This EASY Chicken and Dumplings recipe is a comforting, creamy chicken soup with simple homemade dumplings that make it irresistible! It’s hearty, loaded with vegetables, and is the perfect meal to make on a chilly day.

Looking for more soup recipes? Try Cioppino, Beef Noodle Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, or Pozole Verde!

A close-up image of a bowl of Chicken and Dumpling Soup, sprinkled with parsley.

Why I love this recipe:

  • Comforting – One of my favorite soups to enjoy on a chilly day, homemade Chicken and Dumplings soup hits the spot every single time!
  • Crowd Pleaser – Every age family member loves this meal. It’s full of flavor, loaded with fresh veggies and homemade dumplings and lower in sodium than store-bought. The taste can’t be beat.

How to make Chicken and Dumplings:

Sauté Veggies: Heat a large pot with oil over medium heat. Add celery, carrots and onion and sauté for 3 minutes then add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Dump in butter and flour and whisk well for 1 minute.

A stainless steel pot with veggies being sautéed, then butter and flour added.

Pour in Broth and Seasonings: Stir in chicken broth and bouillon, scraping up anything on the bottom. Add thyme, sage, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Add chicken and bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes, until chicken is cooked. Remove chicken and let rest for 5 minutes before chopping or shredding. Return chicken to the pot and add evaporated milk and peas.

Two images showing raw chicken in a broth, then the cooked chicken stirred into the soup.

Make Dumplings for Soup: Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add milk, sour cream and melted butter. Stir until combined, but don’t over mix.

Two images showing a glass bowl with flour, baking powder, salt, milk, melted butter, and sour cream. Then the mixture mixed together.

Add Dumplings: Bring soup to a simmer and then use a small spoon to drop teaspoon-sized amounts of dough all over the top of the simmering soup (the dumplings will double in size as they cook).

Chicken soup broth, with dough being added to the soup.

Simmer: Cover the pot and simmer on low for 12-15 minutes. Remove lid, gently stir to break dumplings apart, and scoop out a dumpling to check for doneness. If still doughy, cover and cook for a few more minutes, until tender. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.

A big pot with easy Chicken and Dumpling Soup.

Serve: Ladle warm chicken dumpling soup into bowls or bread bowls, with a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley on top.

Two bowls of homemade Chicken and Dumplings, ready to eat.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: Make this easy chicken and dumplings 1-3 days ahead of time, excluding the dumplings. When ready to eat, rewarm on the stove, bring to a simmer and add dumplings.

To Freeze: Leftover soup may be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw chicken and dumpling soup overnight in the fridge before rewarming on the stove.

Recipe Variations:

  • Chicken: I recommend thighs, because they have more fat and won’t dry out or overcook as easily, but breast meat will also work. To use rotisserie or leftover cooked chicken (or turkey), simply skip the step of cooking the chicken, and stir in cooked chicken just before cooking the dumplings.
  • Bouillon: I use chicken better than bouillon base because the flavor is bolder, but 4 regular chicken bouillon cubes may be used.
  • Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings: Prepare steps 1 and 2 in a skillet. Add everything to slow cooker, and add chicken. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or High for 2-3 hours. Make dumplings and spoon them over the top of the hot soup, as directed in this recipe. Press them under the liquid a little before applying the lid. Slow cook on HIGH for 45 minutes. Break dumplings apart if needed and test for doneness.

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A close-up picture of Chicken and Dumpling Soup, sprinkled with parsley.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
Total 55 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

For the Dumplings:

Instructions
 

  • Sauté Veggies: Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil. Once hot, add celery, carrots and onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add butter and flour and whisk well for 1 minute.
  • Add Broth and Seasonings: Gradually stir in the chicken broth and bouillon, scraping up anything stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add thyme, sage, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken and bring mixture to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken to a cutting board and rest for 5 minutes before chopping or shredding into small pieces. Return chicken to the pot and add evaporated milk and peas.
  • Make Dumplings: Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add milk, sour cream and melted butter. Stir until combined, but don’t over mix.
  • Add Dumplings: Bring soup to a simmer and then use a small spoon to drop teaspoon-sized amounts of dough all over the top of the simmering soup (the dumplings will double in size as they cook).
  • Cover the pot and simmer on low for 12-15 minutes. Remove lid, gently stir to break dumplings apart, and scoop out a dumpling to check for doneness. If still doughy, cover and cook for a few more minutes, until tender. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.
  • Serve warm, with a sprinkle of fresh chopped parsley on top.

