This post may contain affiliate links which means I will get a commission if you make a purchase at no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Please read my disclosure for details.

This stovetop chicken and dumplings is creamy, cozy, and filling! Everything is done in one pot, so it’s perfect for busy weekdays and holiday gatherings.

WANT TO SAVE THIS RECIPE?

Enter your email below and we'll send the recipe straight to your inbox!

stovetop chicken and dumplings

The cold season calls for a comforting bowl of creamy soup like this stovetop chicken and dumplings. 

You only need basic ingredients and a pot to make this hearty dish.

It starts with seared chicken, which will also leave you the “secret” for the most flavorful stew. (Clue: You’ll be fond of this tasty addition to our soup. 😉)

We’ll also make the fluffiest dumplings from scratch.

And don’t worry about them vanishing in the stew. Read on to learn tips for making the perfect dumplings for your creamy chicken and dumplings.

quick chicken and dumplings

What Is Chicken and Dumplings?

Chicken and dumplings is a savory dish featuring a stew or soup loaded with chunks of chicken, vegetables, and dumplings. And by dumplings, I don’t mean the bite-sized food filled with meat and vegetables.

The dumplings in chicken and dumplings are not stuffed with anything. Instead, they’re pieces of biscuit dough steamed over the thick and creamy broth. 

What Is Chicken and Dumplings

This stovetop chicken and dumplings recipe is a satisfying one-pot meal that’s truly a winner, especially this winter.

You’ll love the hearty pieces of chicken and veggies, and slurping the chicken soup (made tastier by fond and half and half) will comfort you like a tight hug. 😋

Why You’ll Love This Stovetop Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

  • Homestyle Goodness: Warm, cozy, and satisfyingly chunky, this creamy chicken and dumplings will instantly heal your soul. Everyone will be asking for seconds of this warm hug-in-a-bowl. 
  • One-Pot Wonder: Feeling lazy because of the cold weather? Need a crowd-pleasing dish to serve at your gathering? This chicken and dumplings stovetop recipe got you! You won’t need special ingredients or fancy kitchen equipment for this nourishing meal. 
  • Deliciously Adaptable: This homemade chicken and dumplings recipe can be made with cooked chicken and canned biscuits! You can also include your favorite veggies in the stew or serve the hearty soup with everything from salads to dinner rolls.

What Does Chicken and Dumplings Taste Like?

This stovetop chicken and dumplings will hit the spot if you’re craving something creamy, savory, and hearty. 

The secret behind the deep flavor of this recipe’s soup? The fond or the browned bits left in the pot when you seared the chicken. 

The chunks of chicken in the stew are not dry, and the dumplings are super fluffy, perfectly soaking the rich broth. 

What Does Chicken and Dumplings Taste Like

You’ll also appreciate how the veggies, spices, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce harmonize and balance each other to create the best-tasting stew. 

So next time you can’t decide between making a hearty stew and chicken noodle soup, just make this quick chicken and dumplings recipe. 

Ingredients For Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and soup:

