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Chicken Soup with Dumplings

This Chicken Soup with Dumplings will keep you warm on a cold day. It’s loaded with tender chunks of chicken, fresh veggies, and loads of homemade dumplings.

I’m happy to announce that Squirrel and I survived Frankenstorm. We didn’t float away, lose power, or suffer any damages to our house. I consider ourselves extremely lucky! The only damage is the few extra pounds I gained from eating my way through the storm. I’m embarrased to admit the consumption of cookies, pies, chips, bread, and, my favorite, Coca Cola. Desperate situations call for carbs…lots and lots of carbs. I’m feeling bloated and ashamed. We may have been lucky, but there are others that suffered severe damage in New York and New Jersey, and my thoughts and prayers go out to them.

This week’s #SundaySupper theme is all about food that warms the soul. What is soul warming? Well, anything that makes you feel like you’re wrapped in a great big hug when you eat it. It’s the type of food that warms your soul on a cool, blustery night while cozying up with loved ones. The food that warms you up on the inside as it’s going down.

When I think about soul warming food, I think of soup. Nothing else warms you on the inside like a piping hot bowl or, if you’re weird like me, mug of this Chicken Soup with Dumplings. I find it easier to eat soup out of a big ol’ mug because the handle stays cool. I even have special soup mugs that I break out every winter for soup season. They’re perfect!

I was originally going to make chicken noodle soup; however, my husband had other plans.

Me: I’m making chicken noodle soup today. I have a whole chicken I’d like to use, so I decided to make soup. Excited?

Squirrel: Yeah, soup sounds great. Instead of noodles, can you make dumplings? Mmmm, dumplings!

Me: I’m making it with noodles!

Squirrel: Aw, but I like dumplings. Please!

Me: Too bad, you’re getting noodles. You’re lucky I’m making soup, and I wasn’t planning on making dumplings, too.

Squirrel: But it would be so much better with dumplings.

Me: Fine. If you’ll stop saying the word dumplings, I’ll whip up some dumplings.

Squirrel: Victory! I get what I want.

Needless to say, my spoiled husband got dumplings. He sure knows how to work the system…by begging and pushing my buttons, that’s how. I’ll admit, the dumplings took the soup up a notch and made it extra special.

I hate when he’s write.

I used homemade stock, but you can just as easily use some store bought stock. If I use store bought stock, I tie together a thyme and rosemary bundle to give the stock that homemade flavor. It’s a stock fake-out.

The great thing about this soup is that it tastes like it has been simmering for hours, but really only takes about 45 minutes. If you’re on a time crunch, you can buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it up.


Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Yield: 8 servings

Total Time: 1 hour

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes



  • 10 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups shredded chicken
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 carrots, diced
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 tsp. Bon Appetit Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper


  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 cups buttermilk


  1. Bundle the thyme and rosemary sprigs together and secure with some kitchen twine. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat 2 tbs. olive oil over medium heat. Add diced carrots, celery, onion, and bay leaf. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, then add garlic. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Pour in the stock and add the thyme/rosemary bundle. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the shredded chicken, chopped thyme, and bon appetit seasoning. Turn the heat down to medium low and cover. Simmer for 30-40 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  4. While the soup is simmering, make up the dumplings.
  5. Dumplings: In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, salt, and baking powder. Whisk to combine. Slowly whisk in the buttermilk. Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready for them.
  6. When the soup is done simmering, remove the bay leaf and thyme bundle, then pour in the heavy cream and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop the dumplings into the simmering soup. Cover the pot, leaving it cracked, and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve.
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107 Responses to “Chicken Soup with Dumplings”

  1. #
    CCU — November 4, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I hope you are feeling better my friend and in glad your unaffected (besides bloating!)
    You deserve such a delicious soul warming treat :)

    Choc Chip Uru


  2. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — November 4, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Anything with a dumpling is soul warming, and I love your stock fake-out Jennie! wonderful pics too!


  3. #
    Family Foodie — November 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Your husband is a smart guy…. dumplings are amazing! Love this easy version.


  4. #
    Renee — November 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I love some dumplings too! I haven’t seen a dumpling recipe with cornmeal and I’m wanting to try yours. I do love cornmeal (cornbread and such).


  5. #
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal — November 4, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Oh my gosh Jennie this sounds great! The use of dumplings instead of noodles looks perfect to make it a little heartier.


  6. #
    Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — November 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Sounds great!! Isn’t it funny how they can get their way? LOL


  7. #
    Katy — November 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Those are seriously cute little cups of soup! I love dumplings and this looks just gorgeous.


  8. #
    Jen @JuanitasCocina — November 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Squirrel is smart. I mean, what’s better than dumpling?

    Gorgeous photos dahling!!!


  9. #
    Tara Noland — November 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    That looks so delicious and I love the little mugs too!


  10. #
    Lyn @LovelyPantry — November 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Come on. You know you wanted dumplings too :-D Squirrel knows whats up lol! Lovely recipe, Jenny. Photos are awesome too!!!


  11. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — November 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    My soup luck is…well…bad.

