Chicken and dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is a classic comfort food dish featuring tender chunks of chicken and fluffy dumplings in a savory broth. Here’s a basic recipe for making chicken and dumplings:


For the Chicken Stew:

  • 1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds), cut into parts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup frozen peas (optional)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

For the Dumplings:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


1. Prepare the Chicken Stew:

  1. Season the chicken parts with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken parts in batches until golden brown. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are softened.
  4. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and stir to combine, creating a roux.
  5. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth to avoid lumps.
  6. Add the browned chicken back to the pot. Stir in dried thyme and add the bay leaf.
  7. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  8. Remove the chicken from the pot. Discard the bay leaf and shred the chicken meat. Return the shredded chicken to the pot.
  9. Optional: Add frozen peas for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

2. Make the Dumplings:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add milk and melted butter to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.

3. Drop Dumplings into the Stew:

  1. Bring the chicken stew to a simmer.
  2. Using a spoon, drop spoonfuls of the dumpling batter evenly over the surface of the simmering stew.

4. Cook the Dumplings:

  1. Cover the pot and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through and no longer doughy.

5. Serve:

  1. Ladle the chicken and dumplings into bowls, making sure to get a good mix of chicken, vegetables, and dumplings in each serving.
  2. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
  3. Serve hot and enjoy!

This classic chicken and dumplings recipe is a comforting and satisfying meal that’s perfect for colder days or when you crave a homemade, hearty dish.

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