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Cracker Barrel Chicken & Dumplins Recipe
Cracker Barrel Chicken & Dumplins
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Entree
Calories: 700
Cook Time: 3 hours
Recipe Rating: 4.8 (11 reviews)
Menu Description:"We use only the 'best of the breast' chicken tenderloin in our recipe. Our dumplins are made from scratch, then hand rolled and cut into strips before simmering to perfection in chicken stock."

By 1977 there were 13 Cracker Barrel stores located in Georgia and Tennessee, with all of them based on founder Dan Evins' original concept of a restaurant and store built around gasoline pumps. But with the oil embargo and energy crisis of the mid-seventies, Cracker Barrel started building stores that did not offer gas. Soon all of the original 13 stores were converted so that today no one Cracker Barrel lets you "filler-up" while you fill yourself up.

Another old-time favorite at Cracker Barrel is the Chicken & Dumplins on the lunch and dinner menu. The nice thing about this version of the popular classic dish is that it creates its own tasty gravy. As the "dumplins" dissolve some, the flour thickens the stock into a creamy sauce. Just remember to let your dough rest a bit before rolling it to cut out the dumplins. This will allow the gluten in the flour to work much better. Use extra flour on your cutting board and rolling pin if the dough is too tacky, and try not to roll the dough too thin.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.

Photo by Karen Ury.

Chicken and broth
3 quarts water
Submitted on: 12/30/13
Almost as good as my husband's grandmother's!
Submitted on: 10/08/13
I have been looking for years for a recipe that came close to my husband's grandma's recipe. Only one person in the family has the original and when she shared the recipe it was not even close. Nice, huh? This is the so close that it is now my go to recipe. You won't be disappointment!
Like Memere used to make
Submitted on: 06/03/13
I lived in Nashville for a number of years and there was a Cracker Barrel less than a mile from me. I decided to try their Chicken and Dumplins one day and got hooked. It was just like the Chicken and put-a-put that my Memere used to make. I moved back to Connecticut and the closest Cracker Barrel is over an hour away. So I ha to try this recipe as no one had ever gotten the recipe from her and it was like having her right in the kitchen making it. Thank you so much for the memory.
Submitted on: 03/14/13
Made this twice, didn't add the lemon juice and it was fine. Also noticed that I needed way more flour than in the recipe. Second time making it, I doubled the dumplins recipe (plus extra flour) and it turned out much better.
five stars
Submitted on: 03/09/13
Made this for the first time last weekend. I've never had Cracker Barrels chicken & dumplings but this was very good. I thought next time I'll make some waffles and have it over the waffles. I had wanted a recipe too where you roll out the dumplings instead of dropping them by spoonfuls into the pot. YUM! YUM! I'm going to make this next time we have a pot luck at my church. Thanks alot Todd!!
Submitted on: 03/01/13
I had never made Chicken and dumplings before, have to say this recipe was great!! Took time but well worth it, thank you Todd.
Chicken and Dumplings
Submitted on: 02/19/13
Very tasty, but I would suggest cutting the salt in half.
Best Ever
Submitted on: 02/12/13
Had this years ago and on this snowy early evening in southern Oregon this was , according to my two grand daughters ( 6 & 9 ) the " Best Ever, Baba" and I agree. The trailing aroma from the pot to the bowls on the table is total anticipation and the reward confirms the wait that says " Best Ever" !
Doug Ury  
Submitted on: 01/30/13
I grew up eating the huge puffy cloud dumplings and when I found this recipe I was excited to try it. FABULOUS!!! Good comfort food. Thanks again Todd.
Very easy and good
Faith Walsh  
Submitted on: 01/26/12
This is delicious. I can't compare how close it is to Cracker Barrel's version as I haven't had theirs, but this is a wonderful, child-friendly version of chicken and dumplings.
Brittany Chavers  
Submitted on: 09/14/11
I did this recipe and it turned out awesome, I loved it. The best chicken and dumplins I have ever made.