The Best Chicken & Dumplings
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Cook: 1 hour 10 min.
Makes8 servings (3 quarts)
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 broiler/fryer chicken (about 3 pounds), cut up
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup white wine or apple cider
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 whole peppercorns
- 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup 2% milk
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
- Additional salt and pepper to taste
- In a shallow bowl, mix 1/2 cup flour, salt and pepper. Add chicken, 1 piece at a time, and toss to coat; shake off excess. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown chicken in batches on all sides; remove from pan.
- Add onion, carrots and celery to same pan; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Stir in 1/4 cup flour until blended. Gradually add stock, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, sugar, bay leaves and peppercorns. Return chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
- For dumplings, in a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk milk and melted butter until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened (do not overmix). Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet; set aside.
- Remove chicken from stockpot; cool slightly. Discard bay leaves and skim fat from soup. Remove skin and bones from chicken and discard. Using 2 forks, coarsely shred meat into 1- to 1-1/2-in. pieces; return to soup. Cook, covered, on high until mixture reaches a simmer.
- Drop dumplings on top of simmering soup, a few at a time. Reduce heat to low; cook, covered, 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of dumplings comes out clean (do not lift cover while simmering). Gently stir in cream, parsley and thyme. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
Chicken and Dumplings Tips
Can I use dried instead of fresh herbs for this recipe?Yes, you can use dried herbs instead of fresh. Dried herbs are more potent measure for measure, so cut down the amount by half.
How can you tell when dumplings are done?To test if dumplings are done, stick a toothpick or skewer into the dumpling after the specified cook time. If the skewer comes out clean, the dumplings are done. If it comes out wet or sticky, cover and let cook a bit longer. Floating isn't as good of a gauge of doneness, so stick with a toothpick.
Can you overcook dumplings?Yes, you can overcook them. Overcooked dumplings will start to fall apart and disintegrate in the broth, so don't walk away from the stove. Be diligent about checking them when the cook time is nearly up.
Nutrition Facts1-1/2 cups: 470 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 892mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 32g protein.
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Mar 19, 2020
Very good, will make again
Mar 15, 2020
It was a good recipe, not quite as good as my gran used to make but I don't think I'll ever find one that good. I did change a few things with this recipe though. I'm not a fan of drop dumplings, I prefer to roll them out and cut them into 2 to 3 inch squares. I also prefer my dumplings seasoned, instead of 2/3 of a cup of milk I used 1/6 of a cup of chicken broth and and the rest milk. I also added fresh ground pepper, chicken seasoning, a tiny bit of powdered bouillon (just a little as it's very salty), and a little bit of MSG (Accent original flavor seasoning). I also didn't add wine or sugar.... I really just used this as a base recipe to try to get as close to my grans recipe as possible. Even though I changed a lot of things, this recipe got me closer than any other one has to recreating her chicken and dumplings and that's high praise.
Mar 13, 2020
I don't get how so many think the recipe calls for vinegar? It says wine or cider. To make it thicker, add a pat of butter and the 1/4 cup of flour when you're stirring the vegetables instead of after you add the garlic- the flour needs to be cooked more before adding the stock. Instead of adding cream I used more roux to get a thick opaque stew. Definitely needs more seasoning too; I used dried thyme, sage, and a bit of rosemary. I grew up with my mother making chicken
Feb 28, 2020
Although I haven't made this yet, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments. While I do love a good sit-down meal at Cracker Barrel, I'm at a loss as to why so many people are comparing this to their dish. Just go to Cracker Barrel, for crissakes. Also, there is no mention of vinegar in the recipe - at all. Please just read the recipe all the way through before making it. And for the record, I too love the fried apples served at Cracker Barrel.
Feb 23, 2020
Loved this recipe. The ONLY thing I would do different is not to add the apple cider vinegar. I did not like it with it in there. I made it again today with out it and it was the best!
Dec 13, 2019
Love this receipe! I have been searching for a good Chicken and dumpling receipe always to be disappointed however, this one is amazing! I did use chicken breast instead of cutting up a fryer since I was on a time crunch and I didnt have fresh thyme and parsley so I used dried. I put the herbs in the whipping cream to soften them. It was soooo delious!!
Dec 10, 2019
Seems some folks call rolled dumplings noodles. Noodles are made with flour, water, egg yolks and salt. Rolled very thin and dried before boiling. Dumplings have ingredients like this recipe and are rolled but not as thin as noodles and sliced into strips. They come out like soft little pillows. Those are My favorite. The dumplings in this recipe are drop dumplings, the easiest to make. They are light and fluffy and dry in the middle. I like all the above.
Dec 10, 2019
I prefer 2-3 T of sherry (NOT "cooking sherry"--I like the REAL THING) to the liquid ingredients.
Dec 5, 2019
My Grandmother made this dish for our family and it was a favorite. A suggestion for those who didn't care for the dumpling recipe, Bisquick makes the best dumplings. Nice and fluffy on the inside.
Nov 18, 2019
This was absolutely delicious. I had frozen home made chicken broth which I used for this soup. Directions were clear and surprisingly easy to follow. Only thing I did not care for was the dumpling recipe. They were really bad. So make the soup even if it is labor intensive. Worth the time. But pass on the dumplings. Just find a lighter tastier recipe. So soups a 5 star but dumpling not so much.