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cracker barrel chicken and dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Looking for an amazing Chicken and Dumplings Recipe? This Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings recipe is sure to be a hit!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, Chicken and Dumplings Recipe, copycat recipe, dumplings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 6
Calories 373kcal
Author Lauren


Chicken And Dumplings Ingredients

  • 1 large fryer chicken
  • 1 large onion peeled and cut in half
  • 3 carrots cut into large pieces
  • 3 stalks of celery cut into large pieces
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings Dumplings


  • Remove the chicken neck and gizzards. Place the chicken, onions, carrots, and celery in a large stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat so water maintains a gentle simmer.
  • Cook chicken for 2-3 hour. I love to cook it for a long time to get a lot of flavor.
  • Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture with your fingertips until it resembles small peas. Add milk a quarter cup at a time, you may not need a full cup.
  • Stir until a ball of dough just begins to form, being careful not to over mix. On a flour surface roll about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Using a pizza cutter cut dough into rectangles about 1 inch wide by 2 inches long. Place strips on flour sheet pan and allow to harden for at least 30 minutes or up to several hours.
  • Once chicken is done, remove from the broth and let cool. Remove chicken from the bone and shred into medium-sized pieces, discarding bones and skin.
  • Pour the chicken broth through a fine mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter, discarding vegetables. Reserve 6 cups of the broth for the dumplings.
  • Refrigerate or freeze the rest to use in for another recipe.
  • In a large pot over medium-low heat, bring broth to a gentle simmer and drop in dumplings.
  • Cover and allow to cook for 7-10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and add chicken.
  • Allow to cook until thickened, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Season generously with salt and pepper.



Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 464mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5250IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3.1mg