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Feed Your Family for Less: Home made Chicken and Dumplings

Updated on July 30, 2013

Hot and Yummy Chicken and Dumplings

M-m-m-m Mouthwatering!
M-m-m-m Mouthwatering!

Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

Chicken and Dumplings is one of the most inexpensive meals I make for my family and they love it!

It is definitely a southern recipe but it fills the belly and warms the heart. The total cost for the meal is about $7.50.


  • One whole chicken, about 3 lbs.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 TBSP shortening
  • salt
  • onion
  • pepper
  • 2TBSP butter
  • 2 cups milk


Cook the chicken several hours before dinner. Simmer it in a stock pot with salt, pepper and a quartered onion. Bring to boil and then reduce to low. Let simmer for a few hours until chicken begins to fall apart. Turn off broth.

Remove chicken from the broth and de-bone. Place chicken on a plate and cover. Let cool while making the dumplings.

Make dumplings as you would biscuit dough. Mix 2 cups flour (self rising or all purpose, it doesn't matter. If you like puffy dumplings use self rising flour. If you like thin dumplings use all purpose flour) with 2 TBSP shortening and 1 tsp salt if using all-purpose flour. Use a fork to mix completely. Add 1 cup milk until dough is the right consistency. Sometimes you may have to add a little more flour. Flour a clean surface and roll out dumplings. Cut into triangular pieces and add to the broth once it is simmering again.

Add 2 TBSP butter and 1 cup milk to the broth. Cook until dumplings are cooked thoroughly, which should take about 20 minutes.



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    • filipinofoods profile image

      filipinofoods 5 years ago from Philippines

      This is mouth-watering! :)

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      DRidge 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, MS

      Thank you!

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      DRidge 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, MS

      I hope your family likes it as much as mine does! If you're lazy (like I am some days!) you can use boneless chicken and put chicken broth in the dumplings instead. It increases the cost but it's yummy and quicker.

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      rachealomack 6 years ago from levittown, NY

      this looks delicious! I am going to try your recipe and let you know.