Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Everyone has their favorite chicken and dumplings recipe. I’ve even blogged about what I thought was mine.

But the other night, come 5:30, I was struggling with dinner ideas when an intense craving for chicken and dumplings hit me. With the nearest Cracker Barrel over an hour away, waiting for The Brit to get home and then making that trek was just not an option.

But that craving would not abate – so I started simple and quick, with organic chicken stock in a box. Then, I simply let my hands, and my gut, take over.

There are surprisingly few ingredients in this recipe, and when it was cooking, I just prayed it would be a serviceable dinner.

Instead, my friends, it was the most perfect version of chicken and dumplings I’ve ever made. No one was more shocked than me, I assure you.

The soup was ready to go in under a an hour, and I just let it simmer until The Brit got home from work, making and adding the dumplings just before we were ready to eat.

Fall is here on the East Coast – I feel more ready than every with soup like this in my weeknight repertoire.

What are you most looking forward to cooking this Autumn?

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  1. says

    This is definitely a dish that you just let go and your heart guides you through. I think it’s in our blood. This is my alltime favorite meal!
    P.S. So jealous you have a Cracker Barrel an hour away. Mine is several states away :/

    Been thinking about you lots dealing with the storm damage. Let us know if you need anything.
    Sending love to you & James,

    • says

      Tina, thank you so much. We’re doing okay. We finally have power back and the tree is no longer sitting on said power line. We’re doing a lot better than other folks around here with tons of water damage. I’ll take that darn tree any day over flooding.

      I can’t believe there’s no Cracker Barrels in Cali! That’s insane. I love chicken & dumplings so much, I made this again on Sunday night for dinner (the night before the tree fell). We were pretty sad to throw out the leftovers the other day.

    • says

      Rachel, it IS so delicious! I was just telling Tina above that we’ve made it again since I wrote this entry. Addictingly easy dinner! We’re doing okay – much better than a lot of New Jerseyans. I just hope they all get FEMA help.

  2. Donna Schoch says

    This is comfort food at its BEST! So it takes a little time … it’s not complicated and the results are fabulous. Thank you for sharing. Fall is coming FAST!

  3. says

    Mmmmm yummy! I am all about comfort food today. I woke up with a horrible sore throat and would just love if I had a bowl of this for dinner.

    Thinking of you Amber and hope you’re doing okay! xoxo

    • says

      Katie, I hope you’re feeling better! I wish I could bring a pot of this over for you. We’re doing okay, hon. Blessed really by comparison to what some other folks are dealing with.

    • says

      Ditto, ditto ditto. Love how quickly it comes together. You’ll be able to chop up the veg during naptime, and just throw everything into the pot together about 40 minutes before you want to eat. What I like most is the almost-instant gratification. No smelling the food for hours before you can actually eat it!

  4. says

    My Mom made chicken and dumplings last time she came to visit. My children were so impressed. I don’t make them very often but I sure like to eat them, so comforting and delicious. I will have to try out your recipe, it looks perfect! Hope y’all are doing okay, thinking of you bunches.

  5. says

    Hmm… I have never had chicken and dumplings. I am afraid of the whole dumpling part because they seem like they would be mushy (I have a weird food texture thing…). But, after seeing your recipe, I am willing to give it a try.

    For me, fall is all about pumpkins. As soon as we get past Labor Day (i.e. on Tuesday), I will be breaking out the pumpkin and doing some serious fall baking!

    • says

      How do I describe them.. dumplings are pretty much like biscuits, just without the crunchy exterior. Maybe make it for Darron and try just one dumpling to see how you like it? It’s pretty great chicken soup even without the dumplings.

      Pumpkin baking is definitely happening in my kitchen this weekend. I actually think pumpkin is great any season, but as far as I’m concerned, Sept 1 is fair game as far as Pumpkin goes.

  6. says

    I am making this asap. After a week without power (and just getting it restored), I need some simple, delicious comfort food. Fall is quickly encroaching in New England and this is would be the perfect dinner for the cool nights.

    • says

      Elizabeth, we’ve been in the same boat. We got power back early Thursday morning, but it wasn’t ideal, because the tree that fell on our property was still laying on the line! It took until yesterday afternoon for them to finally show back up and cut the line free of the tree, so now we begin the process of cleanup and repairing our retaining wall. Our car was also totaled.

      I hope that power (and perishable food) is the worst you had – it’s been a hard time on the East Coast, hasn’t it? Please know that my heart is with you, and if you need help with anything, let me know. James and I feel we actually escaped this whole thing better than most because we didn’t have water or *house* damage. We want to help wherever we can.

      • says

        We are doing very well, thank you :), and we are one of the few lucky ones in the area. A twig fell in our yard, while most of the roads in my town were closed due to downed trees, power lines, and severe flooding. The last few of our neighbors just had power restored and cable is finally back on. We have a deep freeze in the basement that we preloaded with a lot of ice and most of the food survived. Anything that wouldn’t, I grilled – so we ate very well for a week. Steak with mussels over linguini, even managed excellent rice and stir-fry as well. But this Chicken and dumplings just hit the spot! Filling, simply delicious and incredibly light! My old (note the term “old”) recipe had me dragging out the cast iron, with chicken thighs (bone and skin) along with a lot of frying involved. I will probably add mushrooms in the future – but everybody in the house loved this meal!
        I hope that you and James are doing well and that your new car is actually a boat. This rain is unbelievable! I live in Northeastern Connecticut and I am beginning to wonder if Mother Nature has it out for us. (Please bless Texas with this rain!)

  7. says

    Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings are one of my daughter’s favorites! Since we just moved to Spain for my husband’s latest duty station, I made your recipe for her back to school dinner last night. She LOVED them…especially over mashed potatoes (her absolute favorite food). Thank you for sharing this recipe (and the amazing dumpling recipe!).

  8. says

    Chicken and dumplings was my very favorite meal that my god-mother used to make when I was a child. This recipe sounds very easy and tasty, I’ll have to try it.

  9. says

    How did I miss this the first time around? I remember you talking about it…but I never commented! Either way this looks so delicious! I wish I could bring you a huge pot of it since you’re sick! Feel better, my friend!

    Thanks so much for entering this recipe into the Holiday Recipe Exchange!

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