    But I love this chicken soup with dumplings! I waaaant some! I need to pray to the soup deities that I can successfully make this but…yummmyyyyy! Your spoiled husband is right!

    Also, my spoiled boyfriend eats soup out of a large Batman mug. He is so cool.


  12. #
    veronica gantley — November 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I think we all were holding our breaths with this storm. Here in Va we had a lot of flooding but no fatalities thank goodness. I never thought of adding cornmeal to dumplings. I may have to try that next time.


  13. #
    Soni — November 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Jennie, I’m so glad that you survived this Frankenstorm!!It was quite an experience and you’re absolutely right about the additional calories we’ve gained during this period :) Btw that soup looks absolutely fantastic and for someone like me who’s never attempted a dumpling before, its a great recipe and a must try now :)


  14. #
    Susan — November 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Your husband is too cute! We also ate our way through the storm. You know, in case we lost power and stuff. :-) Right, that’s the answer. Thanks for joining us this week Jennie!


  15. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Haha that dialogue is hilarious! So glad you made dumplings though – it looks like such a comforting dish!


  16. #
    Terra — November 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    LOL, and usually the wife is always right, and we get our way. He changed things up for sure, LOL! I do have to say the dumplings would knock this soup out of the park for sure:-) Looks delicious, Hugs, Terra


  17. #
    Megan @IRun4Wine — November 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I have this discussion every single time I try to make chicken noodle soup. I also lose every single time. It’s why I started making my chicken noodle soup in a thai version – he can’t ask for dumplings then! But I do love chicken and dumplings :)


  18. #
    Chris Baccus — November 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Great way to serve these in the mugs. Looks like a great dish for cool evening.


  19. #
    Bea — November 5, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I am glad you are okay! – Oh yes, dumplings :) Your soup sounds and looks delicious!!!


  20. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 5, 2012 at 1:41 am

    This is my kind of soup! It looks just delicious! Love those dumplings!


  21. #
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — November 5, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Hey Jennie, I’m so glad to hear you made it through the hurricane relatively unscathed. And hey, there is ZERO shame in eating your way through it. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Plus, if you didn’t eat it, it might’ve gone bad from lack of electricity or something (right? Carbs totally go bad in times of crisis. You were trying not to be wasteful). This soup looks fan-freaking-tastic and I love your soup mugs.


  22. #
    Laura Hunter — November 5, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Ha, the conversation with your husband so reminds me of me and my husband. They are so spoiled. The other day when I finally made him his honey sesame tofu that he has been begging for I made sure to remind him how spoiled he is. :)


  23. #
    Sarah — November 5, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Never been a fan of creamy soup but I might make an exception !


  24. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — November 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I am completely on your husband’s side on this one. Why have noodles when you can have dumplings. Dumplings make me happy. :)


  25. #
    [email protected] — November 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I’m glad you gave into dumplings! I love homemade chicken and dumpling soup!


  26. #
    Sarah — November 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you survived the storm only gaining a few pounds from carb overload. I must admit, your husband was onto something. Dumplings are kind of better in chicken soup than noodles. Please don’t hate me for saying that. The soup looks amazing. It would have been great with noodles too but I think the dumpling took it over the top.


  27. #
    All That I'm Eating — November 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    This sounds wonderful and it looks great too. A brilliant dinner.


  28. #
    [email protected] & Trinkets — November 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Squirrel’s got some good Jedi mind tricks going there. And I love your little soup mugs!


  29. #
    Jenn and Seth — November 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

    now this is some comfort food! i love the dumplings!!


  30. #
    CJ at Food Stories — November 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    It has been forever since I’ve had any dumplings … Looks so good … Wonder if whole wheat flour would work … Hmmm :-)


  31. #
    Carla — November 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I’m glad you gave in and went with dumplings bc I’ve never seen chicken dumpling soup before! I can def use a bowl as this nor’easter heads toward us. Glad to hear you survived Sandy!


  32. #
    Dina — November 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    another great way to use buttermilk! this sounds so good on a snowy day like today!


  33. #
    meghan — November 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I’m a soup in a mug type of gal too. Glad you gave into the dumplings, the soup looks amazing!


  34. #
    Cindys Recipes — November 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Ooh dumplings soaking up that yummy broth! ;)


  35. #
    Faye Leong — November 8, 2012 at 7:17 am

    This chicken soup looks delicious, can I have a bowl please? I am sure it will taste good too if goes with noodles:-)


  36. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — November 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    So glad you guys were fine in the storm – I would for sure be 5 pounds heavier if I had to live through that. Luckily we are far enough away, here in CO.

    Kind of glad Squirrel got his way here – I love dumplings!


  37. #
    chatteringkitchen — November 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    This soup looks so comforting. Delicious


  38. #
    Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) — November 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I’d have pushed for dumplings too! lol Can I come over for leftovers?
    Gorgeous photos!


  39. #
    Anne @ Webicurean — November 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I just made some chicken soup a few days ago–I wish I had thought to add dumplings! This looks amazing. Glad to see I’m not the only one who insists on eating soup out of large mugs!


  40. #
    Perfect Sunny-Side Up Eggs — February 26, 2018 at 6:57 am

    chicken soup best for health as well as tasty.



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