March 24, 2009

Creamy Chicken & Dumplings

I loove chicken & dumplings. I really, really love chicken & dumplings. I especially love *this* chicken and dumplings. :D It is so hearty, so, so creamy, and sooooooooooooo full of flavor, you can’t even imagine. You just have to taste it. It’s a great way to use up leftover chicken, or use up some chicken breasts you got on sale (*raises hand*), and it’s perfect when you need a warm, filling, comforting soup.

1 lb chicken breasts
10  bouillon cubes
2 quarts water
2 cups bisquick
2/3 cups milk
2 tbsp butter
4 eggs
2 stalks celery
salt & pepper

(Note: If the amount of the ingredients looks different in the pictures, it’s because I’m doubling it for the blog. This recipe on the blog will serve 4 for a main dish. Sometimes I try to half it for just the two of us, but I always end up regretting it because it’s so good I want to go back for seconds!! :D)

Begin by placing chicken breasts & bouillon cubes in a large pot & cover with 2 quarts of water. I’m using bone-in, skin-on breasts tonight because Kroger had them on sale super cheap. But I’ve also used boneless/skinless breasts before too and they work just fine. :) Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20-25 mins until chicken is done. If you’re using the boneless/skinless breasts, they’ll probably be done much quicker, like after 10-15 mins.

Meanwhile, boil the eggs. I know there’s tons of different theories on how to boil an egg, but here’s what works best for me: I put the eggs in the bottom of a small pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and boil for 10 mins. After exactly 10 mins, I remove immediately from the heat, pour out the hot water and cover the eggs with cold water to stop the cooking. This keeps the yolk from turning green.

When the chicken is almost done, mix together the bisquick and milk until a soft dough forms.

When the chicken is done, remove from the pot and set aside to cool. Drop spoonfuls of the dough into the chicken stock.

Simmer over low heat, covered, for 10 mins, then uncovered for an additional 10 mins.

Meanwhile, dice 2-4 stalks of celery (depending on how much you like! I usually do 2.

Now, you could use any vegetable you want here. You could add in onions, bell peppers, carrots, heck, even frozen veggies from a bag. Any mixture of vegetables you like, really. I just really like celery. :D You want to end up with about 1/2 – 1 cup of vegetables when you put them all together. As soon as your chicken is cool enough, cut or shred into bite-sized pieces.

Melt 2 tbsp of butter over medium heat. When foamy, add in celery/vegetables and saute for 3-5 mins.

Add in chopped chicken and season well with salt (I like kosher) and a little pepper. Stir to combine. By this point, the dumplings should be done. Add the chicken and celery to the broth/dumplings. Remove the yolk from boiled eggs (and in my case, give them to 2 greedy little puppy monsters),  chop up the whites and add them to the soup. Stir all to combine. :)

And serve. :) For fun, I wanted to add a little garnish to the soup. I didn’t have any fresh parsley, so I took some of the leaves from the celery and chopped them up. I don’t know if you’re allowed to do that, but in my experience, it was so aromatic and added a great flavor to the soup! :)

Every bite is chock full of hearty meat & vegetables, creamy soup, & so, so much flavor. If you need a soup to make you feel all warm and happy inside- this is it! :)

Creamy Chicken & Dumplings
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 10 bouillon cubes
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 cups bisquick
  • ⅔ cups milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 stalks celery
  1. Place chicken breasts & bouillon cubes in a large pot & cover with 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20-25 mins until chicken is done.
  2. Meanwhile, boil the eggs. Then mix together the bisquick and milk until soft dough forms. When chicken is done, remove from pot and set aside. Drop spoonfuls of dough into the chicken stock. Simmer over low heat, covered, for 10 mins, then uncovered for 10 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, dice 2-4 stalks of celery until you have approximately ½ - 1 cup of diced celery. Cut or shred chicken into bit sized pieces. Saute celery in 2 tbsp of butter for a couple of mins. Add in chicken & season well with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Add the chicken and celery to the soup. Remove yolk from boiled eggs and chop whites and add to soup. Stir all to combine. Serves 4.

