Classic Chicken and Dumplings

Photo by David Meredith
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  • Serves 6
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 517 calories
    • Fat 23 g
    • Sat Fat 10 g
    • Cholesterol 99 mg
    • Sodium 844 mg
    • Protein 25 g
    • Carbohydrate 52 g
    • Sugar 6 g
    • Fiber 4 g
    • Iron 4 mg
    • Calcium 147 mg


  1. Check 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. Check 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  3. Check kosher salt and black pepper
  4. Check 4 stalks celery, chopped
  5. Check 4 carrots, chopped
  6. Check 2 onions, chopped
  7. Check 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  8. Check 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  9. Check 2 bay leaves
  10. Check 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  11. Check 1 tablespoon baking powder
  12. Check 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  13. Check 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  14. Check 3/4 cup buttermilk
  15. Check 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, plus more for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Brown in batches, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; reserve the pot.
  2. Add the celery, carrots, onions, thyme, and garlic to the drippings in the pot and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the chicken, bay leaves, and 10 cups water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the chicken is cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and transfer the chicken to a plate; let cool. Shred the chicken with 2 forks and return it to the pot (discarding the skin and bones).
  3. Whisk together ½ cup of the flour, 2 cups of the cooking liquid, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk the flour mixture back into the pot and simmer until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Make the dumplings: Whisk together the remaining 2 cups of flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk in the butter, buttermilk, and parsley. Reduce heat to low and drop the mixture into the broth in 8 large spoonfuls. Simmer, covered, until the dumplings are firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley.