This Old Fashioned Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe is amazing. It’s Definitely one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes!
A Classic Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe!
This southern style cornbread dressing is simply amazing! I start off making homemade southern cornbread for this recipe. I then let the cornbread sit for one day, because day old cornbread, makes the best southern cornbread dressing.
I like to call this my soul food cornbread dressing, because I put my heart and soul into it when I make it! Honey, this dressing has the onions, bell pepper, shredded chicken, celery- You name it, it’s in there! I don’t hold back! It’s like that old fashioned cornbread dressing that Grandma use to make. It’s packed with flavor!
A few things before we get into the southern cornbread dressing recipe. This is not a Jiffy Cornbread Dressing. Although I love Jiffy, I don’t like to use it for this dressing simply because it’s sweet. Therefore, I make my homemade cornbread. IF you want to use Jiffy, you can!
While you’re here, check out some of my other cornbread dressing recipes!
SOUL FOOD CORNBREAD DRESSING RECIPE
COLLARD GREEN & SMOKED TURKEY CORNBREAD DRESSING
ITALIAN SAUSAGE CORNBREAD DRESSING
This southern cornbread dressing recipes calls for day old cornbread. I know it may seem time consuming, but it is worth it, and to be honest with you – This is a really easy cornbread dressing recipe!
This cornbread dressing has chicken in it. If you want to leave the chicken out, you can! 🙂
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You will need THIS cornbread recipe for this dressing
Southern Cornbread Dressing
- Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe 2 batches
- 1 sleeve of saltine crackers crumbled
- 2 stalks of celery chopped
- 1 medium sized green bell pepper diced
- 1 medium sized red bell pepper diced1 large red onion, diced
- 4 tbsp salted butter
- 1 lb cooked chicken shredded
- 3 fresh sage leaves chopped
- 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves chopped
- 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 14.5 oz condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Remember to make the cornbread a day in advance ( to dry it out!).
- The next day, crumble the cornbread into a large bowl, along with the crackers.
- Pour in the chicken broth, and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, toss the butter into a medium sized pan, and melt over medium heat.
- Once the butter is melted, add in the onions, celery, and bell peppers.
- Cook the vegetables until they soften, then add in the garlic, seasonings, and chopped herbs.
- Turn the heat off, and stir the ingredients.
- Add the cooked vegetables, chicken, and herb mixture into the large bowl with crumbled cornbread and crackers.
- Add in the cream of mushroom soup, and the egg then fold the ingredients.
- Add the mixture into a lightly greased or buttered 9 x 13 bake dish, and cover.
- Let bake for 1 hour.
- Remove from the oven, uncover, and bake for 30 minutes.
- Let cool.
- Serve & enjoy!
oh Rosie, this looks divine! Do you know if it freezes well because I don’t think my family could eat a whole pan at one time.
That’s a great question! Although, I’ve never tried freezing this, I don’t think it would be a problem.
Angelia Lee says
Freezing the dressing in the uncooked or cooked state is fine. I prefer to cook what will be eaten and freeze the rest…then you can unthaw when ready for more….that way you do not have to mix up a new batch.
Yes it freezes great! This is my moms recipe but we use cream of chicken instead of mushroom (or whatever is on hand…chicken, mushroom or celery).
What about a honeybun cake
Ooh! That sounds good!
Burgundy Richards says
My suggestion are Apple cider, apple cobbler, and a pumpkin bundt cake.
I think I have all but the pumpkin pound cake uploaded :-)… I need to redo the apple cobbler though!
Lorraine Banath-Yasharahla says
For Desserts: How about Apple Cobbler, Pecan Pie, Triple Berry Cobbler, Pineapple Upside Down Cake with cherries and add chopped walnuts. 7UP Pound Cake. I will try your recipe for Southern CORNBREAD DRESSING.
I have almost all of those but the triple berry cobbler 🙂
Hello, I would love a recipe for an old fashion pound cake with caramel icing. Thank you.
Bisquick cobbler recipes.
Those are pretty easy, and I think a lot of people would like them. Great idea.
I’d love an easy recipe with “a twist” for thanksgiving… thank you kindly.
