Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

This old-fashioned chicken and dumplings recipe is a comforting, classic dish that features tender chicken, fluffy dumplings, and a savory broth. Perfect for a cozy family meal.


  • For the Chicken and Broth:
  • 1 whole chicken (about 4-5 pounds), cut into pieces
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Dumplings:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Prepare the Chicken and Broth:
  • In a large pot, add the chicken pieces and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Skim off any foam that rises to the top.
  • Add the chopped onion, sliced carrots, sliced celery, minced garlic, bay leaves, dried thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Cover and let it simmer for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the chicken is fully cooked and tender.
  1. Remove and Shred the Chicken:
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside to cool.
  • Once cooled, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces, discarding the skin and bones.
  • Strain the broth to remove the vegetables and bay leaves, then return the broth to the pot.
  1. Make the Dumplings:
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • Add the cold cubed butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in the buttermilk until just combined (do not overmix).
  1. Cook the Dumplings:
  • Bring the broth back to a simmer.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling batter into the simmering broth. The dumplings should be about the size of a golf ball.
  • Cover the pot and let the dumplings cook for about 15 minutes, or until they are cooked through and fluffy.
  1. Combine and Serve:
  • Add the shredded chicken back to the pot and stir gently to combine.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

Enjoy this hearty and delicious old-fashioned chicken and dumplings recipe, perfect for any occasion!

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