Grandma’s Chicken ‘n’ Dumpling Soup
Total TimePrep: 20 min. + cooling Cook: 2-3/4 hours
Makes12 servings (3 quarts)
- 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 whole milk
- Snipped fresh parsley, optional
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 333 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 1447mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 22g protein.
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Feb 8, 2019
I actually got an "It's excellent " from my family. That's saying a lot. First in 12 years. Thank you!
Jan 6, 2019
Reading the reviews, I instead made dumplings with Bisquick which were really good. Might as well continue the "shortcut" recipe cooking. MUCH better!!
Nov 24, 2018
My daughter-in-law made this for me while I was flat on my back for a few weeks. It tastes really good, but the dumplings needed a little "something." She used chicken thighs which were quite tasty. I'd use just breast meat, but I don't know if that would make it less tasty.
May 12, 2018
This is a very tasty soup. Prepared cream soups, bouillion cubes and seasoned salt are way too much for our family. I substituted low sodium chicken base, cut back to 1/2 tsp of seasoned salt and it was much better. And by the way, my opinion is that there is nothing wrong with using prepared soups/broths as shortcuts. In today's world, do it as it is best for you!
Mar 19, 2018
Really liked this soup. We commented that it was like chicken pot pie in a soup. First pass the dumplings were compact and dense. A little bit dough-ey. Second time I made them larger and cooked them on low (a lower boil than the previous time) and they turned out great even at the same 20 min time. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Mar 16, 2018
This is one of the best chicken soups I've ever made! It was like 'chicken pot pie in a stew'. Because it's just my husband and me for most meals, I will cut the dumpling recipe in half, as dumplings don't reheat real well. That way I can make fresh dumplings on the second round. I had to add a bit more flour to make the dumplings the right consistency. I will try 1 1/2 c milk and work from there. I'm not worried about the recipe being large. It will be a joy to pull this delicious soup out of the freezer when I'm crunched for time!
Mar 9, 2018
can someone please help me, i cant seem to make the dumplings right. i know they are supposed to turn out light and fluffy. more often than not mine turn out like big not fluffy, heavy and like a hard chewy blah in the middle, i have tried several different drop dumpling recipes and with different ingredients but basically calling for the same stuff, but i just cannot get any of them 100% i might have a couple turn out perfect. but i want them all to turn out right. anyone any tips?
Mar 5, 2018
It is frustrating to find recipes that are for 12 people when you only have 2 in your household (we are super seniors) and the recipe cannot be downsized...e.g how do I downsize 2 separate cans of soup? I really would like to make this, but I guess I'll look elsewhere for a more practical recipe.
Mar 5, 2018
To: Lovemy4boys - Apparently, your Grandmother and your Mother did not teach you any manners. Seriously!!! - "I'm sorry but these dumplings are horrible.....my 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.....".Your comment was crass an inappropriate. My Mother used to say, if you do not have anything nice to say; keep your mouth shut in other words!
Mar 5, 2018
My grandma didn't use bouillon cubes and canned soups. I was hoping for home made.