Chicken & Dumplings Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 70 MINUTES

4 ratings


  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 (10 3/4 oz) can condensed cream of celery or cream of chicken soup
  • 1 teaspoon Paula Deen's House Seasoning
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 2 1/2 lb chicken
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, mixed with 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup ice water
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch, (optional)



Cut up chicken, but do not remove skin. The skin and bones can be removed later. Place chicken, celery, onion, bay leaves, bouillon and House Seasoning in water and cook at a low boil for 30 to 45 minutes, until meat begins to fall off the bones. Remove skin and bones at this point, along with bay leaves. Return chicken to pan. Prepare dumplings and set them aside for a few minutes. Add cream soup to chicken and continue to boil. If desired, you can thicken the stock at little by mixing 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and adding it to the stock. Drop dumplings into boiling stock. Never stir dumplings. Shake the pot gently in a circular motion to submerge dumplings in stock. Cook until the dumplings float and are no longer doughy, 3 to 4 minutes. Do not overcook.



Put flour/salt mixture in a mixing bowl. Beginning in center of flour, dribble a small amount of ice water. Work mixture with fingers from center of bowl to sides of bowl, incorporating small amounts of water at a time. Continue until all flour is used up. Batter will feel as if it is going to be tough. Knead dough and form into ball. Dust a good amount of flour onto dough board and rolling pin. Roll out dough, working from center. Dough will be firm. Roll to 1/8 inch thinness. Let it air-dry for a minute or two while you return your attention to the boiling pot at the point at which you add the canned soup to the chicken mixture. Cut dumplings into 1-inch strips. Working with one strip at a time, hold strip over pot, pull it in half, and drop into the boiling stock. Remember, do not stir after dumplings have been added to pot.


Note: Frozen dumplings are available in most supermarkets if you don't have time to make them.

Chicken & Dumplings


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4 Reviews

Pamela 12/11/2015
This recipe was

This recipe was very good my whole family loved it. I didn't use the PD house seasoning. I also added chopped carrots for a little color and flavor. I will definitely make this again. The dumplings were very easy to make I only used 1/2 t of salt in them.

Wayne 9/28/2015
Great rescipe, u

Great rescipe, use all times.
Have hush puppies or thin Ole time corn bread.
Always add lot black pepper to bowl of dumplings.


Mike 12/27/2014
Delicious Paula!

Delicious Paula!!
This was super easy to make, even made the dumplings as described and I have never made a dumpling before. Makes a good hearty meal that a single guy like me can eat for days to come. Only thing I did different was to use chicken broth instead of the bouillon and added carrots.


Sara 11/11/2014
My family loves

My family loves this. The only thing I do differently is I use your other dumpling recipe for the dumplings (such as that of your "blueberry dumplings" recipe but without the sugar of course). Those dumplings are a lot easier for me and I prefer the texture. My husband does not eat leftovers but will eat leftovers of this. I always keep a pot of this in the fridge as a "go to" for a quick lunch or dinner on busy nights. I do prefer a thicker broth so I do add the 2 tbs of cornstarch. Great recipe! Good ole fashioned comfort food, here folks!

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