Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Easy and delicious chicken and dumpling soup. Classic comfort food. @natashaskitchen

Here’s an easy and hearty chicken and dumpling soup that will win you over.  It calls for very simple, healthy ingredients and will make you think of your Mom. The dumplings are soft and satisfying. This soup is quick to make and if you’re really pressed for time, it will still turn out delicious if you sub the dumplings with pasta, but the dumplings really aren’t very difficult to make. Craving – satisfied :).

Ingredients for Dumpling Soup Base:

2 sticks of celery, finely diced
1 small/medium onion, finely diced
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 large carrots, thinly sliced
6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth + 6 cups water
1 Tbsp salt, or to taste (I used sea salt)
3-4 medium potatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (1 large chicken breast), diced
2 bay leaves
2 Tbsp Chopped Dill and/or 2 Tbsp Chopped Parsley (I used both)

Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Ingredients for the Dumplings:

2 cups flour, sifted
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp sour cream
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
6 Tbsp (3/4 stick) melted Butter

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How to Make Chicken and Dumpling Soup:

1. In a 5 Qt soup pot, over medium heat, add 3 Tbsp olive oil and saute 2 sticks diced celery and small finely diced onion until softened (5 min). Add thinly sliced carrots and continue to cook until onions and celery are golden (3-4 min).

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2. Into the same pot, pour in 6 cups chicken broth and 6 cups water along with 1 Tbsp salt and all of your chopped potatoes. Bring to a boil then cook 10 minutes, or until potatoes are nearly done.

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3. Meanwhile, make your dumplings: Sift 2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp sugar into a medium bowl. P.S. I measured 2 cups flour before sifting – scoop it into the measuring cup, then scrape off the top for an accurate measurement. Make a well in the center and add 2 eggs with 1 Tbsp sour cream. Fold together with a spatula. Your dough will look like scraps of cloth. Pour in 6 Tbsp melted butter and stir/ knead with spatula until butter is well incorporated and dough is uniform in texture and color. It should be very soft but  won’t stick to your hands.

4. Transfer dough to a smooth cutting board. Separate your dough into two pieces, roll each piece into a long slim log and cut thin slices from each log. Don’t cut them too big since they expand in the soup. You want them to be small and bite-sized. The dough should not stick to the knife or cutting board because of all the butter in it.

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5. After boiling potatoes about 10 minutes, keep the pot at a boil and add 2 bay leaves, diced chicken and prepared dumplings. Continue boiling over medium/low heat another 10 minutes or until dumplings are tender and chicken is cooked through.

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6. Season to taste – I added about 1/2 tsp more of salt. Stir in your fresh dill or parsley (or both) and remove from heat.

Chicken and Dumpling Soup-8 Easy and delicious chicken and dumpling soup. Classic comfort food. @natashaskitchen

Chicken and Dumpling Soup

4.79 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Here's an easy and hearty chicken and dumpling soup that will win you over. It calls for very simple, healthy ingredients and will make you think of your Mom. The dumplings are soft and satisfying. This soup is quick to make and if you're really pressed for time, it will still turn out delicious if you sub the dumplings with pasta, but the dumplings really aren't very difficult to make. Craving - satisfied :).
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $10-$13
Servings: 8 -10

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of celery finely diced
  • 1 small/medium onion finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large carrots thinly sliced
  • 6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth + 6 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp salt or to taste (I used sea salt)
  • 3-4 medium potatoes about 1 1/2 lbs, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast 1 large chicken breast, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Dill and/or 2 Tbsp Chopped Parsley I used both

For the Dumplings:

  • 2 cups flour sifted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 6 Tbsp 3/4 stick melted Butter

