easy chicken + dumplings

it's about time i put a southern recipe on here, am i right?

chicken and dumplings

chicken and dumplings is the homiest, coziest recipe that i probably can whip up from memory. it's a simple one-pot dish that you can prep in the early afternoon and have an amazing, flavorful dinner by nightfall. 

i took an already pretty easy recipe and simplified it even more by using a rotisserie chicken. you don't get the crispy skin - but the flavor in the broth and the dumplings are so good, you'll hardly miss it.

easy chicken + dumplings

adapted from gwenyth paltrow's recipe in my father's daughter

ingredients | serves 4

  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken
  • coarse salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small leek, chopped
  • 1 slice bacon, finely diced
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tsp half-and-half
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt


  1. preheat your oven to 400 degrees f.
  2. deconstruct your rotisserie chicken, collecting the meat and discarding the bones. place in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  3. heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. add your vegetables, bacon, bay leaf, and thyme to the pot and season with salt and pepper. sauté for 2 minutes until fragrant. lower temp and cook for 15 minutes over medium-low heat.
  4. add the chicken to the pot and stir to combine.
  5. add white wine and bring to a boil for 2 minutes.
  6. add stock and water, bring to a boil and season with salt and pepper.
  7. turn off the heat, and place the lid on top of your dutch oven.
  8. place in the oven and cook for 1.5 hours.
  9. before the timer beeps, combine the flour, baking powder, half-and-half, and salt together in a bowl.  
  10. take the pot out of the oven and place heaping spoonfulls of batter on top of the chicken mixture.
  11. cover the pot and place it back in the oven for 10 more minutes.
  12. uncover and serve immediately (with brut rosé as shown above)

next time you're feeling up for a cozy day at home, you'll have the perfect recipe to accompany your netflix marathon.

hope you love it!

xoxo, #chefhaley