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Smoked Chicken and Dumplings

Smoked Chicken and Dumplings is a hearty and delicious recipe that everyone loves. Made with smoked chicken, chunky vegetables and fluffy homemade dumplings. Perfect for a chilly day and even better than Cracker Barrel!

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Bowl of chicken and dumplings with carrots.

Chicken and dumplings is always a favorite and one of the best recipes to make with our Meal Prep Chicken. It’s super filling and has tons of flavor that is impossible to resist.

Why You Will Love this Smoked Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

  • Ultimate Comfort Food: Classic chicken and dumplings is a southern staple when you are craving comfort food. This creamy chicken soup is loaded with tender chicken and flat dumplings in the most flavorful broth.
  • The Best Chicken Soup Recipe: Old fashioned chicken and dumplings has to be the best ever chicken soup recipe. This recipe is easy to put together and can be made with a cooked rotisserie chicken, any cooked chicken pieces. Add in your favorite veggies and biscuit dumplings or roll out the dough for dumplings that are more like thick noodles. 
  • Mom’s Recipe: We learned to make southern chicken and dumplings from my mom. Her recipe is amazing but it literally takes all day to cook. This version is a little quicker and still turns out to be delicious dumplings.

Ingredients Needed for Smoked Chicken and Dumplings

For the Dumplings

  • All Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Shortening
  • Butter
  • Buttermilk – or Whole Milk
  • Large Egg

Step-By-Step Directions for Smoked Chicken and Dumplings

Collage making dumpling dough.
  1. Make the Dumplings: In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Add butter and shortening and cut in with a fork or pastry blender.
  2. Add buttermilk and egg, mixing with a dough whisk or wooden spoon. Add additional flour until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the bowl.
Collage: floured surface with dumpling dough, rolling out, cutting into strips, small pieces.
  1. Lightly flour a clean surface and place the dumpling dough over the flour. Use a rolling pin to roll out to 1/4 inch thickness, adding more flour as needed.
  2. Use a pizza cutter to cut into 1 inch wide strips, then cut cross-wise to make dumplings about 2 inches long.
Collage: Vegetables, smoked chicken/chopped/cooking in a dutch oven.
  1. Make the Soup: Dice onions and celery, slice carrots and coarsely chop or shred the chicken. We are using both chicken breasts from a whole chicken. Dark meat works well also or a combination of both.
  2. In a large dutch oven or large soup pan, add the olive oil and vegetables. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until vegetables are softened.
Collage: making chicken and dumplings in a dutch oven.
  1. Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a low boil.
  2. Drop dumplings into the boiling chicken stock a few at a time, stirring occasionally. Cook dumplings about 5 minutes until they start to puff up.
  3. Stir in chicken.
Collage: Adding seasonings to chicken and dumplings/mixed.
  1. Add garlic, thyme, pepper and salt. Lower to simmer and stir in the milk.
  2. Continue to cook until dumplings are cooked through. You can cut a dumpling in half to make sure they are fluffy not doughy.
Bowl of chicken and dumplings with a spoon.
  1. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes and Variations for Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

  • Dumplings Substitution: If you don’t have time to make the dumpling recipe and roll out the dumpling dough, canned biscuits work great. Cut each biscuit into bite size pieces and drop into the boiling broth.
  • Add-Ins: Any vegetables that you have on hand like green peas or frozen mixed vegetables work great in chicken and dumplings. Add a can of cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup to make it extra creamy. 
  • Storage: Leftover chicken and dumplings can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Freeze in a freezer safe container up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: Cook dumplings in a pan, adding a bit of milk or chicken broth. Stir occasionally until heated through.

More Delicious Chicken Soup Recipes to Try

  • Grilled Chicken Parmesan Soup is a flavor-packed soup that is sure to become a family favorite. Grilled chicken, pasta and veggies in a tomato broth that simply can’t be beat.
  • Chicken and Sausage Gumbo is delicious and comforting meal that is a filling meal for cold winter nights.
  • White Bean Chicken Chili is one of our favorites to make with leftover grilled chicken. Loaded with Tex-Mex flavors and a great meal to feed a crowd.
Bowl of chicken and dumplings on a checked napkin.

If you are craving old-fashioned Chicken and Dumplings, give this recipe a try with smoked chicken, hearty vegetables, fluffy dumplings and a creamy broth.

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Bowl of chicken and dumplings.
Yield: 6 Servings

Smoked Chicken and Dumplings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Smoked Chicken and Dumplings is a hearty and delicious recipe that everyone loves. Made with smoked chicken, chunky vegetables and fluffy homemade dumplings. Perfect for a chilly day and even better than Cracker Barrel!

Ingredients

for the dumplings

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour + more for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk or whole milk
  • 1 large egg

For the soup

Instructions

  1. Make the Dumplings: In a large mixing bowl, 2 1/4 cups flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Add butter and shortening and cut in with a fork or pastry blender. 
  2. Add buttermilk and egg, mixing with a dough whisk or wooden spoon. Add additional flour 2 tablespoons at a time until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the bowl. 
  3. Lightly flour a clean surface and place the dumpling dough over the flour. Use a rolling pin to roll out to 1/4 inch thickness, adding more flour as needed. 
  4. Use a pizza cutter to cut into 1 inch wide strips, then cut cross-wise to make dumplings about 2 inches long. 
  5. Dice onions and celery, slice carrots and coarsely chop or shred the chicken. We are using both chicken breasts from a whole chicken. Dark meat works well also or a combination of both.
  6. In a large dutch oven or large soup pan, add the olive oil and vegetables. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until vegetables are softened. 
  7. Stir in the chicken broth and bring to a low boil. 
  8. Drop dumplings into the boiling chicken stock a few at a time, stirring occasionally. Cook dumplings about 5 minutes until they start to puff up. 
  9. Stir in chicken, garlic, thyme, pepper and salt. Lower to simmer and stir in the milk. 
  10. Continue to cook until dumplings are cooked through. You can cut a dumpling in half to make sure they are fluffy not doughy. 
  11. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Dumplings Substitution: If you don't have time to make the dumpling recipe and roll out the dumpling dough, canned biscuits work great. Cut each biscuit into bite size pieces and drop into the boiling broth. 
  • Buttermilk Substitute: Use scant cup of whole milk and add 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice. Stir and set aside 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Add-Ins: Any vegetables that you have on hand like green peas or frozen mixed vegetables work great in chicken and dumplings. Add a can of cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup to make it extra creamy. 
  • Storage: Leftover chicken and dumplings can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Freeze in a freezer safe container up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: Cook dumplings in a pan, adding a bit of milk or chicken broth. Stir occasionally until heated through
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    6

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 708Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 2190mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 31g

    Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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