Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings Soup

5 from 13 votes

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Old fashioned chicken and dumplings soup is a simple and cozy soup recipe that is fun and easy to make, tastes so delicious, and is great for a group.

Truly anyone can make this soup, and it’s a perfect simple recipe with hearty and wholesome ingredients, lovely flavor, and a good balance of protein, veggies, and yummy, puffy dumplings.

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Homemade Chicken Dumpling Soup

THIS SOUP. It’s a winner, that’s for sure. And everyone in my house agrees (yep, even the littles). Because even for “non-soup” people (which can I just say? Those people are not my kind of people… who doesn’t love soup?!), this cozy one-pot wonder has something for everyone. The flavor is hearty and delicious thanks to onion, carrot, celery, chicken broth, and garlic, plus a few herbs, and the chicken thighs are moist and melt-in-your-mouth good.

But the real star of the show here is the DUMPLINGS.  And they are darling, delicious little dumplings. Plus, if you’ve never made a dumpling soup, you may be surprised to find out the dumplings cook right inside the pot of soup! Yup, just drop small globs of dough right into the simmering concoction, cover with a lid, and in just about 15 minutes, they’ll be cooked through and you’re ready to boogie with a big bowl of soup. It’s a stunning, warming, and crowd-pleasing one-pot meal that I could have again and again. I hope you feel the same way.

small white round bowl of chicken and dumplings soup

What goes with chicken and dumplings soup?

This soup is real hearty, but if you don’t get your fill from it on its own, it goes really well with all kinds of sides. Traditionally, chicken and dumplings soup is a Southern staple, so any Southern-ish sides go well with it: sweet corn, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, or broccoli salad are all good contenders.

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How do you thicken chicken and dumplings soup?

To thicken chicken and dumplings soup (or any soup for that matter), add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of flour to a mixing bowl. Stir in enough cold water to form a thin paste with no lumps when whisked together. Stir in the mixture to the soup to thicken it up slightly.

How do you tell if dumplings are done?

When the dumplings are done, they should rise to the top of the soup. Cut one in half with a spoon to check out the inside. It should have air bubbles and have the consistency of a soft biscuit. If it’s gummy in the middle, continue cooking them for 2 to 3 more minutes.

dumplings and soup in a dutch oven on blue and white striped towel

How do you make dumplings?

Making the dumplings is the fun part! Make your dumplings by combining the flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the milk and melted butter. Stir until the mixture comes together, being careful to not over-stir.

Make sure the chicken mixture is simmering, add the dumpling dough, about 1 large tablespoon at a time, to the simmering chicken soup. I like to use two spoons to do this. Use one spoon to scoop up some of the dumpling dough and the other to push the dough into the simmering pot.

Add dumplings all over the pot (not all in one spot) until you have used all of your dough. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and reduce the heat slightly. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove the lid and scoop out a dumpling to check for doneness. They should have risen to the top at this point. You can cut it in half with a spoon. It should be filled with little air bubbles and cooked through like a soft biscuit, without being gummy in the middle. If they aren’t cooked through, cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

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Here’s the steps for making dumplings, it’s much easier than you might think!

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5 from 13 votes

Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Old fashioned chicken and dumplings soup is a simple and cozy soup recipe that is fun and easy to make, tastes so delicious, and is great for a group.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 43 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients 

For the chicken soup:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 pound chicken thighs,, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic,, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Additional salt and pepper,, to taste

For the dumplings:

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions 

  • In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, melt the butter and then add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring often until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chopped chicken thighs, salt, thyme, and ground black pepper, and stir until the chicken is about cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and stir to combine. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour and stir until the chicken is coated well.
  • Stir in the chicken stock.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • While the mixture is simmering, make your dumplings by combining the flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the milk and melted butter. Stir until the mixture comes together, being careful to not over-stir.
  • Make sure the chicken mixture is simmering, add the dumpling dough, about 1 large tablespoon at a time, to the simmering chicken soup. I like to use two spoons to do this. Use one spoon to scoop up some of the dumpling dough and the other to push the dough into the simmering pot.
  • Add dumplings all over the pot (not all in one spot) until you have used all of your dough.
  • Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and reduce the heat slightly.
  • Cook for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and scoop out a dumpling to check for doneness. They should have risen to the top at this point. You can cut it in half with a spoon. It should be filled with little air bubbles and cooked through like a soft biscuit, without being gummy in the middle. If they aren’t cooked through, cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and sprinkle the top with the fresh parsley. Serve the dumplings with a scoop of soup beneath them.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/5 of soup, Calories: 742kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 158mg, Sodium: 1888mg, Potassium: 816mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 4669IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 267mg, Iron: 5mg
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Chicken and dumplings soup is the perfect easy soup recipe that’s equally flavor-filled, hearty, and fun for everyone to enjoy!

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28 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    25 degrees tonight in Massachusetts and this soup hit the spot! Everyone in my family really enjoyed it. We will be making it again. Thanks for another fantastic recipe. 😊

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe and the soup gets rave reviews! I pull apart a rotisserie chicken from the store instead of handling raw chicken. Perfecto!

  3. Made this last night for my family and it was awesome. Only change I made was using chicken breast instead of thighs. Hardly any leftovers. Our new go to winter soup. Thanks.

  4. 5 stars
    This was absolutely wonderful! Made it on a cold October night, after a day of wind and rain. My husband had three helpings. Thank you!