Grandma’s Dairy-Free Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings

This Southern Style Dairy-Free Chicken and Dumplings recipe is a true comfort food classic. Inspired by Scott’s grandmother, this dish is not only delicious but also dairy-free. Whether you’re sheltering at home or facing a winter storm, this recipe is the perfect choice. With just a few simple ingredients, it’s easy to make and incredibly satisfying.


A Family Favorite Recipe

When I first tasted my grandmother-in-law’s chicken and dumplings, I immediately fell in love with it. The warm flavors and comforting aroma made it an instant hit with our entire family. This recipe holds a special place in our hearts, as it reminds us of cherished family moments.

To add a touch of visual appeal, Scott’s grandmother used yellow food coloring. In our version, we replace it with turmeric, but feel free to skip it if you don’t have any on hand.

The Perfect Dumplings

Traditionally, homemade biscuit dough is used for chicken and dumplings. However, we discovered that store-bought refrigerator biscuits work just as well, if not better. They’re more convenient and result in flat, noodle-like dumplings that perfectly complement the dish.

Even during times when flour and bread supplies are low, you can often find a good supply of dairy-free refrigerator biscuits. Many varieties are available, making it easier to create this delightful meal.

Tips for Young Chefs

This recipe is not only delicious but also a great opportunity for kids to get involved in the kitchen. Younger children can help shred the chicken, flatten and cut the biscuits, and carefully drop the biscuit pieces into the broth. Older kids and teens can even take charge of making the entire recipe by themselves. Cooking together as a family not only gives the kids something to do but also creates lasting memories.

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Special Diet Notes: Chicken and Dumplings

For those with dietary restrictions, this recipe is a perfect choice. It is dairy-free, optionally egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and optionally soy-free. However, it’s worth noting that some refrigerator biscuits contain soy oil, so be sure to check the labels if you have a soy allergy.


Q: Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
A: Unfortunately, this recipe is not naturally gluten-free. However, you may be able to find gluten-free refrigerator biscuits or try making your own gluten-free biscuit dough.

Q: Can I use a different type of meat?
A: Absolutely! While traditional chicken and dumplings use chicken, you can experiment with other proteins like turkey or even tofu for a vegetarian twist.

Q: Can I freeze this dish?
A: Yes, you can freeze chicken and dumplings. After cooking, let it cool completely, portion it into freezer-friendly containers, and store it in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.


Grandma’s Dairy-Free Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings is a beloved family recipe that has stood the test of time. Its simple yet comforting flavors make it the perfect dish for any occasion. We hope you enjoy preparing and savoring this delightful meal with your loved ones.

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