Easy Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe is a one-pot, old-fashioned, comfort food classic and will instantly be a family favorite. Mouthwatering savory, light, herby broth, perfect, delicious dumplings, and lots of fresh veggies and rotisserie chicken…You will want this one on your weekly meal must-haves!

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This easy Chicken and Dumplings recipe is much better than traditional heavy, thick, gravy recipes that use milk or cream and lots of flour in the broth. It’s “lighter” with fresh herb seasonings, 4 oz of herbed whipped cream cheese, lots of broth, and just 2 tablespoons of flour. It’s good…real good!

ALTERNATIVE WEEKNIGHT ONE POT MEALS

Soup and one-pot meals are my very favorite thing to cook. I’m not a big fan of dishwashing so these kinds of meals are a great fit for our lifestyle.

Besides this wonderful Chicken and Dumpling recipe, you might try my one-pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup for a quickie weeknight meal.

Spicy Mexican Chicken Soup is another family favorite and can also be used for soft chicken taco filling. You would need to cut the broth amount in half.

This Savory and Sweet Butternut Squash Sausage Soup isn’t technically a one-pot meal, it uses one pot and a cookie sheet for roasting the butternut squash and garlic.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR EASY CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS RECIPE

Savory Chicken and Dumpling Broth

  • 2 tbsp of butter or olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 stalks celery cut up
  • 4 whole carrots cut up
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic or Chicken
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken de-boned and rough cut
  • 4 oz cream cheese, jalapeno whipped, chive & onion or to taste
  • 3 thyme springs 2″, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp poultry seasoning

Dumplings

  • 2 cups flour 
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 cup 2% milk or condensed milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper, ground
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EASY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

  • STEP ONE: Chop up all the veggies, melt butter or olive oil in a large deep stovetop pan like this Dutch Oven . Add veggies and saute until soft.
  • STEP TWO: Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour, poultry seasoning, Better Than Bouillion, and salt on top of the sauteed veggies and stir to coat.
  • STEP THREE: Add chicken broth, bay leaves, and thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for at least 20 minutes.
  • STEP FOUR: Add rotisserie chicken and cream cheese. Bring back to a medium boil.
collage of cut up vegetables and broth
2 step collage of dry dumpling ingredients
  • STEP FIVE: Whisk together dry dumpling ingredients: flour, baking powder, and seasonings. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  • STEP SIX: Melt the 4 tbsp of butter in the microwave, let cool slightly. Pour milk into well, then pour the butter into the milk. Mix gently until just mix together. Mixing too much will make dumplings tough.
2 step collage of dumpling mixture ready to go into broth
  • STEP SEVEN: Drop by spoonfuls or small ice cream scoops into boiling broth. Cover and let simmer-boil for 13-15 minutes. Do Not Open Lid!
overhead picture of boiling herb broth with veggies
  • STEP EIGHT: Remove lid and let simmer for about 2-3 more minutes, then turn heat off. Let sit for about 5 minutes or until ready to eat!
  • DONE! ENJOY!!

TIPS & COOKING OPTIONS

Chicken and Dumplings is just like any other soup except there are dumplings involved instead of pasta or rice. There is room for a lot of creative experimenting with different veggies and seasonings.

Green peas and corn, and/or jalapenos would be really good in this soup. Leftover Thanksgiving turkey would be seriously yummy…

If you’re not in the mood to make dumplings from scratch use canned biscuits…just cut them up into fourths and cook as you would scratch dumplings.

Some dumpling lovers prefer noodle-like dumplings. Look for those in the frozen section at the grocery store.

Add different seasonings like Cajun seasoning, lemon-pepper, garlic-pepper, maybe even curry seasoning.

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KITCHEN MUST-HAVES FOR EASY CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS RECIPE

Nutrition Facts
Savory Chicken and Dumplings
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 350
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Savory Chicken and Dumplings

Old fashioned, easy one-pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe is a comfort food classic and will instantly be a family favorite. Mouthwatering savory, light, herby broth, perfect, delicious dumplings, and lots of fresh veggies and rotisserie chicken.
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword butternut squash soup, chicken, comfort food, dumplings, herbs, weight watchers
3 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 350kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

Chicken and Dumplings Broth

  • 2 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 stalks celery cut up
  • 4 whole carrots cut up
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp Better than Bouillon Roasted Garlic or Chicken
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 whole rotessiere chicken de-boned and cut up
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 oz cream cheese, jalapeno whipped, chive & onion or to taste
  • 3 thyme springs 2", leaves only
  • 1 tbsp poultry seasoning

Dumplings

  • 2 cups flour non bleached
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 cup 2% milk or condensed milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper, ground

Instructions

  • STEP ONE: Chop up all the veggies, melt butter or olive oil in a large deep stovetop pan like this Dutch Oven . Add veggies and saute until soft.
  • STEP TWO: Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour, poultry seasoning, Better Than Bouillion, and salt on top of the sauteed veggies and stir to coat.
  • STEP THREE: Add chicken broth, bay leaves, and thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for at least 20 minutes.
  • STEP FOUR: Add rotisserie chicken and cream cheese. Bring back to a medium boil.
  • STEP FIVE: Whisk together dry dumpling ingredients, flour, baking powder, and seasonings. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  • STEP SIX: Melt the 4 tbsp of butter in the microwave, let cool slightly. Pour milk into well, then pour the butter into the milk. Mix gently until just mix together.
    Over mixing will result in tough dumplings.
  • STEP SEVEN: Drop by spoonfuls or small ice cream scoops into boiling broth. Cover and let simmer boil for 13-15 minutes. Do Not Open Lid!
  • STEP EIGHT: Remove lid, bay leaves and let simmer for about 2-3 more minutes, then turn heat off. Let sit for about 5 minutes or until ready to eat! DONE! ENJOY!!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 350kcal
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