Easy Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch
Easy Chicken and Dumplings from Scratch – If you use already cooked chicken (such as rotisserie) and store-bought broth, chicken and dumplings from scratch is a fast and easy comfort food meal to make on busy nights! The fresh thyme in the dumplings sets it over the edge.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 4 servings
- Category: Soup
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 carrots, diced small
- 2 stalks celery plus their leaves, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 1/4 cup flour, divided
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup whole milk, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried), plus more for garnish
- 2 cups cooked diced or shredded chicken
- extra salt and pepper
- Saute the carrots, celery, and onions in 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large pot over medium high heat until browned and soft (about 3 minutes).
- Add 1/4 cup flour, stir to coat.
- Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to simmer and add 1/2 cup milk and the chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, to make the dumplings, mix together the remaining 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon salt, baking powder, and fresh thyme leaves. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, melted, until flour mixture is crumbly looking. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of milk and stir until just combined.
- Add spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture to the simmering pot- I recommend using a small cookie scoop for this.
- Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until dumplings are fluffy, cooked, and float to the top.
- Serve garnished with extra fresh thyme and fresh ground pepper, if desired.
- Freeze the leftovers, or double the batch and freeze one for later in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
- I do my best to provide accurate nutrition information for my recipes, but I am not a nutritionist. The provided nutrition information is my best estimate. It does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.
- Calories: 451
- Sugar: 6.8 g
- Sodium: 1526 mg
- Fat: 17.4 g
- Saturated Fat: 9.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 40.1 g
- Fiber: 2.7 g
- Protein: 31.9 g
- Cholesterol: 91 mg
Keywords: Southern food, freezer meals, comfort food, real food