Easy Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
Total 50 mins

This creamy Chicken and Dumplings recipe is the ultimate comfort food! Fluffy, homemade dumplings in the most flavorful chicken soup. Made from scratch in minutes!

Chicken and Dumplings in a bowl with a bite taken out of a dumpling.

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

If you are looking for an easy chicken and dumplings recipe, you found it! Today I’m sharing all my tips and tricks on how to make your chicken and dumplings from scratch with minimal effort.

Don’t get nervous when I say this recipe is made from scratch. If you’ve ever wanted to make dumplings from scratch you’ll be glad to know they’re surprisingly easy and simple to make!

Chicken and Dumplings is one of the top recipes on my site for a reason and I can’t wait for you to try it! I promise, you will love it like the thousands of others who have given this recipe 5 stars over the years!

Chicken and Dumplings in a large pot on a chopping board.

What Kinds of Dumplings Are There?

There are 3 popular kinds of dumplings:

  • Drop dumplings are dumplings made in a bowl that you scoop out and drop into the soup to be cooked. They are light and fluffy.
  • Rolled dumplings are the kind of dumplings you get when you order Cracker Barrel’s Chicken and Dumplings. They are a flat dense dumpling. 
  • Biscuit dumplings are made with canned biscuits and are cut into quarters and dropped into the soup. 

This recipe uses drop dumplings. Why? Well, when I started trying out different methods of making my own dumplings these drop dumplings were the clear winner. They are very easy to make, fast to cook and extra delicious! This recipe makes fluffy homemade dumplings that float on top of your chicken soup.

Years and years ago, I used to make my chicken and dumplings recipe with canned refrigerated biscuits. If you are a big fan of chicken and dumplings with biscuits, I still have that recipe on my site as well!

Chicken and Dumplings in two bowls with spoons.

How to Make Soup Dumplings from Scratch

The first step in making chicken and dumplings soup is to make the dumplings. This homemade dumpling recipe is so easy. They take 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients, you probably already have on hand!

Your family will think you were working for hours making homemade dumplings — so don’t tell them our little secret.

Follow these simple steps to make drop dumplings for soup:

  1. Mix dry ingredients: Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, pepper, salt and thyme) into a medium sized bowl and whisk together.
  2. Add wet ingredients: Add in the butter and milk, mix it together using a wooden spoon, until dough ball forms.
  3. Cook dumplings: Drop the dumplings into the simmering soup with a cookie scoop and let cook! That’s it!

If you have been wanting to learn how to make dumplings from scratch, this is definitely a great recipe to try since it’s so easy!

Chicken and dumpling ingredients in bowls on a cutting board.

Soup Ingredients

Once you’ve made your dumplings, the rest of the ingredients needed for this soup are simple classics:

  • Butter
  • Onion, carrots, celery and garlic
  • All purpose flour
  • Evaporated milk <- The secret to creamy soup!
  • Chicken stock
  • Shredded cooked chicken
  • Spices: Thyme, Salt & pepper

Some things are best when they are kept simple to let the flavor shine and I absolutely think Chicken and Dumplings is one of those things.

However, I do have one secret ingredient that is KEY to making your chicken and dumplings creamy. Can you guess what it is from the ingredients list above? Evaporated milk!

Evaporated milk is creamier when compared to whole milk, but not as thick as heavy whipping cream (and a lot less fattening as well).

P.S. If you can’t have dairy, I suggest trying this dairy free Matzo Ball Soup. You still get dumplings without the dairy!

Three big homemade dumplings in a big bowl of chicken and dumplings.

How to Make Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Now that we’ve covered how to make dumplings and what ingredients go into this soup, here’s how to make it all come together:

  1. Sauté your veggies: In a large pot melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery. Cook for 5 minutes until the veggies begin to wilt. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  2. Add flour: Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and cook for a minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Pour in the milk and broth: Add the evaporated milk and broth. Stir quickly to combine.
  4. Simmer & make the dumplings: Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and make your drop dumplings as described above.
  5. Drop the dumplings into the soup: Using a large cookie scoop, scoop the dumpling dough into balls and drop them directly into the simmering soup. Place them around the edges of the pot, not all in the center. Gently press the dumplings down so the soup runs over them.
  6. Cover and simmer: Place a lid on your pot, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Test the dumplings: Gently stir the soup. Remove one dumpling and cut it in half to make sure it is cooked through.
  8. Serve: Once the dumplings are cooked, your soup is ready to eat. Time to dig in!

What Makes this Soup So Creamy?

There are a few tricks to keeping Chicken and Dumplings creamy without adding any cans of condensed soups. 

First is the use of evaporated milk as mentioned above.

Second, and just as important, is the gravy base of the soup made with all purpose flour and butter. You use the butter to sauté the vegetables in and then add in the flour and cook for a minute or two. The two combine to make a great soup gravy base – similar to making white country gravy.

The evaporated milk + gravy make an amazingly creamy soup when combined with the chicken stock!

Two large bowls of homemade chicken and dumplings with three large dumplings in each bowl.

This Recipe is Pure Comfort Food!

