Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings: A Comfort Food Classic


Embrace the warmth of homestyle cooking with our Chicken and Dumplings recipe. This dish is a comforting blend of tender chicken, flavorful broth, and soft, pillowy dumplings. It's a hearty and satisfying meal that brings back fond memories of family gatherings and cozy evenings.

Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings: A Comfort Food Classic

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 6 people. 
  • Each serving is a bowl full of chicken, broth, and dumplings.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 410 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 85 mg
  • Sodium: 890 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


For the Chicken and Broth

  • Whole chicken, cut into pieces: 1 (about 1.5 kg or 3.3 lbs)
  • Carrots, chopped: 2
  • Celery stalks, chopped: 2
  • Onion, chopped: 1
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 2
  • Chicken broth: 1.5 liters (6 cups)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped: for garnish

For the Dumplings

  • All-purpose flour: 200 g (1.5 cups)
  • Baking powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Butter, cold and cubed: 60 g (1/4 cup)
  • Milk: 120 ml (1/2 cup)

Method of Preparation

Cook the Chicken

  • In a large pot, combine chicken pieces, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove chicken, shred it, and return it to the pot.

Make the Dumplings

  • In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk to form a dough.
  • Drop spoonfuls of dough into the simmering broth. Cover and cook for 15 minutes without lifting the lid.

Finish the Dish

  • Season the chicken and dumplings with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a richer broth, use a combination of water and chicken broth.
  • Avoid stirring the dumplings too much to keep them light and fluffy.
  • For herbed dumplings, add dried herbs like thyme or sage to the dough.


Can I use boneless chicken instead?

Yes, but using a whole chicken adds more flavor to the broth.

How can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I make the dumplings ahead of time?

It's best to make the dumplings fresh, as they might become dense if made ahead.