by Texas Homesteader
There’s not a much better comfort food than homemade Chicken & Dumplings. I always have homemade broth on hand so when I have leftover chicken it’s my kinda quick & easy southern comfort to whip up chicken & dumplings from scratch. It’s a very versatile recipe and you can add whatever seasonings float your boat.
I’ll share the basic recipe I use, although I’ll admit I throw in whatever sounds good at the time or whatever I have waiting to be used. I’ve used beef broth instead of chicken broth, carrots, no carrots, celery, no celery, etc. All came out deliciously.
Although I’ll be canning my chicken broth this winter so I can store it in the pantry, when I make broth during the heat & humidity of a typical Texas summer I freeze it instead – I just can’t stand the thought of adding even more heat & humidity to the house by canning when other options exist! This time I’m using frozen broth. So the night before I simply take a container of chicken broth from the freezer and place it in the fridge to thaw overnight.
First Add Veggies To Broth
The following day when I’m ready to start making my chicken & dumplings I’ll pour the broth into a deep pot & put it on the heat to simmer, usually tossing in a handful of whatever dehydrated veggies I want so they can rehydrate right there in the broth. Typical additions for me are chopped onion and celery and also a chopped carrot. If you don’t have dehydrated veggies tossing the fresh counterparts in at this point would be appropriate.
I also chop about 2 cups of chicken and have it ready to drop into the simmering broth at the end. You can use more or less chicken based on how much leftover chicken you have available or how meaty you want your chicken-n-dumplings to be.
Making The Dumpling Dough
While the broth is simmering and the veggies are rehydrating/cooking I whip up my homemade dumplings using a bit of flour, baking powder, milk, shortening and seasonings. My typical seasoning is simply salt, coarsely-cracked pepper and thyme. This makes a pretty stiff dough.
Cooking The Dumplings
Now that my broth is simmering nicely I pinch off about a teaspoon of my dumpling dough. I roll it into a small ball & press it gently between my palms to flatten it somewhat before dropping it into my broth.
This procedure is continued until all my dumplings are simmering in the broth. I give a very gentle stir and put the lid on the pot to allow it to simmer for 12-15 minutes. (depending upon the size & thickness of your dumplings). It’s important not to stir the dumplings too much when they are in dough form as they will dissolve into your broth. (Ask me how I know. Eh hemmm….)
Sometimes I Like To Thicken The Broth
After the dumplings have cooked I remove the lid and stir again very gently. Oftentimes the broth of my chicken & dumplings is not quite as thick as I like it. If that’s the case I’ll take a jar and add about 1/4 cup of flour with enough water or broth to make a thin paste, stirring until the flour is completely incorporated and no lumps remain. Then I pour this thickening into my simmering broth stirring very slowly & gently. My broth always thickens up beautifully. Now is the time to drop in my chopped chicken and leave just enough for it to get heated through.
This chicken & dumplings recipe fed RancherMan & me a hearty supper. Plus I still had enough leftovers for a couple of lunches for each of us. Gotta love it!
Chicken & Dumplings Recipe
Leftover chicken makes a homemade chicken & dumplings dish quick and easy! #TexasHomesteader
- 5 Cups Chicken Broth
- 2 Cups Chopped Cooked Chicken
- 2 Tablespoons Minced Onions
- 1 Tablespoon Chopped Celery
- Dumplings (recipe below)
- 2 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon Salt (or salted chicken seasoning)
- 1 teaspoon Coarsely-Cracked Black Pepper
- 1/4 Cup Shortening
- 1/2 Cup milk
Combine flour, baking powder, thyme, salt & pepper. Cut in shortening, add milk and knead until all ingredients are combined to make a stiff dough.
Chicken & Dumplings Directions:
Make dumplings & set aside. Boil broth and add veggies. When broth is simmering start dropping in dumplings by pinching off 1-teaspoon dumpling dough, rolling into a small ball and pressing the dough ball between palms to flatten slightly. Drop dumplings into simmering broth. When all dumplings are in the broth stir gently, cover pot and simmer for 12-15 minutes, depending upon the size and thickness of your dumplings.
If broth is not thick enough after the dumplings are cooked, mix up about 1/4 cup of flour with enough water or broth to make a thin paste & stir until no flour lumps remain. Then pour into simmering broth and stir very gently just to incorporate thickening and keep dumplings from sticking to the pan. When it's as thick as you want it, add the diced cooked chicken and heat a few minutes more until heated through.
Want to see other Meal Ideas?
- Poor Man’s Stuffed Steak (hamburger)
- Award-Winning Cowboy Chili
- Slow-Cooker Spicy Sticky Chicken
- Savory Meatloaf
- Lazy Cook’s Chile Relleno
- Hot & Hearty Cabbage Stew
- Homemade Chicken & Dumplings
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole
- Meat-Stuffed Ravioli
- Stuffed Bell Peppers
Other Planned Leftover Posts
- Fast Food: Remaking Leftover Steak & Veggies
- Leftover Mashed Potatoes Into Potato Cakes
- Leftover Biscuit Dough? Make Cinnamon Rolls!
- Hearty Stew – Quickest Planned Leftover Meal Of All
- Leftover Meatloaf Made Into Quesadillas
- Leftover Chicken & Zucchini Noodles with Herb Bombs
- Chicken Tortilla Soup From Leftovers
- Chicken & Dumplings Using Leftover Chicken
- Carnitas Tacos
- (MYO Crispy Taco Shells in Minutes)
- Pulled Pork Enchiladas
- Hearty Meaty Stew
- Pulled Pork BBQ
- (Homemade Honey-Sweetened BBQ Sauce)
- Using It ALL – The Art Of Eliminating Leftover Food
…and MUCH MORE!
C’mon by & sit a spell! Come hang out at our Facebook Page. It’s like sitting in a front porch rocker with a glass of cold iced tea – lots of good folks sharing! You can also follow along on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.
To receive an email when a new blog post goes live it’s EASY to