serving of chicken with garlic and herb dumplings on a white napkin

Chicken with Garlic and Herb Dumplings

A family favorite! The very best, homemade (easy!) chicken and dumplings recipe. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken and dumplings, one pot
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 341 kcal
Author Betsy Life


  • 3 center-cut bacon slices cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 5 celery stalks chopped
  • 5 large carrots chopped
  • 2 leeks trimmed and chopped
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 4 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4-1/2 cup milk


  1. Cook bacon in an 8-quart Dutch oven over medium-low heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon; reserve 1 tablespoon bacon drippings.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high. Add 4 thighs to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until thighs are browned. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining thighs.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and celery, cook 5 minutes or until onion is golden. Add carrots and leeks; cook 8 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in wine; cook 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add stock, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and browned chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Remove chicken from pan; shred into large pieces. Return shredded meat and cooked bacon to pan; stir in pepper.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare dumplings. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and garlic powder in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add herbs.
  6. Add milk, a little bit at a time, until just moist but not too wet. Dough will be sticky.
  7. Drop tablespoon sized balls of dough over the top of the chicken mixture; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until dumplings are thoroughly cooked.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken with Garlic and Herb Dumplings
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Sodium 426mg18%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 30g60%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.