this made it a reasonable accomplishment! It was so good!! I did add a bit more pepper and poultry seasoning toward the end! Anyone who is a bit fearful, it wasn't so hard after all!!

cutie3pie5's Review

April 22, 2010
Two words: OH YUM!