Classic Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Warm, comforting, and packed with flavor, this classic chicken and dumplings recipe is perfect for cozy family dinners or chilly evenings. Tender chicken, hearty vegetables, and fluffy dumplings simmered in a rich broth create a dish that’s both satisfying and delicious.


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces (about 3-4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

For the dumplings:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 3/4 cup milk


  1. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook until browned on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add the diced onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Return the chicken pieces to the pot. Pour in the chicken broth and add the bay leaves, dried thyme, and dried rosemary. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the dumplings. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually stir in the milk until a soft dough forms.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling dough into the simmering broth. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through and fluffy.
  6. Stir in the frozen peas and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until heated through. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Serve hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley. Enjoy your comforting bowl of chicken and dumplings!

This recipe serves 6-8 people, making it perfect for sharing with family and friends. Feel free to customize it with your favorite herbs and vegetables for a dish that suits your taste preferences.

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