Easy Chicken and Dumplings with Biscuits

Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins

Need Chicken and Dumplings fast? This deliciously creamy stovetop recipe made with canned biscuits is what you need! Ready in 30 minutes!

Looking for more chicken and dumplings recipes? Try this recipe with homemade dumplings, or this easy crockpot chicken and dumplings recipe.

Overhead photo of Easy Chicken and Dumplings in a skillet with a blue napkin

Quick 30-Min Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Any time there is a slight chill in the air, you can guess what I am making for dinner…Chicken and Dumplings. It’s the perfect stick to your ribs kind of dinner that my whole family loves and begs me to make often.

We start with a creamy chicken soup base, loaded with big chunks of chicken, carrots, celery, onion. Then we add some big fluffy dumplings to round it out. This recipe is made in just 30 minutes or less, from start to finish, so what are you waiting for?!

Soup in a skillet and on a plate with a spoon.

Easy Chicken and Dumplings vs From Scratch

I have many recipes for Chicken and Dumplings on this blog and I believe you need to try them all to find your personal favorite. This particular version is for my favorite easy recipe version, made with canned biscuits for the dumplings. The other big swap in this recipe is the use of canned Cream Of Chicken instead of making your own soup gravy. 

I know this recipe isn’t for everyone, but this is the 90’s/2000’s version so many of us grew up enjoying. So if you are looking for your Mama’s Easy Chicken & Dumplings recipe that she made with canned biscuits, this recipe is probably very similar!

And for all of my Chicken and Dumplings purists, I really recommend you check out my from scratch version with easy homemade dumplings: Homemade Chicken and Dumplings.

Canned biscuits on a cutting board cut into quarters.

Dumplings Made with Biscuits

There are a few important tips to making dumplings out of biscuits for Chicken and Dumplings. 

  • First, make sure you buy buttermilk biscuits. You do not want the flaky style or any other version.
  • Buy the large biscuits (16.3 oz can size), not the small biscuits and cut them into fourths. Otherwise you will run the risk of your biscuits cooking down to nothing and disappearing on you.
  • Toss the cut biscuits in all purpose flour. This helps keep them from sticking to each other and thickens the soup slightly as well.
  • Lastly, do not leave your chicken and dumplings simmering on the stove for a long time. If you do, you run the risk of your dumplings evaporating into nothing. 
Dumpling being dropped into soup with tongs.

Ingredients for this Easy Recipe:

For this recipe, the goal is delicious, quick and easy chicken and dumplings. We aren’t looking to spend a lot of time. In fact, we just have 30 minutes to get it made! So with that in mind, we use already cooked and shredded chicken in this recipe.

You can make your own shredded chicken or you can purchase a rotisserie chicken — both will work great.

Plus, I have one secret ingredient that is KEY to making the creamiest chicken and dumplings…evaporated milk! Evaporated milk is creamier when compared to whole milk, but not as thick as heavy whipping cream (and a lot less fattening as well).

Up close image of chicken and biscuit dumplings in a skillet.

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead?

Yes and No. Confused? Let me explain. 

If you make this recipe completely ahead of time, there is a good chance your biscuits will evaporate into nothing and your soup will then become extra thick. 

However, you can make the soup base ahead of time and keep it on very low heat until just before you are almost ready to serve dinner.

Then you can crank the heat back up and get the soup simmering again. If it’s reduced down, you can add a little more chicken broth back to it to loosen it up. Then you can go ahead and cook those dumplings and serve it hot and fresh!

Up close image of easy chicken and dumplings in a skillet.

This Easy Chicken and Dumplings with biscuits is how I grew up eating this classic recipe – and I bet many of you did too! Enjoy the comfort food flashback in a bowl with this deliciously creamy — and oh so easy — chicken and dumplings recipe.

Please share how it turns out for you, I can’t wait to hear what you think! I bet your kids LOVE it. Mine do. 😉

Yield: serves 6

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Easy Chicken and Dumplings in a large pot with carrots, celery and dumplings.

Need Chicken and Dumplings fast? This deliciously creamy stovetop Chicken And Dumplings recipe is made with canned biscuits in just 30 minutes is what you need!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken
  • 8 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 (10.5 oz) can of cream of chicken
  • 40 oz chicken broth
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 2 (16.3 oz) cans buttermilk biscuits
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add vegetables - onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook, stirring often until tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Add the shredded cooked chicken, chicken broth, evaporated milk, and can of cream of chicken and bring to a simmer. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut the biscuits into quarters (each biscuit will be sliced into 4 equal pieces) and lightly toss them in flour.
  4. Add them to the pot and cook for about 8-9 minutes. Test one of the biscuits to ensure they have cooked through and are not raw in the middle. Once the biscuits are cooked through, serve immediately!

