Chicken With Fluffy Drop Dumplings

Basic Dumplings
Diana Rattray
  • 90 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 70 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Ratings (7)

This chicken stew is topped with easy fluffy drop dumplings. The dumplings, cooked on the top of the stewed chicken, become soft and fluffy with a biscuit-like texture. Ground poultry seasoning and some chopped parsley add flavor and color to the dumplings.

Serve this easy and delicious chicken stew with a tossed salad for a satisfying dinner.

For egg-free dumplings, use this recipe with the addition of poultry seasoning and parsley.

What You'll Need

  • 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 flour, 4 1/2 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1 large egg

How to Make It

  1. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and brown on all sides in the butter and olive oil mixture.
  3. Add the water, celery, onion, garlic, thyme, parsley, bay leaf, seasoned salt, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil; simmer for 1 to 2 hours, or until the chicken is tender.
  4. Remove the chicken pieces from the pot. Remove the meat from the bones; chop and return the meat to pot.
  1. Put the flour in a small bowl or cup; blend in enough cold water to make a smooth paste. Add the flour paste to the hot stew, stirring until thickened.


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


Add 1 teaspoon of fresh snipped chives to the dumplings along with the parsley.