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Easy Chicken and Dumplings

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 4
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Easy Chicken and Dumplings with biscuits? Yes, please! The ultimate comfort meal, this Easy Chicken and Dumplings recipe combines savory, steamy chicken in broth and light, fluffy dumplings for a must-make favorite even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Made ultra-simple with refrigerated Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Southern Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits and other pantry staples, you'll have it hot and ready on the table in just 30 minutes!
Updated Sep 29, 2023
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What Is Chicken and Dumplings?

Chicken and dumplings is a classic comfort meal with a rich history in the Southern United States—but this satisfying soup-like dish is a well-loved favorite around much of the world. Homemade chicken and dumplings usually consists of a thick, savory broth, with hearty pieces of chicken, fresh vegetable chunks and soft, fluffy dumplings. The tender, pillowy dumplings are often made from scratch using homemade biscuit dough—but this recipe for Easy Chicken and Dumplings uses store-bought biscuit dough to make things oh-so-simple!

The Best Vegetables to Use in Chicken and Dumplings

Vegetables are crucial ingredients in chicken and dumplings, but not all vegetables will hold up well inside the soupy dish. We use chopped carrots and celery in this recipe, but plenty of other green vegetables would make delicious additions to your Easy Chicken and Dumplings. Try adding in chopped leeks, broccoli, cut green beans or sugar snap peas—all of these picks tend to cook well in the simmering liquid, adding a fresh and tasty touch to your savory meal. Yum!

How to Store Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Chicken and dumplings makes delicious leftovers, but we would not recommend freezing the entire dish after cooking. If you do want to freeze your meal for leftovers, we’d recommend removing the dumplings from the soup and freezing them separately from the liquid. When you’re ready to eat, thaw both the soup and the dumplings in the refrigerator completely before heating up the soup and then adding the dumplings. For even better results, try cooking a completely new batch of the biscuit dumplings to eat with your leftover soup. Either way, make sure to heat thoroughly!



  • 1
    In 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven, heat broth, chicken, soup and poultry seasoning to boiling over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high; return to a low boil.
  • 2
    On lightly floured surface, roll or pat each biscuit to 1/8-inch thickness; cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips.
  • 3
    Drop strips, one at a time, into boiling chicken mixture. Add carrots and celery. Reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent dumplings from sticking.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Poultry seasoning is a blend of sage, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, nutmeg and black pepper. Every brand has its own proprietary ratio of each herb and spice, but sage tends to be the predominant flavor. If you don’t have a bottle of poultry seasoning blend, you can experiment and create your own.
  • tip 2
    Try using leftover (or rotisserie) roasted or grilled chicken in your filling
  • tip 3
    Serve a fresh green salad along side this cozy soup to round out the meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Biscuit Dough Compare to Regular Homemade Dumplings?

We're big fans of making this chicken and dumplings recipe with biscuits because the process goes so much quicker! Just open the biscuit packaging, quickly shape the dough and cut it into strips before dropping it into your boiling broth mixture. There’s no need to mix up any dough! And don’t worry, you’re not missing out—refrigerated biscuit dough is a natural stand-in for homemade dumplings in both taste and texture. As an added bonus, the dough strips will also cook more evenly than a large dumpling would if it was dropped into the hot liquid. Just make sure the strips of biscuit dough are uniform in size for best results.

Is Chicken and Dumplings Thick or Soupy?

This Easy Chicken and Dumplings recipe results in a brothy, liquidy soup base. Want to make it thicker and creamier? Try adding a bit of half and half or heavy cream, adding 1/2 cup at a time until you reach your desired creaminess. Or, try out one of our other biscuit chicken and dumplings recipes that have a thicker base, such as our Instant Pot® Chicken and Dumplings. This tasty, no-fuss version of chicken and dumplings is made in your pressure cooker for a rich and ultra-comforting meal that requires minimal effort. If you’re looking for a cheesy twist on homemade chicken and dumplings, you’ll love our thick and velvety Cheesy Chicken and Dumplings.

How Do You Know When Your Biscuit Chicken and Dumplings Is Fully Cooked?

Here’s how you can tell whether your chicken and dumpling soup is done and ready to eat. If the biscuit pieces feel gooey or mushy, they are not thoroughly cooked—give them more time to simmer in the rapidly boiling liquid until perfectly pillowy and fluffy. To ensure even cooking, make sure to drop the biscuit strips into the boiling chicken mixture one at a time without waiting more than a few seconds in between each drop.

Nutrition Information

640 Calories, 26g Total Fat, 38g Protein, 62g Total Carbohydrate, 10g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
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Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 4 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • This chicken and dumplings soup is super easy to make thanks to Pillsbury™ biscuit dough, but you can make it even easier! The recipe calls for cooked chicken; instead of cooking the chicken yourself and taking the time to shred it, pick up some shredded rotisserie chicken from the grocery store so all the prep work is already done for you. Have even more leftover rotisserie chicken? We have plenty more chicken soup recipes you can make after this one. And make your soups even better by reading some of our best tips and tricks for toppings and sides to serve with them.
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