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Chicken & Dumpling Casserole

This savory casserole is one of my husband's favorites. He loves the fluffy dumplings with plenty of gravy poured over them. The basil adds just the right touch of flavor and makes the whole house smell so good while this dish cooks. —Sue Mackey, Galesburg, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen green peas
  • 4 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, saute onion and celery in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in flour, sugar, salt, basil and pepper until blended. Gradually add broth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute or until thickened; reduce heat. Add peas and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • For dumplings, in a small bowl, combine baking mix and basil. Stir in milk with a fork until moistened. Drop by tablespoonfuls into mounds over chicken mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes. Cover and bake 10 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 393 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 1313mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Angie
    Jan 18, 2021

    I am not a cook, and have just a few go to meals. My husband, however, is a great cook, so my few go-to meals are meals he thinks taste good. I tried this recipe to surprise him. It was easy for me, a novice. He loved it. Tips for other novices: 1. The base thickens quickly. I took it off heat faster than the recipe states; 2. the biscuit mix (I used bisquick), is kind of runnier than what I thought biscuit dough should be at first. It thickens as it stands. 3. The recipe says to cover and cook another 10 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Try the toothpick after the first 30 minutes. Mine was done. 4. I would call this a pot pie rather than dumplings. My grandmother boils the “drop dumplings” in the base. I assume you could do that instead of baking if you’re a good cook. My husband liked this version better.

  • Loree
    Dec 16, 2020

    I tried this Recipe for the first time last night and it was absolutely amazing I made it for another couple due to Covid and took it to their home as well as enough for me and my spouse and we all thought it was delicious. No issues with the sugar. I cook a lot for me & other people just as a pay it forward kind of thing durning Covid got a deal on chicken thought why not, I used boneless chicken thighs instead of Rotisserie chicken, I diced the thighs into little cubes then I sautéed them in lemon olive oil and basil in a separate pan just till the meat turned white not fully cooked. Then prepared the rest of the ingredients added the chicken mixed it together placed in Pam with dumplings on top baked as instructed it was real good juicy.

  • Julienne
    Dec 14, 2020

    Fantastic as is but also forgiving. Adjust to your tastes. Love the idiotic comments of people who decide how bad it is without having it. Easy to fix or adjust. Easier than making chicken and dumplings actually.

  • Clare
    Dec 8, 2020

    Basil and sugar in a chicken and dumplings recipe? No please.

  • Katy's mom
    Nov 3, 2020

    This recipe needs too many tweaks to have great flavor. There are much better recipes out there for chicken and dumplings. (No, I didn't make it, and yes, an experienced cook can tell just by the list of ingredients whether a dish will be good or not.) .

  • pattiejean
    Oct 26, 2020

    This is delicious comfort food! It's so easy to make, and everyone loved it. I added some thyme and sage to biscuit topping. A definite keeper! VFE

  • Carolyn
    Sep 25, 2020

    I thought this was a good recipe. I made a few changes. The amount of peas was way too much, and made the casserole too sweet. I sliced a couple carrots and microwaved and added it to the mixture. I added the sugar, but I don't think it was needed, so I' will omit next time. The amount of basil was too much, so I used half basil and half thyme in the sauce. I used 1 1/2 teaspoons in the biscuits, but my husband didn't like it, so next time, I will only add 1 teaspoon verses 2. I cut the salt back a little and added about 1/2 teaspoon of better than bouillon , which tends to be salty. I also used a little more butter since the flour ratio was so high. You need to cook the flour out for about a minute. Quite impressed .

  • Suzanne
    Jul 26, 2020

    I made this recipe and it was not a hit in my house. I think the basil totally overwhelmed the taste.

  • Willsmommy7
    Jul 24, 2020

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  • Carol
    Mar 28, 2020

    I cut this recipe in half to adjust for two. My only adjustment was using a small chicken breast to not overwhelm the gravy and peas and I cut the chicken into small dice . My husband said this is one of the best dishes I’ve ever made!