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Dairy free chicken and dumplings in a glass bowl with a spoon, salt and pepper

DAIRY FREE Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings Recipe – Copycat

This easy DAIRY FREE copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings recipe is about to become one of your favorite weekday meals. It’s so easy to make, it’s hearty and filling, and it’s a dairy free copycat recipe that your whole family will love.

This is the ultimate comfort food recipe and one of the best recipes we’ve found to perfectly mimic what is served at Cracker Barrel restaurants.

  • Total Time: 45 min
  • Yield: 6 1x


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  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 1/2 medium onion (do not dice or slice)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, each breast cut in half
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup + 4 tbsp Almond milk (original, unsweetened)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, add broth, celery, onion, and chicken breasts. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the chicken breast is cooked through (temp of 165 F). While the chicken is cooking, prepare the dumplings.


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the almond milk just until combined. You can use a pastry cutter, a fork or the whisk. 
  2. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface – to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  3. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into strips or squares about 1 to 2 inches in size.


  1. Once the chicken is cooked through remove it from the broth and place it in a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer or Kitchenaid Mixer to shred. (Follow these instructions).
  2. Remove the onion chunk and celery pieces from the broth and discard.


  1. Add the dumplings to the simmering broth and simmer for about 15-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, allowing the dumplings to cook and the broth to thicken to a gravy-like consistency. You may need to add additional chicken broth if the dumplings absorb too much.
  2. Return shredded chicken to the pot with 10 minutes left to simmer. 
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve warm.
  • Author: Anna Luther
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min