Instructions

  1. In a 5 Qt soup pot, over medium heat, add 3 Tbsp olive oil and saute 2 sticks diced celery and small finely diced onion until softened (5 min). Add thinly sliced carrots and continue to cook until onions and celery are golden (3-4 min).
  2. Into the same pot, pour in 6 cups chicken broth and 6 cups water along with 1 Tbsp salt and all of your chopped potatoes. Bring to a boil then cook 10 minutes, or until potatoes are nearly done.
  3. Meanwhile, make your dumplings: Sift 2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp sugar into a medium bowl. P.S. I measured 2 cups flour before sifting - scoop it into the measuring cup, then scrape off the top for an accurate measurement. Make a well in the center and add 2 eggs with 1 Tbsp sour cream. Fold together with a spatula. Your dough will look like scraps of cloth. Pour in 6 Tbsp melted butter and stir/ knead with spatula until butter is well incorporated and dough is uniform in texture and color. It should be very soft but won't stick to your hands.
  4. Transfer dough to a smooth cutting board. Separate your dough into two pieces, roll each piece into a long slim log and cut thin slices from each log. Don't cut them too big since they expand in the soup. You want them to be small and bite-sized. The dough should not stick to the knife or cutting board because of all the butter in it.
  5. After boiling potatoes about 10 minutes, keep the pot at a boil and add 2 bay leaves, diced chicken and prepared dumplings. Continue boiling over medium/low heat another 10 minutes or until dumplings are tender and chicken is cooked through.
  6. Season to taste - I added about 1/2 tsp more of salt. Stir in your fresh dill or parsley (or both) and remove from heat.

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  • Kathleen Rucki
    September 26, 2018

    Natasha
    I love you recipes, they are wonderful. How can I just print the recipe ? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 26, 2018

      Hi Kathleen! Thank you for your sweet compliment! If you scroll towards the bottom of the recipe you will find a printable version highlighted in light orange color. I hope this helps! Reply

  • Lilian
    September 24, 2018

    Made this soup tonight it was so delicious, I had a problem with the dumplings tho… mine turned out kind of dry inside.. I cut them pretty small and cooked them for 15 minuets longer and they still didn’t cook through :/ Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 24, 2018

      Hi Lilian, the dough is normally supposed to be very soft. It’s difficult to say without being there, but maybe the proportions of wet to dry ingredients were off when making the dumplings? Reply

  • Kori
    September 4, 2018

    Does this soup freeze well. I make homemade meals for my daughter at college and she loves homemade soup. Reply

    • Natasha
      September 4, 2018

      Hi Kori, I honestly have not tried freezing this soup so I’m not sure. Reply

  • Zory
    July 6, 2018

    Omg this came out so delicious even when I substituted the dumplings for regular pasta. Favorite soup recipe from you by far!! Thank you Natasha!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2018

      Thank you Zory! I’m so happy you enjoyed this! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Kathleen Rucki
    March 17, 2018

    Do you have a Babka or Paska bred recipe that can be made in a bread machine? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 17, 2018

      Hi Kathleen, I honestly have not tried that so I can’t say for sure. I think it’s worth experimenting though! Reply

  • Sharon
    February 27, 2018

    Delicious recipe! I recommend cutting the dumplings into nickel to quarter sized pieces. I made mine larger and had to boil for more than 20 minutes. I will definitely make this again, thanks for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 27, 2018

      You’re welcome Sharon! Thanks for sharing your helpful review with other readers! Reply

  • Dorothy
    January 4, 2018

    The dough a way too dry and after cook the dough so hard after i find out the mix dough ingredients too hard I already add 1/2 cup milk is still not good totally screw up my good turkey broth Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2018

      Hi Dorothy, the dough is normally supposed to be very soft. It’s difficult to say without being there, but maybe the proportions of wet to dry ingredients were off when making the dumplings? Reply

  • Nicole
    January 2, 2018

    This soup is so simple with so much flavor! For some crazy reason I couldn’t find my salt so I used a little bit of tomatoe/chicken boullion to taste. What did it for me was the flavor of the dumplings! The sugar and sourcream really made them stand out. Very delicious. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 2, 2018

      You’re welcome Nicole! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • Emily
    October 10, 2017

    Question – can you use rotisserie chicken instead of chicken breast? If I do that should I increase the amount of broth and decrease the water? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 10, 2017

      Hi Emily, I think that should still work without changing anything else in the recipe. Reply

  • Tamara
    September 29, 2017

    So, this is the 2nd time I’ve made it, first time with chicken, and this time with ground turkey. I didn’t have chicken. I know, who doesn’t HAVE chicken?! Apparently, this lady. I made it to a T each time and it’s perfect. The flavor is wholesome, the spices are perfect, the dumplings are addicting! Thank you so much, this is a staple! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 29, 2017

