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chicken and dumplings in small white pot with handles

Easy Chicken And Dumplings Recipe (+Video!)

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Soups & Stews
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Southern


This easy chicken and dumplings recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Tender, flavorful, and pillowy soft dumplings meet a hearty and delicious chicken filled stew with veggies and aromatics!


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery hearts, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • salt/pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 32 ounces chicken broth or stock
  • 34 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 store-bought rotisserie chicken, shredded


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fine cornmeal 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • salt/pepper
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup whole buttermilk


  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot/dutch oven; melt butter over medium heat. Add in onions, carrots, and celery and sauté until vegetables are tender, about 5-6 minutes. Then add in garlic and let cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Season mixture with salt/pepper.
  2. Add in flour and stir until flour dissolves and achieves a golden brown color, about 6-7 minutes. Pour in cream and broth and stir to combine. Allow mixture to come up to a boil and add in thyme sprigs and shredded chicken. Leave soup to continue cooking and prepare dumplings.
  3. To make dumplings; in a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and a pinch of salt/pepper and whisk together. Add in melted butter and buttermilk and stir together with a spatula until dough begins to form. If you find that your dough is dry, add a bit more buttermilk only if needed until you see dough coming together.
  4. Using a spoon or preferably a scooper; drop dough directly on top of hot soup, all over until top of soup is covered. Take a spoon and gently pour some of the broth over tops of each dumpling. 
  5. Cover your pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low so bottom of soup does not burn and let dumplings cook up for about 15-20 minutes. You can test dumplings for doneness by cutting through one and checking. If not yet done, continue cooking for a few more minutes, checking periodically.
  6. Serve hot soup by ladling carefully into bowls and enjoy!

Keywords: soup, stew, southern, dumplings