Healthy Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe
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Healthy Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe

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My husband was fooled with this low-fat recipe and I'm sure your family will be, too! A savory broth, hearty chunks of chicken and thick chewy dumplings provide plenty of comforting flavor. —Brenda White of Morrison, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 50 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 363 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 900mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 42g protein.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken until no longer pink. Add the broth, water, vegetables and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, for dumplings, in a large bowl, beat the egg whites and cottage cheese until blended. Add water and salt. Stir in the flour and mix well.
  3. Bring soup to a boil. Drop dumplings by tablespoonfuls onto the boiling soup. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in dumplings comes out clean (do not lift cover while simmering). Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Dumpling Soup in Light & Tasty February/March 2001, p37

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Homecookinma User ID: 4493812 245159
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"Graceful24, is it possible that you could post your recipe for dumplings? Much appreciated! Homecookinma"

krisfarbo User ID: 8783120 245141
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"healthy Yes! I thought it was great. My 4 kinds, 15, 14 and two 5 year olds said: boring and gross. My husband said its ok, as he politely ate a bowl."

adlevine User ID: 11585 245079
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"This is the potato dumpling recipe my German relatives always used with Sour beef."

NevadaMike User ID: 7590334 245077
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"It is low fat, but much too high in sodium for one serving. I left out half the salt and it was still very good."

graceful24 User ID: 7774960 245075
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"I make dumplings using mashed potatoes. Then flour, butter and eggs are added. A Danish recipe passed down from my grandma. Mashed potatoes have no added ingredients. I'm away from my recipe collection so am not able to share recipe. One could use gluten free flour ...."

Chumley5 User ID: 6210995 245074
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2016

"This recipe is very good. It's a wonderful lowfat version of the original. For Styli_32, see if you can find a recipe for potato dumplings. My grandmother made them whenever she made Sour beef and Dumplings. Her recipe does contain regular flour but you might find a recipe that uses a type of gluten free flour. Good luck.

Thank you, Brenda White, for sharing your recipe."

Stylin_32 User ID: 7994874 90889
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"My family LOVES chicken and dumplings, but my daughter has severe Celiac disease. I have been trying to figure out a way to make dumplings without flour, that will hold up. If anyone has any suggestions please share :)"

Juliemk7 User ID: 1219479 44969
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

"I've lost track of how many times I've made this. It is my go-to recipe for chicken soup. We've really enjoy the chewiness of the dumplings, but when I want something different, I've thrown in some cooked egg noodles too. I always add a bit more pepper, and I've tried adding diced potatoes and corn. If you use the whole egg, it is a much richer dumpling flavor, but we prefer just the egg whites here. All combinations have been eaten without complaint here though."

DaveRN User ID: 7778319 84511
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

"So you bring the soup to a boil twice?"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 70974
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"Very good."

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