The BEST Easy Chicken and Dumpling Soup (Prepped In Just 10 Minutes)

Dumplings and shredded chicken along with some veggies in broth in a white ball on a plate.

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This chicken and dumpling soup recipe is perfect for when you're feeling a little run down or just looking for a hearty, comforting meal! It combines a rich, creamy broth, succulent chicken, tender bits of celery, and sweet chunks of carrots to create a soup like no other. Honestly, it's the best way to utilize leftover chicken, and my family loves this chicken and dumplings soup so much that it's become a permanent part of our dinner rotation during the cold winter months.




2 tbsp butter

1 small onion, chopped

2 small carrots, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

4 cups chicken broth

1 lb. Chicken, cooked and shredded

1 bay leaf

Salt, to taste

Fresh parsley (optional)

Black peppercorns (optional)


¾ cup flour

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

2 tbsp butter

¼ cup milk


  1. Make the soup; in a 4-quart pot, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add in the onions, carrots, and celery. Cook until the onion is tender and translucent.
  3. Pour in chicken broth and add shredded chicken. Season with salt and add bay leaf and peppercorns if using. 
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow it to simmer while making the dumplings.
  5. To make the dumplings, combine flour with salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Grate in cold butter and work the butter into the flour with your fingers. Pour in the milk and stir until you have a ball of dough. You can knead it a few times until the dough comes together.
  6. Break off small pieces of the dough and drop them into the soup. Cover the soup with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes. 
  7. Just before serving, stir in fresh parsley if you are using it. 
  8. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve warm.


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