(Beyond Easy) Easy Chicken and Dumplings
1 – 2 cans Chicken Broth OR 1 can Chicken Broth, 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 can cooked chicken
1 can biscuits
1 – 2 Tablespoons butter
Bring chicken broth to a boil. While waiting, open and drain chicken. Open canned biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters or strips. Add butter, biscuit pieces, and chicken to broth. Pepper to taste. Boil for 10 – 15 minutes. Dumplings will be ready when biscuits are “done” on the inside (they will look bread-y).
The starch from the “dumplings” will make the broth thick.
To keep the chicken from sticking and burning to the bottom of your pot, put in the biscuits first and then put the can of chicken on top. The chicken will hold the biscuits down and will eat up from the cooking biscuits.
Also, covering speeds up the process. And, do not touch the pot once it’s covered. I used to have to stir several times as this cooked, to keep the chicken from sticking, but then I found the gem of advice above that I have passed on to you guys.
- Hate canned chicken? Reminds you of tuna? Use your left over chicken from last night or boil up some boneless, skinless chicken breast/strips in about 15 minutes and then cut into chunks. OR boil a whole chicken, covered, for about 40 minutes.
- Use cream of chicken soup and 3/4 c water instead of chicken broth for really thick dumplings. Some people even just use milk and flour for the sauce.
- No biscuits? No problem. Use a box of lasagna. No noodles? Use 1 package of tortillas. Just cut the tortillas into strips and drop into the boiling chicken broth. Once their soft, they are ready to eat.
- For a SUPER fast dumplings, heat your favorite soup to boiling and drop in quartered biscuits; cover and let simmer/boil for about 10 minutes. Vegetable soup with Chicken lends itself to this. For me, though, this is not really Chicken and Dumplings….but it is good eats.
I really like this recipe because it’s really easy and really fast. This is another one of those comfort foods. I always use plenty of pepper for flavor and serve with green beans or peas and carrots.
Have your own Chicken and dumplings recipe? Are your dumplings more noodle than dumpling? Do you know a quick and easy “handmade” dumpling recipe? Leave some comments.