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Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

This IS the EASY Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings Recipe YOU NEED. And when you make it, your family will CHEER! Every time. You’ll be amazed that you can easily make chicken and dumplings from scratch!

Perfectly tender chicken, soft fluffy homemade dumplings, and semi-homemade broth come together to make this chicken and dumplings recipe your GO-TO for comfort food!

And talk about EASY, this recipe is exactly THAT. While it’s not a quick fix, it takes around 1 1/2 to 2 hours, it’s easy to toss in the pot, and let it cook while filling the house with is deliciously comforting soup smells.

Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

I know it’s SUPER popular right now to make dumplings out of cut-up canned biscuits. You don’t have to do that to have dumplings! And you’re not using a mix either, they are simple.

One perfect dumpling in soup!

Make Homemade Dumplings

Fluffy homemade dumplings are SO EASY you can whip them up in no time at all. All you need are just a few simple pantry staples, and milk and you’re minutes away from easy homemade dumplings just like grandma used to make.

The absolute trick to fluffy dumplings is not to overmix the dough, you must stop stirring the dough as SOON as it comes together in the bowl. THEN drop by spoonfuls in the hot simmering broth. Don’t roll the dough into balls or compress it at all. That’s the BIG secret to fluffy dumplings.

Why did my dumplings fall apart in the broth?

If your dumplings fell apart in the broth then the soup wasn’t hot enough when you put them in. It MUST be simmering hot to keep the dumplings intact.

The steam in the pot when you put the lid on makes everything plump up and stick together so a GOOD hot soup is needed. If they break up it will still taste fine and be a very thick soup with mini dumpling chunks in it. We’ve had that a few times, it’s still a good pot of soup.

A nice bowl of chicken and dumplings.

I Love This Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Because it makes me feel like I’m about 7 years old and my mom is making dinner for me. But I also like it because I’m the mom now and I’m making something warm and filling and full of sense memories for my own boys. AND myself.

Ok and it’s so easy to make.

Let’s make it SUPER EASY Chicken and Dumplings

You can make this recipe even easier with a few time saving steps.

  • first of all, start with pre-cooked chicken, or use the white meat from a rotisserie chicken, I don’t think canned chicken is a good choice for a chicken soup
  • or quick cook your chicken in the instant pot, shred it, put it in the dutch oven with broth, water, and herbs, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat and add the dumplings
  • use TWO quarts of chicken broth and forgo making a semi-homemade broth
  • follow the dumpling recipe carefully to make the BEST fluffy dumplings

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A Note About the Seasonings in this Soup

I’ve ALWAYS used Italian Seasonings for my Chicken Soups, and to be honest my beans soups too. The sage, rosemary, oregano, and a few other herbs work perfectly in MANY soup recipes. It’s so much easier to reach for one bottle than a variety of bottles.

You can ALSO use a poultry seasoning mix, it’s about the same thing. But it doesn’t have any oregano in it FYI!

And if you don’t have Italian Seasoning on hand then use sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary, or ANY tasty combination of those herbs.

AND ALWAYS add your favorite herbs and spices to soup, if you like it add it!! And taste and correct for YOUR preference!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

This is an EASY recipe for Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings, the perfect comfort food!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

Ingredients

Homemade Dumplings

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cups of milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. pour the broth and water in a 7 quart or larger dutch oven set over medium heat
  2. add the Italian Seasonings, the bay leaf, and the chicken breasts
  3. cook covered over medium heat until cooked through and tender, about 60-90 minutes
  4. remove the meat from the pan, set aside to cool
  5. skim any foam from the broth, if you lose seasonings you can add fresh
  6. when the meat is cool to touch roughly shred it, you don't want a lot of little shreddy pieces but bigger pieces work great
  7. add the chicken back to the pot, bring the soup to a simmer
  8. taste for salt and pepper and add as needed
  9. make the dumplings by mixing the flour with the baking powder in a mixing bowl
  10. then mix the milk and oil together
  11. pour over the flour mixture and use a fork to lightly mix it in
  12. once the dough comes together stop mixing,over-mixing causes hard lumpy dumplings, you want soft and pillowy
  13. use the fork to pull off a golf ball size piece of dough, drop it in the simmering soup
  14. work quickly to make 12 dumplings, dropping them in the soup next to each other, not on top of each other
  15. once they're in the soup sprinkle with the salt and pepper
  16. reduce heat to just keep it simmering cover the pan
  17. leave covered and cook for 10-12 minutes in the bubbling soup
  18. when it's been 10 minutes pull a dumpling out, and use a fork to pull it open, it should be cooked in the middle but soft and soupy on the outside
  19. if they need more time cook two more minutes
  20. serve hot

Notes

About the herbs: I've ALWAYS used Italian Seasonings for my Chicken Soups, and to be honest my beans soups too. The sage, rosemary, oregano, and a few other herbs work perfectly in MANY soup recipes. It's so much easier to reach for one bottle than a variety of bottles.
You can ALSO use a poultry seasoning mix, it’s about the same thing. But it doesn’t have any oregano in it FYI!
AND ALWAYS add your favorite herbs and spices to soup, if you like it add it!! And taste and correct for YOUR preference!

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Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 488Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 103mgSodium 1072mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 43g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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