homemade chicken and dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Let me recap this week for you.  

First, my husband, my 3-year old, and I all got the flu.  We spent most of the week fighting off fevers, battling headaches, coughing, and all of the other unpleasant things that the flu brings. 

Then, this morning, we are just recovering from the flu, and I woke up to a kitchen flooded with water.  Probably 1/2″ thick with water… my entire kitchen floor was covered.  Apparently, we didn’t cover our outside faucet, and the water in the hose backed up into the faucet, into our home, and busted a pipe behind our dryer.  Then, water began to spew into our entire kitchen, and made its way onto our carpet… bathroom… gah.  

Fun times.  

Needless to say, I’m due for a bit of comfort food. And maybe some ice cream after that. And then perhaps a glass of wine.  Or two. 

I always forget how good homemade chicken and dumplings are.  When I visualize them in my head, I think of soggy biscuit dough, and it doesn’t sound so good.  But before you click off the page, let me say there is absolutely no soggy biscuit dough in this recipe.  

This chicken and dumplings recipe is made using big chunks of chicken breast, fresh vegetables, and homemade dumpling dough.  And, because it’s comfort food, the dough may, or may not have heavy cream in it.  

Okay, spoiler alert, it has heavy cream.  

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Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings
Serves 8
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374 calories
23 g
99 g
19 g
27 g
9 g
340 g
592 g
2 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374
Calories from Fat 167
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 99mg
Sodium 592mg
Total Carbohydrates 23g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4 cups chicken breast, cut into 1/2" cubes
  2. 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  3. salt and pepper, to taste
  4. 2 tbsp olive oil
  5. 2 tbsp butter
  6. 2 stalks celery, chopped
  7. 1 cup carrots, chopped
  8. 1 onion, diced
  9. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  10. 1 tsp ground thyme
  11. 6 cups chicken broth
  12. 1 bay leaf
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  5. 3 tbsp butter, melted
  1. Combine 1/2 cup flour, salt and pepper, and pour into a large ziploc bag. Add cubed chicken, and shake until well coated. In a large pot, warm olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add floured chicken, and brown on all sides. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. In the same pot, add celery, carrots and onions, and cook until translucent. Add in garlic and thyme, and cook another minute. Pour in chicken broth, chicken, and bay leaf, then simmer for 20 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the dumplings, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Slowly pour in heavy cream and butter, and mix until a dough forms. Form dough into tablespoon-sized balls, and drop into chicken soup. There should be enough for 8-10 dumplings. Allow to simmer an additional 12 minutes, for dough to cook through.*
  4. *Updated to make some modifications
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16 Responses to Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

  1. Andrea Wookey says:

    There is an Acadian recipe like this, but you use salt, pepper and summer savory (it’s called chicken fricot). I always thought it was unhealthy, but the heavy cream in this recipe puts it over mine! Thanks, I will feel less guilty when I make mine 😉 But try summer savory as a different herb

  2. Heather McCormick says:

    I have never made chicken and dumplings myself but would love to give these a go.

  3. Cassondra Del Rio says:

    looks great! only if i weren’t pregnant with these food aversions or else i would try it!

  4. Sweet! I love chicken and dumplings!

  5. Georgia Beckman says:

    This looks delicious! I make beef & dumplings all the time but I’ve never made chicken & dumplings.

  6. Sarah says:

    Chicken and Dumplings is one of my favorite feel good foods. 🙂

  7. my stomache literally GROWLED when I saw this!! I so love chicken n dumplings. thanks for the recipe!

  8. Kathy Luman says:

    I love Chicken and Dumplings. I want to give this a try and I’m sure it is as good as it looks. Yum.

  9. Kathy Stuit says:

    I LOVE Chicken and Dumplings. My fav cold winter recipe to make. All from scratch is the only way to make them too!

  10. Laura DogsMom says:

    Now you have made me hungry!

  11. Jasmine P says:

    These look absolutely delicious!

  12. I’ve never made chicken and dumplings but I know hubby & I like them:) My daughter might want to make these with me.

  13. Cynthia L says:

    Chicken and Dumplings are one of my families favorite “cold weather” recipes. I love the fact that you used some heavy cream, some times you just have to! Great recipe and thanks for sharing.

  14. YUM, you had me at heavy cream! I wonder if this recipe would work gluten free?

  15. Elise says:

    Chicken and dumplings… it’s a beautiful thing! I held off making dumplings for many years because I thought it would just be gooey biscuit dough, but you’re right – it’s not! Good stuff.

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