      🙂 I’m so glad you love the recipe! Thank you for sharing that it works well with ground turkey!! 🙂 Reply

  • Anna T
    August 16, 2017

    Hi Natasha,
    I loved the soup, and your directions are so easy to follow! My hubby loved it as well. Only one question- the dough would not cook for me inside. I boiled them for about 30 minutes and still no luck. Can that be because I cut them too thick or possibly didn’t mix the dough well enough? Help!! Lol Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 16, 2017

      Hi Anna, after 30 minutes they should definitely be cooked through – the ingredients cook quickly once they hit boiling water. I suspect maybe they were cut too large if they looked undercooked inside. Reply

  • Aleftina
    July 23, 2017

    I can’t believe I found this soup! This was my childhood FAVOURITE! And now my children’s favourite. Especially my adult daughter! I do the dough a little looser and flick spoonfuls straight from the bowl into boiling water. Once they are cooked, I transfer them into the soup so that the stock stays clear. Family FAV!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 24, 2017

      Awesome! I’m so glad to hear how much everyone loves this recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Jackie
    May 9, 2017

    This soup looks really good. Just wondering if it could be frozen and reheated and not turn to mush? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 9, 2017

      Jackie, I never tried freezing it but imagine it would still be fine. Reply

  • Olga
    July 22, 2016

    Natasha, this soup is soooooo good. Has great flavor, texture , enough ingredients to fill a hungry tummy. This soup has become my son’s very favorite dish. Period. I asked him what he would like me to cook for his birthday party, he sure asked for “chicken dumpling soup”, and I made it just for him. He ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner that day. Lol. I also wanted to leave you a note to tell you thank you for explaining so clearly and beautiful pictures to go along with it, makes cooking so much easier and enjoyable. Such great help to me and my husband. We now stopped searching pinterest for ideas, and go right to your site. go straight to your site. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 23, 2016

      Olga, I’m so happy to hear that my blog is a blessing to your family. Thank you so much for sharing that with me 😀. Reply

  • Viktoriya
    June 24, 2016

    soooo….
    i made it the second time . the first time was abwhile ago and i didnt comment. but this time i wanted to)
    so comforting, flavorful, classic russian soup) definitely childhood reminder)
    Blessings, Natasha Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 24, 2016

      I’m so happy you liked it! Thank you for sharing your great review 🙂 Reply

  • Marie
    February 17, 2016

    Delicious !
    I just finished to cook the soup.
    I like the dumpling and it’s really easy to make it.
    I used vegetable broth and I add crushed pepper in my soup.
    Thank you !!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 17, 2016

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Reply

  • Sofie K
    February 15, 2016

    Thank you so much for your great recipes! I’ve always looked online for new things to cook, but after finding out about your website i have stopped my search and been only using your website ever since! Love how nicely you explain every detail, and the pictures are such a great help. I LOVE IT.
    Regarding this soup, which was delicious by the way, i had to add more water because when i poured 6cups of chicken broth and 6 cups of water there was not enough space for all the ingredients…I’m not sure, maybe I just used a little more of what i needed but thought I’ll let you know. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 15, 2016

      Hi Sofie! thank you for that awesome feedback. It really means alot to me 🙂 Reply

  • Micky Gastmeyer
    January 24, 2016

    I made your dumpling recipe to go along with my own soup. My family really liked them. I also enjoyed them but the texture wasn’t what I expected. They didn’t have as much body as they looked like they would. It might be because I usually make spaetzle and they have a chewiness that I was expecting in your recipe. As I said, they were good, but just didn’t have the consistency I look for in dumplings. Thank you for sharing your recipes. P.S. My 8 year old grandson ate three bowls. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 25, 2016

      I’m so glad to hear your family liked it! I’m curious to hear more about the dumplings you’re referring to! Reply

  • Tanya
    November 18, 2015

    I just cannot skip this and not to say Natasha thank you for the recipe. This soup is so amazing! I dreamed about it but couldnt think of how to make dough for damplings. Thank you!!! You blog is so helpful! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 18, 2015

