Apple Cider Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 65 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 15, 2023
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
Apple Cider Chicken 'n' Dumplings Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 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 until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add chicken.
  2. Cover and bake for 45-50 minutes. Increase heat to 425°.
  3. Meanwhile, 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 until a toothpick inserted into a dumpling comes out clean, about 10 minutes longer.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 721 calories, 27g fat (11g saturated fat), 220mg cholesterol, 1548mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 50g protein.