Dairy-Free Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings
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If you're short on time, or don't have any fresh chicken on hand, you can use leftover cooked chicken or even canned chicken. The dumplings in this dish are intended to be more noodle like, not puffy.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 to 10 servings
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 to 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • 12 cups chicken broth, or water plus dairy-free bouillon, a combination of broth and water, or just water + 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 to 4 (7.5-ounce) cans dairy-free refrigerator biscuits (We used Great Value brand)
  1. Sauté the chicken breasts in the olive oil until cooked through. Remove from the pan and let cool for a few minutes.
  2. When the chicken has cooled slightly, shred it into bite-size pieces. I like to use my mixer for this. You can also shred it by hand with two forks.
  3. Bring the broth to a boil in a large soup pot.
  4. Meanwhile, open the biscuits and lay them out in a single layer on a large cutting board. Flatten them slightly by hand, and cut each biscuit into six sections.
  5. Add the turmeric (if using), black pepper, and chicken to the boiling broth. Stir.
  6. Drop half of the biscuit pieces into the broth one or two at a time.
  7. Let the biscuits cook for 3 minutes, then stir the soup.
  8. Add the remaining biscuit pieces one or two at a time.
  9. Let the remaining biscuit pieces cook for three minutes, then stir them into the soup.
  10. Turn the heat to medium low, and let the soup simmer for at least 5 to 10 more minutes or until the biscuits are cooked through.
  11. Add more water for a thinner broth, if desired.
  12. Serve the soup, and refrigerate any leftovers.
Homemade Refrigerated Biscuit Dough (adapted from Food.com): In a large bowl, mix 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ⅓ cup non-hydrogenated shortening with a fork until even crumbs form. Add 1 egg (lightly beaten) and ½ cup unsweetened plain dairy-free milk beverage. Roll the dough out to ¼-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut into strips and continue with the recipe above.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/dairy-free-southern-style-chicken-and-dumplings