Notes

You can also use a rotissierie chicken to speed up this recipe!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 1382mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 7g

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Comments

64 Responses
    1. Jessica

      Sadly the dumplings do not freeze well. They get gummy and soak up too much of the soup. However, some people will make the soup up until the point of adding the dumplings. Then they freeze the soup portion (or half of the soup portion) and make a half batch of dumplings!

    1. Alexis

      I don’t think it should go in a instant pot. It’s very fast on stove top. And not sure how biscuits would do in it…

  1. Carrie Ditta

    This was delicious! I added some herb de Provence and used one can of biscuits and cooked for an extra 10 minutes, covering the pot last few. Thank you!

  2. R Livingston

    Does this recipe freeze well? Its a large batch and only two of us at home. If it freezes well, I will freeze some for my youngest away at college! We loved it!
    Thanks!

    1. Jessica

      Sadly it doesn’t, the dumplings tend to soak up all the extra liquid and they become very gummy when thawed. 🙁

    1. Jessica

      No, they should be added raw. If you cook them first and then add them, they will not be the correct texture as dumplings and will also become extremely soggy.

    1. Jessica

      Hmm. Did you happen to grab flaky biscuits by accident? The kind with the layers? Those always fall apart. 🙁

  3. Carla McAlexander

    I am planning to make a double for a family lunch. Should I put in 2 separate skillets, or can I put all in one big stew pot?? Thanks!!

  4. Casey

    This is really good! I used a rotisserie chicken, 1/2 a bag of frozen peas and carrots. I added 2 bay leaves and thyme. I used only one can of butter biscuits and it was plenty. I also used half and half instead of the condensed milk. I made it early in the afternoon and reheated to add and cook the biscuits 10 minutes before we were ready to eat. This is great and easy recipe and with my few tweaks I will make it again! Thank you!

  5. Karen

    My daughter made this and sent it to me. I made it tonight but didn’t use 2 cans of biscuits, only one. I’m glad I did! I don’t recommend using 2 it’s too crowded and since you’re dividing them into 4 pieces that is plenty! It came out delicious, my husband loved it.

  6. Sherri

    I’m in Heaven! This recipe was so easy year has so much flavor! I did add a cup of frozen peas just because I had them, but this is better than any restaurant meal I’ve had! Thank you!!!!

    1. Meghan

      5* Delicious!! I make this all the time as it’s one of my fav dinners but never did it the speed way. I used rotisserie chicken, half n half milk (didn’t have evaporated) and Cream of Celery (didn’t have Cream of Chicken.) I also added chicken bullion for flavor since I was out of the c of chicken. It was wonderful! So fast and tasty. I will def be making it this way again.

  7. Sheila Huffman

    Oh my Goodness this was great!!! My whole family cleaned their plates!!! Such a easy recipe to fix and really yummy. Thank you for sharing it!!! I am excited to try another one of your dishes. Thank you again!!!!

    1. Sandra

      I’m so glad to know you used butter biscuits and it was great! That’s all my grocery store had in stock, so they are in the crock pot now. 🙂

  8. Cindi

    I have to say that I normally make everything from scratch. I had a perfect situation of only 30 min to cook the meal and I had all the ingredients (including leftover chicken) available. You could NOT tell this wasn’t from scratch. We loved it .

  9. Candace Anderson

    I don’t like chicken and dumplings and I was sure the biscuits would not work, be gummy and mess up. No one can make chicken and dumplings like my mother in law. be a rather plain dish, however, this recipe is amazing! It cut my cooking time and was easy to make. Surprisingly my husband liked it and I did too!
    I boiled my chicken on stovetop so it was real juicy and I use more dark meat than white. I also added a splash of heavy cream, along with some parsley and thyme and when it was cooked I added a can of sweet peas to it.
    The sweetness of the evaporated milk, the buttermilk biscuits and the chicken flavor produced an easy flavorable dish. Thanks

  10. Sherry

    After you make the recipe for the chicken stuff and put biscuits in, can you bake in oven so biscuits are brown

  11. Jayla Honora

    Made this tonight for my family and OMG it was AMAZING!!! I used store bought rotisserie chicken and followed the recipe exactly as it said. My husband said add it to our rotation…it was just that good and fast!

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