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Southern Chicken and Dumplings

The epitome of comfort food, these dumplings are so satisfying and delicious!  Rich, savory chicken broth laden with colorful veggies and flavorful chicken.  Add to that fluffy dumplings that melt in your mouth - pure deliciousness! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Savory With Soul


Chicken Soup

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, butter, or bacon fat
  • ¼ cup sweet red pepper
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp dry basil, crumbled
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large carrot, sliced about ½ cup
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, in small pieces
  • ½ tsp salt, more to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Dumpling Dough


  • In large skillet, add first 5 ingredients.  Heat to medium, stirring frequently until veggies are tender (about 5 minutes).
  • Add chicken broth, carrots, and peas and bring to a boil.
  • Turn down heat to medium and add chicken pieces, salt, and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on medium heat until carrots are tender (15-20 minutes)
  • While soup is cooking, prepare dumplings.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add butter in smallish pieces.
  • With your hands (or a pastry blender), combine flour mixture and butter until butter is pea sized and mixture is crumbly.
  • Pour in milk and combine with a wooden spoon until well incorporated, taking care not to over mix.
  • Drop dumplings by small spoonfuls into simmering broth, adding a dumpling to each empty spot.  Keep dropping and lightly stirring to move dumplings around as they cook to make room for more.
  • Once all dough is added, cook approximately 15-20 minutes, gently turning dumplings until they are floating and fluffy on the outside.  Note:  They will still be a bit doughy inside while done on the outside.  
    Serve immediately!