Easy No-Stir Chicken And Dumplings Casserole

No-Fuss, No-Stir: The Lazy Chef’s Guide to Chicken and Dumplings Casserole.

There are many ways to repurpose leftover chicken, but my favorite is turning it into a delicious no-stir chicken and dumplings casserole. All you need is a few simple ingredients and a little imagination.

This super easy, no-stir chicken and dumplings recipe is hot and creamy with a touch of crispiness to warm the family on the coldest of days.

Traditional chicken and dumplings can take hours, if not days, to make, but here’s a simple, quick, and easy recipe for no-stir chicken and dumplings you’ll love. Instead of rolling out dough or mixing a batter, you can use canned crescent rolls or biscuits to feed everyone faster!

oven baked chicken and dumplings
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cooking time 60 minutes
  • Yields 6-8 servings

To Make This No-Stir Chicken and Dumplings Casserole Recipe, You Will Need The Following:

  1. 9″ x 13″ casserole dish or a 12″ cast iron skillet.
  2. A large mixing bowl: (There’s a little bit of mixing involved).
  3. Whisk or fork for mixing.
  4. A large serving spoon or ladle.


  1. Chicken; leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken is great because it’s already cooked. (OR cook 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs).
  2. Butter; 1/4 stick = 1/16 pound (28g).
  3. One can of crescent rolls OR 1 can of biscuits (American biscuits).
  4. One- 22.6 fl oz can of cream of chicken soup.
  5. One chicken bouillon cube to make one cup of chicken broth.
  6. One teaspoon of black pepper.
  7. One tablespoon of dried or rubbed sage.

Top Tip: Traditional chicken and dumplings do not include veggies, but you can add some if you want to make it more like a chicken pot pie. 

To turn it into a chicken pot pie, add the following:

  • 1 small onion, diced.
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped.
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh green peas.

Cook the veggies in a skillet till soft before adding them to the dish with the cooked chicken, or cook them with the raw chicken until they are soft, then add them to the casserole dish.

Instructions: Quick No-Stir Chicken And Dumplings

Base for chicken and dumplings casserole

STEP 1. To Make The Base:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. If you have cooked chicken: Remove any skin and bones. (If you’re starting with raw chicken, you must cook it first).
  3. Pull or chop the chicken into shredded bite-sized pieces.
  4. Coat the casserole dish or skillet with clarified butter or cooking oil.
  5. Layer the chicken pieces in your casserole dish/cast iron skillet.

STEP 2. To Make The ‘Dumplings‘:

  1. Open the can of crescent rolls. Cut or tear the dough into bite-sized pieces. Layer the pieces over the chicken, spreading them out more or less evenly.
  2. Also: you can use canned American-style biscuits. If so, quarter them into bite-sized pieces and layer them the same way on top of the chicken.

STEP 3. To Make The Gravy

making chicken and dumpling gravy

In a large microwavable bowl or saucepan, add the following:

  1. Canned soup.
  2. Chicken broth.
  3. Black pepper and dried/rubbed sage.
  4. Warm the bowl in the microwave for a couple of minutes, or use a stovetop to bring the saucepan to low heat. It doesn’t need to boil; you’re just warming up the soup mix, making it easier to blend.
  5. Blend the warm ingredients together with a fork or whisk.
  6. Pour the gravy mixture over the biscuits and chicken into the casserole dish/skillet. DO NOT STIR!
  7. Place the casserole dish/skillet in the preheated oven.
  8. Bake for about 1 hour, till the top is golden brown.
  9. Allow sitting for at least 5 minutes before serving. 
  10. Ladle into bowls. 

Top Tip: There will still be some liquid in the dish: more or less gravy consistency. It should be like a thick stew, not a firm casserole.

How To Store Chicken And Dumplings Casserole 

Cover the chicken and dumpling casserole with a lid or plastic wrap, or place it in a plastic container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Or let it cool and freeze in a freezer bag or suitable container for up to 3 months. Make sure to let them thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

Read Also: Here Is A Quick Way To Freeze Dumplings Without Sticking.

Easy No-Stir Chicken And Dumplings Casserole

Recipe by Jen Evansy
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Looking for a recipe that’s warm, comforting, and easy to make? Look no further than this no-stir chicken and dumplings casserole! Packed with tender pieces of chicken, biscuits, and cream of chicken soup, this dish is perfect for chilly nights when you want something hearty and satisfying. And the best part? You don’t even have to stir it! With just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep, you can have a delicious meal on the table in no time. So cozy up and dig into this easy and delicious chicken and dumplings casserole.

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  • 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken (leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken works great)

  • 1/4 stick (28g) butter, melted

  • 1 can crescent rolls or 1 can biscuits (American style)

  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (22.6 fl oz)

  • 1 chicken bouillon cube

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dried or rubbed sage


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  • If using raw chicken, cook it first by boiling it in a pot of water until fully cooked.
  • Remove any skin and bones, then shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. If using leftover or rotisserie chicken, shred it into bite-sized pieces.
  • Melt the butter and use it to coat the bottom and sides of a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish or a 12″ cast iron skillet.
  • Layer the shredded chicken evenly in the bottom of the dish.
  • If adding vegetables, cook them in a skillet until soft, then add them to the dish with the chicken.
  • Open the can of crescent rolls or biscuits and cut or tear them into bite-sized pieces. Layer the pieces over the chicken and vegetables, spreading them out evenly.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the cream of chicken soup, chicken bouillon cube, water, black pepper, and sage. Whisk together until well combined.
  • Pour the soup mixture over the crescent rolls or biscuits, making sure to cover them evenly.
  • Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 60 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.
  • Use a large serving spoon or ladle to scoop the chicken and dumplings casserole into bowls and enjoy!


  • Use leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken to save time, but you can also cook chicken breasts or thighs if you prefer.
  • To save time, I use canned crescent rolls or biscuits instead of making my own dumplings.
  • If you want to add vegetables, sauté them first to soften them and add some extra flavor.
  • Use chicken broth instead of water for added flavor, and use a bouillon cube to make a quick and easy broth.
  • Don’t stir the casserole after you add the gravy mixture. This will help the biscuits or dumplings to rise and cook evenly.
  • Let the casserole sit for at least 5 minutes before serving. This will help it to set and make it easier to serve.
  • Experiment with different seasonings to find the flavor that you like best. Sage and black pepper are traditional seasonings for chicken and dumplings, but you can add other herbs or spices to suit your taste.

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In Conclusion

Feeding the family doesn’t have to be complicated or take loads of time to prepare. Keep your winters warm with this simple, quick recipe of no-stir chicken and dumplings casserole.

Give it a try this evening!

About Jen Evansy

Nutritionist, researcher, avid home cook, and writer interested in everything nutrition and food-related. Striving to inform, encourage, and inspire all the readers to make healthy and informed choices when it comes to cooking, food, diet, and nutrition.