This easy chicken and dumpling soup recipe is perfect for a cold winter day. It’s simple to make and the perfect comfort food. Our family just loves coming home after a long day to a simmering soup on the stove to enjoy.
The Ultimate Comfort Food
Use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken to get this soup read in under an hour. It will taste like you spent all day making it.
Is chicken soup good for the soul? You know that feeling when you’re really sick and the only thing that can make it better is a steaming bowl of chicken soup? While we may not have science on our side, there seems to be no doubt: this dish will always be one for the cookbooks.
For our family, a steaming bowl of chicken soup is one of the most comforting foods of all time. It’s just a great recipe that takes minutes to throw together.
Make your own dumplings and this hearty soup is taken to the next comfort food level. This soup does not last long in our house. I make a large kettle and there is never enough to freeze as it is gone in a day or two.
Wholesome Ingredients for This Chicken Dumpling Soup Recipe
Chicken. You can cook chicken and use that in this recipe. However, often, I use a leftover rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken. It makes this a quick recipe that we can be enjoying in under 30 minutes.
Chicken Broth. There are a few options for this. Use a store-bought broth, prepare your own, or use water and bouillon cubes or soup base to make a flavorful broth.
Vegetables. I use a mixture of fresh vegetables, onion, celery, and carrots.
Seasonings. This is a classic recipe that uses simple seasonings. If you are using soup base, just add a bit of black pepper and dried parsley. When making a soup broth with bone-in chicken you will want to add a bit of salt. Fresh herbs such as parsley or fresh dill add a delicious fresh flavor to this soup. If you happen to have the fresh herbs on hand, go ahead and use them.
Dumpling Dough. Make this no-fail dumpling dough with just four ingredients: All Purpose Flour, Salt, Egg, and Milk.
How to Make Easy chicken and Dumpling Soup
I love this quick and easy recipe for chicken soup. It takes just minutes to prepare, and you can have a hearty bowl of soup in no time.
Making the Chicken Soup
Dice the onion, celery, and carrot. In a large Dutch oven on medium-high heat add the olive oil to a large soup pot over medium heat, then the onion, carrots, and celery.
Save time by dicing or shredding the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces while the vegetables are sauteing.
Add the chicken, water, and soup base. Continue cooking while you prepare the dumpling dough.
Making the Dumplings
In a large bowl, add the flour and salt and mix together with a fork.
Add the egg and milk and mix to combine. Let this dumpling dough rest for 2 minutes for fluffy dumplings.
Bring the soup up to a full boil before adding the dumpling dough. Tear off small pieces or use a teaspoon to drop pieces of the dough into the soup.
Once the dumplings will float, they are almost done cooking. Cook for an additional 3 minutes to allow them to fully cook through.
Finish off with the dried parsley the last few minutes of cooking.
Can You Use Biscuit Dough for Dumplings?
Yes, you can. Just tear off small pieces of the biscuit dough and drop it into the boiling soup just like you would when making homemade dumplings.
How do You Add Flavor to Chicken Soup?
If you are not using rotisserie chicken for this recipe, then use the chicken to make your own flavorful broth. For the best possible flavor, brown the chicken pieces in a bit of oil, then add water, a few garlic cloves, and vegetable scraps. The vegetables can be onion, celery, carrot, or other vegetables you have on hand. Herbs such as fill, thyme, or parsley can be added to the broth. The additional ingredients with the chicken pieces will be used for additional flavoring and be strained out before adding the broth to the soup.
What to Serve with Chicken Soup?
Winter is a great time to cook up a large pot of comforting soups and stews. Make dumplings for many recipes.
My mother-in-law would always serve chicken with her tasty soup. While the soup already has a whole chicken cut up in it, I still liked having additional bites of chicken. Here are two simple recipes for the best chicken wings.
With just minutes of prep time, you can have a delicious and nutritious juicy chicken that everyone is sure to love.
These wings are crispy, tender, and full of flavor.
Can you freeze chicken dumpling soup?
Yes, you can freeze chicken and dumpling soup. Just allow the soup to cool first. Then place into an airtight container or plastic freezer bag. Be sure to fill them just over half full as the liquid will expand upon freezing. The soup will keep frozen for up to 6-8 months.
Thaw the soup and reheat in a saucepan or microwave for a few minutes until hot and bubbly.
How Long Does Chicken Soup Last in the Fridge?
Chicken soup will last for 5 days in the fridge. To get the longest shelf life in the refrigerator, make sure to scoop out only the amount of soup you plan on reheating. Leave the rest in to stay cold in the refrigerator.
Easy Chicken and Dumpling Soup Recipe
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- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1 Medium Onion diced
- 3 Medium Carrots diced
- 4 Ribs Celery diced
- 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Chicken Soup Base Heaping Tbsp. add more or less per your taste preference
- 6 Cups Water enough to fill kettle
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken cut up or shredded plus the juices
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
- 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 Teaspoons Salt
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Cup Milk
Making the Chicken Soup
- Dice the onion, celery, and carrot. In a large Dutch oven on medium-high heat add the olive oil to a large soup pot over medium heat, then the onion, carrots, pepper, and celery.1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, 1 Medium Onion, 3 Medium Carrots, 4 Ribs Celery, 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
- Save time by dicing or shredding the cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces while the vegetables are sauteing.1 Rotisserie Chicken
- Add the chicken, water, and soup base. Continue cooking while you prepare the dumpling dough.6 Cups Water, 1 Tablespoon Chicken Soup Base
- In a medium bowl, add the flour and salt and mix together with a fork.3 Cups All Purpose Flour, 2 Teaspoons Salt, 1 Large Egg, 1 Cup Milk
- Add the egg and milk and mix to combine. Let this dumpling dough rest for 2 minutes.
- Bring the soup up to a full boil before adding the dumpling dough. Tear off small pieces or use a teaspoon to drop pieces of the dough into the soup.
- Once the dumplings will float, they are almost done cooking. Cook for an additional 3 minutes to allow them to fully cook through.
- Finish off with the dried parsley the last few minutes of cooking.1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley