This mouth-watering chicken and dumpling casserole is an easy-to-make comfort food that’s loaded with chicken and veggies in a tasty sauce seasoned with basil.
The fluffy homemade biscuits add the perfect touch to this family-favorite meal that’s packed with flavor.
The best part? Your kids will never know they are eating veggies! 😉
One of our favorite family meals is this chicken and dumplings casserole. This is one of those easy meal recipes that I’ve been making for so long that I can’t even remember where I found the recipe.
Baked chicken and dumplings are super easy to make. It doesn’t involve the scary process of dropping biscuits over the stove, as some dumpling recipes require. And it’s loaded with chicken and veggies in a delicious basil sauce.
The fluffy homemade biscuits are the cherry on top of this casserole for a meal your whole family will enjoy.
The veggies are baked right into this dish, so (sometimes) the kids don’t even realize they’re eating peas (win!). Of course, that’s no guarantee since we all know kids can be tricky. But it works on mine! (Most of the time…)
Chicken and dumplings casserole: A new family favorite
One nice thing about this recipe is that you can use more or less chicken, depending on your preference. If our budget is tight, I’ll make this casserole using just 2 chicken breasts while substituting extra veggies, and it’s still just as delicious.
Note that this dumpling casserole recipe doesn’t use cream of chicken soup. Instead, we make our own sauce (and it’s a breeze)!
This isn’t a super quick recipe like my creamy white chicken enchiladas, easy taco pizza, or grilled shrimp skewers. So, it may not work for a weeknight dinner (unless you don’t have activities that night). But it’s perfect for a weekend or a night that’s not busy!
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe. Please see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for the detailed recipe.
- Chopped onion
- Chopped celery
- Minced garlic*
- All-purpose flour
- Dried basil
- Black pepper (to taste)
- Chicken bouillon cube
- Chicken broth
- Frozen green peas – or peas and carrots**
- Cooked chicken – shredded or cubed. Rotisserie chicken is a great way to go if you’re short on time!
For the dumplings:
- Homemade biscuit mix – try this quick and easy homemade baking mix recipe!
- Dried basil
How to make chicken and dumpling casserole
One of the best things about this meal is that the ingredients are pretty common. They’re all things I typically keep on hand in my kitchen anyways, so it’s not hard to put this chicken and dumpling casserole together on short notice.
Optional: You can add carrots too for more color; freshly chopped or a bag of frozen peas and carrots from the store. Just remember to decrease the peas accordingly.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Set the chicken aside and add the stick of butter to the large skillet. Saute the onion, celery, and garlic in the butter until tender.
Whisk in the flour, sugar, salt, basil, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Once combined, add the chicken bouillon cube and slowly add the chicken broth, whisking as you cook it over medium heat (or medium-high heat, if needed).
Bring to a boil and cook and stir for 1 minute.
Reduce the heat and add the peas. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring almost constantly. Then, stir in the chicken.
Pour into a greased 9x13x2″ casserole dish.
Now it’s time to make the dumplings. Combine the biscuit mix and basil in a bowl.
Stir in the milk until moistened.
If the biscuit mix is still dry, you can add another tablespoon of milk.
Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling dough evenly over the chicken mixture. It should make about 12 dumplings.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Then, cover and bake for 10 minutes more or until the Bisquick layer is golden brown.
Baked chicken and dumplings FAQs
Here are some questions that I often see readers ask about making this chicken and dumpling casserole. If you don’t see your question answered below, please leave it in the comments!
What to serve with chicken and dumpling casserole?
Since this dish is so filling, we like to keep it light with side dishes. Depending on the night, I might serve this with my strawberry spinach salad or rainbow fruit salad.
Is chicken and dumpling casserole supposed to be thick or soupy?
I would say that it’s pretty thick but still has a little liquid. However, it won’t be super soupy. If you notice that it’s liquidy once you pull it out of the oven, let it sit for about 10 minutes. It’ll thicken up as it cools down.
Can I use water instead of chicken broth for chicken and dumplings?
Although you could use water, the chicken broth adds tons of flavor that you don’t want to leave out. However, if you don’t have quite enough chicken broth, you can thin it out with water and not notice it.
How do I store leftover chicken and dumpling casserole?
If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Then reheat leftovers in the microwave until they’re hot.
More family favorite recipes
If you love this meal idea, I think you’ll love these too!
- Crispy, Baked Chicken Nuggets
- Aloha Pineapple Chicken
- Unbelievably Easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos
- Curried Chicken Shepherd’s Pie
Chicken and Dumplings Casserole
This tasty casserole is loaded with chicken and veggies in a savory sauce seasoned with basil. The homemade biscuits add the perfect touch to this favorite family meal.
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 40 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic*
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1/2–1 teaspoon pepper (to taste)
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 16 ounces frozen green peas or peas and carrots**
- 3–4 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken
- 2 cups homemade biscuit mix
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2/3 cup milk
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Set the chicken aside and saute the onion, celery, and garlic in the butter until tender in a large saucepan.
- Whisk in flour, sugar, salt, pepper and basil. Then add the chicken bouillon cube and the chicken broth, whisking as you do.
- Bring to a boil and stir while cooking for 1 minute.
- Reduce the heat, add the peas, and cook for 4-5 minutes. Then add the chicken and stir to combine.
- Pour into a greased 9×13″ dish.
- Combine the biscuit mix in a bowl. Stir in the milk until moistened. If the biscuit mix is still dry, you can add another tablespoon of milk, but the dough should remain thick.
- Drop spoonfuls of biscuit dough evenly over the chicken mixture.
- Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes. Then cover and bake for another 10 minutes or until the dumplings are slightly browned.
*I experimented with the garlic, pepper, and basil quantities quite a bit before I came up with this combination. I think it works really well and my family loves it, however feel free to add more or less of any of these per your preference.
**16 ounces of peas (or peas and carrots) is a lot of veggies. I prefer to use this much because it bulks up the recipe and I don’t have to use quite as much chicken, saving money. However, you may want to use less (10-12 ounces).
- Serving Size: 8
- Calories: 469
- Sugar: 12g
- Sodium: 1238mg
- Fat: 19g
- Saturated Fat: 9g
- Unsaturated Fat: 9g
- Carbohydrates: 45g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 29g
- Cholesterol: 85mg
Stephanie R says
Chicken and dumplings are my favorite, but Ive never had them in casserole form before, I have got to make this!!
Those look so tasty and filling! I wish I could eat them!!
Sharon Hancock says
This sounds delicious. The last time I made chicken and dumplings it was in the pot and some of the dumplings sank and didn’t cook through. I will have to give this a try
I actually saw this on Twitter earlier and the photo made me SO hungry! Chicken and dumplings is such a classic comfort food, and this version looks delicious!
Ah! I love chicken and dumplings! My mom always
Made them but I figured they were way too difficult! I’m trying this recipe!
Ellen Christian says
That does sound good! My kids love anything with dumplings added to it!
I love recipes this this, where you’ve got things available. I try to meal plan, but some days get away from me. This sounds just perfect for busy nights.
Yum! This looks so delicious! I’m definitely pinning this to recipes I want to make! Thanks!