This homemade chicken and dumplings recipe has been a winner with my family and circle of friends for years, but I have never shared it on the blog.

It’s not because I didn’t want to share my family recipe with all of you, it’s just that I usually make it when I am craving comfort food on a cold night. And then as soon as it’s done, I don’t want to worry about working and taking photos…I just want to dive in face first!

But after the response to the videos I shared of me making this Chicken and Dumplings recipe on Instagram stories a few weeks ago, I knew I HAD to share the recipe asap.

Chicken and Dumplings made from scratch with a dumpling cut in half to show the fluffy inside.

So many of you made this soup within days of me posting the recipe and immediately started sending me pictures and reviews. No joke, over 25 people sent me messages proclaiming this to be the BEST Chicken and Dumplings recipe, ever! Yahoo!!

It’s now one of the most popular recipes on my site and you can read lots of reviews below. I am so excited for all of you to try this recipe. Please share how this Chicken and Dumplings recipe turns out for you, I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Yield: 6

Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Recipe: my easy chicken and dumplings recipe, with big fluffy dumplings that are made from scratch, but only take a few minutes! #Soup #Chicken #Recipe

This easy recipe for my family’s favorite creamy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is loaded with big fluffy dumplings that are made from scratch in just minutes!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 12 oz (1 can) evaporated milk
  • 32 oz (1 quart) chicken stock
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper (or to taste)
  • salt, to taste

Homemade Dumplings:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon, baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz) whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy bottomed pot (like a dutch oven), melt butter over medium-high heat. 
  2. Add onion, carrots and celery. Cook for 5 minutes, until vegetables being to wilt. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  3. Add flour and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add evaporated milk and chicken stock and quickly stir to combine. 
  5. Bring to a boil and add chicken, thyme, black pepper and salt. Let soup simmer, uncovered, while you make dumplings. 
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, pepper, salt and thyme. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the milk and butter into the center of it. 
  7. Using a wooden spoon (or rubber spatula), stir together until dough ball forms. If your dough seems too dry, you can add an extra tablespoon of milk. 
  8. Using a large** sized cookie scoop, scoop dough and drop directly into the simmering soup. Place them around the pot, not all in the same place. 
  9. Once all dumplings have been added, gently press them down so the soup runs over just the tops of them. 
  10. Place the lid on your pot and lower the heat a little to a low simmer (you don’t want the bottom of the soup to burn but also want the soup to still be simmering to cook the dumplings). 
  11. Cook for 15 minutes, gently stir the soup/dumplings and then cut one dumpling in half to make sure they are cooked through.
  12. If the dumplings are cooked through, serve hot! If not, cook an additional 2-3 minutes and check again. 

Notes

*You can use a medium sized cookie scoop in place of a large cookie scoop to get more dumplings. Start checking if they are done around the 10 minute mark.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 731Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 1096mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 37g

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612 Responses
  1. Karen

    Made the dumplings. Already had chicken soup/stew going. Dumplings were to salty. I will make this again with half the salt.

  2. Dagmar

    This was exactly what I’d hoped! Thank you so much, Jessica. I’ve tried several other recipes but yours is the best.

  3. Cynthia Verbanas

    I just want to print this recipe but can’t without 32 pages of ads with it. Is there a way to do this??

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      Jessica

      Hi Cynthia! YES! It’s in the recipe card right where the photo and rating is. It’s a pink button that says PRINT. 🙂 It will print the recipe without any ads, just the recipe!

  4. Candice

    I made this tonight. I didnt have thyme and i have no idea why so i had to use oregano instead but WOW. I think it was amazingly delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  5. ‘Zac

    There’s so much extraneous pre-narrative that I don’t need to know, and so many garbage google ads for Alzheimer’s covering content, which together make this all a hot mess to read. I was in a hurry so I mixed up the volume of the flour for soup vs dumplings and ended up with some kind of cream – thing.

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.
      Jessica

      Hi Zac! You can print the recipe and never have an ad shown while trying to cook. The types of ads shown are a direct result of what you have googled or looked at in the past, I can’t control the content of an ad (besides making sure it’s not inappropriate or political). Ads are how I pay for this site and how I am able to create all the free recipes, I’m sorry they annoyed you, but I recommend printing the recipe next time to prevent any issues.

    2. Dagmar

      Welcome to the Internet (?). I enjoyed the “pre-narrative” so to each their own. If it’s not your jam, go do your own thing.

  6. Lisa Jauregui

    Wow this was delicious! I made it exactly as the recipe states. My 4 year old (who never eats ) actually ate it!!

  7. Sherry

    My husband is still singing my praises for making this! Told me to make sure I keep the recipe.
    Thank you! I’m now The Queen of the Kitchen! ( Haha!)

  8. Charles Crowder

    Ohhh my, I don’t like chicken and dumplings. NO idea why I decided to make it. Haven’t had it in years, 30 plus years!! This is freakin awesome!!!
    I will be making this recipe again!
    Did I say Awesome!

