Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

4.1 stars from 18 ratings of Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Bowl of Chicken and Dumplings
Bowl of Chicken and Dumplings | Source

Chicken and Dumplings - Southern Comfort Food

Talk about comfort food, chicken and dumplin’s has been our favorite family comfort food for generations. My Grandma Walker started this recipe way before I was born. Grandma Walker raised three kids in Oklahoma back in the early 1900’s. My dad was born in 1911 in Roff, Oklahoma. He was the oldest of three children. They were raised picking cotton and raising their own food. They had their own vegetable garden and raised chickens. Chicken and Dumplin’s was a staple back in their day. This is a simple Chicken and Dumpling recipe, but the best I have ever eaten.


Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Serves 6 people

Ingredients

  • 6 pieces chicken thighs or legs, washed
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Chicken Thighs

Fresh chicken thighs
Fresh chicken thighs | Source

Dumplings

Making your dumplins
Making your dumplins | Source

Chicken and Dumplings Broth

Slow boil until done, stirring often.
Slow boil until done, stirring often. | Source
  1. Place you chicken in your cooking pot and add enough water to cover the chicken with about 2 inches of water, enough to boil it. If you use too much water, your “soup” will be too thin. Be sure to leave the skin on your chicken while boiling.
  2. While your chicken is boiling, make your dumplings. Mix the flour, and salt together and add enough water to make a dough. Dust a cutting board with a little flour. Roll out your dough, dusting with more flour as needed to keep it from sticking. Don’t make your dumplings too thin, not like a pie crust, keep them just a little plump. Take a knife and slice your dough into bite-sized pieces. You may need to dust them with a little flour to keep them from being sticky, but the flour will help to thicken your “soup”.
  3. Once your chicken is done, remove it from the water and set it aside to cool. Add the milk, butter and garlic salt to the chicken broth and return it to a slow boil. Drop your dumplings into the broth one at a time, stirring gently.
  4. Once the chicken has cooled off enough, you will remove the skin and de-bone it. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and add to your dumplings and broth. Cook at a slow boil, stirring gently, often. Cook until the dumplings are tender, approximately 45 -60 minutes. Taste-test your dumplings from time to time to see if they are done. They should be tender and not “chewy”. If your soup has not thickened enough, you can add a flour and water mixture to thicken it. You may add salt and pepper to taste.


I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. This recipe is my daughter’s absolute favorite! I do believe she can eat her weight in chicken and dumplings! Grandma Walker would be proud! Slice some cucumbers and tomatoes, add a few green onions on the side and you have a truly Southern Comfort Meal!


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sgbrown 5 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Chicken and dumplin's is my "comfort food"! I love garlic and a little garlic flavor really goes good in this soup. Thanks again, for stopping by! :)


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Margie Lynn 6 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Shelia now I need some chicken and dumplings! I like the garlic you have added to it, will have to try soon! Thanks!


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i love dumplings but most of them are pork, seldom heard of fillings made from chicken, voted up


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Ishwaryaa! This is my families favorite dish. It is really easy to make, very inexpensive and delicious! I hope you give it a try. Thank you for your very kind comment and ALL your support, it is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A tasty & delectable dish! With your easy-to-follow instructions, easy-to-find ingredients & easy-on-the-eyes photo, I would like to try your Oklahoma recipe. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & pinned


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Tammy! Chicken and dumplings has always been one of my favorite foods. I always eat way too much of it, but it's too hard to stop! It's always good to try new variations of foods, you never know what you may like until you try. Thank you for your kind words and comment, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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tammyswallow 3 years ago from North Carolina

This is one of my all time favorite foods. I love trying new variations on this ultimate comfort dish. Great photos and recipe. I am definatley going to give this a try!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Jill! I have to admit that I LOVE garlic. I add garlic to almost everything I cook. I hope you enjoy my recipe. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comment and votes! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! We love chicken and dumplings, especially in the fall and winter. I made a big pot just a couple of weeks ago, hoping to have some leftovers, but we managed to eat it all! I am curious about the dumplings your grandmother used to make. The potato dumpling sounds interesting! I hope you do give my recipe a try, I think you will really enjoy it. I remember my dad talking about killing the chickens, just grossed me out! I couldn't do that! We raise chickens, but just for the eggs. Thank you for your wonderful comments, votes and sharing! Have a wonderful day!!! :)


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States

The garlic salt is a nice touch! Will have to give it a try. Voted up & awesome. Good one!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Chicken and dumplings certainly is a comfort type of food. The dumplings that my mother and grandmother used to make were different. One was a potato dumpling and another one used cracker crumbs. I don't know if they were ever written down, sadly. Will have to give your recipe a try. Up and useful votes and will share.