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Marcie Raplee March 25, 2009 at 7:57 am

I really like your site…recipe’s are so good! Thank you for sharing with us. Happy Anniversary! I love the fonts as well. I am a scrapbooker and card crafter so they really come in handy. Again – thanks for the wonderful site..Marcie in Colorado


Rachele Funk March 25, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I’m under the weather today too and this sounds delish! Can’t wait to try it. . . wish my hubby would make it for me, but if I have to, I’ll make it myself! Thanks for sharing!


Amber March 26, 2009 at 10:31 am

Holy cow, this made my mouth water! My mom used to make chicken and dumplings all the time when I was little. She never put boiled egg in it though. I’m intrigued. Here’s hoping the supermarket has chicken breast on sale soon, I want to make this exactly the way you did. I haven’t made broth/soup with bone in-skin on chicken in a long time. Such a treat!


Sally Heartmade March 27, 2009 at 11:36 am

Wow! This is my lucky day! I love Chicken and Dumplings soup. Used to buy it in the supermarket (canned) and haven’t seen it in a year! Can you imagine going through Winter without Chicken and Dumplings?! (I like the soup all year.)
Many thanks!



Christina March 28, 2009 at 7:22 am

When I read this recipe, I ran right out and bought the ingredients to make it. It was a HUGE hit in my house. It is so flavorful and creamy!! It is so good, I am making it for my church potlock this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!!


Leah April 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm

oh WOW i love your recipes and all your photos are so AWESOME!!! thanks for sharing, my mouth is watering looking at this.


Karen April 10, 2009 at 10:27 am

Excellent recipe, I made them but they didn’t look like yours. The broth was thin (broth like), but they were still tasty. I ran out of bisquick, so when we had left overs my dh ran to the store. He’s such a good guy!!! I am blessed with him, they loved the dumplings and I’ll keep using your recipes!


Kelly A April 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Made this for dinner the other night and it was fabulous and more importantly fabulous and easy!!

Thanks for keeper


Cindy April 19, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Ok..I don’t know if I can get past the boiled egg white part?? that’s actually good in there???


Liz April 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Wow. First- Awesome site- thank you so much for all the great info.

Second I never thought of chicken and dumplings as a soup type meal but this was YUMMY! Even my hubby liked it. I didn’t put the hard boiled eggs in as that didn’t appeal to me but it was still really great. Thanks!!


Kim, Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet May 1, 2009 at 5:27 pm

I love chicken n’ dumplings! It’s the ultimate comfort food!


Antonella May 8, 2009 at 12:26 am

I like this creamy, thank you.


katey May 18, 2009 at 3:11 pm

OMG!!! so tasty!! I just made chicken dumpling and we love it !! I cant wait to try some of your recipes :)


Diane May 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Your chicken and dumplings look so appetizing, I had to make it. I’m boiling the chicken now. Also, I can’t wait to try your red beans and rice recipe. I’ve added your site to my RSS feeds and will check back daily. Have mercy on me, please…I’m easily led!!


Tara Thueson June 15, 2009 at 8:20 am

I just came across your blog!! You have some DELICIOUS looking recipes on here :) Thanks so much for sharing!


moi July 10, 2009 at 9:41 pm

i always eat the leaves off of the celery. like you said it’s aromatic and very tasty, sometimes they can be bitter but hey, it’s all good ;)


Stprkr August 5, 2009 at 1:49 am

Hey I am like everybody else u have a really cook site….i would love to be able to this kind of stuff… with the html and stuff…..thanks Stprkr


Stephanie August 15, 2009 at 9:11 pm

My husband called me from work yesterday and said he had a sore throat. I immediately thought of this recipe as I had been dying to try it. It did not disappoint! Excellent flavor and very filling! And to top it off, the house smelled soooo good too! My husband? He loved it, and no sore throat today either! ;)


Lali August 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I love the Creamy Chicken & Dumplings. I live in Argentina and we don´t have Bisquick here.
What can replace it????