Girl, this looks and sounds delicious! I am a huge cornbread dressing fan so I am going to try this real soon. I do however, have one question regarding the fresh herbs. Can dried herbs be used as a sub, if so, how much? Thanks as always and I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out!
Hi Roni! You can use dry herbs. Same amounts 🙂
Hi Rosie, Just a heads-up, you left out when to add the chicken in the Dressing recipe. Now…I so enjoy your recipes, your real-life & down-to-earth attitude! I’ve baked your candied yams about 7 times this past year and we LOVE them; my son eats his cornbread soaked in yam juice. An easy drink that’s always a winner for me: 1 part 7-up to 1 part frozen apple juice concentrate (that’s it!) Floating any fruit on top is beautiful & cranberries with apple slices would be nice for the holidays. Looking forward to your next recipe! God bless.
The holiday drink sounds amazing! I have to try it!
Just wanted to be left on your site to receive your recipes. Thanks
I suggest a deep dish apple cobbler wit h homemade whipped cream. No crumb topping please. For drink, strawberry ice tea or the Virgin version of drinks like mail tai, pina colada, or other drinks.
Apple Cobbler… I’m gonna do it 🙂
Please post the recipe for a honeybun cake
Wow! I guess I have to add honeybun cake to the menu! 🙂
Hello Rosie. My husband actually stumbled upon your recipe, when I was desperate for a Turkey Meatloaf Recipe. When he found the one with the BBQ sauce, oh we fell in love. He actually helped me make it lol! Now I won’t make any other version. Ever since, I’ve been peering through your recipes to find items that no one I know actually makes on a regular and easy enough for me to follow. I have this question tho….did you upload the HONEY BUN RECIPE yet?? Lol, I’ve heard about it. Like some guy in St. Louis makes it tastes soo much like the store brand. Sorry I don’t know who, but I would love to bring that to the table soon. Lol! You’re the best girl. I’m gonna do a trial run on this dressing. Got to get my soulfood cooking up to speed. Thanks so much!
Hi Shay!! I’m glad that you all found my blog 😀 . The Honey Bun Cake will be up next month. LOL.
Melissa M.Young says
Yes lord, sounds like a winner!! Keep us posted please!
JoAnn Johnson says
Yum! Can’t wait to try this recipe..reminds me of my grandmothers recipe. For dessert..would like to see a sour cream cake kicked up a notch for the holidays. THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO! You are awesome!
Hi JoAnn! Like a Sour Cream Pound Cake?
Jo Ann Johnson says
Sour Cream Pound cake would be good too! Put a new spin on it …lol. Thanks! But whatever you come up with…I will make lol.
Carolyn Bennett says
Hi Rosie! I love your Recipes!! I would love to see a citrus pound cake recipe for dessert.
Hi Carolyn! I have a Cherry 7up Cake recipe here 🙂
Lyn Tompkins says
Hi Rosie! Can you provide a recipe for a chocolate cake with yellow cake mix? I never make my just right. Thank you!
Hi Lyn! A chocolate cake with YELLOW cake mix? Thats a new one for me lol.
I think she means a yellow cake with chocolate icing.
Would love to see a holiday Key Lime Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Apple Crumb Pie and a holiday milk shake maybe red velvet. Raspberry or Apple Cider drink and non alcoholic sparkling punch.
I have been loving Heart Recipes. I always use your recipes during the holidays and they are always a big hit.
Tabatha Davis says
Can you do a sock it to me cake for your holiday recipe list?
Marta Lynn Freeman-Steele says
Really looking forward to making this for Sunday dinner!!!☺☺
Awesome, enjoy! 🙂
LeKeisha Harding says
Looks moist and delicious. Can’t wait to try this out!
It’s delicious! Definitely give it a try 🙂
Cornbread dressing is my favorite! You asked about desserts/beverages. I like to make any dessert
that fits into a 13×9 pan for get-togethers. It can be a cake or a no-bake dessert.
Stefanie Thacker says
How about recipes for a cream cheese pound cake, a chocolate pecan pie and a simple Sangria ?
Hi Stefanie! Here is my Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Rosie this recipe looks great i can’t wait to make it. Can I use turkey instead of chicken in recipe for thanksgiving. Or will it change the flavor.I suggest a lemonade for drink and dessert your best ever lemon pound cake. Also my grand mom friend used make homemade red velvet cake. And can other use make a 30 day cake.The 30 day cake was coconut cake each day. U add ingredient than bake it . she used bake right before Christmas. Cake was so good.
