Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

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Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

This recipe for old fashioned, easy, homemade chicken and dumplings from scratch is so simple and delicious, it will instantly become a family favorite! It’s the very definition of comfort food.

 

And there’s nothing like a homemade meal of tender chicken, fluffy dumplings, and a hearty, creamy gravy. Using simple ingredients you’ll find in your pantry, you’ll be able to whip up a delicious dinner in no time. But fair warning: Although this is a quick and easy dish, the tantalizing aroma of chicken and dumplings wafting through the house was almost too much for Erich to take…he kept asking me “Is it done yet? It smells sooooo good!”

Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1-1/2 c peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 c chicken broth
  • 1/3 c heavy cream
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 c parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dumplings (makes 10)

  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 c heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt
Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

Lightly season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil to a deep saute pan over low-medium heat. When the oil begins to sizzle, add the chicken breasts and brown on each side, for a total of about 10 minutes. Then, remove the chicken and set aside.

 

In the same pan, saute onion, celery, and carrots for about five minutes, until they begin to soften. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. At this point, add melted butter and flour to the pan, whisk it together quickly, and then add the stock.

Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Add the bay leaves, thyme, parsley, peas, and cream. Add the chicken back to the pan. Simmer for 30 minutes. Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper as needed.

 

After 30 minutes, remove the chicken and using two forks, shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add the shredded chicken back to the pan.

Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Time to make the dumplings! This is the easiest thing ever! In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt). Next, add in the heavy cream and melted butter. Mix everything together with a fork until it becomes a slightly sticky dough. Knead the dough with your hands on the countertop for about one minute.

 

Using a tablespoon, scoop out balls of dough and form them into small meatball-sized balls. Drop the dumplings into the thick sauce in the pan, making sure they’re not touching each other, as they’ll puff up a bit while cooking. Cook for an additional 30 minutes. At the end of cooking, before serving, don’t forget to remove the bay leaves…they’re not edible.

Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Serve in a deep pasta bowl, garnished with fresh parsley and thyme. Enjoy!

Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

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Easy Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Easy Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

This recipe for old fashioned, homemade, easy chicken and dumplings from scratch is so simple and delicious, it will instantly become a family favorite! It's the very definition of comfort food.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1-1/2 c peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 c chicken broth
  • 1/3 c heavy cream
  • 6 Tbsp salted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 c parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Dumplings (makes 10)

  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 c heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Add 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil to a saute pan over low-medium heat. 
  • When the oil begins to sizzle, add the chicken breasts and brown on each side, for a total of about 10 minutes. Then, remove the chicken and set aside.
  • In the same pan, saute onion, celery, and carrots for about 5 minutes, until they begin to soften. 
  • Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  • At this point, add butter and flour to the pan, whisk it together quickly, and then add the stock. 
  • Add the bay leaves, thyme, parsley, peas, and cream. Add the chicken back to the pan. Simmer for 30 minutes.Taste the sauce and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the chicken and using two forks, shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add the shredded chicken back to the pan.

Dumplings

  • In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt).
  • Next, add in the heavy cream and melted butter.
  • Mix everything together with a fork until it becomes a slightly sticky dough. 
  • Knead the dough with your hands for about one minute.
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop out balls of dough and form them into small meatball-sized balls.
  • Drop the dumplings into the thick sauce in the pan, making sure they’re not touching each other, as they'll puff up a bit while cooking.
  • Cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve in a deep pasta bowl, garnished with some fresh parsley and thyme. Enjoy!

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28 Comments
  • Cici
    December 11, 2020

    5 stars
    I LOVE chicken and dumplings! I can’t wait to try out this new recipe the next time I make it! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Sarah B.
    December 11, 2020

    This looks SO good. I have always thought chicken and dumplings sounds amazing but thought it would be complicated to make. This, I think I can do!

    • maplewoodroad
      December 13, 2020

      It’s really so easy and delicious! Hope you try our recipe! 🙂

    • ShyAnne
      December 22, 2020

      5 stars
      Loved this recipe! Only thing is I had to add 1/2 more broth to the gravy because it thickened up so fast it started to burn on the bottom. Also, next time I’ll make the dumplings smaller so they go farther. We had none for leftovers.

  • Bryan Carey
    December 11, 2020

    I love chicken and dumplings and homemade is the best! The other nice thing is, since it is chicken, it is something the entire family can agree on

  • Alexa
    December 12, 2020

    5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! Easy to follow recipe that we’ll definitely be making again in the future. Thank you!

  • Lisa Alioto
    December 13, 2020

    I can’t tell you how much I love dumplings – thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks delish!

  • Alyssa Hixenbaugh
    December 13, 2020

    5 stars
    I love chicken and dumplings! This recipe looks comforting and delicious.

  • Braghan
    December 13, 2020

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it!

  • Ashley
    December 13, 2020

    5 stars
    Sooo delicious! Found recipe on Reddit and I can’t wait to make it again 😍

  • Alyse Stults
    December 14, 2020

    5 stars
    Looks amazing!!!

  • Mark Simmons
    December 16, 2020

    5 stars
    My wife loved this dish! Great flavor. The texture of the dumplings melts in your mouth. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • maplewoodroad
      December 16, 2020

      Thank you so much Mark! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Shannon
    December 17, 2020

    5 stars
    I made this over the weekend and my family loved it! Super easy to follow recipe and absolutely delicious. Definitely will be making again and again!

    • maplewoodroad
      December 21, 2020

      Thank you so much! So glad you all enjoyed it! 🙂

  • OdieB
    December 20, 2020

    5 stars
    We made this recipe tonight and it was fantastic, definitely will be adding this to the repertoire.

  • Michelle Latinovich
    December 22, 2020

    This chicken and dumpling recipe looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing!