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Southern Chicken and Dumplings

This Homemade Chicken and Dumplings recipe adds hearty, biscuit-style dumplings to a rich, thickened chicken stew filled with vegetables, aromatics and so much flavor! This is pure comfort food.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, south, Southern
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 324kcal


For the Chicken

  • 1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil divided (or salted butter- should have salt)
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 3 celery stalks finely diced
  • 5 medium carrots peeled and finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock make sure you use a flavorful one or add chicken bouillon cube to yours for additional flavor
  • 1 rotisserie chicken shredded

For the Dumplings

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil melted
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley for garnish


For the Chicken

  • Add ¼ cup of the Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil to large pot over medium heat until melted.
  • Add onion, celery and carrots and season with salt and pepper. Cook until veggies get somewhat tender and soft, about 5-6 minutes then remove and set aside until later.
  • Melt remaining ¼ cup of Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil over medium-low heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk, allowing it to brown somewhat until it becomes golden brown, about 8-12 minutes.
  • Whisk in chicken stock (make sure you are getting the bits of roux stuck to the bottom of the pan too), turn heat back up to medium and allow it to get smooth then bring to a boil.
  • Add the shredded chicken and cooked vegetables to the pot and allow sauce to somewhat thicken. Taste for seasoning and add final salt and pepper to taste.

For the Dumplings

  • In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt and pepper and whisk together.
  • Next add in buttermilk, egg and melted Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil until just combined. The mixture should be thick.
  • Using a spoon, drop dollops of dough into the pot spacing out somewhat. They will stay on top and won’t sink. Cover the pot and reduce heat to low.
  • Allow dumplings to cook and puff up without lifting the cover for about 20 minutes, then test dumpling by cutting in half. The dough shouldn’t be raw. If it needs more time, cover with lid and allow to cook a bit longer.
  • Scoop into bowls and sprinkle with parsley to serve.


A super easy test for your dumplings is after the 20-minute cook time, cut into a dumpling and make sure the inside isn’t raw.


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 668mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7179IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2mg