How to Make Mom’s Chicken and Dumplings

by Alli

Mom’s Chicken and Dumplings are comfort food to the max! All of her recipes are amazing, but this one brings back the fondest memories. Chicken and Dumplings were always on mom’s menu for big family gatherings, family reunions, and church potlucks.

Mom's Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings are a southern thing and every southern cook has her own recipe and swears that it’s the best. Wrong. Mom’s is the best. 🙂 Just kidding! You may make your dumplings totally different and that’s fine too!

One thing that mom does differently is adding an egg to her dough. Some people will argue that, technically, that makes them egg noodles. Nope. They are southern dumplings. Also, we don’t use milk in our dumplings. Some southern cooks do add milk.

Mom always rolled her dough out as thin as possible. Most people don’t roll their dumplings thin enough for me. And for those people who use refrigerated biscuits for your dumplings, well, bless your heart. You’ll never find a refrigerated biscuit dough dumpling in my house. No sir re! But, that’s just me.

Thankfully, I learned how to make mom’s dumplings years ago. Like mom, I never use a recipe when making Chicken and Dumplings. I just eyeball it. However, I recently learned that mom made dumplings while my aunt Jane watched and she measured everything so that we would all have the exact recipe. And I’m sharing it with you. Thank you, Aunt Jane, for watching and writing it all down!

Mom's Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Make the Chicken Stock for Chicken and Dumplings

First, you bring the chicken to a boil and simmer on low for about 2 hours. Remove the chicken and let cool. (Mom doesn’t add the chicken back to her dumplings, but I usually shred the chicken and add it back about 10 minutes before the dumplings are done).

Mom also never added any vegetables to the stock, so I don’t either. This recipe has been handed down from generation to generation, so I’m not about to add aromatics to this stock. That’s not how we roll.

Let the stock cool for about 30 minutes and skim the fat off the top.

If you’d rather use chicken stock in a box, go ahead. I won’t tell!

Helpful Hint: The bony pieces of chicken makes the best stock (backs, legs).

Let’s Make the Dumplings

Place the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center.

Chicken And Dumplings

Add the water and the egg to the well and slowly combine the wet ingredients with the flour until you have a stiff dough. If the dough is not stiff enough, add more flour. If it’s too stiff, add a little more water.

Chicken and Dumplings

Flour your surface and roll out the dough into a rectangle and keep rolling until the dough is very thin. Let the dough dry out a little at this point. I usually let them sit for about two hours while the chicken broth is simmering.

Chicken and Dumplings

Helpful Hint: Mom always pinched golf ball sized pieces of dough and rolled them out. I cut my dough in half and roll out one side at a time. It’s all good. Just make sure they are super thin.

Cut the dumpling dough into inch wide strips and then squares. I always use a pizza cutter. It’s a trick my mom taught me.

Bring the chicken broth to a boil and add the dumplings, one at a time so that they don’t stick together. Never stir dumplings! They will fall apart. Simmer gently for about 20 minutes. I shake the pot a few times to make sure the dumplings are not sticking. It’s so hard not to stir!

Taste a dumpling to make sure it’s cooked through.

Chicken and Dumplings - Take a Bite!

Whenever you need a big bowl of comfort food, try mom’s chicken and dumplings! They’re amazing.

Mom's Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Mom’s Chicken and Dumplings


  • 3/4 cup ice cold water
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • One egg
  • Chicken Stock


  1. Use chicken backs, legs or wings to make the stock. Add chicken pieces to a large stockpot and cover with water. Add salt and pepper and let come to a boil. Lower to a simmer and skim off the top. Let stock simmer for 2 hours. Let cool to room temperature and skim fat from the top.
  2. To make the dumplings, place flour in a large bowl and make a well in middle of the flour.
  3. Mix the egg in with the water and add to well in flour.
  4. Mix as you would biscuits, only have your dough less moist than for biscuits.
  5. Knead a few times and roll out until very thin. Mom would pinch off golf sized pieces of dough and roll it out and repeat until all the dough is rolled.
  6. Cut into thin strips (about an inch wide) and then cut into 3" long pieces.
  7. Let the dough dry out for a couple of hours.
  8. Bring the chicken broth to a boil and drop in the dumplings, one at a time.
  9. Lower the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until dumplings are cooked through. Be careful not to stir. I shake the pot a few times while the dumplings are cooling.

