Turkey and Dumplings

Turkey and dumpling recipe

The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
709 Calories
34g Fat
10g Carbs
86g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 709
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 286mg 95%
Sodium 705mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 86g
Calcium 86mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Turkey and dumplings is a warm and hearty dish that is prime for using those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. It's very similar to Cracker Barrel's chicken and dumplings, where the dumplings are rolled into a sheet and sliced into squares. As an added bonus, the extra flour on the dumplings thickens the broth and creates the perfect creamy texture.  

Reading this and it's not near Thanksgiving? Not a problem! This recipe can use any turkey or chicken leftovers that you may have and makes a great meal for those colder nights. If you can make homemade stock from a leftover turkey or chicken, it will taste even better, as bone broth is full of nutrients and creates a delicious and hearty flavor. Enjoy this gem of a bowl, no matter the season.


  • 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (plus additional for dusting)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (cold and cubed)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup whole milk with a teaspoon of white vinegar)
  • 2 quarts chicken or turkey broth
  • 3 cups cooked turkey (white and/or dark meat)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Garnish: Chopped parsley

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for turkey and dumplings
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  2.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 

    Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt
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  3. Add the butter to the flour mixture and combine using two forks or a pastry blender until the butter is the size of small peas. You can also use a food processor to combine the ingredients as well. 

    Add butter
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  4. Pour the buttermilk over the flour and butter mixture and stir with a spatula to combine until it becomes a soft dough. Be careful not to overwork the dough. The less it is mixed up, the more tender the dumplings will be.

    Pour buttermilk in
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  5. After you have created the dough for the dumplings, heat the broth in a large dutch oven or pot until boiling.

    Heat broth
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  6. While the broth is heating, dust a clean kitchen surface with a generous amount of flour and roll out the dough into a 1/4-inch thick sheet. 

    Roll out dough
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  7. Slice the dough into small squares using a pizza cutter to create the dumplings.

    Slice dough
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  8. Add the dumplings a few at a time into the boiling broth, making sure not to dust off too much of the extra flour as it will thicken the broth.

    Add dumplings
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  9. Continue adding dumplings until there are no more left. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the dumplings are tender and fluffy and the broth has thickened. 

    Continue adding dumplings
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  10. Add the cooked turkey to the broth and heat until it is warmed through.

    Add cooked turkey
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  11. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Add salt and pepper
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  12. Serve with the parsley if using and enjoy.

    Serve with parsley
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