Chicken and Dumplings From Scratch

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Made this for dinner last night, and thought you might like the recipe! It might look like a lot of work, but really it doesn’t take that long to prepare. A delicious, hearty, cool weather meal!


Chicken and Dumplings

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 ribs of celery, sliced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced (I just threw in a can of carrots toward the end of the cooking time, since I didn’t have fresh.)
  • 1 med. onion, diced
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz) can chicken broth (I use homemade chicken stock)
  • 2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • water


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder (I use 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 3 tsp cream of tartar as a substitute to avoid the aluminum in baking powder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 4 Tbsp oil

In a dutch oven, combine the chicken pieces, celery, carrots, onion, broth, parsley, bouillon, salt and pepper, and add enough water to cover.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat, and cover to simmer for about 2 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove the chicken pieces; allow them to cool. Then, remove any skin and bones, and shred the chicken up. Return the chicken to the pot.

Add more salt and pepper, to taste. (Jerry thought it needed even more salt.)

Return the soup to a simmer.

In a mixing bowl, combine the dumpling ingredients, and mix well to form a stiff dough. (It’ll be very thick and stiff.)

Drop by Tablespoonfuls into simmering soup. Cover and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes more. Best if served immediately.

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  1. Yum! I love to make this in my slow cooker, then for the last 30 minutes I make the dumplings & turn it up to high. I use cornmeal in my dumplings,and my recipe does not use baking powder. Delicious! One of our favorite comfort foods.

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  3. Rumford also makes an aluminum-free baking powder it is in a red can. My guys prefer their dumplings rolled out and cut into strips and it is one of their favorite meals.

  4. I think we’ll have that tonight. Argo makes an aluminum-free baking powder that is not expensive, and I think Bob’s Red Mill does too.

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