Hi Veronica! You sure can use turkey instead of chicken 🙂
How about a easy but tasty Butter Pecan Cake …. I Love your site ❤️
yummy! That sounds good!
What about a lemonade recipe drink. I can’t drink soda or tea.
Can you please do a brownie recipe?
Hi Kamaria. I have a couple of brownie recipes posted.
Can you share the recipe for the homemade cornbread dressing you use in this recipe?
Hi Teerra. The recipe is here.
Adding this to my thanksgiving menu! It’s perfect ❤️
Thanks for coming by!
LaWare Midddletonyahoo says
Hi Rosie. I will definitely try your corn bread
dressing recipe. It sounds delicious . Do you
have a recipe for butter roll for desert. I know it’s old school but it’s so good
Hi LaWare! My Butter Roll recipe isn’t posted yet.
Brandon Washington says
What parts of the chicken are more suitable for this recipe? Does it work better with white or dark meat? Boneless or bone in?
It depends on what you like. I prefer dark meat, but white can be used.
Cheryl Jackson says
Hi Rosie…love all your recipes, and you are so pretty, just had to say it. Im trying your cornbread dressing for the first time I need to know a couple of things are both peppers necessary my family arenot big fans and if i use ground herbs how much versus fresh. sorry my first and i want to get it as close to edible as possible. Mom always made it but shes not here anymore so Im trying. also white or yellow cornbread. Thanks so much I look forward to more good recipes
Hi Cheryl. Thanks for the lovely compliment! You can omit the peppers. I listed the amount of dry herbs in the recipe 🙂
Love your recipes. For the cornmeal dressing – should I use half of the cornbread or make make two batches?
I had that same question. So when making the Southern Cornbread, make two pans of cornbread plus the sleeve of crackers, right? Wanna be sure! Thanks 🙂
If you’re doubling the recipe, double everything.
Gail Fish says
To start with I am more of a dry bowl, wet bowl person. With that being said. Wouldn’t it be easier if you were to add the soup, egg ( slightly beating ) with the cooked veg., Chicken, and herbs together ??? Would there be less breakage ??? Cause girl I am from the South, and raised in the South !!! Southern Tennessee, Sequatchie Mountain. I can’t fold to save my life. The only thing that I can fold is clothes!!! Salt and pepper ??? Loving your recipes !!! Going to start making some this week for Thanksgiving. Thank-you !!! Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!
Hi Gail, whatever method works best for you 🙂
Tauny Durruthy says
How do you suggest cooking the chicken? Fried, i hope – lolol!!
No store has ground ginger is there a good sub I can use instead?
Which recipe? Because this dressing does not contain ground ginger. If you’re talking about the yams, you can omit the ginger.
I’m sorry! Yes the yams, turns out I had some in my cabinet from months ago. Praise God!
Rosie!!! I had to take time out of my Thanksgiving to give you a sincere thank you! I’ve made dressing for my family several times over the years but this year, this recipe came out amazing it was so delicious. I also made your cream cheese pound cake, amazing!thank you for your recipes,God bless you and have a great Thanksgiving!
You too Tiffani!
I ain’t no let’s make dressing jus cuz type of lady but I told my husband today ima have to start makin this jus cuz on gp!! He’s like what I wantin for so it looks like ima be a dressing type of lady jus cuz now!!! Loved it sooo much had my 13 year old son make it #myturkeydaywasdelicious
Hello! I love your recipes, but I was wondering if this recipe calls for 2 batches of corn bread or just 1? Also, if I did just one will it ruin the dressing? or should I cut ingredients in half or make another corn bread (it wouldn’t be a day old though). Hope to hear from you soon! Thank you
2 batches, as written. If you want to make one, you can cut the other ingredients in 1/2 🙂
Oh my goodness, Rosie, I made this dressing for Thanksgiving. Can I say, Hallelujah! Dressing is one dish that I have never had a handle on – and I’ve tried many, many recipes. I’ve had any number of people exclaim,- dressing? You want to make dressing? That’s easy. All you have to do is…” Whenever I hear “all you have to do is,” I know I’m not going to be successsful. I’m not that talented. I need specifics. BUT this year I finally, finally had some delicious dressing. It reminded me of my Mom’s and her dressing was the bomb. She’s gone now and I regret never learning from her. Now, I will never be without delicious dressing again. Thank you so much.
