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Homemade dumpling on a fork over a bowl with drippings.

Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings Recipe – Copycat

This easy 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 copycat recipe that your whole family will love. 

  • 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 + 2 tablespoon milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, add broth, celery, onion, and chicken breasts. Bring to a boil.


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the 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 ¼ 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).


  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