Amy September 13, 2009 at 6:22 pm

This recipe looks so delicious! I have never had chicken and dumplings but I am convinced now that I have to try it. It looks like the perfect comfort recipe on a cold winter day! :)


Alison September 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Just made this with frozen carrots and peas instead of celery. Since they were already cooked, I just dumped them and the cut up chicken in after the dumplings were done and added some butter to the broth. Delish!


Katie September 15, 2009 at 5:58 pm

I ran across this recipe today and I just finished scarfing down a bowl! It is amazing. I am not a chef by any means, but this recipe was so easy that even I could follow along. Thanks for posting this- I think you could give Cracker Barrel a run for their money!!


CindyW September 23, 2009 at 9:29 am

This looks and sounds delicious and I would love try this. I’m from the Netherlands and I don’t think we have bisquick here. It looks like pancake mix, can I use any pancake mix for this??
Thanks for sharing!



Abbie September 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

i just tried this recipe, and for someone (me) who cannot cook, I was able to make this and it was super yummy! Thanks for sharing!


Ashley September 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm

OMG! This recipe rocked! I made it for my family last night and they are begging me to make it again tomorrow. Thanks Amanda! This was an excellent recipe!


Kim H. September 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Oh yum! This is so filling and heart warming. Great recipe! I had everything at home too.


Sue Flynn October 3, 2009 at 8:19 pm

My mother made wonderful chicken and dumplings, but always used a rolling pin on the dumplings to make them flat! They taste great that way. Can’t wait to try the celery and EGGS! Never did that before.


Dave October 10, 2009 at 8:26 am

Wow, how can anyone look at that photo and not immediately run out to the store to pick up ingredients?


Linda Cox November 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm

This was so fast and delicious. I left out the egg and celery and added a microwave package of mixed vegetables instead and it was wonderful!
My guys had seconds and then had it for lunch the next day. GREAT recipe.


Photocowgirl November 25, 2009 at 6:50 pm

This has become one of my family’s fav recipes! Thank you for sharing!


Joan December 24, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I just adore your site! The dumpling soup was so yummy, I’ve made it TWICE in about a weeks time. The chicken Parm got top-notch raving reviews with my fam and don’t you know my pork is in the oven. I brined it all day yesterday and got up at 2AM to pop it in the oven. It’s been stuck at 170 degrees for hours now, but it sure smells good! The baked beans are next on my list. Too bad I don’t have 2 ovens! I check back almost everyday and just love your eye candy! One more thing….your crafting room is so awesome I am dreaming of one just like it! Thanks for all you do. Joan


Janette January 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Made this today, and we loved it! My husband said it was as good as his Dad’s chicken & dumplings. Thanks so much for sharing this.


Lori January 20, 2010 at 9:52 am

Hi Amanda & Kevin,

This is my first time visiting your blog. I was googling craft room furniture because I’m about to do up my craft room and I found your blog. I’m so glad I found your blog because it rocks! I luv crafting, cooking and dogs so your blog is just perfect. If you have time come visit my blog and you can see my dog, Maddi. She’s our babygirl. Thx for sharing all your recipes! I can’t wait to try this out. I’ve posted a few food concoctions on my blog in the past. Your blog has inspired me to start doing it again.



Marie February 28, 2010 at 10:48 am

Thanks for the recipe! It made me hungry and I am going to try it.


Cortni March 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

I made this for dinner last night and my family loved it! I thought we would have leftovers but it was all eaten! Thanks, love your blog, look forward to trying more of your recipes!


Vicki March 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Hey, Love this recipe! I cook a lot of Gluten and Dairy free, so I made this with Bob’s Red Mill Biscuit Mix and it was awesome! My roommates loved it.
Question: Can you explain where the hard cooked egg whites come from? I haven’t heard of that before…is this a family tradition?! :) Thanks!


Cynthia July 14, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I have made chicken and dumplings before, even with celery (love the taste), but I’ve never tried it with boiled eggs! This is truly something I want to try!! Your site is amazing! Thanks for all of the time that you put into it.


Christine August 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Thanks for the starting off point for this recipe!

Since I had the day off, I decided to forgo the pot method and used the crock pot. I left the chicken in the broth on low for around 4 hours to cook. It turned out super moist and tender.

