Chicken and Dumplings: Cozy Comfort Food

Chicken and Dumplings are a comfort food meal that’s easy enough to make, even on a Wednesday. The chicken soup is creamy, packed with vegetables and cooked chicken. And the homemade dumplings are soft and fluffy… and unforgettable.

Bowl of Chicken and Dumplings on a White Background

There are days when only comfort food should be allowed.Like Wednesdays.

It’s Wednesday, the middle of the week, and I’m craving Sunday food… or at least weekend food.

It’s chilly and drizzly. I’m longing to curl up in front of the fire with a cozy blanket, an awesome movie, and a bowl of comfort.

Tonight, that comfort is Chicken and Dumplings. Happy sigh.

It’s like a visit from grandma. Happy, comforting, and totally delicious.

Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients

For the chicken soup, you will need:

  • Onion, carrots, and celery
  • All-purpose flour
  • Evaporated milk 
  • Chicken stock
  • Shredded cooked chicken
  • Spices: Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper

Gather these ingredients for the easy dumplings:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder and salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Egg and milk
  • Cooking oil

Onions, Carrots, and Celery in a Dutch Oven for Chicken and Dumplings Soup

How to Make Chicken and Dumplings

Begin by making the Chicken Soup.

Step 1:
In a large Dutch Oven, melt the butter. Saute the onion, carrots and celery until softened; about 5 minutes. 

Step 2:
Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.

Step 3: 
Stir in the evaporated milk and broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer while you make the dumplings.

Step 5: 
Make the dumplings. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and stir in the egg, milk, and cooking oil. Stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. 

Step 6: 
Using a large scoop or 2 spoons, drop the dumpling dough into the simmering soup. Cover and cook for 12 minutes; do not lift the lid. 

Step 7: 
Lift the lid, insert a toothpick in the center of a dumpling. If it comes out clean, the dumplings are done. Ladle into bowls and serve!

Closeup for a bowl of Chicken Dumpling Soup

Thank you, Grandma

I don’t know why this soup reminds me of my two grandmothers. They were incredible women; nurturing, comforting… and oh-so-fun. I miss those women now… but I know they live on through the memories of their life and the incredible food they made.

Save your recipes… your children and grandchildren and maybe great-grandchildren will want to make them someday!

More Comfort Food Recipes to Try:

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings: Cozy Comfort Food

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Chicken and Dumplings are a comfort food meal that's easy enough to make, even on a Wednesday. The chicken soup is creamy, packed with vegetables and cooked chicken. And the homemade dumplings are soft and fluffy... and unforgettable.  

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups cooked chicken, shredded

Dumplings

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Add butter to a large pot or Dutch oven and heat over medium heat. Saute the onion, carrots, and celery until they begin to soften but not brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook another minute.
  2. Pour in the evaporated milk and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Then add the cooked chicken, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking while making the dumplings.
  3. For the Dumplings: In a bowl add the flour, parsley, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and oil. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the egg mixture. Stir with a fork just until the flour mixture is moistened.
  4. Using a large cookie scoop or two spoons, drop dollops of dumpling batter into the simmering soup. Cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not remove the lid during this time. Then, check for doneness. The dumplings are cooked when a toothpick inserted into a dumpling comes out clean.
  5. Ladle into bowls and serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 262mgSodium: 821mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 50g

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