Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

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Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

I started off craving a good bowl of homemade chicken and dumplings made from scratch.  It’s not even that cold yet but I had to have a bowl.  We just moved not that long ago and the recipe I normally use was in a box somewhere in storage.  After a few hours of going through boxes reminiscing over photos I just found again I finally found it!  It’s such an old piece of paper with spill marks from the previous times I had made it.  I really need to rewrite this recipe and laminate it so that I will have it forever.  Do you have a recipe like that?  Come to think about it there’s another recipe that I feel the same way about.  It’s my  delicious Banana Bread recipe.  It’s a rare recipe because it uses sour cream in the ingredients.  Not many recipes use this ingredient in banana bread so I would never want to lose this recipe either.

I used my favorite enameled cast iron dutch oven to make this recipe.  It’s a 6 quart pot and works perfectly for this recipe.  This recipe also feeds a lot of people.  It can feed 6 to 8 easily.

I’m a bit disappointed in the photos I took for this recipe.  I will have to update these photos when I make this meal again.  I was zipping right along making this recipe as the house was smelling so good that I forgot to grab some extra lighting.  The family was hungry because dinner was a bit later than usual so there was no making them wait any longer just so I could grab a few good photos.  I think the new back to school schedule has everyone a bit grumpy towards the end of the day around here.


NOTE:  If you are looking for a super simple recipe instead of a homemade from scratch, you’ve got to try our Easy Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings recipe.  It’s a no fuss kinda dinner.


Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

4 from 15 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings



  • Heat the oil in a large dutch oven.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Brown the chicken about 4 to 6 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the chicken to a plate for later.
  • Add the chopped celery, onions, thyme and garlic to the drippings in the dutch oven and cook until the vegetables are soft. This will take about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add 8 cups of water and 2 cups of chicken stock in with the vegetables.
  • Shred the chicken with a fork (discard the bones and skin) and add it back to the dutch oven. Add the bay leaves too.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook about another 20 to 30 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.
  • While that is simmering, whisk together a 1/2 cup of flour and 2 cups of the cooking liquid to create a thickening sauce. Slowly mix a little bit of this paste back in the pot a tablespoon at a time until it all dissolves. The soup mixture will thicken in about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Next you will make the dumplings.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the remaining 2 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper and parsley. Then add the melted butter and buttermilk to the dry mixture and stir. The dough will get a bit thick.
  • Finally, spoon out small portions of the dough into the broth mix in the dutch oven. I evenly distributed about 8 to 10 spoonfuls. Simmer another 12 to 15 minutes until the dumplings are firm. Serve warm.

Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy.

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Here are a few process photos to give you an idea.

Cook the chicken first:



Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

This is the thickening paste you make.  It doesn’t look great but will make it taste amazing!

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

Add the shredded chicken back to the mix once the vegetables have softened:

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

Start mixing the dry ingredients for the dumplings:

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

This dumpling dough will taste amazing when it’s done:

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

Scoop the dough into the soup:

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch

Voila!  You’re done!

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch


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  1. 5 stars
    Just made it and the house smells delicious. I did, however, get a whole rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods to save time. I followed the recipe from there. Perfect to warm our tummies on a cold winter day.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicous. Time consuming but worth it. I made it on a cold snowy day and the kids and i watched it develop into delicous perfection.

  3. I have never liked chicken and dumplings but my husband adores it. I made this delicious stew last night and even I enjoyed it. I followed the receipt to the T and it was amazing. Those are the best dumplings and the stew had so much flavor. Thank you so much, it’s a keeper!

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