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Chicken with Fluffy Drop Dumplings

User Rating 5 Star Rating (1 Review)


Basic Dumplings

Dumplings on Chicken

Photo: Diana Rattray
This chicken stew is topped with easy seasoned drop dumplings. 


  • 1 stewing chicken, about 5 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Dumplings
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk


In a Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat, brown chicken on all sides in butter and olive oil mixture. Add water, celery, onion, garlic, thyme, parsley, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil; simmer for 2 to 3 hours, or until chicken is tender. Remove chicken; remove meat from bones and return meat to pot. Put flour in a cup; blend in enough cold water to make a smooth paste. Stir flour paste into hot stew, stirring until thickened.

Prepare dumpling batter:

Combine flour, baking powder, poultry seasoning and salt. Cut shortening into flour mixture; add 1 tablespoon minced parsley. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg and milk; add to dry mixture and stir with fork until well blended. Drop dumplings by teaspoonfuls onto chicken pieces. Cover and steam for 10 minutes, or until dumplings are fluffy and done inside.

Serves 4.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
a seasonal treat, Member madmario

Have used my variation of this meal many times. one of my fav's totaly cheap and worth the work. just watch the salt it is easy to over salt when you are cooking it down i don't thicken it the dumplings absorb most of the liquid. enjoy I know i will

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