    Thank you very much,
    Charles

  9. Sally

    hi ! I had 2 Big chicken breast in my freezer for over a month and wanted to use them before freezer burning so I took them out and defrosted them in fridge over weekend and told my aide to cut them up in small chunks today and she asked me what I was going to make this time. told her chick and dumplings I make a lot of chick dinners for me and share with next door neighbor (90 years), I am 77 yrs and handicapped so I go the easiest way cooking. I forgot the dumpling recip. my mom and hers too used, so came online and yours was only one I pulled up. when I saw your pictures I knew I found right one I said this is my moms. so I am cooking all night while I sleep in my slow cooker and finishing up in morn with the dumplings so will be ready for our lunch. I am using the broth soup etc. instead of creamy soup. I can’t wait. thank you for your recipe, keep up good recipes will be watching for more.

  10. Anita

    I’ve never made chicken and dumplings before, but it turned out amazing and my sister-in-law thought they were great and she’s from Florida and are them often growing up. I will double the soup the portion next time but the dumplings were perfect! Thank you for a wonderful recipe

  11. Mariah

    This chicken and dumplings recipe is delicious. I never liked chicken and dumplings when I was a kid so I was a little hesitant to try this, but it turned out amazing! It’s now one of my favorite dinners. The first time I made it I followed the recipe exactly but it turned out as more of a casserole than I soup. Every time I’ve made it since then I just double the broth and the evaporated milk and it turns out great.

  12. Tessa

    I made this a few nights ago using shredded Instant pot chicken and went a little more heavy on the pepper/thyme seasoning for both the soup and the dumplings. I’ve got 3 young kids and even my pickiest was happy. He asked what this was called and told me, “You make a mean chicken dumplings, mommy!” Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. It was easy AND tasty. Being a crowd-pleaser means it’s going on the regular rotation!

    1. Jonathan Guy

      I love to make my own broth. We buy a couple chickens from Costco every other week and I boil the bones with some salt, thyme and bay leaves. After 3 or 4 hours, I throw my veggies in, and your recipe for dumplings. After I’m done, I add some of the shredded meat to a bowl and ladle the soup and dumplings over the top.
      Thank you for the dumplings recipe;

    2. Robert Barbarino

      Oh ..I made this …So SO SO GOODDD ..thank you much . I followed recipe to T ..the dumplings tripled in size …I was like WOW …I forgot celery …but I used bell pepper instead , still was great . ill get celery for round 2 for sure .I didn’t use Ice cream scooper , used a Big spoon and they fit all on top then I immersed them , lidded .the pot . after 10 min I re-immersed …and simmered for 10 more …oh I have huge Dumplings ..so good thank you so Robert..

  13. Victoria

    I wanted to add for the people who were searching for ages how to comment. Click on the number of reviews and it will bring you to the comment box.

  14. Victoria

    I made chicken soup last week and it was delicious but I was tired of having it with noodles. I don’t add noodles directly to my soup, so I came in search of a dumpling recipe instead of making more noodles. This is definitely my new go-to dumplings recipe. They were perfect! I had added evaporated milk to the leftover soup I was eating that day so I used that with a little water instead of milk. I eyeballed the fresh thyme, made half a batch of dumplings and they were DELICIOUS. I will be trying your chicken soup recipe next.

  15. Sandy

    Made this dish for the first and my husband and I loved it!! I will say if I make it again I might use a little less pepper. But this was delish!I Also I followed the link for the shredded chicken ,and loved using the mixer to shred the chicken, best thing ever!!!!

    1. Andrea

      This is fabulous! Made exactly as recipe, except I don’t have a cookie scoop so I eyeballed it and made them with my hands to about the size of a golf ball. And you are spot on about the evaporated milk. The only think I might do differently next time is either double the soup recipe or half the dumpling recipe. I ended up with a higher dumpling to soup ratio. Even though the dumplings are dense, they are perfect to hold up to the soup they’re sitting in without getting soggy. A very filling bowl of this for the hubby and myself on a snowy day for lunch. Thank you for this recipe. It’s a keeper!

    2. Bea

      Made today, yum! Used warm water instead of whole milk, didn’t use the 6 tablespoons of butter to sauté (non stick pan and a little water), cooked/shredded chicken separately, boiled dumplings separately and only used half of the pepper and thyme, and used low sodium chicken stock. Turned out great Thanks for sharing!!

  16. Bethanie Waldron

    Hi there! As someone who grew up in the south eating chicken n’ dumplings, I’ve never had carrots and celery in them until I came across your recipe.

    I LOVE it! This is now my go to recipe when making chicken n’dumplings for dinner and a dinner staple for the hubby and I. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!

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      Jessica

      Thanks for commenting Bethanie!! Usually I get comments from readers mad that this recipe isn’t like what they grew up with and they are just angry. Thank you for actually trying it before you made up your mind!! <3

  17. JeanP from CT

    Thanks to everyone who posted a review. I made this tonight, snowy New England day which seemed fitting. Absolutely delicious!! The flavor, the thyme and let’s not forget the secret ingredient – Evaporated Milk made this dish a winner. Very pleased with this recipe, the dumplings came out perfect just the way we like them. I will definitely be making this again, saved with my favorite recipes! Thank you Novice Chef you did not disappoint and I will be checking out your other recipes 🙂

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