Chicken and Dumplings

By Erika on November 1st, 2014 / / 41 Comments

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Doesn’t this chilly weather call for a nice big bowl of steaming hot goodness? Well, The Best Chicken and Dumplings is definitely the answer for me today. There is something that just screams back to my childhood when I eat those cute little fluffy balls of dough swimming in that hot and flavorful broth…YUM. In my younger years I always thought this would be really hard to make…but honestly, they are very easy. There are a few steps here but nothing crazy. And believe me, this dish is SO worth any effort it takes to make them.

Speaking of making chicken and dumplings, I always make mine in my favorite Le Creuset Dutch Oven. I waited until I was a mature adult before I invested in one of the babies and BOY OH BOY are they just awesome to cook in. Well, today is a lucky day for one of my readers…We are  having an incredible giveaway that includes a Le Creuset Dutch Oven so they can make this scrumptious meal in it! Enter the giveaway here.

Making chicken and dumplings used to terrify me and  one mistake I made before discovering a “secret” was that I would throw my dumplings in the bubbling broth and not cover the pot to let them steam. Steaming= light, fluffy dumplings. Boiling= tough dumplings.

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Just look at that gorgeous light and fluffy dumpling!!! I already ate this bite but I want to eat it again!

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Yield: Serves 6

The Best Chicken and Dumplings

The Best Chicken and Dumplings


For the chicken:

  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 ½ pounds chicken (split breasts, thighs and drumsticks), rinsed and pat dry
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

For the broth:

  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed then minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • salt/pepper to taste

For the Dumplings:

  • 2 cups cake flour (or all purpose flour)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1- 1 1/4 cups milk


  1. Heat the oil in a medium to large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Mix flour with salt and pepper and sprinkle over chicken.
  3. Place chicken in heated pan to brown, skin-side down. Do not overcrowd pan, work in batches if necessary. Turn the chicken over and continue to cook the chicken until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Don’t worry about the chicken being fully cooked, it will finish cooking in the stock later.
  4. Working in the same Dutch oven, add carrot, celery and onion and sauté until crisp-tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté another minute. Add flour and toss to coat. Cook another minute.
  5. Pour chicken stock into pan and stir well to dissolve the flour. Add wine or apple cider, sugar, bay leaves and peppercorns.
  6. Add the chicken pieces and cover Dutch oven. Let cook for 20 minutes.
  7. While chicken is cooking, make the dumplings. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add melted butter and 1 cup of the milk and stir well to mix. Add flour if dough is too sticky to work with, add milk if it's too dry. It should be thick and cake-like.
  8. Do not overmix the dough.
  9. Using a spoon, scoop out 1 ½- 2 inch dumplings and place them on a parchment-lined baking tray. Set aside.
  10. Remove chicken pieces from the broth and using a fork, pull the meat off the bone. Use one more fork and shred meat into about 1- 1½-inch chunks. Add the chicken back to the pan and remove bay leaves. Bring to a simmer and add dumplings.
  11. Cook, COVERED (to steam the dumplings) for 15 minutes. Do not remove lid while dumplings are steaming (this will ensure they are fluffy).
  12. Stir in cream, parsley and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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  • tammigirl says:

    I am so glad I signed up for your emails because, lady? Today you made my mouth water! I need to make this tonight!

  • Rust says:

    Ooooh …steaming instead of boiling! No one ever told me …..I have to try this! Your pictures look good enough to eat! 🙂

  • Eq4bits says:

    Looks yummy, but I (and those I cook for) prefer *rolled* dumplings (I put chopped green onions into the dumpling mixture, then roll out really thing, then cut into strips then drop into the ‘steaming’ pot) 😉

  • Johanna says:

    Love Le creuset

  • Melissa C. says:

    This looks great. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  • Dina says:

    i haven’t had chicken and dumplings in a while. perfect comfort food!

  • Debbie says:

    This is a great recipe. I love chicken and Dumplings. Its a great meal for my family in the winter time.

  • Mary says:

    can’t wait to try it

  • Daisy says:

    This looks beautiful and I have to try it, but it looks more like Chicken Fricassee than Chicken and Dumplings. Traditionally the chicken isn’t dredged and browned before boiling for chicken and dumplings.

  • Courtney says:

    I was wondering if you had advice on the dumplings…I made this last night and the dough was very crumbly to where I had to really compact them so they wouldn’t fall apart. This resulted in really dense and doughy tasting dumplings that didn’t steam thoroughly in the 15 minute time suggestion. I’ve never made dumplings before so I wouldn’t know how to go about figuring out where I went wrong. Thanks for any help you could give (and for the recipe!)!

    • Erika Erika says:

      I am wondering if you added enough liquid to the dumplings. The dough should be thick and cake-like. If it;s too dry, you need to add more milk…and more flour if too sticky. There was a typo online on the first recipe but was fixed right away, I hope you got the right liquid amount! Let me know!

