Southern Chicken and Dumplings with Rotisserie Chicken

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

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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

Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

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


  • 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
  • 2 Tbsp (24g) Granulated Sugar Substitute*
  • 1/2 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbsp (28g) Light Butter**
  • 3/4 C (170g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt


    For the Chicken Soup

    1. Prepare the vegetables and remove the breast meat from the rotisserie chicken. Discard the skin.
    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.)
    3. Add the garlic, black pepper, sage, and nutmeg. Stir and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
    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.
    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.)

    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.)
    2. The dumplings should be tender and buoyant. You can use the toothpick test to make sure they're cooked through.


    Each serving of chicken and dumplings has 5 WW Smart Points.

    *I used Swerve

    **I used Land O' Lakes with Canola

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 8 Servings Serving Size: 1 1/4 C (280g)
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 8gCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 23g

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

    • 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.

    • 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!

    • 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! 😊

    • Will stevia in the raw work for the sweetener for the dumplings? I looked for then the stuff you use with no luck. Also around how many cups are 3 medium carrots. I got the pre cut and I’m not sure if I should put the whole bag. Thank you

      • I’m not sure what the conversion is for stevia in the raw, but I’ve seen people use baking stevia (1:1 sugar sub) without any issues. For the carrots, I used around 150 grams which is probably 1-1.25 cups. You don’t have to be exact with the carrots in this one, though. Hope that helps!

        • Mason, Another quick and easy recipe for beginners. I like the fact that your recipes are a bit healthier than most traditional southern meals. My girls love chicken and dumplings and them being in college I think this will be quick and easy for them to enjoy on a weekend.
          If any criticism is to be had it would be on the canned soup used versus making fresh for health benefits but hey what’s a little botulism amongst friends. Keep up the great posts, thanks.

      • Just made this for dinner, it was so easy and absolutely delicious! I substituted the cream of chicken for Trader Joe’s Cream of Portobello soup (seasonal item) and doubled the soup for extra thickness. I will definitely be making this again!

    • What is the saturated fat content? Is it 8? If so I get a much higher SP value then 5 when I do the calculations. BTW this looks delish!

      • I don’t have the saturated fat on hand for this one, but that seems a bit high. The only real source of saturated fat would be from the olive oil, cream of chicken soup, or light butter and those only have around 16-18 grams for the entire recipe or less than 2 grams per serving.

      • I’m not entirely sure on how long they’d take in a slow cooker. I vaguely remember a few others using the crockpot on high and it taking 30-60 minutes at the end of cooking for the dumplings to cook.

    • This was delicious. I’ve made it multiple times; however, the first time I made it I used stevia granulated and measured out grams instead of doing 2 tablespoons, so the dumplings were very sweet. The next time I just used one tablespoon (didn’t use my scale) and they turned out perfect. I also cut the olive oil in half the second time to save some fats and I felt it still had great flavor and didn’t change it much. Seriously so good!!!

    • This recipe is the bomb! I’ve never made dumplings before and not only were these great tasting, but they were easy peasy to make! I’m definitely keeping this one in our frequent rotation! Thanks Mason!!

    • This recipe brings ease of use, and so much comfort! I just throw everything into my instant pot and then BAM MAGIC. the dumplings are easy to make. I omitted the peas for preference.

    • Absolutely loved this recipe! I have never made chicken and dumplings before but your recipe is extremely easy to follow especially when I want to count my macros.

    • Ahhh comfort food!!! Taste almost like my grandpas chicken and dumplings ❤️❤️ I didn’t care for the nutmeg so left it out second time.

    • This stuff rocks. My husband asks me to make it at least once a week. The fact that it calls for rotisserie chicken makes my busy life a little less chaotic. Seriously cannot tell the dumplings are made from yogurt!

    • Follow this to a T and you’ll no doubt have an amazing recipe. I’ve tried different spice blends and the original is the best.

    • This was delicious! I made this on the fly so I didn’t have the nutmeg, light butter, peas or swerve sugar. So I used mixed veggies and swerve powdered sugar ( I know, but it ended up working well) and even my pickest eater had seconds! I’ll definitely be making this again. Also, thanks for including WW points. It makes it easy!!

    • We loved this recipe! I did it all in the instant pot and think I left it on sauté mode too long because it tasted a little scorched and the bottom of the IP was black but I wasn’t sure if that was from the nutmeg or the burn? Either way, we still loved it!

    • I grew up on chicken and dumplings, so I’ve been missing it a lot since going on a diet. This recipe doesn’t have the creaminess that I am used but it much healthier so I am ok with that 🙂

    • With cool fall weather, chicken soup is always welcome and I was a bit curious about this dumpling thing. I used celery, onions and carrots for the soup and seasoned with salt, pepper and parsley. Made the dumplings, as written. These were really good. Southern comfort food in New England is a thing 🙂

    • so homey and delicious i thought hte dumplings were a little too sweet and mixed with the other flavors a little weirdly so i omitted the sugar the next time and they were perfect for me!

