Mary's Chicken and Dumplings

67 g
37 g
33 g
Total Fat
45 min
Prep Time
135 min
Cook Time



  • 2 ½- to 3-pound chicken
  • 4 to 6 cups of water
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ pound butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup oil

Nutrition Facts

per serving

Calories: 722
Protein: 67 g
Carbohydrate: 37 g
Fiber: 1 g
Total Fat: 33 g
Saturated Fat: 13 g
Cholesterol: 364 mg
Calcium: 146% DV
Sodium: 1645 mg


For the chicken:

  1. Place chicken in a roasting pan or dutch oven with water halfway covering chicken; add salt.
  2. Heat to boiling; cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until tender, about 2 hours.
  3. Remove chicken, cool slightly and remove from bones. Tear into medium-size pieces.
  4. Strain broth and return to pan with boned chicken.
  5. Add milk, butter, salt and pepper.

For the dumplings:

  • Use a separate bowl to combine flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Add milk and oil to the bowl to make a soft dough.
  • Bring broth and chicken to a simmer; drop dumpling mixture onto chicken 1 teaspoon at a time.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes until dumplings are set. You may then stir to mix together, if desired.

Tips + Tricks:

  • You may use 2 large chicken breast quarters to equal 3 pounds instead of a whole chicken. Cook only until the juices are clear near the bone, 25 to 30 minutes. This will reduce cooking time for the recipe to 45 minutes.