  • Chicken breast – You can use boneless or bone-in skinless chicken breasts. The latter is actually a good idea because the bones will infuse more flavor. 
  • Salt – To season the chicken before browning them.
  • Pepper – We’ll also season the chicken breasts with ground pepper.
  • Olive oil – For searing the chicken. 
  • Butter – We’ll scrape off the tasty fond with butter and impart a luxuriously rich flavor to the soup. 🤤
  • Onion – This homemade chicken and dumplings is a dish that perfectly captures the technique of building flavors. Proving my point, the broth is infused with aromatics like yellow onion.
  • Carrots – Sweet, tender carrots just belong to any creamy, warm soup. 
  • Celery sticks – Another delicious vegetable to add to the comforting warm dish. I usually don’t care about celery in dishes, but from one celery skeptic to another, trust me; this green veggie tastes amazing in the stew!
  • Garlic – The flavorful punch of garlic makes every sip scrumptious. 
  • Worcestershire sauce – For a boost of umami.
  • Hot sauce – Skip it, and I swear the creamy chicken and dumplings will taste incomplete. It also pairs well with the richness of half and half in the soup. 
  • Flour – To achieve the irresistible thick consistency of the chicken and dumplings.
  • Chicken broth – You can also use less-sodium broth since this recipe does not fall short on seasonings. 
  • Half and half – To make the dish rich and creamy, complementing the savory flavors of the stock.
  • Frozen peas – You don’t need to thaw the frozen peas. Just add them directly to the pot. 
  • Onion powder – This stovetop chicken and dumplings recipe is not shy with seasonings and spices. Feel free to adjust the amounts in the dish according to your liking! 
  • Ground mustard – Adds complexity to the stew because of its sharp flavor.
  • Dried basil leaves – Always a wonderful addition to any soup for depth of flavor. 
  • Rosemary – You can also top your soup with more herbs before serving! 
  • Dried thyme – Packs an earthy punch that pairs beautifully with the dish’s richness.
  • Ground sage – Sage’s warm flavor will always hit the spot with any chicken dish. 
  • Pepper – Don’t forget to season the stew with more black pepper!
  • Parsley – To garnish the chicken and dumplings before serving. It also adds a yummy, bright flavor to the savory meal. 

Dumplings:

  • All-purpose flour – The base of our dumplings. 
  • Baking powder – This helps make the dumplings deliciously light. 
  • Baking soda – Another important ingredient for perfectly fluffy dumplings. 
  • Salt – Enhances the flavor of the dumplings. 
  • Sugar – For a hint of sweetness. 
  • Garlic powder – Our pillowy dumplings are also seasoned with garlic powder. 
  • Unsalted butter – To bind the dumpling dough together.
  • Milk – Adds moisture to the dough. 
  • Sour cream – Gives a tasty tang to the dumplings. 

Tools Needed To Prepare Quick Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredient Additions & Substitutions For Chicken and Dumplings Stovetop Recipe

Rotisserie chicken

You can shortcut your way to a bowl of cozy stovetop chicken and dumplings using rotisserie chicken. Just add the cooked chicken to the soup before the dumplings. 

This is also something to keep in mind if you have leftover chicken!

Canned biscuits

Not in the mood to mix a biscuit dough for the dumplings? No problem! This homemade recipe works with canned biscuits

Roll it out, cut the dough into strips, then drop the dumplings into the broth!

More veggies

Chicken and dumplings is one of those dishes that are incredibly nourishing to eat. So, to make the dish more substantial, feel free to stir your favorite veggies into the stew. 

You can use broccoli or leeks, for example. 

How to Make Chicken and Dumplings

Ingredients:

For the chicken and soup:

For the dumplings:

Tools you need:

Instructions:

Gather the ingredients for your stovetop chicken and dumplings.

stovetop chicken and dumplings ingredients
dumpling ingredients

Chicken:

STEP 1: Place a pot over medium-high heat and add the olive oil.

STEP 2: Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook them until brown, about 3 minutes per side. You don’t need to cook the chicken completely.

stovetop chicken and dumplings step 2 seared chicken

STEP 3: Let the breasts rest before dicing them for the soup.

Soup:

STEP 1: Melt the butter in the same pot over medium heat. Scrape off the fond at the bottom from searing the chicken.

STEP 2: Add the onions, carrots, and chopped celery and cook for 5 minutes.

step 2 stovetop chicken and dumplings

STEP 3: Combine the seasonings, then add them to the pot together with the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.

step 3 stovetop chicken and dumplings

STEP 4: After a minute, add the flour and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously.

step 4 stovetop chicken and dumplings

STEP 5: Slowly add the broth, stirring continuously. Scrape the bottom of the pot as you stir.

STEP 6: Add the half and half in small splashes. Then, add the peas to the soup and let it come to a gentle boil.