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How to Freeze Dumplings for Later

Whenever mom was preparing dumplings for a large crowd, she’d roll out the dough and place rolled out dough onto waxed paper and let the dough dry out. Cut dough and paper in long strips. Roll the dough up in the wax paper and then place the rolls in a freezer bag. 

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What’s your favorite comfort food?



Melinda September 27, 2017 - 8:40 am

I can taste them right now. 🙂 love mom’s dumplings

Alli September 27, 2017 - 12:03 pm

Me, too! Every time I make them, I think about her! Such precious memories!!

robin rue September 27, 2017 - 10:25 am

I don’t think I have ever had a dumpling before. They totally sound like they’re up my alley, so I am going to have to try them one of these days.

Jacqui S September 27, 2017 - 11:56 am

You just took me back to my childhood lol. My grandmom used to make chicken and dumplings all the time. She didn’t have a recipe though! It was all done by feeling the dough :). She knew just when it was ready to flatten and cook. Save the recipe to my box!

Alli September 27, 2017 - 12:02 pm

My mom didn’t use a recipe either. That’s why I love the fact that my aunt watched her once and measured/wrote down the recipe. I never use the recipe either (except testing to make sure it came out right before sharing this post) because I go by the way the dough feels as well. Thanks for saving! Sweet memories! 🙂

Candy September 27, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Love homemade chicken and dumplings. Will check out your recipe.

Candy September 27, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Not just southern thing I make dumplings all the time. Will try your recipe

Jenn @ EngineerMommy September 27, 2017 - 12:57 pm

I don’t think I’ve actually ever had chicken and dumplings. You make it look so delicious, I would definitely love to try this recipe. I know it’s popular in many parts of the country.

Amber Myers September 27, 2017 - 1:51 pm

Oh my gosh, yum! I just love chicken and dumplings. I’ve never tried to make it on my own yet.

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh September 27, 2017 - 2:40 pm

My mother made chicken and dumplings all the time in the winter. This makes me want to put them on the menu next week!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All September 27, 2017 - 5:29 pm

Dumplings are a favorite of mine. Yours look great, and sort of remind me of ones I saw in a restaurant once with brown gravy.

Pam September 27, 2017 - 6:21 pm

Chicken and dumplings is one of our favorite family meals. I actually don’t have my recipe written down though.

Kathy McDaniel September 27, 2017 - 7:38 pm

Nothing like the memories of mom’s delicious home cooked meals! This is the ultimate in comfort food! So delicious!

Jolina September 27, 2017 - 11:31 pm

We’ve had this dish at restaurants and I didn’t realize it was easy to make at home! Great for the cooler weather.

Melissa Dixon September 28, 2017 - 9:33 am

MY husband has always loved chicken and dumplings, I didn’t grow up eating it though so I have to try tons of recipes to find the right one. I will give this a go next, thanks!

Terri Beavers September 28, 2017 - 3:25 pm

Oh my gosh, these look just like my mom and aunts dumplings. I haven’t had any of these in so long. They are my all time favorite.

Kita Bryant September 28, 2017 - 5:00 pm

That is one of my all time favorites! I really can’t wait to try mom’s recipe!

Debra Hawkins September 28, 2017 - 5:57 pm

My husband loves Chicken and Dumplings! I have never made it for him but I am going to have to try it now!

LaShawn September 28, 2017 - 7:43 pm

Chicken and Dumplins is such a comfort food! My grandmother made the best ever, my mom’s recipe is a close second!

Jaime Nicole September 28, 2017 - 7:43 pm

Mmmm, I haven’t had good chicken and dumplings since I moved away from Texas! I love them though – and thank you for the freezer tips! I try to make as much ahead of time as I can!

Bonnie G September 28, 2017 - 9:13 pm

I have never had home made chicken dumplings. Those look sooo good! I can’t wait to try your recipe.

Our Family World September 29, 2017 - 7:12 pm

OMG, this is comfort food at tis best! I usually get store bought chicken stock but this time I will make my own! Thanks for sharing this recipe for Chicken and Dumplings. I’m making this on the weekend. Saving the recipe too for those chilly nights ahead.

Sherryn A. Frigon November 5, 2017 - 7:03 pm

I love chicken and dumplings but being from MI, originally, our dumpling are like steamed biscuits. To us, these are noodles. But I love them both and often combine them in my chicken and dumplings. Thanks for the recipe. They look nice and thin, just the way I like them. They slide down so easily!


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