Notes

Pro Tip: Choose a wide pot to cook the soup, over a narrow/tall pot, so there is more surface area to add the dumplings in a single layer. 
Chicken: I recommend thighs, because they have more fat and won’t dry out or overcook as easily. But breast meat will also work. To use rotisserie or leftover cooked chicken (or turkey LINK), simply skip the step of cooking the chicken, and stir in cooked chicken just before cooking the dumplings.
Bouillon: I use chicken better than bouillon base because the flavor is bolder, but 4 regular chicken bouillon cubes may be used.
Make Ahead Instructions: Make the soup 1-3 days ahead of time, excluding the dumplings. When ready to eat, rewarm on the stove, bring to a simmer and add dumplings. 
Freezing Instructions: Leftover soup may be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before rewarming on the stove.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings: Prepare steps 1 and 2 in a skillet. Add everything to slow cooker, and add chicken. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or High for 2-3 hours. Make dumplings and spoon them over the top of the hot soup, as directed in this recipe. Press them under the liquid a little before applying the lid. Slow cook on HIGH for 45 minutes. Break dumplings apart if needed and test for doneness.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 635kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 39gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 3460mgPotassium: 943mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 5190IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 383mgIron: 4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I completely agree with the name of this site! Everything tastes better from scratch! This simple recipe is absolutely scrumptious, delicious, hearty and so satisfying! I made a giant pot of chicken and dumplings and shared it with several friends in our neighborhood. Everyone was so excited to receive a hot dinner of homemade chicken and dumplings! This is now our family’s keepsake recipe! We can’t wait to try more Re from our new favorite site! Thank you for bringing us such a wonderful recipe that made our tummies smile!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the best chicken and dumpling recipe and I have made this dish many, many times. Will keep this one as my go to recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    The chicken soup part was delicious! I didn’t make the dumplings, but served over rice and everyone loved it. Thank you for these great recipes that are slowly turning me into a home cook.

  4. The nutritional information- carbohydrates especially- what is the serving size? Is it 50g of carbs for 1/6 of the recipe?

  5. 5 stars
    Made this recipe for my family. It was such a hit with my kids, we all loved it so much. Will definitely be making again. So GOOD!

  6. I know differences in location people have unique customs just never understood how how dropping biscuit like dough in liquid are considered dumplings. Much prefer rolled dumplings.

  7. 5 stars
    It takes a while to get the dumplings into the pot and I’ve burned chicken twice but I don’t even care. So good and a crowd pleaser even for my 3 y/o.

  8. What a fun and delicious recipe!! It is so flavorful and the dumplings are scrumptious! This would be a great recipe to impress company. 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    These dumplings are delish. Better than the bisquik version I grew up with. I left out the seasonings and peas. Just some salt and pepper This is a winner

  10. 5 stars
    I have been wanting to make chicken and dumplings for years after trying them for the first time in the south a while ago. This recipe was so easy to follow, and didn’t require a grocery shopping trip as most of the ingredients are things I usually have on hand. (I made my own evaporated milk!) I got three high-fives from my husband as he was eating! It’s a keeper!

