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Comforting Chicken & Dumplings

A warm and hearty meal perfect for those cold days or when someone is feeling under the weather. Tender chicken and fluffy dumplings come together in a savory broth for a comforting dish that brings healing vibes.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


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Cooking spray
8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
3/4 cup (1/4-inch) diagonally cut celery
1/2 cup (1/4-inch) diagonally cut carrot
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
3 parsley sprigs
1 bay leaf
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or 70 grams gluten-free flour blend + 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk


Coat a Dutch oven with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat.
Add the chicken pieces to the pot; cook for 4 minutes until browned on all sides, then remove chicken and keep warm.
To the same pot, add the celery, carrot, onion, dried thyme, parsley sprigs, and bay leaf; sauté for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender.
Return the browned chicken to the pot; cook together for 1 minute.
Pour in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
Cover the pot, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 30 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, chopped parsley, baking powder, and salt.
Gradually add the milk to the bowl, stirring just until the mixture is moistened.
Form the dough into teaspoonful-sized balls and drop them into the simmering broth.
Cover the pot and let the dumplings simmer for 10 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
Remove and discard the parsley sprigs and bay leaf from the pot before serving.


For a gluten-free version, use a gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum.
Add heavy cream or half & half for a richer broth.
Chicken breasts can be used instead of thighs, but the flavor may be less pronounced.

  • Author: 9
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop or Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Halal

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