Glad that you liked the recipe!
Jalil Jackson says
Yes indeed! This recipe reminds me of my grandmas! It just taste like this is actually the original dressing recipe for all decades!
Jalil Jackson says
Let me be the 100th person to say, THIS RECIPE IS SO DELICIOUS! It’s so good! This was my first time actually cooking dressing and I mean my whole family loved it! My wife told me, “baby I didn’t know you can cook like this.” I will forever make this dressimg recipe! I did in fact use one bag of stuffing mix instead of saltine crackers though! Just not a saltines crack kind of person. But everything else I followed and it is amazing. Even my parents who cook, told me “boy this dressimg is good!” And the CORNBREAD!! I’ll leave a review for that on that blog! Thank you for sharing! Holidays will never be the same! Cause I’m cooking this for every one of them!!!!! God bless you!
Hi Jalil! So glad that you liked the recipe!!
Hello how are you? I am looking forward to trying this recipe very soon. I’ve tried many others and they were absolutely great!! Do you have a gravy recipe that you use to serve over your dressing or do you just serve it with some Cranberry Sauce?
I usually use turkey gravy, but the recipe on here is outdated, and unavailable 🙁
Hi Rosie! I LOVE your recipes!
I’m making your smoked turkey & collard greens dressing for Christmas. Soo…
Will the herb croutons (I think that is what I saw) taste like Stove Top dressing? I ask because my family likes day old dressing.
*I may go with your Southern Cornbread Dressing to be if it does taste like Stove Top dressing. So…
What changes do I need to add or omit to the recipe so that it tastes right? I am not a cooking pro, lol. I notice in one recipe you used Kosher salt but in the other regular salt as well as other small differences which make make a BIG difference for a novice like me, lol.
I am preparing my shopping list of ingredients. Please help!
You can use cornbread instead of the croutons 🙂
Lady j says
Hi ms Rosie. What is meant by two batches cornbread
Hi Rosie, I actually like a sweeter cornbread. Is there any way to make it sweet, from scratch? I don’t want to use jiffy… Should I just add some sugar? Approximately how much, if so? Thanks in advance…
Hi Lec. Try my Southern Sweet Cornbread Recipe.
Kendis warren says
Hi rosie love ur recipe for southern cornbread dressing. Will it b ok to shred up a rotisserie chicken and add to recipe?
Hi Rosie – To dry out the cornbread, should it be left uncovered? I want to make sure my attempt comes close to the deliciousness you present and I follow the recipe to a T!
Yes, leave it uncovered 🙂
Hi . Love your recipes! Confused about making 2 batches. Do I need to make 2 pans of cornbread?? Or, is this going to make two 9×13 pans of cornbread dressing? I know others have asked so my apologies because I’m still unclear.
Make two 9×13 cornbreads 🙂
Hi Rosie. What does putting the ritz cracker in do to the dressing?
It adds to the texture.
Hi Rose is their any way you could maybe tell me how much ingredients to make a oval tin pan full of your dressing im incharge of the dressing this year and i don’t want to miss things up…
My family has made this for years, we call it chicken dressing cause we use a whole chicken in it. One item I have never send is the cream of mushroom soup. I’m going to add hat this year. Love your newsletters. Keep them coming. Thanks.
Glenn R Kahanek says
Almost identical to my mother’s recipe. The two things that are different are the chicken and the cream of mushroom soup. She boiled the chicken innards and the neck till done and chopped that up and put in dressing and used the stock from that in the dressing. I used to eat the dressing with cranberry sauce and that was my meal. Mmmm good
Hi! I love all your recipes, I’ve cooked the southern greens, southern cornbread & yams, absolutely delicious! Your actually the first recipe I look for you are amazing! I’m thinking of making the cornbread this year for thanksgiving, can I substitute the chicken in the cornbread? Wondering if it’ll still taste the same without it?…& If I cook the cornbread the day of serving but leave in oven a little longer will it dry out that way?