STEP 7: Simmer the soup uncovered.

step 7 stovetop chicken and dumplings

Dumplings:

STEP 1: Combine the dry ingredients for the dumplings.

stovetop chicken and dumplings step 1 dumplings

STEP 2: Add the butter, milk, and sour cream. Fold to form the dough, but do not overmix.

stovetop chicken and dumplings step 2a dumplings
stovetop chicken and dumplings step 2b dumplings

Finishing the stew:

STEP 1: Add the diced chicken back to the soup. Give it a quick stir, then reduce the heat to low.

STEP 2: Portion the dough with a cookie scoop. Place the dumplings over the stew, spooning the soup over each piece.

stovetop chicken and dumplings step 2

STEP 3: Cover the pot and increase the heat. Let it come to a gentle simmer.

STEP 4: After 15 minutes, open the lid and insert a toothpick into a dumpling. If the toothpick comes out clean, the dumplings are done.

stovetop chicken and dumplings step 4

STEP 5: Pour your chicken and dumplings into a bowl and top with parsley. Enjoy!

stovetop chicken and dumplings step 5

What to Serve with Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is a classic comfort food because it’s super satisfying to eat.

And while you’ll likely be happy with just a bowl of this cozy soup dish, you can serve stovetop chicken and dumplings with roasted veggies, cornbread muffins, fresh salad, or baked sweet potatoes. 🤤

The rich and chunky soup with fluffy dumplings will also pair well with something crunchy. Think kale crisps or twisted bacon!

What to Serve with Chicken and Dumplings

And since this is an easy one-pot dish, I figure it’s only fitting to suggest other fuss-free recipes. 

For example, set up an irresistible dinner table with pumpkin-shaped bread. The latter are like dinner rolls, perfect with our creamy stovetop chicken and dumplings. 

And for dessert, check out this Paula Deen sweet potato casserole!

It’s sweet, creamy, and crunchy; the best way to end a savory meal. 

Tips About Making Creamy Chicken and Dumplings

  • Do not cook the chicken all the way through when you sear them in the first step. They’ll finish cooking when you add them back to the soup. This way, your chicken won’t become tough and dry. 
  • When steaming the dumplings, the stew should be at a gentle simmer so they’ll be perfectly fluffy. Additionally, don’t be tempted to peek. You can lift the pot’s lid after the 15-minute cooking time. 
  • You can make this chicken and dumplings stovetop recipe quicker using cooked/leftover chicken. And if you don’t want to make a dough, just use canned biscuit dough for the dumplings. 

How To Store Stovetop Chicken and Dumplings

To store leftover homemade chicken and dumplings, remove the dumplings from the chicken soup first.

Then, store the dumplings and soup in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze chicken and dumplings?

Definitely! Just like when you refrigerate them, store the dumplings and chicken stew separately. 

You can keep them in freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months!

How to reheat chicken and dumplings?

If frozen, thaw the chicken and dumplings in the fridge before reheating. 

Then, heat up the dish on the stovetop over medium heat. Some also suggest reheating the soup first, then adding the dumplings.

But if you ask me, I’d rather make a new batch of dumplings for my leftover soup. 😅

How To Store Stovetop Chicken and Dumplings

Why Are My Chicken and Dumplings Not Fluffy?

The best dumplings for chicken and dumplings are light and fluffy. So, to ensure you’ll get the perfect “pillows” for your rich and creamy stew, do not overmix the dough, or they’ll turn out dense. 

You also don’t need to roll the scooped-out dough into balls. 

Just ensure they have enough room to expand (the pot should be big enough), and don’t overcook them. A gentle simmer is enough when steaming dumplings. 😉

creamy chicken and dumplings

Why Do My Dumplings Dissolve in Chicken and Dumplings?

Have you ever made chicken and dumplings before, but the dumplings dissolved?

You’re not alone!

Here are two things to remember:

  • Make sure you’re only cooking the dumplings in a gentle simmer. Fast simmer and rolling boil are definite no-nos!
  • Do not stir them when you drop the dumplings over the surface of the soup. Instead, you can spoon the stew over each piece.
homemade chicken and dumplings 

FAQ About Chicken and Dumplings

How to thicken chicken and dumplings?

