Southern Chicken and Dumplings with Rotisserie Chicken

Southern Chicken and Dumplings with Rotisserie Chicken

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This southern chicken and dumplings recipe uses rotisserie chicken and other convenient ingredients to make it one of the easiest chicken and dumplings recipes you’ll come across. Thanks to a healthy dumplings recipe, every serving has just 280 calories, 5 WW Smart Points, and 8 grams of fat. 

And if you’re intimidated by the thought of making your own dumplings, chill. There’s zero dough rolling required. Just mix a handful of ingredients together and pinch pieces of the dough off to throw in the chicken soup. Seriously, it’s super easy! 

southern chicken and dumplings with rotisserie chicken

Southern Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients

There are two groups of ingredients—the chicken soup and the dumplings. 

While you’ll want to stick to the dumplings recipe as closely as possible, you can take liberties with the chicken soup. Here’s everything you’ll need for the soup with a few notes: 

Chicken Soup Ingredients

  • Veggies: onion, carrots, garlic, peas*awesome for flavor, but you can get by without any or all
  • Rotisserie chickenyou can use any cooked chicken (Costco even sells pre-shredded rotisserie chicken) or cook your own chicken breast before cooking the vegetables
  • Chicken broth
  • Condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Seasoning: black pepper, sage, nutmeg, bay leavessame as veggies – include if possible but not a lost cause without them 

*For an example of using frozen vegetables, check out my crescent roll chicken pot pie.

southern pressure cooker chicken and dumplings

It’s really tough to mess up on the chicken soup portion of this recipe. Don’t sweat it if you’re missing an ingredient or want to make a substitution.

I’ll also add that the seasoning blend was inspired by my chicken breakfast sausage recipe that people seem to really love. So get some of those ingredients in if you can!

Healthy Dumplings Ingredients

If you’ve tried my Greek yogurt biscuits, surprise, this southern chicken and dumplings recipe uses the exact same recipe minus the egg yolk wash. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • all purpose flour
  • sugar substitute (or granulated sugar)
  • baking powder and salt
  • light butter and fat free Greek yogurt

healthy dumplings recipe with greek yogurt

Easy peasy, Greek yogurt dough squeezy. 

How to Make the Chicken Soup

The most difficult part of this recipe will be vegetable prep (and I guess removing the chicken meat). If you wanted to use precut veggies, I wouldn’t judge. 

After you’re prepped and ready to go, it’s smooth sailing. Simply cook the onion and carrots in a bit of olive oil until they’re soft. 

Side note: You’ll notice I used a Ninja Foodi for to make my chicken and dumplings, which is a pressure cooker (like an Instant Pot), slow cooker, and an air fryer all-in-one. I love this piece of equipment, and you can check it out on my Amazon list if you want to learn more. That said, you can definitely make these chicken and dumplings on the stovetop. 

ingredients prepped for southern chicken and dumplings

Then add the garlic and other dry seasoning. Cook that for about a minute until fragrant and add the chicken, broth, soup, and bay leaves. 

how to make the chicken soup for chicken and dumplings

Stir and bring to a boil while you prepare the dumplings. 

How to Make the Dumplings

If you thought the biscuits were easy, these dumplings are even easier since you don’t have to form the dough into anything. Just make a big ol’ ball of dumpling dough and divide it into small pieces.

So you can make uniform dumplings, I’ve included the total weight of the dough. You can divide the total weight by the number of dumplings you want for precision. 

how to make healthier dumplings for chicken and dumplings

Note: I used a stand mixer (also on my Amazon list) to mix the dumpling dough, but you can use a food processor like I did for my cast iron pizza or by hand. 

To cook the dumplings, I used the pressure cooker function on the Ninja Foodi. If you’re using a pot on the stove, simply cover it and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Neither way is superior, though the pressure cooker is a little bit faster. 

Final Southern Chicken and Dumplings Recipe Notes

Just to reiterate on the chicken soup portion—you can make just about any substitution.

Want a creamier soup? Use an extra can of cream of chicken or reduce the amount of chicken broth used. 

Want to use cubed chicken pieces instead of shredded? Do it. 

Have fun! Just be sure to let me know what you think about your chicken and dumplings! 

 

southern chicken and dumplings with rotisserie chicken
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Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Easy rotisserie chicken soup with vegetables and lower fat, Greek yogurt-based dumplings cooked in a pressure cooker or on the stovetop.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dumplings, rotisserie chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 280 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

For the Chicken Soup

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion diced
  • 3 medium Carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic peeled and minced
  • 8.5 oz can Sweet Peas drained
  • 1 lb Rotisserie Chicken meat only without skin
  • 32 oz Reduced Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 10.5 oz can Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Sage
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Bay Leaves

For the Dumplings

  • 1 1/2 C (180g) All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tbsp (27g) Granulated Sugar Substitute I used Swerve
  • 1/2 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbsp (28g) Light Butter I used Land O' Lakes with Canola
  • 3/4 C (170g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt

Instructions

For the Chicken Soup

  1. Prepare the vegetables and remove the breast meat from the rotisserie chicken. Discard the skin.

    diced onion, minced garlic, sliced carrots, and pulled rotisserie chicken
  2. Add the olive oil to a large pot over high heat and add the carrots and onions. Cook for 6-8 minutes until both begin to soften. (I used a Ninja Foodi pressure cooker, but you can use a stovetop all the same.)

    softened onions and carrots
  3. Add the garlic, black pepper, sage, and nutmeg. Stir and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.

    garlic and spices with onion and carrots
  4. Add the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, rotisserie chicken, and bay leaves to the pot. Bring to a boil before reducing to low-medium heat and adding the peas.

For the Dumplings

  1. While the chicken soup comes up to a boil begin by mixing the dumpling dry ingredients together and cutting in the butter with a fork.

  2. Add the Greek yogurt and mix until a dough begins to form. Don't over mix.

    dough for dumplings
  3. Use your hands to work the remaining dry ingredients into the dough and divide the finished dough into 16 small pieces. (The dough will weigh 400 grams so each will weigh 25 grams.)

    dumplings before adding to the chicken soup

Cooking the Dumplings

  1. Remove the bay leaves before placing the dumplings on top of the chicken soup. If you're using a pressure cooker, seal the pot and cook on high for 5 minutes with a quick release. (If you're using the stovetop, cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes.)

    dumplings in the chicken soup before cooking
  2. The dumplings should be tender and buoyant. You can use the toothpick test to make sure they're cooked through.

    pressure cooked dumplings in the chicken soup

Recipe Notes

  • Each serving (280 grams or about 1 1/4 cup with 2 dumplings) has 5 Smart Points.
Nutrition Facts
Southern Chicken and Dumplings
Amount Per Serving (280 g (about 1 1/4 cup))
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Protein 23g46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 thoughts on “Southern Chicken and Dumplings with Rotisserie Chicken”

  • 5 stars
    Amazing! Was hesitant about the nutmeg, but it all comes together. The dumplings with puffy little clouds. Will be making all fall and winter long.

  • 4 stars
    I thought the soup itself was wonderful, but I struggled with the sweetness/sweetner flavor in the dumplings. I used Monkfruit sugar. I will make again for sure because I loved the consistency of the dumplings. Next time I’ll either cut the sweetener completely or maybe a tsp. Thank you for the soup base…there is so much to do with that!

  • 5 stars
    This was so yummy! It is every bit of southern and comfort food! I sprinkled a little tyme as well. Made it for my in laws as well and the loved it too! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes! Thanks for this one! 😊

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