    • I used Splenda and the dumplings were way too sweet. Remade today with no Splenda – the texture was a tiny bit off but overall much better

      • You could make a roux with butter, flour, and milk in a separate pan then slowly add the chicken broth in before going in with the veggies. It really adds some rich and creaminess to the dish, but I think it would still work fine if you replaced it with equal parts broth.

    • My husband is a die hard dumplings fan but it’s not one of mine; more so never could eat it for the real versions macros. Yes I’m one of those people but I search for a lighter version that still gave the same taste. I did not tell that this was a lighter version when I made it but NO ONE could tell the difference. I used chicken breast instead of the rotisserie and worked just as well. Great winter soup and super easy to make. Don’t be scared away by the biscuits they taste just like using frozen Grands, and they aren’t hard to make at all. Try it and you won’t regret it!

    • My husband and I just started making these meals after having a baby. First of all they are delicious and second everything so well put together. This dumpling soup was absolutely incredible! So easy to make and the taste was extraordinary! I would make this every week! Looking forward to making more of these delicious recipes! Thank you Mason!

    • This was delicious! I made it into 5 portions for lunch prep. I think I’ll make the dumplings a little smaller next time because they are dense. I love getting a little bit of dumpling in every bite. Again…flavor is spot on.

    • This chicken and dumplings recipe is one of my top go to recipe for cold nights when I need something quick. The dumplings taste just like grand butter biscuit dumplings! I do add a little more water and low sodium chicken broth to the recipe to make it stupider. My kids and my husband love this and will gobble it up.

    • I just made this Sunday and not only was it easy but it was also fun to watch everything come together. Made it on the stove top and it was mighty tasty. I used Cream of Chicken and Mushroom soup because it’s what I had on hand and it worked like a charm. I also subbed Celery in the the green peas. Love the versatility of this recipe. It is a must try.

    • Started making this for my wife who was skeptical that a healthier version of chicken and dumplings could be delicious.. now it’s an absolute staple in our kitchen each week, especially on cold nights. My tip: add a little more broth than is called for in the original so it stays “soupy” for meal prep. Also, don’t be afraid of the ground nutmeg– it is your friend!

    • Loved this soup! Super easy, satisfying, and tasty. I substituted sage with 1/4 t. thyme. I also doubled the broth and condensed chicken soup because I like my soup soupalicious. I threw in freezer vegetables instead of chopping my own (which was pretty good). Clearly, this is a versatile recipe that handles changes well so you don’t have to go to the store when you inevitably forget an ingredient.

    • This was delicious! The biscuits were just a hint of sweet that complimented the soup really well. I like my chicken and dumplings on the more stew side so I added a corn starch slurry at the end to thicken it up a bit. PERFECT!

    • Love this recipe so much! Never made homemade dumplings before this but omg they’re so delicious!! I typically sub the fresh vegetables for frozen and they’re perfect by the time everything is ready! If I want to take out some chicken breast, I’ll cook it in my instant pot and shred it before I cook everything and add it in place of the rotisserie chicken! HIGHLY RECOMMEND making this at least once for yourself or family!

    • Recently discovered this site on Pinterest and have already made 4 recipes in about a 2 week span. This one so far had been a fan favorite with the bf. He is southern as they get and he had no idea it was “healthy”. I didn’t tell him I used Greek Yogurt until all the leftovers were gone and he was shocked. As it says the first part can be made however. I didn’t use carrots, nutmeg, bay leaves but added some chili powder. For the dumplings I followed exactly as it says cooked in a instapot. I paired it with not so healthy hoe cakes :). It really was simple and delicious!

    • I just killed the leftovers from this and I HAD to hop on here and say OH. EM. GOSH. So I made turkey and dumplings with our leftovers from Thanksgiving and it was a home run. The whole family liked it! I’ll definitely be making this on repeat (with chicken!). You did it again, Mason!

    • Mason, I need help! My husband and I love this recipe but I am seriously struggling with the dumplings. I measure the ingredients by weight and I’m even using the same brands as you but the dough always seems dry and so I work it a lot trying to incorporate everything. I cook them in a pressure cooker and all three attempts have come out dense and gluey. Any tips?

      • Hmm, I’m not sure what could be happening. Have you tried any other recipes with the Greek yogurt dough? The dough should be pretty dry/crumbly in the early stages but come together within 30-60 seconds or so. If you’ve tried others and your dough looks the same, you might try making your dumplings smaller.

    • First attempt at Chicken and Dumplings so I can’t compare to other recipes but while tracking on WW this looked like a good one to try. I was not disappointed. Absolutely delicious. I will make it again and again. My dumplings were not tender. I will try experimenting with cook time and size to get those right. Thanks for a great low point easy and delicious recipe

    • I have tried so many chicken & dumpling recipes, but this is by FAR the best one. Super easy to make. The dumplings are so fluffy, and the soup is delicious. I can’t believe this is a lightened up version.

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