Thank you so much have a blessed day
Hi Toya! Yes you can cook the cornbread a little longer to dry it out. I didn’t see what you planned on using to substitute the chicken.
Please make a video! I learn Better that way lol
Rhonda Bond says
I just tried your dressing for Thanksgiving yesterday and it will now be my go to dressing. My family loved it and so did I. Thank you for your recipe!!
This recipe was amazing and right on the money! It was a just like my nana’s cornbread dressing. Thank you!!!
Nicole Brown says
I pray all is well with you and your family! I wanted to know can you use cream of chicken instead of cream of mushroom? I absolutely love your recipes will be making your cornbread and dressing this thanksgiving. Will definitely keep you posted! Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Hello hun! Yes, you can!
Kerri Spence says
Love this recipe
Andrea Swint says
Easy to make and was so tasty!!!
Shelly Monk says
Love this recipe. Just like my grandmas. Every time I make it, it transports me back to her kitchen. Her cooking while telling stories of when she was a child and how much more simple the world was then.
Thank you for this recipe, it gives me a little piece of my granny, even though she’s no longer here.
Prayers and hugs to you.
India Heard says
I still remember my Granny saying you needed a OLD cornbread to make the dressing so I’ve always made it a day ahead!! Obviously she taught me well and someone taught you well too!! Can’t wait to try this!
Dana render says
Beranda Gladney says
Hello cousin! I can not wait to try your dressing recipe. Looks so delicious!!!
I have a 21×13 pan to cook your sothern style cornbread dressing, what is the ratio for the seasoning, I am concrned about the flavor.
Kimberly Robinson says
I love this recipe! Cant wait to maje this fir yhys yesrs thanksgiving dinner
Hi Rosie! Thank you for the chance to win groceries for Thanksgiving! I’ll definitely be making this recipe to remind me of how my granny use to do it. She made her cornbread from scratch! Talk about old school!!
Natasha McCabe says
This is one of the many recipes, Of Yours, that i wanna try along with your chitterling recipe. I already know its gonna be banging & I appreciate you so much for sharing your skills with us.
I don’t usually like stuffing but this recipe is wondermarv! And the kids LOVE it too . Thanks for all you do! Keep it coming.
Jennifer E says
I’m going to attempt this cornbread stuffing recipe. We lost mom to COVID in September of 2020, she never did write down her stuffing recipe. Last year I did my best to make Thanksgiving all I could, but the heartache was still too much. This year I’m hoping the food turns out just as well as last year & perhaps with your recipe for stuffing, I’ll begin a new favorite recipe for my kiddos & grandbabies! God Bless!
This looks delicious. I would love for myself and son to be one of your recipients for a Thanksgiving meal.
Thank you and have a great day!
Jynne robinson says
I can’t wait to try this recipe!!
Paradise Donaldson says
How much corn bread must I make?
Jessica Copley says
Just like all your other recipes, this one didn’t fail me!
Rosie, I made this dressing for Thanksgiving dinner and it was the talk of the day. My daughter and I actually made several of your recipes for dinner and now everyone think we’re the best cooks in the family. Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. You are permanently etched in our family.
I definitely will try this recipe again using your recipe for your homemade cornbread. However, this year I will be using Jiffy this. May I ask how many boxes I would need to double this recipe? It specifies 8 servings but I wanna play it on the safe side and as mentioned double the recipe. Also, will this mean doubling all the veggies, cream of mushroom, etc? I hope this message finds you well and have a happy Thanksgiving!
Hi Tiffany! If you’re using the small Jiffy Boxes, I suggest using 4 boxes. Happy Holidays!
Hey Rosie! I wanted to try this recipe because it’s so similar to my granny’s but she don’t measure NOTHING so it’s hard for me to follow lol. She doesn’t use shredded chicken though. Do I need to change the measurements of anything if I exclude the chicken?
Hi Jennell. Nope, you can just leave the chicken out 🙂
Tried this recipe along with your unsweetened cornbread, (cooked a day before), for Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE HIT!!! The only thing I did differently was boil the chicken in chicken broth. I didn’t have time to thaw it, but by boiling it in chicken broth gave it so much flavor. I plan to make this a holiday staple for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us!!