Chicken and Dumpling Soup

This Chicken and Dumpling Soup is filled with the dumplings I grew up eating. They’re somewhere between noodle and spatzle, but bigger. Comfort in a bowl.

If you’re looking for light and fluffy dumplings, you’re at the wrong recipe.

These dumplings are a bit heavier. They have texture. They’re somewhere between noodle and spatzle. But bigger.

You have to chew them. Not lots of chews. But at least one or two chews per bite.

If you’re looking for an airy dumpling recipe, I’d try this recipe from The Local Palate. But really, you should stay here and try these. They’re better, even if they don’t contain as much oxygen.

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How did I come up with these big lumpy dumplings? I watched my mom make them for years. When we were home for the day with stuffy noses my mom would make a quick batch of powdered Lipton chicken noodle soup. But she couldn’t leave it at that. Even when making processed food she had to add something of her own. She added quick homemade dumplings.

She doesn’t use a recipe for these. She pulls out a teacup, scoops in flour, adds salt and maybe baking powder. She stirs and then cracks in an egg, dribbles in milk and whisks it with a fork. She lifts the fork out of the cup and if thick bands of  yellow pull up with it, she nods. That’s about right.

Having watched her make these so many times, and having eaten them so many times, these dumplings are pure comfort to me. And I think they will be for you as well.

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This soup is ready in under 15 minutes, like all of my SOUPin15 recipes. And like with all of my SOUPin15 recipes I have a SouperTip to share. This is the tip or trick that makes the soup so delicious so quickly. Today’s tip is to cut the chicken into really small pieces. It’s going to need to cook in only a couple of minutes so keeping it to 1 inch or smaller is key.

If you love chicken soup, be sure to check out the recipe for this quick and delicious Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Quick Chicken Noodle Soup


For more tips to make soups delicious quickly head over here.

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And now, here’s my quick Chicken and Dumpling Soup recipe. See you in 15!



Quick Chicken and Dumpling Soup

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 servings


This Chicken and Dumpling Soup has the dumplings that I grew up eating. They’re somewhere between noodle and spatzle, but bigger. It’s pure comfort in a bowl. Note: To make this soup in 15 minutes, first read through the recipe. As you do, gather together all of the ingredients, tools, pots and pans that you will need so that everything is at your fingertips. But don’t prep any ingredients. All prep is included in the 15 minutes and is explained in the instructions section. You’ll be doing it as you go. Yield 10 cups.


  • 6 cups low or no-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups carrot matchsticks (sometimes packaged as shredded carrots)
  • 1 medium onion
  • a small handful of fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 46 Tbsp. milk
  • 6 Tbsp. heavy cream


  1. Pour the broth into a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 6 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, warm the olive oil and butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. While it heats, roughly chop the carrot matchsticks and add them to the pot. Peel and chop the onion and add it as well. Chop the parsley and set it aside. Cut the chicken into 1 inch pieces. Set aside.
  3. When the microwave is done, add the broth to the pot along with the chicken and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir and cover. Increase heat to high. When it comes to a boil, reduce to a simmer.
  4. While the broth is coming to a boil, in a small bowl combine the flour with the baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Add the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the parsley and then enough of the milk to make a stiff wet dough. Stir the soup and get it to a really low simmer. Drop the dough into the soup by the teaspoonful, dropping them all around the pot so they’re far apart and less likely to stick together. Don’t stir for 30 seconds. Stir gently. Increase heat to a stronger simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until dumplings are cooked through, 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the whipping cream.

Video by Leigh Olson. Article, photos and recipe by Christine Pittman.

16 Responses to “Chicken and Dumpling Soup”

  1. Olivia — November 10, 2017 @ 7:29 pm (#)

    This was my first time making chicken and dumpling soup (I’m a college student) and it turned out so good! Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to give it to my sick neighbor and hope it makes her feel better :)

    • Christine Pittman — November 13, 2017 @ 4:16 pm (#)

      Olivia, I’m really delighted that you like it so much and how sweet to give it to your sick neighbor. Very kind!

  2. Kathy Anewalt — March 22, 2017 @ 7:21 pm (#)

    Just wanted to take the time to say Thanks!  This is as close as it gets to my grandma’s recipe. I’ve been looking for a long time thru recipes with no luck. I made it today, took one taste and was in my grandmothers kitchen. ❤️️

    • Christine Pittman — March 26, 2017 @ 3:05 pm (#)

      Kathy, Oh wow! That means so much to me. I’m really touched that you liked it and that it brought back good memories. I love when food does that. xo

  3. Nancy m — December 30, 2016 @ 11:02 pm (#)

    My mother made these same Dumplings growing up, I have made them for years and my children wanted to learn how to make them. They are the best I have ever eaten.

    • Christine Pittman — January 3, 2017 @ 8:38 am (#)

      Nancy, That’s so great to hear. I love them too. Such comfort food!

  4. Rachel B — March 24, 2015 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    I want to make this soup but the directions aren’t visible for me.  Could you email me the recipe or repost the directions?

    Thank you.

    • Christine Pittman — May 7, 2015 @ 12:48 pm (#)

      Rachel, I am so so sorry. Somehow the directions had been deleted. I re-typed them in and they’re there now. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  5. Traci — January 19, 2015 @ 5:34 pm (#)

    I made this for dinner tonight.  My husband had been craving chicken and dumplings.  This really hit the spot for him.  He’s already requested it be put into rotation for another dinner.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Julieane — December 22, 2014 @ 3:46 am (#)

    Great recipe! I tried it a while ago and my kids liked it. I liked it as well, very appetizing and easy to serve. I’m glad that I found your blog. Thanks for the inspirations.

    • Christine Pittman — December 24, 2014 @ 9:10 am (#)

      Julieane, Thank you so much for trying my recipe and letting me know how you liked it. This one is so comforting. I’m glad you all enjoyed it!

  7. katie — December 8, 2014 @ 4:49 pm (#)

    This sounds divine! I can see this making an appearance this week for lunch! :)

    • Christine Pittman — December 15, 2014 @ 10:21 am (#)

      Thanks Katie! I feel like making some right now, actually :)

  8. Sheila — December 8, 2014 @ 10:43 am (#)

    This looks so delicious!! mmm I can almost smell it!

    • Christine Pittman — December 15, 2014 @ 10:22 am (#)

      Thanks Sheila! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!


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