      I’m so happy you loved it! Thanks Tanya 🙂 Reply

  • yelena kalchik
    October 15, 2015

    I love making this soup. My kids ask me to make it for them. Thats just music to my ears. Thank you for the great recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 15, 2015

      That is awesome!! thank you for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • Nata
    February 28, 2015

    Natasha this soup is not only delish, but also picky husband approved! Lol mine doesn’t like any additives in soups such as rice or pasta/noodles but he loved the dumplings. He said it reminded him of something his mom used to make from similar dumplings boiled in milk. They called it “затирка” or “затерка” (Russian). Must be a Belorussian thing because I’ve never heard of it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 28, 2015

      Thank you for the great review Nata :). I just love when food bring back great memories from our childhood. Reply

  • Luda
    November 20, 2014

    Natasha, great recipe! We all loved this soup! Thank you for your recipes! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2014

      Luda, thank you for the great review and you are welcome :). Reply

  • oksanella
    October 30, 2014

    Hello Natasha! Thank you for your recipes i enjoy baking and cooking from your website!!! i have a question regarding dumplings……my are kind of dry inside is that normal? When cooking they all floated to the surface… i don’t know maybe i did something wrong…. Thanks again
    P.S. Super exited for you on having a little girl!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 30, 2014

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog. 🙂 Did you cut them large or small? They do have slightly have that kind of texture from the butter and it helps to cook them a little longer. Reply

  • Heidi
    October 29, 2014

    My family LOVED this soup. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 29, 2014

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for a great review 🙂 Reply

  • Vika
    October 28, 2014

    Natasha, dear) you are a blessing for me!
    Your recipes are never a fail!
    I made this soup today and fed my 4 children after school. My oldest girl, who is 7, said that it is so oooo good) and went for seconds while I was feeding my 2 year son)
    thanks, Natash! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 28, 2014

      What a beautiful scene! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. You must be an amazing Mama! Four children – that is such a blessing! :). Reply

      • Vika
        October 28, 2014

        I actually meant 5 stars. But couldn’t correct it afterwards. Thank you for your kind words) Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          October 29, 2014

          Thank you Vika 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    October 23, 2014

    is celery a must? I cannot stand the taste of it! bleh! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 23, 2014

      You can omit the celery. That’s why I chop it up small so once it’s cooked, you can hardly tell it’s in there, but it will still be good without it. Reply

  • Jana
    October 23, 2014

    Hi! I’d like to try this soup but for me it’s not clear how many grams is one stick butter and how many grams/ml is one cup (of flour, broth etc.). I’m kinda new for American measures so for me a bit confusing.
    Cheers, great blog! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 23, 2014

      It might take a little research on google and doing conversions before it starts feeling natural. I know it’s tough when you’re switching over to a completely different way of measuring. It will definitely help to get a scale that goes between grams and oz. I have the one from OXO and I use it all the time. It’s a good investment. 1 stick of butter is 113 grams. Flour is usually measured by volume rather than weight (spoon your flour into a flat top measuring cup and scrape off the top to measure 1 cup of flour). 6 cups broth = 48 mL = about 1.5 Liters. I hope that helps! Reply

  • Julia
    October 21, 2014

    Hi Natasha, this looks good! I have a question – does this re-heat well the next day? My oldest daughter likes taking soups to school in a thermos so I’m wondering if the dumplings make it okay to day 2 and 3? thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 21, 2014

      They were still fine on day 2 and 3 :). I hope your daughter loves it! 🙂 Reply

      • Julia
        October 21, 2014

        Oh, that’s perfect! Thank you, will definitely be trying this very soon :)) Reply

  • Liz
    October 21, 2014

    Great soup recipe Thank you. Reply

  • Maria
    October 21, 2014

    Hi Natasha! The soup looks so warm and nice for upcoming winter. And it reminds me of my grandmother making Galushki. But her version was without chicken (I guess they just didn’t have it in their village in 1920-1930 dreadful years), the dough was without butter and she poured an egg into the soup, like in Chinese corn soup.
    Do you have original Galushki recipe? I miss my Grandma.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 21, 2014

      It sounds like the dough for pelmeni and that would be really delicious. I don’t have any other galushki recipes posted yet. My mom does the same thing with adding egg to the soup; it’s so good! Reply

  • Marianna
    October 20, 2014

    Thanks for another great recipe!!! I’m looking for a good chicken gnocchi soup please help ;)!!

