Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings

There’s nothing quite like the comforting embrace of a steaming bowl of homestyle chicken and dumplings to warm you up on a chilly evening. This recipe has quickly become a cherished favorite in my family, bringing smiles and satisfied sighs to the dinner table every time it’s served. The tender, shredded chicken pairs perfectly with soft, pillowy dumplings, all swimming in a rich, flavorful broth that’s seasoned just right. It’s a dish that feels like a warm hug, and it’s always met with eager anticipation when I announce it’s on the menu. Whether it’s the depth of flavor, the hearty ingredients, or the sheer comfort it brings, this recipe is a winner through and through.


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (plus additional for dumplings)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Start by boiling the chicken breasts in chicken broth in a large pot. Once cooked, shred the chicken and set aside, keeping the broth for later use.
  2. In a separate pot, create a roux with butter and flour, then gradually whisk in the chicken broth and milk until the mixture thickens.
  3. Combine additional flour, baking powder, and seasonings in a bowl. Mix in the shredded chicken to form your dumpling dough.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of the dough into the simmering broth mixture, covering to cook through.
  5. Add the frozen peas and carrots, simmering for a few more minutes before seasoning to taste and garnishing with fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings: 6
  • Calories per Serving: Approximately 350

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Additional Tips

  1. Shred Chicken Easily: For extra tender chicken, let it cool slightly before shredding with two forks. The meat will fall apart more easily.
  2. Roux Perfection: Cook the roux until it’s a light golden brown to ensure your sauce thickens without tasting floury.
  3. Dumpling Size: Keep dumplings small to ensure they cook evenly. Larger dumplings may be doughy in the center.
  4. Simmer, Don’t Boil: Keep the broth at a gentle simmer when cooking the dumplings. Boiling can cause them to disintegrate.
  5. Fresh Herbs Boost: If available, use fresh thyme and parsley to enhance the flavor of your dish.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts? Yes, chicken thighs are a great alternative and can add more flavor due to their higher fat content.
  2. How do I know when the dumplings are done? Dumplings are done when they are puffed, firm to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  3. Can I add other vegetables to the dish? Absolutely! Feel free to include other vegetables like diced celery or sliced mushrooms for added flavor and texture.
  4. Is it possible to make this recipe gluten-free? Yes, you can use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend for both the roux and the dumplings.
  5. Can the dish be made ahead of time? While best served fresh, you can prepare the chicken and broth ahead of time and then add and cook the dumplings when ready to serve.
  6. How can I thicken the broth if it’s too thin? Mix a little flour with water to make a slurry and whisk it into the simmering broth until it reaches your desired thickness.
  7. Can I freeze leftover chicken and dumplings? Yes, though the dumplings may soften further upon reheating. Freeze in airtight containers for up to 3 months.
  8. What can I substitute for whole milk? A mixture of half heavy cream and half water, or a dairy-free milk alternative, can be used.
  9. How do I prevent the dumplings from dissolving? Avoid stirring the pot too vigorously after adding the dumplings and ensure the lid is tightly closed while they cook.
  10. Can I use store-bought chicken broth? Yes, store-bought chicken broth works well in this recipe and is a great time-saver.

This homestyle chicken and dumplings recipe is not just a meal; it’s a comforting experience, perfect for gathering the family around the dinner table. With its rich flavors, tender chicken, and fluffy dumplings, it promises warmth and satisfaction in every bite. Follow the tips and FAQs to make this dish a flawless favorite in your home too.