  11. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious!!! I had never actually made chicken and dumplings, but it looked delicious and leaving a review to support a wonderful charity was a super bonus. I think I need to grind my kosher salt a little finer, but that’s on me not the recipe. I will definitely be making it again. Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    This was the best Chicken and Dumplings I have ever made. My husband said this is a keeper recipe which he always says for his favorite recipes. Thank you for sharing

  13. 5 stars
    I have yet to make one of your recipes that I don’t like. This was last night’s dinner and I followed the recipe completely! My family has crowned me “Master Chief” !! Perfect seasonings! Perfect everything! Thank you so much!

  14. 5 stars
    Such a great, tasty recipe! It was even a hit with my biggest critics (my 1 & 3 year old daughters), which is a definite win in my book! The flavors are amazing and it is very easy to make. I can’t wait to add this to my soup rotation!

  15. I’ve never made this before! My grandmother used to make it when I was young and what a treat! This recipe was as good as my grandmother and even better! I used fresh dried herbs from my friend! It was fabulously tasty, easy to make and dumplings were perfect! Ty

  16. 5 stars
    Simple and so easy to make. Had all the ingredients, except celery, already on hand. Was the perfect mid-week meal getting into the colder months.

  17. 5 stars
    I have never made chicken and dumplings but always loved it when it had the dumplings cooked in the gravy/sauce. This turned out great and all loved it. Thanks for a good, easy to do recipe.

    1. This is such a delicious recipe! Perfect comfort food on a cold January night and so easy to put together. Will definitely be making this again..and again!

  18. 5 stars
    This was so good! It was easy to make too! The dumplings were the best and easiest I’ve ever made! Thank you for a great recipe!

  19. I live in western Maryland and we are having a “wintry mix” of weather today. It is the perfect day for Chicken and Dumplings soup. We had it for dinner and it is definitely a “do again” recipe. It was a big hit for dinner.

  20. I’m currently making this and it seems a little too soupy. Even after adding the evaporated milk. Will it thicken? What can I add to thicken it?

    1. It will thicken a bit more! Did you add the flour early in the cooking process? If you end up wanting it thicker you could add a cornstarch slurry a little bit at a time!

      1. Hi Stacy. Yeah. I did the flour at the beginning with the butter. After putting the chicken back in and adding the evaporated milk and peas, am I supposed to leave the lid off? I’ve yet to begin making the dumplings. I’m so excited to try this. My kitchen smells delish.

        1. Yes, you will bring the soup to a simmer and then add your dumplings! There’s a video you can watch that might be helpful too! We’d love to hear how it turned out for you!

  21. Wowie! This should be called chicken pot pie soup because that’s exactly what it tasted like. Super creamy and good flavors. The dumplings were yummy & fun to make! The soup itself was a little too thick for me, reminded me more of gravy! Next time I’d maybe add more chicken broth and cut out the step of adding flour & butter to the veggies. The dumplings thickened it a lot on their own!

  22. This was a big bowl of delicious comfort. My kids kept commenting on how good the broth was, and how yummy the dumplings were. I loved the flavors, and will definitely be making it again!

  23. 5 stars
    Made this on Sunday and had tonight – but finished it off by making the dumplings tonight – This was absolutely delicious, we both really enjoyed it. I will definitely be making again (but probably in Winter – getting close to Summer here in Australia). Thanks Lauren.

  24. 5 stars
    This was dinner tonight and ALL 4 of my kids ate it, we all loved it and I am putting in the rotation of winter dinners. Its easy to make, even had my 2 boys help. I did use coconut milk because I didn’t have evaporated or heavy cream. Love it.

  25. 4 stars
    My family loved this version of chicken and dumplings!

    I switched out the raw chicken for rotisserie and skipped the step to cook the chicken. It was delicious and will be repeated!

  26. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night with my niece, it was perfect for a chilly night of early snow! I even had some leftovers before bed 😉 Super creamy and tasty, I added some fingerling potatoes to the crock pot and they were perfect by the time dinner rolled around. Crusty buttered bread was the perfect accompaniment to sop up the soup. 🙂 Will definitely make it again.

  27. 5 stars
    Easy to make! Family friendly minus a picky 4 yr old. I doubled the vegetables to help my kids get their daily veggie servings in. I would make this again.

