Chicken and Dumpling Soup

chicken and dumpling soup

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Yield: 1 pot

Chicken and dumpling soup is a lighter version of classic chicken and dumplings that's still creamy, hearty, and satisfying. The homemade dumplings are a breeze to make and are the perfect pillowy texture in this soup. We cooked the chicken in the soup, but if you have leftover rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken on hand, you can always use that instead. 

Add in other vegetables like celery or mushrooms if you like. You can even leave out the chicken, swap it for veggies, and use vegetable broth for a vegetarian soup. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread for an easy, warming feast.

Ingredients

  • For the Dumplings:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter (cold, cubed)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • For the Soup:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 pound chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 pound chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this soup is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Dumplings

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to a large bowl. Stir together.

    flour mixed in a bowl for dumplings

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  3. Add the cubed butter and use a pastry blender or two forks to cut the butter into the flour and create pea-sized pieces of butter that are dispersed through the flour.

    flour and butter mixed with a pastry blender

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  4. Stir the milk into the flour mixture using a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a ball. Knead a little bit with your hands until it comes all together.

    dumpling dough mixed in a bowl

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  5. Roll the ball out into a flat sheet on a well-floured surface.

    dumpling dough rolled into a flat sheet

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  6. Cut the dough into 1-inch squares using a pizza cutter or sharp knife. Set them aside while you prepare the soup.

    dumpling dough cut into squares

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Make the Soup

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    chicken soup ingredients

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  2. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a large dutch oven and heat over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, or until the onions are fragrant and barely softened. Remove from the pot and set aside, leaving as much oil behind as you can.

    sauteed carrots and onions in a pot

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  3. Turn the heat to high and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the pot followed by the cubed chicken and salt and pepper. Leave the chicken undisturbed and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and finish cooking on the other side, another 2 minutes. 

    chicken browned in a pot

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  4. Add in the chicken broth, bay leaf, and the cooked carrot and onion mixture. Heat on medium heat until simmering.

    simmering chicken broth

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  5. Once simmer, add the dumplings a few at a time until they’re all in the pot. Cook for a few minutes, stirring gently so they don’t stick together. Make sure to not shake off the excess flour from the dumplings when you’re adding them in. The extra flour will help thicken the soup.

    chicken dumplings cooking in a pot

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  6. Cook on medium-low heat for another 5 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

    chicken and dumpling soup in a pot

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  7. Top with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

    chicken and dumpling soup

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How to Store

  • Store leftover, cooled soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • The soup can also be frozen for up to 2 months, just freeze portions in freezer bags and make sure to lay them flat in the freezer. Add the frozen soup to a pot with a cup of chicken broth and heat until hot.

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