Easy Chicken and Dumplings

easy chicken and dumplings

Growing up one of my favorite meals my mom made for us was chicken and dumplings. It wasn’t until Pinterest came around that she switched up the recipe and now rotates between a few. I have a few favorites, but a recent recipe that I tested out last night was easy and done in 40 minutes. A great weeknight option when it’s 7:00 and you still have no idea what to make for dinner. I picked up the herb flavored rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods to make things even easier. The added flavor was delicious!

disclaimer: I give up trying to photograph soup. All the good stuff sinks to the bottom. Just trust me when it comes to soups that I recommend.

Easy Chicken and Dumplings
via she wears many hats

3 tablespoons butter
1½ cups diced onion (about 1 large onion)
2 cups thinly sliced carrots (about 4-5 carrots)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
5 cups chicken stock
¾ teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
1½-2 pounds roasted chicken, shredded
1¾ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon dried dill weed
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup milk, plus additional tablespoons as needed
5 ounces (weight) frozen peas (about 1 cup)


Heat butter in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, and thyme. Cover and cook about 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Onion should be softened. Sprinkle in ¼ cup flour and cook, stirring, 30 seconds.

Stir in chicken stock, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally.

Add shredded chicken, reduce heat to low simmer. Cover and cook for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining ¾ cup flour, baking powder, dill, garlic powder, remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Gradually stir in ½ cup milk to form batter. Batter should hold together and be easy to drop by spoonfuls. If too thick add more milk a tablespoon at a time. If too thin, sprinkle in a bit more flour at a time until thick. Set aside.

Stir peas into stew. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls on top of stew, spaced apart. Cover, and continue to simmer until dumplings are firm, 15-20 minutes.





  1. September 22, 2015 / 6:13 am

    This IS surprisingly easy. I love chicken N dumplins but I’ve always been intimidated to make them. This has a lot of ingredients but it sounds doable!

  2. September 22, 2015 / 6:13 am

    YUMMY! I’ve always wanted to make chicken and dumplings and this looks like the perfect recipe to try. Sounds like a delicious fall meal :)!

  3. September 22, 2015 / 6:16 am

    So I’m from the South, but I’ve never had chicken and dumplings and I just know Gary would love this!! Need to try!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  4. September 22, 2015 / 6:20 am

    You just hit my weak spot. Chicken and dumplings is one of my favorite meals when the weather starts to get cooler. This is definitely a recipe I’m going to have to try this fall!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  5. September 22, 2015 / 7:37 am

    Yum! This looks like a perfect fall recipe!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  6. September 22, 2015 / 8:22 am

    Chicken and dumplings soup is a favorite comfort food of mine, especially now that it’s fall (and I feel your pain about trying to photograph soup…it’s definitely not easy!!).

  7. September 22, 2015 / 8:32 am

    chicken and dumplings is just one of the most classic yummy meals. and it’s not super terrible for you (ok just the dumplings) but filling and delicious which is most important! thanks for sharing the recipe!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  8. September 22, 2015 / 9:20 am

    This looks amazing! I’m pinning and going to try it next week. I got a beautiful Dutch oven for my shower and so far have used it a total of ONE time.

  9. September 22, 2015 / 9:30 am

    i have never had chicken and dumplings, let alone cooked them. they look super easy though!

  10. September 22, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Soup is so hard to photograph. Same with chili. Anything lumpy in a bowl never looks good. BUT, this sounds really good!

  11. September 22, 2015 / 9:39 am

    I cracked up at the last sentence because I have the same problem! I love making healthy soups but they look awful when photographed.

  12. September 22, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Ah yum! I’m so glad I’m marrying a true southerner! His mom makes INCREDIBLE chicken and dumplings, I need to learn how to make it myself so I think I’ll start with your recipe! LOL and yes to that comment about soup and photographing it. I swear commercial photos of soup are all fake!


  13. Anna
    September 22, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    I have always wanted to try to make dumplings, but felt is was going to be too overly complicated. These look so incredible and easy to make! Thanks so much for the tutorial! XO


  14. September 22, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    Ok, you’re convincing me that I need to try to make this again. The first time, my ‘dumplings’ were more like drops of raw dough and I gagged myself on the first bite. Fail! Yours looks fantastic 😉

  15. September 22, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    I think I saw you share this on Snapchat, and it looked delicious! I’ll definitely have to try this as the weather cools down.

  16. September 22, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    This is the perfect comfort meal! We had this growing up too, and it’s probably one of my favorites!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  17. September 22, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    Looks and sounds amazing!! Definitely making this sometime!! Thank you so much for sharing!! 🙂

  18. jillian
    September 22, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    yum!! the ultimate comfort food!

  19. September 23, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    Oh goodness – this looks beyond delicious – I need to try very soon!

  20. October 1, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    This sounds so delicious! I haven’t had a good bowl of chicken and dumplings in forever. It always reminds me of my grandmother…she use to make it all the time.