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Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

Sara Garska
Our old-fashioned chicken and dumplings recipe features tender chicken, hearty homemade dumplings, and is loaded with fresh carrots, celery and onions.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 415 kcal


  • Large heavy-bottom pan or Dutch Oven


Dumpling Ingredients

  • 3 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Chicken broth (with a little fat from cooking chicken in the broth)

Broth Ingredients

  • 1-2 quarts Chicken broth
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil for sautéing onion
  • 2 Carrots peeled & sliced
  • 2 stalks Celery sliced
  • 3-4 Chicken breasts bone-in, with skin


How to Make the Chicken Broth

  • Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a heavy bottomed pan or Dutch oven. Add the chopped onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the onions are tender.
  • Add the sliced carrots and celery and let them cook for a few minutes.
  • Add one quart of the chicken broth and bring to a simmer with the vegetables.
  • Add the chicken breasts. Add more broth to cover the chicken if needed.
  • Cook at a simmer for about an hour until the chicken is tender.
  • Remove chicken from the broth and let it cool until it can be handled.
  • Remove 1 cup of the cooked broth and allow to cool while you prepare the chicken.
  • Remove the skin from the chicken and debone.
  • Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
    chopped chicken breast on cutting board
  • Return the chicken to the broth.

How to Make the Dumplings

  • Mix the 3 cups of flour with 1 tablespoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt
  • Add the one egg
  • Add 1 cup of the chicken broth
  • Mix the dough up gently to create a dough that is tender and light.
  • Make into a ball and roll out to about ½ inch thickness.
  • Cut into strips.
  • Drop into the simmering broth, cover, reduce heat, and let cook for 20 minutes.


Nutrition information is an estimate only. Your actual values will vary based on exact ingredients used and serving size.


Calories: 415kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 33gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 900mgPotassium: 846mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3534IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 128mgIron: 4mg
Keyword chicken, dumplings, soup
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