Enjoyed hearing a bit about your family background. In my family they did not raise chickens, but certainly had large gardens and did lots of canning and preserving of food.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Au fait! I agree, there are so many wonderful cooks here on HubPages, I come here when I am looking for a new recipe. Thank you for our kind words, I appreciate them very much! It is 7:30am here in Southern Oklahoma and 17 degrees, brrrr! I am not a cold weather person. I hope you enjoy my chicken and dumplings recipe, and I won't tell! Have a wonderful day!!! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I've been thinking about making some dumplings for a long time. I know the best place to look for great tried & true recipes is right here on hubpages because there are so many top drawer cooks. Don't know how I missed seeing this recipe in your collection of hubs before, because I've been over them all many times, but I'm glad I saw it this time! I know your recipes are going to come out just right so long as I follow directions. This sounds so good I just may try this recipe tonight (it's currently almost 10 PM). We have a chilly night here in North Texas (30 degrees & dropping), not far from you. I think this meal would be just right for tomorrow! Don't tell anyone, but I might even have it for breakfast!

Voted up, and BAUI (Beautiful, Awesome, Useful, Interesting), and will share!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Poohgranma! I am thinking about making some soon myself. Cool weather and chicken and dumplings just go together! I hope you enjoy! Thank you for stopping in and commenting! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge

I just bookmarked this to make this week. What a great recipe with ingredients you almost always have on hand. With cool weather here, this should be extra welcome. Thanks for the great idea!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Sharkye11! I agree! I love chicken and dumplings during cooler weather, but also make them a couple of times throught out the year. They are my daughters favorite meal. Thank you for stopping in, voting and commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Glimmer Twin Fan! There is nothing like a hot bowl of chicken and dumplings on a cold winters day! Thank you for stopping in, voting and commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello TJdavis! Thank you for stopping in, commenting and sharing! Maybe I should have titled this Chicken and Dumplings, Southern Style! :) Have a wonderful day!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Suzie! These dumplings are super easy to make and sooo good, especially on a chilly night. I do hope you give them a try to if you do, let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping in, voting and sharing, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello TToombs08! My husband is from just west of Duncan, in Central. His dad still lives there. Small world! :) My family loves my chicken and dumplings, I hope they work out for you! Let me know if you have any questions! Thank you for stopping in, voting and sharing! It is greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Delicious! Nothing beats chicken and dumplings once the weather starts turning cool! Not that it matters. I make them all year! And your recipe is almost exactly the same as mine, only difference is I make round dumplings because they are faster. Voting up!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

This looks yummy and tasty for the upcoming cold months. Nice recipe and easy to make too! Voted up!


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tjdavis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

Oh man I am hungry now..your chicken and dumplings look wonderful. I make mine pretty much the same way :-)

Voted up and will be sharing :-)


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi sg,

This sounds so easy, ultra tasty and ideal comfort food for the Autumn and Winter nights ahead!! I have never made dumplings or really had them so I would love to give these a go. voted up +++++ and sharing on!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

This looks heavenly! My mom (from Duncan, OK) loved chicken and dumplings but could never get it just right. I am going to have to try this out. Thank you for sharing your family recipe! :) Voted up and sharing.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello vespawoolf! I do like using thighs or legs instead of white meat, it is moister and taste better to me. I hope you enjoy my recipe. Thank you for your comment and vote! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Chicken and dumplings remind me of my grandpa! He made the most delicious c&d and now I want to try your recipe. I like that you use thighs which are more flavorful and moist and I like the addition of garlic powder to spice things up a bit without straying too far from the classic. Voted up!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I never knew that Dumplings were so easy to make! Very inexpensive too! Now I have to hide this recipe from my kids! They love chicken and dumplings, and I kid you not...we just ate this tonight for dinner! Great recipe! Up and shared.

JSMatthew~


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello LaThing! I am so glad you gave my chicken and dumplings recipe a try and loved it. Just remember me when you are enjoying it! :) Thank you sooo much for letting me know, you just made my day! :)


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Hi sgbrown,

Just wanted to let you know that we tried it few times already, AND MY FAMILY LOVES IT!!! It's so good.... I think this is going to become our family heirloom :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello again TripleAMom! This was my grandma's recipe and it is really good and fairly easy. We love it even in the summer time! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Have a wonderful day! :)


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TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

My grandma made the best chicken and dumplins and it was my absolute favorite meal. I haven't done a good job of it. I will absolutely try this one. Voting up and following. Saw other hubs I want to read. I love photography as well. Can't wait to see what you do.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Thelma. I hope you enjoy, it's my family's favorite! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Yummy! Another recipe to try. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Here ya go! Enjoy! :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Short and sweet, but I like your comment, thank you! :)


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee

I'd like a large serving, please...


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello rahul0324! LOL I am sorry I have made you so hungry! :) I do hope you try this recipe, it is very good! I am sure you will enjoy it. Go get something to eat to calm the river and satisfy the mice. :) Thank you for stopping in and commenting! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello CassyLu1981. I am glad you want to try my chicken and dumplings recipe. It is very good! My daughters favorite! Thank you so much for stopping by, voting and sharing! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day. :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello LaThing. I hope you enjoy my chicken and dumplings recipe! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Brett! Chicken and dumplings is a "from scratch" recipe, not too many people cooking from scratch these days. Too many people buying packaged food or eating out these days. They don't know what they are missing, do they? Thanks for stopping by, voting and sharing! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

I have not eaten anything since 12 hours and now I have read this and seen the pictures! Gosh! There is a river in my mouth... and mice in my stomach!

