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Chicken and Dumplings Soup is pure liquid comfort. This Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe is loaded with veggies, a warm, comforting broth and delicious, buttery dumplings in every bite. Chicken Dumpling Soup is perfect for an easy weeknight meal or make a big batch to share with friends.

Looking for other soup recipes? Check out my recipes for Chicken and Rice Soup, Beef and Barley Soup or Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup.

big blue bowl of chicken soup with dumplings

Chicken and Dumpling Soup

We recently discovered a real, true, deep love for Chicken and Dumpling Soup. It has been so long since I have made this soup and my kids were begging me to make up a batch. We were not disappointed!! It was just as full of incredible chicken soup flavor as I remember and the dumplings are always a treat to have floating around in the bowl. I know your family is going to love this soup as much as we do!!

Soups like this chicken dumpling recipe are a huge part of our dinner rotation when the weather turns colder, or if we only have a few minutes to throw a meal together. I love how easy this soup is to make and it truly is so satisfying, like have a good meal and a warm hug at the same time!!

Big pot of chicken soup and dumplings

How do you make Chicken and Dumpling Soup?

To make this Chicken and Dumpling Soup Recipe make sure to start with a big pot, one that can hold at least 6 quarts. When making soup, I like to use cast iron, enameled dutch oven pots like these ones.

Start by melting the butter in the pan over medium heat and add in the onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes, until the onion is soft. Add in the shredded chicken and chicken broth. Season with salt, pepper, bay leaves and parsley.

making chicken soup

While the soup heats up and comes to a boil, mix together the ingredients for the dumplings. The dumplings are essentially just a biscuit dough, so it comes together really quickly.

In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in cold butter and pour in the milk. Mix the batter together and knead for a minute until a smooth dough is formed.

pot of floating dumplings in chicken soup

To cook the dumplings, simply pinch off one inch pieces of the dough and drop them into the boiling soup. Turn down the heat to a simmer and cover the soup. Allow it to cook for 15-20 minutes, until the dumplings are floating on the top of the soup.

chicken and dumplings soup in a blue soup bowl

How to Thicken Soup

Lastly, to thicken this soup, mix together the water and cornstarch until it is smooth. Pour into the soup and cook and stir for about 3 minutes until the soup is thick and creamy.

Using cornstarch is perfect for thickening soups because it does not cause any clumping and creates a smooth texture in the soup.

Can I make Chicken Dumpling Soup Ahead?

This soup can be made ahead. I would suggest if you make this soup ahead, you wait until you are going to serve it to add the dumplings. If the dumplings are added and the soup is served the next day, they tend to absorb the soup liquid.

big pot of soup with dumplings, carrots, celery and chicken

Chicken and Dumpling Soup Recipe

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Chicken Dumpling Soup

Chicken and Dumplings Soup is pure liquid comfort. This Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe is loaded with veggies, a warm, comforting broth and delicious, buttery dumplings in every bite. Chicken Dumpling Soup is perfect for an easy weeknight meal or make a big batch to share with friends.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Soup
Keyword: Chicken Dumpling Soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 151kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2-3 chopped carrots
  • 3 celery, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 pounds chicken, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley

Thicken Soup

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water

Dumplings

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cold
  • 3/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • In a large 8 quart pot, melt the butter and add in the onions, carrots and celery. Cook and stir until the onion is soft and translucent. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and add in the shredded chicken. Season with salt, pepper, bay leaves and parsley. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and allow to simmer while you make the dumplings.

Dumplings

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Using a cheese grater, grate the cold butter into the flour mixture and stir to coat the butter.
  • Pour in the milk and stir until a ball forms with the dough. You can knead it a few times in the bowl if needed.
  • Pull off one inch pieces of the dough and drop into the soup. Cover with a lid and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the dumplings are floating at the top of the soup.
  • To thicken the soup, combine the cornstarch and cold water and pour into the soup. Stir continually until thickened.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 981mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1980IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg
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Chicken and Dumplings Soup is pure liquid comfort. This Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe is loaded with veggies, a warm, comforting broth and delicious, buttery dumplings in every bite. Chicken Dumpling Soup is perfect for an easy weeknight meal or make a big batch to share with friends.

Big pot of chicken soup with dumplings, carrots and celery

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21 Comments

    1. I’m so happy you liked it!! It is one of our family favorites! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!! ❤️

  1. Hi this is my first time cooking dumpling soup, is it normal if my dumplings are thoroughly cooked? If not how long should I keep them on simmer?

    1. I usually simmer them for 15-20 minutes, but if you feel that they need a bit longer, go ahead and cook them for 2-3 minutes longer.

  2. 5 stars
    My wife and I are CRAZY about this soup! We made it just as written and it was absolutely delicious. It’s my favorite one in our recipe rotation at the moment, filling and flavorful and perfect. Thanks for sharing it!

    1. I am so happy to hear that!! My family feels the same way about this soup!! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment!!

      1. Thank you for this recipe! I didn’t have milk for the dumplings so substituted with chicken broth and a healthy dollop of sour cream. AMAZING

  3. I made this soup for my family last week. Everyone loved it! Which almost never happens. It was my husband’s idea to try making our own soup. I was skeptical because I haven’t had much luck making good soup. I followed all your instructions and wow amazingly it turned out. I will never buy canned chicken and dumpling soup again. It really is easy and soo good. If I can do it anyone can. Thank you for this great recipe!

    1. I usually use chicken that has already been cooked. If your chicken is not fully cooked, you can dice it into about 1 inch pieces and add it to the soup before you put in the dumplings and as the soup boils to cook the dumplings, the chicken will cook as well.

    2. So do you bake/ boil your own chicken and then shred it and add it to the soup or do you by a rotisserie chicken, shred it and use that?

      1. I have done it both ways when making this soup. It is super easy to boil the chicken in the chicken broth with the vegetables, then shred and add back into the soup before adding in the dumplings.

  4. 5 stars
    The dumplings gave me flashbacks to my childhood. They were absolutely delicious. Added a little rosemary to the soup, which made it feel even more like home. So good! Thank you!!

  5. 5 stars
    This soup turned out great and was a big hit with my family! I’ve tried making other dumpling soups, but never felt like the dumplings were right. These dumplings turned out perfectly! I will definitely be making this recipe again!

  6. 5 stars
    made this for the fam and some friends last night and it was a HIT. they all couldnt stop coming back for more and we still had some left overs (that taste amazing heated up too) I will definetly be making this more often! so yummy!

  7. 5 stars
    Yum!! I added asparagus and mushrooms, and cayyane, and omitted the cornstarch since the extra ingredients thickened it up. Loved how rat and taste the dumpling were 😊