Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup


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Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup is warm, comforting and so delicious. It is the perfect meal to enjoy any night of the week. This recipe is reminiscent of what your grandma used to make.

Chicken Dumpling Soup in a bowl  garnished with chopped parsley.

This Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup is the perfect combination of a thick cream soup and a traditional chicken and dumpling casserole.


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Tender dumplings in soup have been around forever. Some people believe it is a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe, others think it is a southern staple. Find out more about the evolution of this dish here.

  • 1 Hour Meal: Just a little prep and then it is just letting all the flavors meld together.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or the fridge.
  • Family Friendly: This meal is perfect for cold nights that everyone will love.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with different vegetables etc.
ingredients needed to make a chicken dumpling soup recipe.

Ingredient Notes

  • Vegetables: Uniform sizes of onion, carrots and celery, diced
  • Garlic: Three cloves minced
  • Chicken: Chopped into pieces, you can use chicken breasts, boneless chicken thighs, etc.
  • Seasoning: Salt, black pepper, thyme, parsley etc.
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth: Chicken stock can also be great, or try a low sodium or low fat version
  • Flour: All purpose flour
  • Frozen peas: The frozen peas hold their shape better

Dumplings

  • Flour
  • Butter: melted
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Heavy Cream
overhead view of homemade chicken Dumpling Soup in a pot.

Equipment Needed

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Stock Pot
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Cutting Board

How to Make Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup

These are the basic steps for making chicken and dumplings with vegetables. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

STEP 1: PREP

First, chop all the vegetables. Then, in a large soup pot with a lid, pour in olive oil and sear the chicken in batches. Then, add the onions, celery and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes.

a collage of 4 images showing how to make chicken and dumplings with vegetables.

STEP 2: BROTH

Next, add chicken broth and stir to incorporate the flour and broth. Bring to a boil and add chicken back to the pot. Let simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes to allow the soup to thicken.

a collage of 3 images showing how to make dumplings for the creamy chicken dumpling soup.

STEP 3: DUMPLINGS

Meanwhile, make the dumplings. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the melted butter and cream, and mix until completely incorporated. Once the soup is thickened, add the frozen peas. Stir.

a collage of 3 images showing how to cook the dumplings for the creamy chicken dumpling soup.

STEP 4: DROP

Next, drop dumplings, 1 tablespoon at a time, into the simmering soup. Cover and cook for 17 minutes.(Very important-do not open the lid until after the 17 minutes! The dumplings will steam with the cover on the pot.) Finally, once the dumplings are cooked, serve hot with fresh parsley for garnish.

Prep and Storage Tips for Creamy Chicken Dumpling Soup

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

The Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup can be made a day or two in advance, and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

The soup is a cream soup, therefore it has to be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Due to the dairy in this soup, freezing is not a great idea. It makes it grainy and unappealing when it has thawed out.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Rewarm on the stove top or microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Make the soup with gluten free flour for those individuals who have an intolerance. Also, try using low fat or fat free versions of the dairy.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT VEGETABLES?

Of course, you can add potatoes, leeks or whatever vegetables your family enjoys.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Yes, make as much or as little as you need. This soup is great for large gatherings or for couples’ night.

CAN YOU USE DIFFERENT HERBS?

Try adding different herbs such as rosemary, sage, oregano or tarragon.

Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup in a bowl garnished with chopped parsley.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Cheese: Parmesan cheese adds great flavor to this dish.
  • Short cut tip: Cut the vegetables in advance and keep in airtight containers until you are ready to make the soup.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add precooked chicken, simply omit the browning step.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Make in the instant pot or in the slow cooker.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Try adding low fat or fat free ingredients.

What to Serve with Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup

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Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Christina Hitchcock
Creamy Chicken and Dumpling Soup is warm, comforting and so delicious. It is the perfect meal to enjoy any night of the week. This recipe is reminiscent of what your grandma used to make.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 515 kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Stock Pot
  • Chef's Knife
  • Cutting Board

Ingredients
  

  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots medium
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 pounds chicken chopped into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons thyme dried
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • fresh parsley
  • Dumplings:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Chop vegetables.
  • In a large soup pot with a lid, place olive oil and heat.
  • Sear chicken in batches, then set aside.
  • Add the onion, celery and carrot to the pot and saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth and stir to incorporate the flour and broth. Bring to a boil and add chicken back to the pot.
  • Let simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes to allow the soup to thicken.
  • Make the dumplings. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the melted butter and cream and mix until completely incorporated.
  • Once the soup is thickened, ad the frozen peas. Stir.
  • Drop dumplings 1 tablespoon at a time into the simmering soup. Cover and cook for 17 minutes.
  • Very important-do not open the lid until after the 17 minutes! The dumplings will steam with the cover on the pot.
  • Once the dumplings are cooked, serve hot with fresh parsley for garnish.

Notes

  • Add Cheese: Parmesan cheese adds great flavor to this dish.
  • Short cut tip: Cut the vegetables in advance and keep in airtight containers until you are ready to make the soup.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add precooked chicken, simply omit the browning step.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Make in the instant pot or in the slow cooker.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Try adding low fat or fat free ingredients.

Nutrition

Calories: 515kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 20gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1372mgPotassium: 459mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5096IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 151mgIron: 3mg
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