Looks yum! Definitely will have to try!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

I can't wait to try this :) Voted up and useful and shared with followers and pintrest!!!!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This is truly comfort food! Love chicken and dumpling, but never made it this way, I guess Oklahoma Style :) This one is so simple, and looks delicious. Must make it soon :)

Thanks for sharing your grandfather's recipe with us!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

A great hub, I can't remember when I last had this, but I will be having it soon! Such a good dish, but not seen many cooking it now.

Thanks for SHARING, up and useful.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Eddy! I hope you enjoy my recipe. If you try it, make enough for some left overs, it is even better the second day. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Mmm another great one to save;take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello molometer! Good to hear from you! I think you will really like these. I always eat until I am miserable when I make these. Make enough for left overs as they are even better the next day! Thank you for reading, commenting and 5 stars! :) Have a wonderful day! :)


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molometer 4 years ago

I am made about dumplings. I will have to try them with chicken Oklahoma style.

I like this hubs layout, very nice. Gave you a big 5 stars.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello prasetio! :) I hope you and your mom are able to try my recipe, it really is one of our family favorites! If you do get to try it, let me know how in and you like it. Thank you for stopping in, reading and voting! It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love chicken dumpling with Oklahoma style. Your recipe sound delicious and Yummy. I am glad to share this hub with my mom. Good job and rated up!

Blessing,


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Jackie. I use Jiffy Mix for my pie crusts, I never have made a good pie crust from scratch! I hope you like my recipe! Thank you for reading and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a great day! :)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This does look good and I love dumplings and I had never thought to make dumplings from scratch but use jiffy mix, so now I will try my own. Thank you so much. I can't wait!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Lesley. I have not tried dumpling with beef, but it sounds good. I hope you like this recipe, it is one of my all time favorites! Thank you for stopping in and commenting. I always enjoy hearing from you! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I am a big fan of dumplings - I normally have them with beef, so am looking forward to trying them with chicken, this looks delicious, thank you!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello itakins. Dumplings may be different from country to country. Some people make their dumplings fat and gooey, but I like them plump but done and tender. I think you will like this recipe. Thank you for stopping in and reading and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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itakins 4 years ago from Irl

So that's what dumplings are! I am going to try this recipe,it has a comforting feel about it.I had dumplings once in Hungary,but I never quite worked out what was in them -thank you.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi viking305. My dumplings and your dumplings may be very different. I hope you like these. Chicken and dumplings is an old southern dish. Let me know what you think if you try this. Thank you for your voted and sharing! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)


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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

I love chicken and I love dumplings but I have never had them together. This chicken and dumplings recipe is one I am going to make very soon.

Thanks for SHARING. Voted Up and awesome


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello B. :) These are really easy to make and soooo good! I hope you try them, if you do, let me know what you think. Thank you for your nice comment and sharing! Have a wonderful day! :)


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Mmm, Mmm Good Sbbrown. I think Chicken and Dumplings is a Comfort food All over the Country...Who wouldn't enjoy the Treat. Wonderful Recipe, nice, EASY, and light, and very tempting to try! Thanks for sharing.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Lilleyth! That sounds just like mine! They are always better the next day. I try to make enough to purposely have some leftovers. Thank you for stopping in and commenting. It is always good to hear from you! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Here on Delmarva we call them "slippery dumplings". We cut them into squares or rectangles. They are especially good the next day after they have been soaking in the chicken gravy and become all sticky. That is, if you ever have any leftover.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello moonlake! Always good to hear from you. This is just a simple recipe, not a lot of add ins. I like it simple. Thank you for your vote up! Have a wonderful day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Rebecca! This really is good. I just finished eating the last of it! Thank you for your kind comment. I am sure you will like them. Have a great day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Ihchan. Few ingredients and really easy to make. I hope you and your children like them! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Nonna! I do love my chicken n duplin's! I just finished eating the last of them! I think our grandmas always made the best foods. Thank you so much for stopping in and voting. I love your comment! Have a wonderful day! :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I love Chicken and Dumplings. This sounds really good. Voted UP.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

That sounds like a great true southern recipe.Book marked for sure.I am salivating and wanting my G Ma!


kelleyward 4 years ago

I will! Thanks!


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lhchan 4 years ago

The ingredients are easy to get, I feel my kids will like it. Thanks for the recipe (Oklahoma style)


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

I think my mother was the Chicken and Dumplings champion ...lol my mother and grandmother could make you "hurt yourself" it was so goooood ... I still make it...love it and during the winter months we have it at least once a month and the grandkids always ask for it when visiting. OMG, you just made me really hungry.

Voted up and tasty...ooh,ooh, good.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Kelly! From one Okie to another, I love that! I am seriously sitting here right now, finishing off the last of them! LOL They are really a lot better if you will use dark meat chicken and keep in mind to stir gently, often. I hope you like them. If you have any questions, just let me know. Thank you for reading, commenting and voting! Have a WONDERFUL day! :)


kelleyward 4 years ago

Yum! From one Okie to another this looks great! My mom made chicken and dumplings but I haven't since becoming a mom. Your hub has inspired me to make this for my boys. Voted up and useful.

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