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dutch oven with chicken and dumplings
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5 from 6 votes

Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

Chicken and Dumplings is the ultimate comfort food. Fluffy, homemade dumplings cooked atop the most delicious chicken soup. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken and dumplings, chicken and dumplings recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 657kcal


For the Chicken Soup:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • ¾ cups diced celery
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 32 ounces chicken broth or stock
  • 4 cups chopped pre-cooked chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

For the Dumplings:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1 cup milk, whole or 2%
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a Dutch oven, melt the six tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the garlic and saute for an additional minute.
  • Evenly sprinkle in the flour, and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the evaporated milk and chicken broth. Stir well until thoroughly combined.
  • Bring the milk and chicken broth mixture to a low boil, and then add the cooked chicken, thyme, pepper, and salt. Simmer uncovered for 12 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the dumplings. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, pepper, salt, and thyme.
    Add in the milk and melted butter. Use a wooden spoon to stir together until a dough forms.
  • Using a cookie scoop or your fingers, form the dough into golf-sized balls. Arrange the dough balls evenly on top of the broth mixture (be careful not to splash the simmering broth).
    Cover, and turn the heat down to a very low simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Check to see if the dumplings are cooked through by breaking one in half. If the dumplings are not fully done, cover again and cook for a few more minutes before testing again.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Serve.


Note: If desired, you can place the Dutch oven uncovered under a broiler, to lightly brown the tops of the dumplings.


Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 1895mg | Potassium: 951mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 4561IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 457mg | Iron: 5mg