Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

Absolutely! Here’s a recipe for Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings:

Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings


  • 1 whole chicken (about 3-4 pounds), cut into parts or 4-6 chicken thighs/breasts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

For the Dumplings:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup milk


  1. Cook the Chicken:
    • In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add the diced onion, sliced carrots, sliced celery, and minced garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.
    • Add the chicken pieces to the pot, pour in the chicken broth, and add the bay leaf, dried thyme, salt, and pepper.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let it simmer for about 45-50 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  2. Make the Dumplings:
    • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the chilled butter pieces and use your fingers or a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    • Pour in the milk and stir until just combined. Do not overmix.
  3. Add Dumplings to the Pot:
    • Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pot. Discard the bay leaf.
    • Increase the heat to bring the broth back to a gentle boil. Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling dough into the simmering broth, covering the surface but leaving space between each dumpling.
  4. Simmer Dumplings:
    • Cover the pot and let the dumplings cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are cooked through and puffy.
  5. Shred Chicken and Serve:
    • While the dumplings are cooking, shred the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces, discarding bones and skin.
    • Once the dumplings are done, return the shredded chicken to the pot. Stir gently to combine.
  6. Garnish and Serve:
    • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley if desired and serve the Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings hot.


This recipe serves approximately 6-8 people.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: 380
  • Total Fat: 14g
    • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 1100mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 35g
    • Dietary Fiber: 3g
    • Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 28g

Enjoy this comforting and satisfying Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings, a classic comfort food dish!

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