I left out the egg and celery (by request of my husband) and added dried parsley, rosemary, and black pepper to the dumpling mix. AMAZING. It gave the dumplings just an extra punch.

I also added a heap of other seasonings, just cause that’s how we roll at our house. Definitely plan on keeping this recipe handy since it’s my husbands favorite type of soup. :)


DeDe September 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

After making your chocolate cake and pulled pork, I ventured into the rest of your dinner suggestions… Holy cow! This is a little bowl of comfort. This recipe was amazingly delicious. Mine ended up coming out a little salty, but it was outstanding. I think I just need to cut out a few bouillon cubes…


Cherylyn September 28, 2010 at 7:58 am

Looked through so many different recipes and am so happy I finally found a creamy one. I have never made but so far this one looks like what I have tried a few yrs back that a friend made and it was so delicious. This recipe looks so yummy and cannot wait to make for my family this evening.


Carol October 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

I tried Creamy Chicken & Dumpling Soup for the first time at a restaurant about 2 days ago. I fell in love and I started searching online for a recipe. Thanks so much! I will try this when I get home! :)


shamoree November 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

this recipe looked so good and it snowed today and my kids are sick so i decieded to go out and but everything the way u have on this website smells good! cant wait until its done and love how easy to read you make the ingredenents thanks for such a comforting idea!



Valerie January 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Just made this soup and it was everything I had hoped it would be. Very comforting soup FULL of flavor. Loved it, will be linking to it on my blog!


Mary Crabtree February 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Your chicken and dumplings are the best I’ve ever had! Every time I make them I always use your recipe! I’ll definitely be trying more of your recipes. Thanks for sharing!


Melissa March 16, 2011 at 8:17 pm

WONDEFUL! This recipe is excellent and easy to make. I doubled it and had no problems. I have been looking for a creamy chicken and dumpling and am glad I stumbled upon this one. I added a little bit of dried italian seasoning to the bisquick for “herbed dumplings”, and sauted equal parts carrots, celery and onion with the chicken. Yum. I will bookmark this one forever. Thanks!


Leslie Mac May 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

I made this for my husband and had enough left over to send to a sick friend. Turned out perfect and so tasty!


c g farmer June 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I just got back from the store for the ingredients, the boullion cubes are 1250 each of sodium, instead, purchased two cans of low sodium cream of chicken, see how well that subsitutes. I am making this for my dad who has high blood pressure a low sodium receipe would be nice


Dalia September 22, 2011 at 11:35 am

Hi! I made this last night and it was so good. Thanks for the great recipe.


Suzanne September 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Looks sooo good! Can’t wait to try it and many more of your recipes!! Thanks! :)


Kristin December 11, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Just wanna say that I love your blog!!
I made this tonight and it was really good. I guess I like things to be really quick and simple. This took me a long time to make, so I probably won’t make it very often. Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes this week.


Andrea December 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm

This was fantastic! A new item to add to the monthly menu! Thank you.


Amy January 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I made this tonight sans the eggs and it was delicious!!! My almost-4-year-old told me I was “the best cooker ever!” My husband went back for seconds and scraped the plate clean.


Deanna October 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Absolutely my favorite soup recipe of all time. Use it every now and then and it’s always a big hit. In my experience I usually use around 3 quarts water to make the broth thinner, or else it comes out more like a stew (which is still pretty great!)


Joan April 21, 2013 at 9:15 am

I am totally going to make this! I do have a does the soup get creamy???


Joan May 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Thank you for this recipe..this is my favorite food at the moment!! I made one batch then a few days later made a double batch..eating it all almost by myself!! I am going to make another batch in a week before I have surgery so I have this yummy comfort food waiting for me!! :D


Anita September 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm

What do you do with the yolk?


Deanna January 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Just wanted to say I absolutely adore this recipe! I make it every winter, my friends and family are obsessed! I use a cup or two more of water, because it seems to boil down and get pretty thick (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!) Other than that this recipe is PERFECTION!


Rachel April 20, 2015 at 7:07 am

I have to try this! Your pictures look good enough to eat!


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