Homemade Southern Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

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Bernice Sims Modified: March 24, 2022
Homemade Southern Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

How To Make Homemade Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Prepare a hearty dish with this delicious Southern chicken cooked with carrots, celery, and onions, plus homemade dumplings.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cool Time: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes



  • 1tbspextra-virgin olive oil,or as needed
  • 2medium carrots,chopped
  • 2celery stalks,chopped
  • 1large onion,chopped
  • 1tbspparsley,dried
  • salt and ground black pepper,to taste
  • 3lbsfryer chicken,(1 whole), giblets removed
  • water,as needed
  • 2cupsself-rising flour
  • ½cupvegetable shortening
  • 1tspsalt
  • 8cupsbuttermilk


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery, onion, and parsley. Add salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes vegetables until they sweat.

  2. Drop the chicken right into the stockpot and add water to cover by 3 to 4 inches. Bring to a boil and cook for about 1 hour until no longer pink in the center and juices run clear.

  3. Meanwhile, place flour in a large bowl; cut in shortening. Add buttermilk slowly until the flour comes together in a large ball.

  4. Knead dough slightly; do not overdo it or dumplings will not be fluffy. Roll dough out and cut into dumpling strips.

  5. Pull cooked chicken out of the pot and let cool until for about 15 minutes safe to handle. Reserve stock.

  6. Shred chicken meat. Pull all veggie chunks out of stock. Add shredded chicken back to the pot with stock and bring to a boil.

  7. Add dumplings slowly, 1 at a time, stirring constantly to keep from sticking. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes until stock is thickened and dumplings are no longer cream-colored, but almost brownish-grey.


  • Calories: 481.23kcal
  • Fat: 28.47g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.13g
  • Trans Fat: 1.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.86g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.35g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.29g
  • Fiber: 1.43g
  • Sugar: 8.98g
  • Protein: 28.95g
  • Cholesterol: 91.58mg
  • Sodium: 785.76mg
  • Calcium: 286.35mg
  • Potassium: 570.15mg
  • Iron: 2.28mg
  • Vitamin A: 157.32µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.60mg
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