I grew up in Texas and yet I had never had chicken and dumplings (blasphemy, I know!). Several years ago, I began
my slight obsession with watching Rachael Ray’s daytime tv show. One day she had Jessica Simpson on and I seriously considered turning it off after her whole “Chicken of the Sea” fiasco. However, she had a GREAT chicken and dumplings recipe that my husband and I just love. It’s really easy and made with ingredients that I generally have in the kitchen anyway so it’s a great go-to when I don’t know what else to cook.
This is by no means a “traditional” chicken and dumplings recipe, but I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s something that you can get on the table in about 40-45 minutes if you use rotisserie chicken.
Easy Chicken & Dumplings
(adapted from Jessica Simpson’s recipe on the Rachael Ray Show which can be found here)
- Part of 1 rotisserie chicken or ~1 lb of poached chicken, shredded
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can cream of broccoli soup (you can use whatever “cream of” soup you’d like here, the original recipe calls for cream of mushroom, but my hubby isn’t a fan of mushrooms so we started using broccoli. I’m sure cream of celery would be good too if you wanted to use that)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2-3 cans crescent rolls
- salt and pepper.. and sometimes I add garlic powder too
1. Poach and shred your chicken or pull apart your rotisserie chicken.
2. Season your chicken with salt and pepper if you poached your chicken. A rotisserie chicken should have plenty of flavor already.
3. Roll out 2 cans of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. Stick some chicken in each triangle and roll up just like you would a normal crescent roll.
NOTE: when I make this for just me and my husband, I only use a can and a half of crescent rolls (12 triangles) rather than all 16. The other 4 triangles I use across the top. If I’m making it for more people, I’ll use 2 full cans of crescent rolls for the dumplings and the 3rd for the topping.
4. Place your rolls in a 9×13 pan. It doesn’t really need to be greased, but if it makes you feel better, please, by all means, grease away.
5. Mix together your soups and chicken broth in a separate bowl. Pour over the top of your dumplings.
6. Cut the remaining crescent rolls into strips and lay over the top of the dumplings in a sort of basket-weave pattern.
7. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes.
I’ve never tried doing this as a “make ahead” but I bet it would do well. The only thing that would make me nervous is the crescent rolls getting soggy. One thing I will tell you is that is reheats well. We always have extra and take it for lunch the next day and it is delicious.
This is a meal that has such simple ingredients, I can always have them on hand. It’s also one that’s so easy, I don’t mind doing it after a long day at work. I always poach my chicken so I’ll set that to cook, go do something else, come back, put the dish together, stick in the oven, then have another half hour to do something else before it’s done.
This is a meal I make all the time for the hubby and I. Depending on how many people you are trying to feed, you might want to consider doubling this recipe.
I hope you enjoy this meal as much as my hubby and I do!
After several comments saying that the crescent rolls wouldn’t cook through, I wanted to try to remedy that. I made this again for dinner tonight and tried something a bit different. After putting the chicken in the rolls and putting the crescent rolls in the pan, I put it in the oven for 10 minutes. The crescent rolls were not fully cooked when I pulled them out, but were puffed up and starting to barely brown on some of the edges (see the one on top, third from the left):
After the 10 minutes in the oven, I poured the soup mixture on top, laid the extra crescent rolls on top and put it back in for 20 minutes. The crescent rolls were definitely more cooked through and I think they are just going to stay a little squishy because of all the liquid you put in. The bottoms of the crescent rolls were starting to get darker brown. I would worry that if you cooked it for too much longer without the liquid, the bottoms would burn. Hopefully this helps out some of the issues people were having!