  28. Delicious!!! This was our first time having dumplings, and we weren’t really fans. However, the soup itself was amazing!

  29. This version of chicken & dumplings is absolutely the best. I cant wait to eat the leftovers!! The directions couldn’t be easier. I had 2 helpings and my friend had 3, it was that good !!

  30. 5 stars
    So good! I would double the carrots/celery but I also like veggie heavy soups. I also put extra rosemary and thyme in the dumplings and I think it tied it all together. I have never put evaporated milk in a soup before and I plan on doing that with other soups that call for milk or cream, I think it created a great texture.

  31. 5 stars
    Delicious!! Big hit with the family. Looks like we bought it at a fancy restaurant and served at home. Love the herbs!

  32. A hearty and comforting dinner! My 13 year old son said, “Mom this looks like a fancy dinner from a TV show!” Well it does look fancy it’s very easy to make and it’s delicious💜

  33. I made this soup today. It’s absolutely delicious! One of our family’s favorite soups now!!! My husband is allergic to carrots so I swapped out the carrots and used a green pepper instead, that was the only adjustment I made. So easy to make too! And it just happened to start snowing at our house when I was making it! Made a delicious soup on a cold snowy day!

  34. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious, and so satisfying for a cool autumn evening. I’m planning to adapt the recipe so that my vegan sister can enjoy it too – mushrooms for chicken, vegetable broth for chicken broth, olive oil for the butter, vegan sour cream, and soy or almond milk. It might take a little tweaking, but I’m sure she would love it.

  35. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing. I customized it, slightly, to suit my family’s taste (it is easy to do that when cooking from scratch). A few extra teenagers popped in unannounced and finished it off.

  36. 5 stars
    This is some of the best chicken and dumplings I’ve ever had (sorry mom)! So flavorful and the dumplings were delicious! Who knew sour cream would make such a difference?

  37. 5 stars
    It was good. Not hard to make and plenty of flavor. I added extra meat and vegetables just because my family likes hearty soups. I was surprised by the good flavor added by the condensed milk so am going to try it as a replacement for some heavier creams in other recipes. Thx:)

  38. 5 stars
    I made this for a party of 6 adults & received rave reviews. Fragrant & tasty
    I used King Arthur flour which required more milk in the dumplings
    (I have volunteered several times at the assembly plant .of Feed My Starving Children —it’s a wonderful program)

  39. 5 stars
    I made the chicken and dumplings tonight for my family and they loved it. I think next time I will up the spices by a 1/4 teaspoon. Delicious

  40. I made this in the crockpot, was very simple to make. The dumplings obviously didn’t brown in the crock pot but it was all very delicious, the whole family gobbled it up! The seasoning was spot on.

  41. 5 stars
    This recipe was excellent! I’ve never tried to make a CnD meal before, but this was easy to put together with simple ingredients and classic flavors. I was really surprised at how creamy this turned out as well. This is a perfect fall meal and even pleased my picky niece and nephew. Highly recommended.

  42. 5 stars
    Just got done making these and I am so pleased! They are so creamy and perfect for a fall day. I left the onion out because my family doesn’t prefer it, but the recipe was still flavorful and delicious. This will be a go-to meal for sure. I also used our leftover rotisserie chicken and saved myself a little time.

  43. 5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe! Made this tonight for a crowd. You’ve definitely got a hit here. It took me longer to make, too, but that’s not unusual. I’ll definitely make again.

  44. 5 stars
    I have tried making chicken and dumplings soup before, but none of them as delicious as this one. It looks, smells and tastes delicious. Everyone love it. It’s very easy to follow step by step and very affordable.

  45. 5 stars
    Seriously the best chicken and dumpling soup I’ve ever had. So creamy and delicious!! We’ll definitely be making this a lot this winter.

  46. 4 stars
    My family enjoyed this – even the pickier eaters! The only problem was that ours came out quite salty. Next time I might reduce the bullion or use homemade stock without any salt. Thanks for the recipe!

