“Cracker Barrel” Chicken and Dumplings

A friend of our family has one request when he comes to visit – he wants chicken and dumplings! It just has a certain je ne sais quoi and when you crave it, nothing else will suffice! It is so easy to make too which makes me very happy!

2 cups Flour
½ tsp. Baking Powder
1 pinch Salt
2 Tbsp. Butter
1 cup buttermilk (If you do not have buttermilk, you can add 1 Tbsp. white vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes. This makes a great substitute for buttermilk!)
2 Quarts Chicken Stock
3 cups Cooked Chicken – shredded or cut in pieces (I poach boneless, skinless chicken breasts and then let them cool)


  • In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender until the texture is like course crumbs.
  • Stir in the milk, mixing with a fork until the dough forms a ball. You may not use the entire 1 cup.
  • Flour a work surface very well. You do not want the dough to stick to the work surface!
  • You’ll need a rolling pin and something to cut the dumplings with. I like to use a pizza cutter. I also like to use a small spatula to lift the dumplings off the cutting surface.
  • Roll the dough out thin with a floured rolling pin.
  • Dip your cutter in flour and cut the dumplings into 2 inch squares (approximately). It’s okay for them not to be exact.
  • Use the floured spatula to put them on a floured plate. Just keep flouring between the layers of dumplings.
  • To cook them, bring the broth to a boil.
  • Drop the dumplings in one at a time, stirring while you add them. The extra flour on them will help thicken the broth. Try not to add them too quickly or they try to stick together!
  • Cook them for about 15-20 minutes or until they are no longer doughy.
  • Add the cooked chicken to the pot, add pepper to taste and salt if it is needed! Sprinkle a little parsley for color if desired.
  • If the consistency is too thick for your taste, add more chicken stock!

Nutrition Facts
Servings 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366
Total Fat 6 g
Cholesterol 99 mg
Sodium 540 mg
Potassium 1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 32 g
Protein 43 g
Vitamin A 4 %
Vitamin C 3 %
Calcium 8 %
Iron 7 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.