Dairy Queen Chicken & Dumplings Copycat Recipe: No Trip to DQ Country Required by Donna John

Dairy Queen Chicken & Dumplings Copycat Recipe: No Trip to DQ Country Required

Chicken and dumplings at a fast food restaurant? Skeptical doesn't even begin to describe my thoughts as I read this over and over on my foodie and cooking groups. But everyone seems to love this fast food restaurant's chicken and dumplings. I always say don't judge until you've tried it. They are good.

A foodie friend shared this easy chicken and dumpling recipe that he says is the closest he's made to tasting like what DQ sells. The dumplings are from scratch, but are super simple to prepare. They're made with flour, baking powder, butter, milk and salt. The homemade dumplings are cooked in chicken broth until cooked through and tender. Add shredded chicken and the dish is done. 

Don't be shy when coating the dumplings with flour as you cut, because this is what thickens the chicken broth creating the taste so many enjoy. If you like this chicken and dumplings recipe, try my chicken and dumplings recipe. It's a fan favorite!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3 - 4 cups cooked shredded chicken

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Using two forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter. Stir in the milk until a dough forms. Form the dough into a ball. 
  2. On a floured work surface, roll the dough out with a rolling pin. Cut into small squares with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. Coat the cut dumplings with flour so they don't stick together. (This will also help thicken the broth.)
  3. Put the broth into a soup pot and bring it to a boil. Drop the dumplings into the broth a few at a time. Cook for about 15 minutes or until tender. 
  4. Add the chicken. Cook about 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. 

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Soup Pots $10 & Up
Blenders $6 & Up
Rolling Pins $7 & Up
Pizza Cutters $5 & Up
Flour $2 & Up
Chicken Broth $1 & Up
Baking Powder $2 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
I didn't know DQ makes things like this! Sounds like a recipe worth trying, Donna John !

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