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Apple Cider Chicken 'n' Dumplings Recipe
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Apple Cider Chicken 'n' Dumplings Recipe

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I came up with this recipe one fall when I had an abundance of apple cider. Adding some to a down-home classic was a delectable decision. —Margaret Sumner-Wichmann, Questa, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs (3 pounds), skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 721 calories, 27 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 220 mg cholesterol, 1548 mg sodium, 65 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 50 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown chicken in butter; remove and set aside. In the same pan, combine the onion, celery, parsley, salt and pepper; cook and stir until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with flour and mix well. Add broth and cider. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes. Increase heat to 425°.
  3. For dumplings, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Combine egg and milk; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Drop batter into 12 mounds onto hot broth.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 10 minutes. Cover and bake 10 minutes longer or until a toothpick inserted into a dumpling comes out clean. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Apple Cider Chicken 'n' Dumplings in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p181

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"This was very good. I, too, ussed boneless skinless chicken breasts. Did not have fresh parsley, used dried parsley. Added some garlic. Also used a vidalia onion instead of the red onion. My husband is not fond of red onions. Would make again."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2014

"I had been to the apple orchard and had apple cider so decided to try this. Great for a cold evening. My son loves dumplings and this was different than the usual, very good for dinner and reheated for lunch the next day."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2013

"Looks very good. Something to eat and curl up with a blanket after wards."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"I used boneless skinless chicken breasts and dried parsley....excellent recipe the whole house liked it!!!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"My husband requests this recipe every fall when the cider is fresh in the store. I de-bone the meat and put it back in the pot before cooking the dumplings on top."

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