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Easy Chicken and Dumplings – Dutch Oven Recipes

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Most people think that chicken and dumplings are difficult or time consuming to make.

They can be, but they’re not if you use cheap canned biscuits instead of making your dumplings from scratch, and believe it or not, they’re awesome.

Chicken and Dumplings

Believe me, you wont be able to make enough of this stuff. I made this on a Sunday, and ended up making more on Wednesday after multiple requests.

  • Prep Time:  10 mins
  • Cook Time:  1 hr 10 mins
  • Serves:  6


  • 3 lbs chicken thighs (boneless and skinless) cubed (I used thighs, because breasts can end up really chalky tasting if they’re boiled).
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion – finely diced
  • 2/3 cup carrots – finely diced
  • 2/3 cup celery – finely diced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cans biscuits (the cheap Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits. Whatever you do, don’t get the fancy layered kind, cheaper is better here)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk

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As always, if you’re making this on a camping trip, it’s a lot easier if you prep at home, throw everything in Ziploc bags and take it with you.

Home Prep:

  1. Cut chicken thighs into 1/2″ cubes, put in large Ziploc and freeze.
  2. Finely dice the celery, carrots and onion. Throw into large Ziploc and freeze.
  3. Throw the salt, pepper and thyme into a single Ziploc.


Before you get started, make sure you’ve taken out your ingredients and given them time to thaw.

Set up your dutch oven for frying. Twelve charcoal briquettes underneath (if you’re using charcoal) should do the trick.

Put your vegetable oil in the dutch oven and let it heat until it shimmers or a drop of water sizzles and pops when you drop it in.

Toss in your cubed chicken thighs and brown on all sides. Once browned, take out and set aside (it doesn’t need to be fully cooked). Make sure you also take out all the liquid with it.

Cooking Chicken

Melt your butter in the bottom of your dutch oven, then throw in your onion, celery and carrot mix. Cook until the carrots start to become translucent and the veggies start to become soft. About 5 minutes.

Cooking Vegetables

Add your chicken back in along with the drippings, your chicken broth, thyme, salt and pepper and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Chicken and Dumplings in Cast Iron Dutch Oven

While that’s simmering, open up your canned biscuits and cut them into quarters.

Chicken and Dumplings Biscuits

Once you’ve let it simmer for 20 minutes, add the milk, quartered biscuits and cream of chicken. Cover and simmer for another 30 minutes.

Simmering Chicken and Dumplings

About ten minutes through this simmer, take the lid off your dutch oven. Your dumplings will be floating on top and likely stuck together. Break them up and stir them back in with your wooden spoon. Be sure to cover your dutch oven back up.

Chicken and Dumplings in Coffee Mugs

I like to serve my chicken and dumplings up in large coffee mugs so it’s easy to hold while hanging around the campfire.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

David C Wark Jr October 11, 2016 at 7:36 pm

How many does this serve


Cory Doggett October 11, 2016 at 7:38 pm

About 6 servings. I guess it would help if I had that in the post 🙂


philip jennings April 27, 2017 at 6:40 pm



Pumkin72 May 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm

I and my assistants made this for out Camp Chief Little Turtle’s 2017 Spring Cub Scout Camporee. Multipled it by 5 (for 30) and cooked it on the camp stove. Due to time constraints I prepped it onsite with partially frozen chicken thighs (made cubing it a chilly breeze). Used a mandolin slicer for delicately sliced veggies. Otherwise, I followed the directions as written. We, Pack 3199, won the traveling Golden Spoon award (in competition with 26 other Cub Scout packs) for this dinner recipe – along with cooler cooked corn on the cob.


Cory Doggett May 7, 2017 at 1:48 pm

That’s awesome! I think we use this recipe more than any other on our site.


philip jennings October 20, 2017 at 6:06 pm

Have now made this multiple times. .it never lasts…I now have a 14″ dutch oven…gonna triple it and enjoy a little longer…


Cory Doggett - Founder at Trek Southwest October 20, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Haha, awesome! Jealous of your 14″ dutch oven. I need one. That’ll be a lot of fun.


philip jennings November 30, 2017 at 10:21 am

Amazing recipe. .everybody loves it… you have a great site.. thank you.


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