Grandma's Chicken 'n' Dumpling Soup Recipe
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Grandma's Chicken 'n' Dumpling Soup Recipe

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I've enjoyed making this rich soup for over 40 years. Every time I serve it, I remember my grandma, who was very special to me and was known as a great cook. —Paulette Balda, Prophetstown, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Cook: 2-3/4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Cook: 2-3/4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 2-1/4 quarts cold water
  • 5 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped peeled potatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 to 1 cup milk
  • Snipped fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 333 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 1447mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein.


  1. Place the chicken, water, bouillon, peppercorns and cloves in a stockpot. Cover and bring to a boil; skim foam. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 45-60 minutes or until chicken is tender. Strain broth; return to stockpot.
  2. Remove chicken and set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones; discard bones and skin and cut chicken into chunks. Cool broth and skim off fat.
  3. Return chicken to stockpot with soups, vegetables and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Uncover; increase heat to a gentle boil. Discard bay leaf.
  4. For dumplings, combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in egg, butter and enough milk to make a moist stiff batter. Drop by teaspoonfuls into soup. Cover and cook without lifting the lid for 18-20 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Grandma's Chicken 'n' Dumpling Soup in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p29

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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jeanemed User ID: 1512060 255604
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2016

"This review is only for the dumplings. I used this recipe of dumplings to top my own homemade soup. I've cooked and baked for many, many years and have made my own noodles, gnocchi, spaetzle, etc but I've never made dumplings; I've never even tasted them. Because of the high reviews I decided to use this for my first attempt at dumplings. My family loved them. I'm not sure if they are the way dumplings are supposed to be, but I imagine they were true to the recipe--light fluffy and very easy. They will be a staple in my home from now on. The only change I made was to add a 1/2 tsp of sugar. Also, I very lightly sprinkled them with parmesan. They were yummy but would have been good with or without.

One tip--use a large kettle with a glass lid. Much easier to tell when they look done."

Jolena User ID: 87898 245070
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! This soup was delicious. I made it for a soup supper at church. I started it on the stove the day before and then placed in the fridge overnight. The next day I reheated and placed in a huge crock pot. I made the dumplings about two hours before I left so they could steam in the crock pot and sprinkled parsley before I left for the supper. Everyone loved it and raved about the dumplings! Way to go Grandma!"

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 240889
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"My family loves this soup; it's so delicious that my vegetable-hating hubby even happily ate it & took leftovers in his lunch the next day! Not sure why people had problems with the dumplings. Don't over-mix the batter. Love the addition of the whole peppercorns & cloves. A very unique soup for cold winter evenings."

BrendaFRH User ID: 8464538 238086
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"We enjoyed eating the Soup!"

TracyLee User ID: 126488 236750
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2015

"I will make this tonight. I read the reviews and will take them into consideration. I will definitely keep Dr. Brown 22's in mind who thought it was to salty and not use 3 billion cubes in mine. No wonder it was a tad bit salty plus I don't think I could afford that many bouillon cubes. Lol"

Lovemy4boys User ID: 8294930 235825
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"I'm sorry but these dumplings are 7 year old says they are like mushy balls of snot....He's right tho....they fall apart and are just mushy nasty slime wads.....I agree with another review....worst dumplings ever....."

smadisonrose User ID: 8572602 234946
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2015

"Worst dumpling recipe ever!"

vickib117 User ID: 3421721 233804
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2015

"This was amazing! My grandma used to make chicken N Dumplings so I've been wanting to make them for years but just never got around to it, so glad I found this recipe! The ONLY thing I changed was I used low sodium chicken broth in place of the water & boullion and I didn't have peppercorns or cloves so I improvised and used (unmeasured) dry oregano, thyme and sage in the broth to boil the chicken - tasted great! I didn't' think this was too salty at all but again I used low sodium broth and I didn't add any seasoned salt (just an extra bay leaf). In reading some of the reviews, I thought the dumplings were perfect....they shouldn't take over the flavor of the soup - ooops I forgot to add the parsley on top of them, may try that next time. Even my 4 yr old gobbled this up. If you have leftovers you may want to add at least another cup of broth as it gets soaked up. I just added some water and it still tasted good. I will DEFINATELY make this again and again!!! :o]"

Dr.brown22 User ID: 8551633 233653
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"This recipe is good enough. I ended up substituting spinach for the peas and used 3 billion cubes rather than 5--the recipe calls for a lot of salt, waaaayyy too much salt.

I loved the actual broth and soup, the dumplings however need some help. I've never hard dumplings like that. I'll be looking for a different dumpling recipe the next time I make this dish."

otis54 User ID: 1929693 233325
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

"I left out the cream soups, instead used low fat chicken stock, and only 3 chicken bouillon cubes, it reduced the calories, I will make this again."

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