Dissolve cornstarch in milk, then stir that slurry into the soup to thicken your chicken and dumplings.

What vegetables go with chicken and dumplings?

The classic trio of onion, carrots, and celery will always have a place in chicken and dumplings.

What sides go with chicken and dumplings?

Since this stovetop chicken and dumplings is savory and creamy, it’ll be delicious with vegetable side dishes like roasted Brussels sprouts, crispy asparagus, or something like our copycat Sweetgreen harvest bowl

Can you use flaky biscuits for chicken and dumplings?

Of course! Just cut the dough from the can of flaky biscuits into strips. But because you’re using the flaky variant, expect the biscuit dumplings to puff up more.

Is chicken and dumplings a soup?

Chicken and dumplings can be considered a soup since it’s a broth-based dish. However, the consistency of chicken and dumplings varies. Some are thick and creamy, like this stovetop chicken and dumplings recipe with half and half.

How long to cook chicken and dumplings?

This chicken and dumplings stovetop recipe, including the prep work, takes an hour to cook.

Easy Stovetop Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Stovetop Chicken and Dumplings

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This stovetop chicken and dumplings is creamy, cozy, and filling! Everything is done in one pot, so it's perfect for busy weekdays and holiday gatherings.

Instructions

Gather the ingredients for your stovetop chicken and dumplings. 

Chicken:

  1. Place a pot over medium-high heat and add the olive oil.
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook them until brown, about 3 minutes per side. You don't need to cook the chicken completely. 
  3. Let the breasts rest before dicing them for the soup. 

Soup:

  1. Melt the butter in the same pot over medium heat. Scrape off the fond at the bottom from searing the chicken. 
  2. Add the onions, carrots, and chopped celery and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine the seasonings, then add them to the pot together with the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.
  4. After a minute, add the flour and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously.  
  5. Slowly add the broth, stirring continuously. Scrape the bottom of the pot as you stir.
  6. Add the half and half in small splashes. Then, add the peas to the soup and let it come to a gentle boil.
  7. Simmer the soup uncovered.

Dumplings:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients for the dumplings. 
  2. Add the butter, milk, and sour cream. Fold to form the dough, but do not overmix.

Finishing the stew:

  1. Add the diced chicken back to the soup. Give it a quick stir, then reduce the heat to low.
  2. Portion the dough with a cookie scoop. Place the dumplings over the stew, spooning the soup over each piece. 
  3. Cover the pot and increase the heat. Let it come to a gentle simmer.
  4. After 15 minutes, open the lid and insert a toothpick into a dumpling. If the toothpick comes out clean, the dumplings are done. 
  5. Pour your chicken and dumplings into a bowl and top with parsley. Enjoy!

Notes

  • During the initial searing of the chicken breasts for the fond (our secret flavor enhancer to the soup), they should still be undercooked in the middle since they'll finish cooking when you add them back to the soup before the dumplings. If you cook them all the way through, the diced chicken will be tough after simmering. 
  • The secret to perfectly cooked fluffy dumplings? The stew should only be simmering very gently when you steam the dumplings. You also want to avoid opening the lid or exceeding the 15-minute cooking time. 
  • You can cut the prep work and time for this stovetop chicken and dumplings recipe by using canned biscuits for the dumplings and cooked/leftover chicken. We've discussed these "shortcuts" in the Ingredient Substitutes section.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 607Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 227mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 30g

* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for the most accurate results.

Love this recipe? Save for later!

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

Conclusion

This stovetop chicken and dumplings recipe is the best way to keep warm on a cool day. It’s creamy, savory, and enjoyably chunky.

You’ll love the generous servings of perfectly cooked chicken pieces, veggies, and fluffy homemade dumplings in the flavorful chicken soup. 

This ultimate comfort food is also ready to be customized! In fact, I think I’ll make this super easy chicken and dumplings recipe with skinless chicken thighs next time. 😋

chicken and dumplings stovetop recipe

Did you know there are many comforting recipes you can easily make at home? Here are some of our favorites that you can bring to a friend in need:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *