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Chicken and Dumplings Cracker Barrel Copykat


Chicken and Dumplings that is just like Cracker Barrel restaurant.













3 ½ pounds whole chicken
2 quarts water
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
or less if desired
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
or lard, or shortening
¾ cup buttermilk


Place chicken in a Dutch oven. Add water and 2 teaspoons salt and bring to the boil.

Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 hour or until tender (should almost fall off bone).

Remove the chicken from the broth and cool. Bone the chicken and cut meat into bite-sized pieces

Bring the broth to a gentle boil and add black pepper

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the cold butter or shortening. Add the buttermilk, stirring with a fork until moistened.

Knead the dough 4 to 5 times, and cut off ½-inch pieces. Drop into the gently boiling broth.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the chicken and serve.

In a pressure cooker you can reduce cooking time to 30 minutes.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 347g (12.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 84745% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 65%
Saturated Fat 14g 69%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 249mg 83%
Sodium 1319mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Sugars g
Protein 155g
Vitamin A 12% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 9% Iron 30%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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