Chicken and Dumpling Casserole

(updated pics – 6/1/13)
This is one of those dishes that the picture does not capture its awesomeness.  I’ll admit, I was skeptical. Being a Southern girl and all, being brought up eating traditional chicken and pastry/chicken and dumplings, I did not think this would be all that great.  I was WRONG!  This was delicious – comfort food at its best.  My husband and I ate the entire thing, minus one little portion.
I think one of the reasons it was so delicious is that I made a little boo-boo in melting my butter, and actually browned my butter instead.  Best mistake I ever made! Browned butter is really awesome. Like, awesome x 10.  This dish had so much yummy, buttery flavor, that I think the amount of butter could be reduced and it would still be the bomb.
Chicken and Dumpling Casserole 
adapted from

3-4 cups of cooked chicken (I used a rotisserie chicken)
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup unsalted browned butter
1 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup skim milk
1 can Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup (I’ve also made with Cream of Mushroom) 
         *I use this homemade Cream of Chicken recipe

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Place butter in a 9×13 pan and put in oven while it is preheating, to melt and brown. Once butter is melted, watch for it to start turning brown. You will also probably start to smell it.  It would be good to stir it a couple of times while it is browning, but I didn’t (b/c I forgot all about the butter being in the oven until I started smelling it!) You can also brown the butter on the stove, which will give you more control over even browning, and prevent burning. Once the butter has browned, remove from oven – be careful, it will spatter! You will see some little brown bits from the browned butter, this is okay.
  • Shred the chicken and spread it on top of the butter.
  • Whisk together the milk, flour, baking powder and salt.  Pour over the chicken, but do not stir.
  • Whisk together chicken broth and cream of mushroom (or chicken) soup. 
  • Pour over the top of casserole, again, do not stir.  

Bake uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes. It will start to brown in spots, and look thick and bubbly.

This is definitely going to make a regular appearance on our dinner table.  As a matter of fact, I think I am going to make it again this week since I have some leftover crockpot beer chicken from last week. (update – I did, and it was delicious! The more flavorful your chicken, the better this dish is!)

Speaking of this week’s menu….we have 3 nights of volleyball games, un-solidified birthday plans (Number One is turning 12!) and now my little one has a terrible cold…so it will be interesting…and probably not in a good way. Wish me luck! You can check out the menu here.

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**I have had some people inquire about my casserole dish…it came from 🙂

14 thoughts on “Chicken and Dumpling Casserole

  1. OMG, this looks so good. I am going to have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower!! Hugs, Shelly

  2. Well, we all have made something that the picture leaves something to be desired! But, we know that Chicken and Dumplings is the best…..Andi

  3. Yum! and you are right about browned butter! When I make homemade mac and cheese, I usually let the butter get a little brown and it gives it a more deep flavor!

  4. Truly supercalifragilisticexpealidocious! =) Never heard of making such a dish, but I will definitely be browning my butter and making it soon. Love it! Love your gorgeous baking dish too!

  5. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you! The comment got 'lost' in my email, which I am slowly trying to go through! The dish came from The Polka-Dot Palm in Edenton, NC. I have put a link at the bottom of the post if you would like to check them out! Super cute stuff!

  6. Made this for my first time and it came out delish! Easy 15 min prep time. Family loved it- will definitely serve again.

  7. Yum! Most requested meal from my family. And sooooo easy! Used to take me 2 days to make chicken-n-dumplings from scratch. We eat this with cranberry sauce and green peas. Comfort food at it’s very best!!

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