Warm Up: Homemade Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

All opinions expressed herein are my own!

Chicken and dumplings is one of my favorite comfort foods.  It’s right up there with Nana’s Chicken & Rice, Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes, and Cheeseburger Macaroni.  Yes, I said cheeseburger mac was comfort food- HA! Everyone has their own favorites.  Last week I wanted something that would feel like I had just received a hug and all I could think was how much I love a warm bowl of homemade chicken and dumplings.  So, I made it.  And it was so good.  Even better than the warm hug I had hoped for.  I even had leftovers to enjoy for a day or two after.  Leftovers = bliss!

For this recipe I didn’t use any canned condensed soups or prepackaged biscuits.  Although they are the common way to make a quick version, I promise it doesn’t compare to the real deal.

Oh, and my apologies for not including  more pictures.  I snapped a quick pic for this post at the last minute because my bowl just looked so good I couldn’t resist! The antique china featured is called Lynns Village (by Lynns Fine China). ~ V

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings


  • 2-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 6 Cups Chicken or Turkey Broth
  • 1-2 tbsp Better than Bouillon
  • 3 Cups Milk
  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic (smashed)
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika or Poultry Seasoning

Dumplings Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Cold Butter
  • 1 cup warm milk


Add chicken breasts to a large stock pot, cover with water and boil 30-45 minutes. Remove chicken and allow to cool. Reserve water in a heat safe bowl.

Return stock pot to medium-high heat.  Add butter, oil, and garlic. Saute garlic 1 minute.  Add 3/4 cup flour, lightly mix into the oil/butter being careful not to over-do it.  Slowly whisk in chicken stock (or the reserved water if you don’t have stock handy.) Add Milk, Better than Bouillon, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Whisk continuously until mixture begins to boil.  Cover and reduce heat to low.

Shred or cut cooked chicken breast. Add to stock pot. Stir well, cover, and continue to simmer on low.

For dumplings, in a large mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, and salt.  Cut in cold butter.  Make a well and pour in your warm milk.  Mix until incorporated. Flour the sides of the bowl and knead until the dough is smooth. (No need to knead the dough on a floured surface, just a few kneads in the bottom of the mixing bowl will do – less mess)

Remove lid from soup. Stir and bring heat back up to medium.

With the dumpling dough, form 1 inch balls and gently set them on top of your soup. Try not to put them on top of each other if you can. Cover, reduce heat back to low and simmer for 20 minutes.


Warm and Delicious Homemade Chicken & Dumplings! #FrugalDinner



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11 thoughts on “Warm Up: Homemade Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

  • I love chicken and dumplings! My mom makes them the same way.

  • This looks so good. I have never made chicken and dumplings but I am now!

  • I haven’t made any kind of soup in a long while… And I just bought a stock pot not too long ago! I think that this recipe is exactly what I needed to find tonight, as we’re settling in for an overnight snow storm. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  • These sound really good. They would be a great comfort food for winter.

  • Looks like a really traditional recipe. I haven’t tried this before, very filling it looks like.

  • This is my sister’s favorite! (My Mom likes them too.) Since everyone’s schedules are so crazy and mismatched, I plan on making a big batch.

  • I have never had chicken and dumplings. It sounds like the ultimate comfort food. The photos of it look delicious. I will need to try this sometime.

  • Oh I have to try this. My mom used to make something like this growing up and oh it was my favorite. Dumplings are one of my favorite comfort foods.

  • This recipe sounds amazing and one that I am so making this fall and winter.


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