    Thank you for all your hard work! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2014

      Marianna, I think this soup would work well using gnocchi instead of dumplings. Is that the kind of soup you had in mind? Or are you asking about homemade gnocchi recipe? Reply

      • Marianna
        October 21, 2014

        I want to make the olive gardens chicken gnocchi soup at home and was wondering if u are planning to post a recipe for it anytime soon? Just wondering! Thank you for everything! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          October 21, 2014

          I haven’t tried their version but I think I’ll order it next time I’m there and take it for a spin! Thanks Marianna 🙂 Reply

  • tanya khochay
    October 20, 2014

    I so glad you posted this, i always seem to mess this one up. I know..how right but Im glad you did. so there. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2014

      Well, thanks Tanya! 🙂 I hope your little people like it! Reply

  • Sofia
    October 20, 2014

    I’m a novice cook so not sure if this is a silly question but is it possible to substitute something for the sour cream and butter in the dumplings? My son has a dairy allergy. 🙁 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2014

      You could just use flour, egg and water until you have a soft and still sticky dough. It’s basically like making pasta. You could always just add your son’s favorite pasta and it would still taste great 🙂 Reply

  • October 19, 2014

    Nothing better this time of year, absolutely love this! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 19, 2014

      Thanks Matt! I agree; it’s just the coziest time of year 🙂 Reply

  • Elena
    October 19, 2014

    Just finished cooking. We are going to have the best lunch!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 19, 2014

      Yum! Enjoy it!! 🙂 Reply

  • Christine
    October 19, 2014

    This may be a silly question, but by adding 6 cups of water to the broth, does that not really dilute the flavor of the broth? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 19, 2014

      You will still be adding chicken and vegetables so the broth will have plenty of flavor. It’s not a silly question :). You can use all broth if you want to just adjust for salt 🙂 Reply

  • October 18, 2014

    Warm and fuzzy childhood memories for sure! I’ve had this soup made by my Russian grandma and my Ukrainian grandma. Ukraine wins. 😉 Thank you for the recipe, Natasha. I didn’t have one and now really want to make it for my kiddos. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2014

      I’m guessing you’re Ukrainian? ;). Me too! I’m not sure if this is technically a Russian or Ukrainian dish or if it originated in yet another country, but I do know; it’s good, and that’s what’s important :). Thanks Julia! Reply

      • October 19, 2014

        I am actually Russian but my mom was born and raised in Ukraine and moved to Russia for university. My grandma lived in Lviv where I also spent a big chunk of my childhood. 🙂 We still have family in both countries. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          October 19, 2014

          You have quite a history and you ended up in a completely part of Europe. Sounds like an adventurous life! 🙂 Reply

  • This soup looks so warm and comforting! I just want to curl up by a fire and eat this soup!! Perfection, Natasha, perfection! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2014

      Fuzzy feelings, just fuzzy feelings 😉 Thanks Lindsey! Reply

  • veronika gudimenko
    October 18, 2014

    This soup looks very delicious and looks like comfort food:) Thanks Natasha:) May God Bless you and your family, and especially you, throughout your pregnancy!You are one beautiful preggo lady:)love your recipes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2014

      Veronica, thank you so much for all your kind words :). Blessings to you and your family as well. Reply

  • October 18, 2014

    It almost looks like a gnocchi soup, Love it! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2014

      Gnocchi soup will be more like soup with клёцки since they have potatoes incorporated in them, but either one is yummy :). Reply

      • We called it “kletski” with no potatoes too 🙂 I wonder if it’s a regional thing 🙂

        By the way, those rustic looking baby potatoes are the cutest! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          October 19, 2014

          It could be? I’ve seen it both ways too. I’m assuming you meant the carrots? Those came out of my mom’s yard. 🙂 Aren’t they sweet? I wish I had left the tales on them! Reply

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