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Chicken and Dumplings

We take hearty chicken soup and top it with biscuit-like buttermilk dumplings. Get a spoon, you’re going to want a big scoop of this!

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a bowl of homemade chicken and dumplings made with chicken, veggies, dill, spices, buttermilk and whole milk
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Chicken and Dumplings Are Our Favorite Love Language

When the craving calls for old-fashioned chicken and dumplings we offer this recipe for a thick and delicious chicken soup topped with made-from-scratch dumplings. There’s a long history–reaching back hundreds of years to European cooking–of hearty stewed meat dishes with the extra treat of tender dumplings contained within. This style of dish eventually made its way into the American culinary tradition, evidence of its delicious staying power. Homemade chicken and dumplings are a great one-pot meal, made with budget-friendly pantry staples, and our recipe serves six people with a real belly-warming meal.

ingredients in bowls to make chicken and dumplings including chicken, chopped veggies, stock, flour, butter and spices
chopped onion, carrots, and celery being cooked in olive oil in a stock pot
butter being added into a stock pot with chopped onion, carrots, celery and garlic that have been cooked in olive oil
flour being added into a stock pot with chopped onion, carrots, celery, garlic, olive oil and butter

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How To Make Chicken and Dumplings

This easy chicken and dumplings comes together in two parts–the chicken soup base and the dumplings. Let’s get going!

  1. Mirepoix is our favorite part of soup making. It’s a simple aromatic base that adds a lot of flavor. Cook the onion, carrots, and celery in oil until softened, then add the garlic.

  2. Once the mirepoix is ready, we’ll make the soup. What thickens chicken and dumplings? We use ¼ cup all-purpose flour and chicken stock to build a satisfyingly spoon-worthy soup.

  3. Add milk, shredded chicken and seasonings and let simmer.

  4. Now for the fun part–dumpling time! Make the dumpling dough, and drop by spoonful to cover the surface of the chicken soup. The dumplings will quadruple in size as they cook, about fifteen minutes.

  5. When you’re ready to serve this pot of goodness, scoop into bowls and top with chopped green onions and a good sprinkle of salt. Fresh cracked pepper is a cornerstone of this dish, so be sure to give it a few turns of the pepper mill.

stock being added to a pot with onion, carrots, celery, garlic, olive oil, butter and flour to make chicken and dumplings
a stock pot full of onion, carrots, celery, garlic, olive oil, butter flour, stock, milk, salt, pepper, dill and chicken
a pot of chicken soup made with spices, veggies, stock, chicken and dill ready for dumplings to be added
dumpling dough being stirred in a bowl made with flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, buttermilk and whole milk

An Extra Note On How to Make Dumplings For Chicken and Dumplings

The secret to good dumplings is that they are simply drop biscuits! That’s right, no rolling or cutting needed for these scoopable dumplings. Made with a handful of ingredients, you’ll whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk and whole milk. Using a wooden spoon carefully mix dumpling dough, stirring just until all the dry ingredients are moistened. Be careful not to overmix, because the dumplings will be tough once cooked. And that’s it! You’re ready to make our kid-favorite (and entire family!) best chicken and dumplings recipe.

homemade chicken and dumplings cooking in a stock pot
homemade chicken and dumplings in a stock pot made with chicken, veggies, broth, spices, dill, buttermilk and whole milk

What Is Chicken and Dumplings Served With?

You can serve this easy chicken and dumplings recipe with a fresh side salad like this Fennel Salad or our favorites, The Kale Salad and Simple Butter Lettuce Salad. If you’re looking to get more vegetables on the table, you can also prepare Perfectly Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Beets, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Green Beans Almondine for a little extra crunch. If you want to go all in on the comfort level, we recommend baking up our Homemade Cornbread. For another cozy soup recipe, check out our Caldo Verde recipe.

a bowl of homemade chicken and dumplings made with chicken, veggies, dill, spices, buttermilk and whole milk

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homemade chicken and dumplings in a stock pot made with chicken, veggies, broth, spices, dill, buttermilk and whole milk
a bowl of homemade chicken and dumplings made with chicken, veggies, dill, spices, buttermilk and whole milk

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Chicken and Dumplings

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  35 min
  • Calories: 396

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium carrot, diced (about ¾ cup)
  • 2 celery ribs, diced (about ¾ cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 3 cups shredded chicken, from a rotisserie chicken
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onions, for serving

For the dumplings

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup whole milk

Method

  1. Make the chicken. Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Once the oil is glistening, add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook until the veggies are beginning to soften, about 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 more minute.

  2. Add the butter and whisk until melted. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, whisking continuously, until fully incorporated, about 2 minutes. Slowly stir in the chicken stock, then bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low to and simmer until the carrots and celery are tender, and the soup has thickened about 5-6 minutes.

  3. Stir in the milk, salt, pepper, dill, and chicken and let simmer.

  4. Meanwhile, make the dumplings. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk and whole milk. Using a wooden spoon carefully mix dumpling dough, stirring just until moistened (do not overmix).

  5. Drop tablespoon-size dough balls into the soup. Cover and cook until dumplings have quadrupled in size and have a biscuit-like texture, about another 15 minutes.

  6. Stir, to incorporate the dumplings. Divide between bowls and top with green onions, sprinkle with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories396
  • Protein13 g
  • Carbohydrates45 g
  • Total Fat18 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol40 mg
  • sodium650 mg
  • Total Sugars6 g

Chicken and Dumplings

Questions & Reviews

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  • Nicole

    Can we make this recipe in a crockpot? If so, how would the recipe change? Thank you!

    Sorry Nicole, we have not tested this recipe in a crock pot.

  • Kayla

    can you recommend any substitutes for the buttermilk for the dumplings?

    Using all whole milk should work fine.

  • Sarah

    Would I be able to use a gf flour blend (all purpose - usually with xanthan gum) in the dumplings? Thanks!

    I believe so! I haven't tried it yet, but I always use a 1:1 GF blend and it normally is perfectly fine to swap!

  • Valerie

    Can you use almond milk is this recipe and gluten free flour for the dumplings?

    We haven't tested it this way to say for sure how it would turn out. We'd love to hear if you give it a try!

  • Kristin

    How do make the dumplings firm? They turned out soggy?

    Chicken and dumplings are soft dumplings cooked in the broth.

  • Jacob

    Oh my damn... so GOOD. Obsessed.

    Thanks Jacob, glad you loved it!

  • Kay

    Easy and quick, good flavor. Cooked a whole chicken the previous day, so half of that plus the drippings went in, with extra flavor from the giblets. No buttermilk so used heavy cream. I always add a bit of fresh parsley to my dumpling mix and some paprika to the sauce.

    Thanks Kay, we are so happy you love it!

  • Cadence

    This was really easy to make and turned out great. I definitely had to add way more seasonings that the recipe called for, but otherwise followed the recipe to the tee.

    Thanks Cadence, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Katie

    This recipe was a hit and will be a regular meal at my house now! Was worried it would be too mushy the next day for leftovers but that was not the case.

    Thanks Katie, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Catherine

    Have never had or made chicken and dumplings before....this was soooo delicious and comforting! Thank you for a recipe I will be making again and again!

    YAY! Thanks Catherine, we are so happy you loved it!