Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings


Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings

Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings
Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings

Certain recipes are worthy enough to be passed down through several generations. This Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings recipe will be one of them. This recipe for old-fashioned chicken and dumplings will become a staple in your household. Make it your signature dish.



  • 1 whole chicken, about 3 1/2 pounds
  • 5 carrots
  • 2 medium onions
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 stalks fresh parsley or 2 tablespoons dry flakes
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons solid shortening or butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup milk


  1. Place chicken into a large dutch oven and add 3 quarts water, or to cover. Around the chicken, arrange 3 carrots, one onion and 4 of the celery stalks, all roughly chopped. Add bay leaves, half the parsley, and the spices.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a gentle simmer and cook 45 minutes. Chicken should be completely cooked – check to see that it is ready to fall off the bone and cook longer if necessary.

  2. Remove chicken to a cutting board and strain liquid through a wire sieve over a large bowl. Measure 3 cups of the stock to use now and store any extra for another use.

  3. Remove bones and skin from the chicken and shred all of the meat into bite-size pieces. Place chicken in the same Dutch oven, return the 3 cups of stock plus the remaining carrots, onion and celery, all finely diced. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if desired. Simmer for 20 minutes while preparing the dumpling dough.

  4. In a medium bowl, stir flour, baking powder and salt together, then use a pastry blender to add the shortening or butter until well mixed. Add remaining parsley, finely chopped, and stir in the milk to form a soft dough. Using a large spoon or 2-inch ice cream scoop, drop 12 spoonfuls of dough on top of the simmering chicken mixture. Cook at a simmer for 5 minutes, then cover the pan and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.

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I have actually had cracker barrels chicken and dumplings and it is kind of bland. This recipe actually resembles Chicken soup with dumplings which has been a staple in my home since I was a child. For it to be 'chicken and dumplings' you would need to roll out the dough on a floured surface. The flour helps thicken the broth. roll the dough out and cut to about 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness and about 3 to 4 inches long. The dumpling will plump up when cooking in the broth. The ingredients in this recipe are correct except cracker barrel does not use carrots or celery, or at least not at the cracker barrels that I've been to but the carrots and celery do add great flavor! I also add about 1/8 teaspoon of turmeric, it adds another dimension of flavor!

Thank you so much for the comment! That is some really great advice. I'll have to try it your way if I ever decide to make it. - Chelsea, Editor

If you wish, you can always thicken it up with a slurry. As for the carrots celery, I always add them in for flavor, also for eye appeal. I'll definitely try using turmeric next time....sounds good, thanks.

MMmm. This was tasty and filling. The chicken turned out perfectly tender, and the biscuits were delicious and not too dry.

What's not to love about chicken and dumplings? I don't know about Cracker Barrel, because I don't eat there - but I'll surely be making this recipe on a regular basis. The chicken is so juicy and tender, and the dumplings are outrageously flavorful. Add in all the rest and it's simply divine!

Loved this. The dumplings were a bit crumbly but tasted really good.

I loved this recipe! I haven't tried the Cracker Barrel version, but this one was very flavorful.

This Chicken and Dumplings recipe was delicious! The chicken was so moist and juicy, and the dumplings were heavenly. I would definitely make this again.

Have not tried ... busy people do not have time for the time it would take to prepare this recipe

Then please do not comment about the recipes unless you try them!

Nice recipe, except it doesn't define which ingredients are for the stock and which are for the soup - very confusing

Not too crazy about this recipe-would not fix it again. It was okay but not the type of chicken & dumplings that I was looking for.

ok seriously people be kind. this is her version and this could be delicious. if you don't want to add the carrots and celery and 'junk' then don't. i have had cracker barrell's version and yes i agree this is a bit different but did you come up with a copy cat recipe ? ok then be nice


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