Baked chicken and dumplings casserole layers shredded chicken and veggies with easy homemade dumplings and a flavorful gravy.
Chicken and dumplings casserole is the easiest way to make chicken and dumplings. Just layer and bake and let the magic happen in the oven!
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I love chicken and dumplings so much that I may have more recipes for variations than I own pairs of shoes. I love the combination of juicy chicken with tender dumplings and creamy gravy.
The combination is the epitome of comfort food.
My copycat Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings recipe is a classic favorite, but this chicken and dumpling bake is how you make this family favorite with the least amount of work.
It’s destined to become a new favorite in your home! Plus, it’s super easy. Just mix and layer the ingredients and pop the chicken and dumplings in the oven for one of the tastiest casseroles you’ll ever eat.
The best recipes for chicken and dumplings are not only warm, comforting and flavorful, but they are also easy to make. This chicken and dumpling bake absolutely fits the bill.
More Chicken and Dumplings Recipes:
- Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings
- Chicken and Dumplings with Noodles
- Chicken and Bisquick Dumplings
- Chicken and Dumplings with Grands Biscuits
- Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings
- Southern Chicken and Dumplings
- Chicken and Dumplings with Flour Tortillas
Tips for Making this Chicken and Dumplings Bake
This baked chicken and dumplings is incredibly simple to make but here are a few tips to make this dish an absolute breeze.
- You can cook chicken specifically for this recipe or use leftover chicken. Make it even easier by picking up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.
- Be sure to use self-rising flour or your dumplings will not rise. If you don’t use self-rising flour on a regular basis you can buy a small bag and store it in the freezer to keep it fresh longer. You can also make your own if you don’t have any on hand.
- Do not mix in the dumplings or the gravy layer. There’s no need to stir! The magic happens as this casserole bakes.
- Make this after Thanksgiving using leftover turkey and turn it into baked turkey and dumplings casserole!
- This is practically a meal on its own, but if you want some side dish options, check out our ideas of what to serve with chicken and dumplings.
How to Make Chicken and Dumplings Casserole
It’s really easy to make this recipe for baked chicken and dumplings in the oven.
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Shredded or Chopped Cooked Chicken
- Diced Carrots
- Frozen Peas
- Self-rising Flour
- Chicken Broth
- Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup (or 10-oz can condensed cream of chicken soup)
How to Make It:
(Full printable recipe is available below)
Prepare the baking dish. First, you’ll add butter to a 9×13 baking dish and preheat it along with the oven until the butter melts. Once melted, remove from the oven and add chicken, carrots, and peas on top of the melted butter.
Make the dumplings mixture. Next, you’ll whisk the flour and the milk and pour it over the chicken, carrots and peas. Do not stir.
Make the gravy. Then, you’ll whisk the cream soup and chicken broth and pour over the dumpling mixture. Again, do not stir.
Bake the casserole. Last, you’ll bake the chicken and dumplings in the oven for 40-50 minutes until the dumplings form and start to brown. Cool slightly (the sauce/gravy will thicken as it cools) and serve.
Notes and Adaptations:
- I use homemade cream of chicken soup because it’s so easy and adds a lot of flavor, but you can certainly use a can if you prefer.
- Feel free to change up the veggies or add more if you’d like–frozen green beans or corn would be an easy addition.
- You can also omit the veggies if desired, but I’d recommend using 3-4 cups of cooked chicken in that case to bulk it up.
Chicken and Dumplings Casserole
Comfort food gets even easier with this chicken and dumplings casserole! No need to roll dumplings or use canned biscuits--these dumplings cook right in the casserole!
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup homemade cream of chicken soup (or 10-oz can condensed cream of chicken soup)
- Preheat oven to 400F. Add butter to a 9x13" baking dish and transfer it to the oven so the butter can melt while the oven preheats.
- Once the butter is melted, remove dish from oven. Add chicken, carrots, and peas on top of the butter.
- In a small bowl, whisk together self-rising flour and milk. Pour this mixture over the chicken, carrots, and peas. Do not stir!
- In another small bowl, whisk together chicken broth and cream of chicken soup until smooth. Pour this over everything in the dish. Again, do not stir!
- Transfer back to the oven (be careful--remember, the dish is hot!) and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until the dumplings form and are starting to turn golden-brown.
- Remove from oven and let sit for about 15 minutes before serving--the liquid will thicken as it cools.
- I use homemade cream of chicken soup because it's so easy and adds a lot of flavor, but you can certainly use a can if you prefer.
- Feel free to change up the veggies or add more if you'd like--frozen green beans or corn would be an easy addition.
- You can also omit the veggies if desired, but I'd recommend using 3-4 cups of cooked chicken in that case to bulk it up.
- You can add some additional seasonings to the gravy mixture if you'd like--ground thyme and black pepper are a couple of my favorites.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 922mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 17g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.
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Thanks for the homemade condensed chicken recipe! This looks deliicious. Can you freeze the chicken and dumplings?
Chrysti Benner says
You’re welcome, Kathy! I haven’t tried freezing this casserole, so I can’t say from experience if it works well or not. I imagine it would be fine, though, as long as it was tightly covered. If you give it a try, please let me know how it works! 🙂
Sue McCarthy says
Can you use Bisqiut for dumplings?
Chrysti Benner says
Hi Sue! I haven’t tested Bisquick with this recipe yet (it’s on my list to try, though!). I suspect it would work just fine!
Do you think I could use frozen biscuits for this ?
Chrysti Benner says
I think you probably could! I’m not sure what the cook time would be with frozen biscuits, though, so you might just want to keep an eye on it to make sure the biscuits are done but not burnt. Enjoy! 🙂
Teresa P. says
This is absolutely delicious. The only change I made was I added onion. This will be added to my rotation!!
Chrysti Benner says
Thank you so much, Teresa! I love hearing that you enjoyed it! 🙂