Chicken and Dumplings. This easy recipe is loaded with juicy chicken, veggies, and fluffy garlic and herb dumplings. Made from scratch, this recipe is comforting and filling.
Chicken and dumplings is a classic comfort food! It’s a wonderful chunky chicken stew topped with fluffy biscuit dough dumplings. Of course there are many ways that people around the US make their dumplings. But the idea is the same. Comfort.
How to make Chicken and Dumplings
- Sear the chicken. This helps develop the flavor. I love using chicken thighs for this recipe because the chicken stays nice and tender and doesn’t dry out. But you can use chicken breasts also.
- Saute the veggies. Cook the onion, celery and carrots until they are soft and tender.
- Sprinkle in flour. This helps absorb the oils left in the pot and thicken the soup while it cooks.
- Add the broth. Seasonings. And chicken back into the pot. Bring to a boil, then turn to low to let simmer for about 15-20 minutes. This will fully cook the chicken.
- Shred the chicken.
- Create a slurry with cornstarch and some of the broth. Stir into the soup. This can be omitted if you prefer, I like a thick broth in my soup.
- Mix up the dumpling batter. Spoon into the soup.
- Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until the dumplings are cooked through.
How to make in the crockpot:
- Add the chicken to a 6 quart slow cooker. Add in the broth and seasonings.
- Cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours.
- Shred the chicken.
- Create a slurry using the cornstarch and some of the broth. Whisk into the stew.
- Prepare the dumpling batter and spoon onto the top of the stew. Cook for an additional hour on HIGH heat.
Tips that make this THE BEST Chicken Soup:
- Searing the chicken. This gets the best flavor.
- Use chicken thighs. The chicken won’t dry out and you will have juicy bits of chicken throughout the stew.
- Keep the lid closed while cooking the dumplings. We want them to cook with the steam and the hot liquid. This creates tender dumplings.
- Thicken your chicken stew before adding the dumplings. This way you can stir in the cornstarch mixture fully.
- If you want a creamy chicken and dumplings recipe: then you can add some cream before making the dumplings. I would recommend cream since the soup will be simmering to cook the dumplings and you don’t want it to separate.
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Comforting Chicken and Dumplings
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
- salt and pepper
- 2 medium size carrots, diced
- 2 stalks of celery , diced
- 1/2 medium onion , diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 4 cups chicken broth, unsalted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or large stockpot over medium heat.
- Add the chicken thighs, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Sear the chicken for 2-3 minutes, then flip and sear the other side. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside (they don't need to be cooked fully since they will poach in the soup)
- Add the diced carrots, celery and onion to the pot. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for an additional 30 second.
- Sprinkle the flour into the pot, stir until the veggies are coated.
- Pour in the chicken broth. Add the salt and poultry seasoning. Stir to combine.
- Add the chicken back in and bring soup to a boil, reduce heat and let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes. Chicken should reach a temperature of 165℉.
- Shred the chicken.
- In a small bowl add the cornstarch. Carefully remove about 1/2 cup of broth from the pot, whisk this into the cornstarch until combined. Pour this into the pot and whisk into the stew.
- In a medium size bowl combine the dry ingredients for the dumplings (flour, salt and baking powder) stir with a fork to combine.
- Pour in the melted butter, and milk. Stir to combine.
- Add in the herbs and garlic. Mix.
- Spoon the dough into the soup, keep the size consistent to help with even cooking.
- Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until the dumplings are cooked through.
- Serve warm and enjoy.
Recipe first published September 13, 2019. Updated September 16, 2020 with information and video.