How To Make Cracker Barrel Chicken And Dumplings At Home

Chicken and dumplings

If you like chicken drenched in nutritious gravy with spongy dumplings, Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings is just your type. This delicious dish is loaded with nutrients and mouth-watering flavors. It has soft chicken pieces and dumplings cooked in thick and flavorsome gravy. It’s a heart-warming dish that’s perfect for you when you want a diet-friendly restaurant dish. 

Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings has dumplings and chicken cooked in chicken broth. The onions and celery added to the broth give nice sweet and herbal flavors to the gravy. It’s mildly seasoned with salt and pepper. The way it’s cooked, it feels more like a soup. You can try this recipe too. Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings is easy to make and this dish is an instant hit with kids. Don’t believe me? Then, try it now.

Let’s make Cracker Barrel’s chicken and dumplings. Do you have all the equipment and ingredients we need? To be sure about it, check out the lists below. Then, we’ll start with the recipe instructions and you’ll be left with the most amazing restaurant dish. But before you read out the entire recipe, check out other copycat Cracker Barrel recipes from our website.

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What Equipment Will You Need For Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings?

  • Bowl- Use a large mixing bowl to prepare the dough for the dumplings. You also need a bowl to keep the shredded chicken before adding it into the gravy. 
  • Spatula-Use a spatula to safely stir the gravy and the dumplings into the broth. 
  • Pot- You will need a large stockpot or a Dutch pot to cook chicken and dumplings. 
  • Knife- Use a sharp knife to cut the strips from the dough and to shred or chop the chicken. 
  • Sieve- Use a sieve to strain the broth from the pot. 

How Much Time Do You Need To Make Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
5 Minutes35 Minutes40 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need For Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings?

  • Chicken Broth – You need to use six cups of chicken broth for the gravy. Chicken broth boosts the flavors in the gravy. 
  • Celery – Celery adds a fresh earthy flavor to the dish. Add two ribs of celery to the broth. 
  • Onion – Onion adds a mild sweet flavor. Add a half medium onion to the chicken broth. 
  • Chicken – Chicken is the main ingredient in this recipe. I’ve used about one pound of skinless boneless chicken breasts (cut in half). 
  • All-purpose Flour – You need three cups of all-purpose flour to make the dumplings for this recipe. 
  • Baking Powder – Baking powder will aerate the dough as it cooks and makes it soft. Add a tablespoon of baking powder to the flour for the dumplings. 
  • Salt – Add salt to enhance the taste of the chicken and dumplings. 
  • Milk – You need to make the dough slightly soggy for the dumplings. For that, add a cup of milk to the flour mixture. Milk makes the dumplings soft and it adds depth to the flavors. 
  • Salt and pepper to taste – Salt and pepper are the basic seasoning spices added to the gravy. You must add salt and pepper according to your taste. 
Cracker Barrel's chicken and dumplings

Steps To Make Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings

1. Cook The Chicken

Add celery, chicken breasts, onion, and chicken broth to the pot over medium heat. Let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Remove from the broth and shred or chop the chicken using a sharp knife. Remove the pot from the heat and discard the onions and celery from the broth. 

2. Prepare The dumplings

To a mixing bowl, add flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix them and then add milk. Whisk the mixture to make a shaggy dough. Cut this dough into 2-inch thick strips and add these strips into the simmering broth. Let these dumplings cook for about 30 minutes in the broth until the broth has a gravy-like thick consistency. 

3. Add Chicken And dumplings To The Broth

While the dumplings are simmering into hot broth, add the shredded chicken and season with salt and pepper. The Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings are ready to serve. 

Nutritional Information

Calories436 kcal
Carbohydrates64 g
Protein30 g
Fat6 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat1 g
Monounsaturated Fat1 g
Trans Fat1 g
Cholesterol64 mg
Sodium2014 mg
Potassium780 mg
Fiber2 g
Sugar4 g
Vitamin A204 IU
Vitamin C22 mg
Calcium252 mg
Iron5 mg

How Will Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings Look and Taste?

Grab your spoon and get ready to taste Cracker Barrel’s chicken and dumplings. This gravy dripping chicken is filled with meaty taste with sweet and herbal flavors of onion and celery. The dumplings are soft fluffy soaked with delicious gravy. These dumplings are buttery smooth and melt into mouth. This dish is healthy and makes a perfect choice for those who love chicken. 

Recipe Card

Chicken and dumplings in a bowl

Cracker Barrel Chicken And Dumplings Recipe

Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings has soft shredded chicken with spongy dumplings. These chicken and dumplings are seasoned with salt and pepper and are filled with the flavors of chicken, onions, and celery. The thick gravy for chicken and dumplings prepped by cooking chicken and dumplings with veggies in the chicken broth.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 436 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Pot
  • Knife
  • Sieve

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 ribs Celery
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 pound Chicken Breasts (boneless skinless)
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1.25 teaspoon Salt
  • 1.25 cup Milk
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Add celery, chicken breasts, onion, and chicken broth to the pot over medium heat. Let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Remove from the broth and shred or chop the chicken using a sharp knife. Remove the pot from the heat and discard the onions and celery from the broth.
  • To a mixing bowl, add flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix them and then add milk. Whisk the mixture to make a shaggy dough. Cut this dough into 2-inch thick strips and add these strips into the simmering broth. Let these dumplings cook for about 30 minutes in the broth until the broth has a gravy-like thick consistency.
  • While the dumplings are simmering into hot broth, add the shredded chicken and season with salt and pepper. The Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings are ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 30gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 2014mgPotassium: 780mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 204IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 252mgIron: 5mg
Keyword American cuisine, Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings
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