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Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings Soup

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x


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.



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


  1. 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.
  2. Add the chopped chicken thighs, salt, thyme, and ground black pepper, and stir until the chicken is about cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the flour and stir until the chicken is coated well.
  5. Stir in the chicken stock.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Add dumplings all over the pot (not all in one spot) until you have used all of your dough.
  10. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and reduce the heat slightly.
  11. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes.
  12. 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.
  13. Remove from the heat and sprinkle the top with the fresh parsley. Serve the dumplings with a scoop of soup beneath them.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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