  47. 4 stars
    I made this for dinner. Overall it was a great recipe. I was careful to not overmix the dumplings but I thought they would end up more fluffy. They were good and didn’t taste doughy but denser then I thought it would be. I was also careful to only use small amounts of dough when I dropped them. I love all of your recipes, you are my go to when I don’t know what to make. Thank you!

  48. My family enjoyed this dish! My 13 year old made the dumplings while I made the soup. Good team work! I used rotisserie chicken for a shortcut and it still was delicious! Thanks!

  49. The soup itself was really delicious…the dumplings didn’t turn out at all…clumpy balls of dough not like the ones i usually make. i followed the recipe exactly so i don’t know what happened. I will make it again but put in tortilla strips or noodles.

  50. 5 stars
    Super easy! Seemed intimidating at first, but the recipe was helpful and all the timing listed worked well. Really delicious and a hit with the family, kids loved it. Used yogurt instead of sour cream and they were still creamy.

  51. This was awesome. I had never made chicken and dumplings before. I was a little intimidated by the dumplings, but it was easy. This was just what I was looking for on a cold chilly night.

  52. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! My 2 year old called it “the best soup ever mom” and he’s not easy critic to please

  53. 5 stars
    LOVE this recipe! I have always loved Chicken and Dumplings since I was a kid, and I wanted to make a recipe for my family. My kids LOVED it too, and they are very picky! My son asked for seconds! Very flavorful, and the soup is a thicker consistency. Yum!

  54. Hi. This looks delicious. I’d like to try this; however, I don’t eat meat nor poultry. The only meat I eat is bacon; what can I say?!? Can you think of a protein replacement. I do like whitefish, salmon and halibut (on sale). My husband doesn’t eat shrimp or I’d try using shrimp. I’d appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

  55. If I wanted to make this a freezer meal I’m assuming I would do everything up to the dumpling part, freeze it, then reheat and do the dumplings, right?

  56. 5 stars
    I sent them an email about a chicken and dumpling recipe, and a day later it came out! I was thrilled. It’s so yummy, with the chicken thighs and homemade dumplings.. perfect as it is! It was so delicious.

  57. 5 stars
    I made this last week and it was so easy and so delicious.

    I added mushrooms with the onions, carrots and celery and highly recommend for anyone who likes mushrooms.

  58. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious, but the prep time is considerably longer than stated. I can see this recipe going into heavy rotation this winter. So nice to serve an “old fashioned” soup to the family.

  59. 5 stars
    I love Laurens recipe’s, and this one does not disappoint! Using chicken thighs makes all the difference. I didn’t have everything on hand for the dumplings so I cheated and used biscuits.

  60. 5 stars
    This turned out even better than I hoped that it would! I used both chicken breast and thigh for extra flavor. I will definitely make this again. Thank you!

  61. This recipe seems delicious, hearty and filling at the same time. Perfect for a Sunday winter brunch.
    I will try this and tag you! ✨❤️

  62. 5 stars
    Love this recipe and it was so delicious ! We did use canned chicken since that is what we had on hand for lunch. The steps are super easy also

  63. 5 stars
    Delicious! Great as is no change to recipe. I did cut up meat before putting it in when I didn’t read the directions entirely and was able to remove that step of letting it cool.

  64. 5 stars
    This is amazing! The recipe is easy. I filled the instructions to make it in the crockpot and I was very surprised how great it turned out. My husband who is not a big fan of chicken and dumplings said This is a keeper! We will definitely make this again. Thank you!!

  65. 5 stars
    2nd recipe I have tried from Taste Better Than Scratch. Another 5 out of 5 Stars. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Beyond Delicious. First time I ever made Chicken and Dumplings. And my family loved it.

  66. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight! It was amazing! My children kept telling me it was the best dinner:) and let me just tell you that those dumplings won our hearts haha!!