  • Kristina says:

    I’m making this right now and have my vent on. I have neighbors coming to see what I’m cooking! Smells amazing, can’t wait to taste!

    • Kristina says:

      It was amazing and I’m making it again right now! One question, it’s enough for a family of four to have two meals. Can it be frozen?

  • Mary Ellen says:

    I have never had chicken and dumplings before but used this recipe tonight with very minor modifications. Yum!!!!! Such a great recipe and everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  • Annie says:

    When does the heavy cream, parsley & thyme get added?

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  • Michelle M. says:

    Can you use precooked chicken (like from a rotisserie), or do you think that would over cook it? I’m pregnant and raw chicken turns my stomach at the moment but this looks really good and tasty and I would love to make it!

  • Rust says:

    Wow …28 repins from yesterday when I pinned this to my food board! As soon as this heat leaves we’re having this for dinner. 🙂

  • Stacey says:

    I made this a few weeks ago for the first time. It came out great!!! My boyfriend and his parents really enjoyed it. The only thing I did slightly different was I used Bisquick for the dumplings but everything else, I followed to the letter. Fantastic!

  • Yuko says:

    For the chicken the recipe says 2 cup flour. Seems like a lot to dust the chicken pre-browning… Should it be 1/2 a cup?

  • LinJ83 says:

    This is THE best chicken & dumplings. I work at a small bar & grill and used this exact recipe for a lunch special. Everyone went crazy for it! Huge hit!

  • Bette Fracasso says:

    Wish I could save your recipes to Pinterest.

  • Molly Yeh says:

    just made these dunplings! SO GOOD!

  • molly yeh says:

    i made these dumplings last night and they were SO GOOD!!!! i didn’t have regular milk so i swapped out the milk and butter for heavy cream, and then added chives because i had a ton of them in my fridge. cake flour in dumplings forever!!

  • Stacey says:

    I made this tonight and it was amazing!!

  • Courtney Larocque says:

    Hey Erika this looks absolutely scrumptious!!!! I NEED NEED to make this ASAP. I have a question concerning the apple cider;Can i substitute apple cider vinegar instead?
    Thanks Courtney

  • Lori Jankowski says:

    Good morning, Erika. I live in Barrie, Ontario and just wanted to let you know that I’m off to the grocery store to pick up a couple of ingredients that I don’t have at home to try this delicious looking Chicken and Dumplings recipe. I can’t wait to get started! Wish me luck with the dumplings. I’ve attempted different dumpling recipes before … none that calls for cake flour, which I happen to have! I’ll let you know how the recipe turns out for me! Thanks for sharing.

  • Lori Jankowski says:

    I have to say, this recipe was absolutely scrumptious! It made enough for us to have leftovers for a couple of days (only 2 of us left at home). My husband COULD NOT stop raving about it! Thanks for shring.

  • Jennifer says:

    I made it tonight and it was Amazing! My nine year old even loved it!

  • Anna Salerno says:

    OMGosh my mouth is watering… cannot wait to try this recipe!

  • Lee says:

    The dumplings are rising so beautifully I can hardly wait to taste them! It smells so good in here.

  • Kay Perepchuk says:

    it turned out delicious…even my husband ate it and he always has to have bisquick dumplings…one question my dumpling would not, could not be shaped like that….I added more flour but still they would not hold that shape…they were fine when cooked after beingt dropped in by the spoon full….

  • KaelaE says:

    This was delicious, followed recipe exactly and it was perfect!

  • Bridget says:

    I PEEKED!! (I was checking to see if my broth started boiling).

    Does the broth come to a boil BEFORE I lower to simmer? In either case, when I make dumplings, it ALWAYS starts to boil with the lid on, and I have my stove on LOW…the lowest it can go! And my dumplings STILL come out like heavy doughy paste! I even tried putting a difuser beneath the pot to distribute the heat evenly and no dice! SOOOOO frustrating. (I had my stove and oven calibrated recently, so it’s not over-heating.

    What am I doing wrong…besides peeking?

    P.S. There is an incredible Le Creuset outlet store in the Ontario Outlet Mall in Southern California. Maybe they’ll shiip anything you want if you don’t live here. (Sur le Table and William-Sonoma are too expensive. I love their stores, but most of the money goes to overhead). The outlet is pricey, compared to other cookware, but it’s about 1/3 the cost of department stores and specialty shops. And they last FOREVER! Money VERY WELL spent!

  • Melissa says:

    Holy. Crap. This was AMAZING! Definitely going into my regular dinner rotation. The hubby and the kids all loved it too. Thanks for the recipe 🙂 Any tips for making it in the crockpot?

  • It’s look verry Good and I will realy try it. Thanks

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