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How to Make the Best Creamy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Jay has worked and worked on this great recipe, and he finally got it perfected. See how to make the best creamy chicken and dumplings recipe I have ever tasted.

Best creamy chicken and dumplings

Creamy chicken and dumplings are a perfect picture of the ultimate comfort food! No matter what the weather or the temperature, chicken and dumplings hit the spot!

Because we all need a little comfort from time to time, today I am sharing how to make the best creamy chicken and dumpling recipe for comfort in any season. It is a Southern staple!

I have to brag on Jay for this one. He worked and worked on this recipe until he finally got it perfected. I am not sure how many times he has made chicken and dumplings over the last year or so, tweaking the recipe each time. The last element that really made it perfect for me was when he used frozen biscuits for the dumplings.

cut up frozen biscuits for creamy chicken and dumplings
Cut and drop biscuits to make delicious dumplings.

Accidental Perfection on Dumplings

He tried several different things for the dumplings, and he had settled on canned biscuits. We had some leftover frozen biscuits from vacation that thawed out on us, so he decided to make chicken and dumplings with them instead of letting them go to waste. That was the key! They really made the broth creamier than any we have had, and the flavor was so much better.

Creamy Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients

cooking chicken and onions for chicken and dumplings
Skinless Chicken Breasts Cooking

Instructions

  1. Saute the onions in olive oil until they are soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and cook on medium-high heat until they turn white. Do not overcook because they will cook in the broth later. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a large pot or Dutch oven (I love the enameled cast iron Dutch ovens.) add the butter, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Cook on medium heat until the butter is melted, and the mixture comes to a boil. If you need more broth, add the extra chicken broth during this process.
  4. Add the chicken and onions to the creamy broth.
  5. Drop dumplings (pieces of biscuits), one at a time into the boiling broth.
  6. Reduce low heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, covered. Stir frequently to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Watch for the dumplings to start sinking. This is a good sign that they are done.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Other Additions for Chicken and Dumplings

  • Bacon, Cooked and Chopped into Small Pieces
  • Diced Carrots (Sauteed with the Onions)
  • Diced Celery (Sauteed with the Onions)
  • Garlic Powder or Fresh Minced Garlic
  • Fresh Thyme and/or Bay Leaves

Tips and Ideas

  • Use already cooked rotisserie chicken to speed up the process.
  • Store leftover chicken and dumplings in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Even though this is the perfect comfort food for cooler weather, trust me, it is great year round and any night of the week. We actually eat it in the heat of summer. I hope you will try this recipe and let me know how you like it. With it’s creamy texture, it is sure to be a favorite for the whole family.

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Creamy Chicken and Dumplings

Best creamy chicken and dumplings

This chicken and dumplings recipe is the creamiest! The thick creamy broth makes the recipe one of the best you will ever have.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Chopped
  • 48 oz. Chicken Broth, more as needed
  • 1 Lb. Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 Cup of Heavy Cream
  • 8 Frozen Biscuits, Thawed and Each one cut into 6 pieces
  • Salt & Black Pepper to Personal Taste
  • 2 T. Olive Oil

Instructions

    1. Saute the onions in olive oil until they are soft, about 2-3 minutes.
    2. Add the chicken pieces and cook on medium-high heat until they turn white. Do not overcook because they will cook in the broth later. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    3. In a large pot or Dutch oven (I love the enameled cast iron Dutch ovens.) add the butter, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Cook on medium heat until the butter is melted, and the mixture comes to a boil. If you need more broth, add the extra chicken broth during this process.
    4. Add the chicken and onions to the creamy broth.
    5. Drop dumplings (pieces of biscuits), one at a time into the boiling broth.
    6. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, covered. Stir frequently to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
    7. Watch for the dumplings to start sinking. This is a good sign that they are done.
    8. Serve and enjoy!

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    Whether is a in the heat of the summer or a nice chilly day, a bowl of creamy chicken and dumplings at the end of a long day may just be a family favorite. Enjoy each season and the comfort food that goes along with them!

    Until next week…

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    6 Comments

    1. Oh, yum! It has been extra hot here in Nebraska and I am so ready for fall and cozy comfort food. We love chicken and dumplings, so I can’t wait to try your recipe with the tip about the biscuits. Thank you for sharing!

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