Chicken Dumpling Soup

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • Soup:
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1/2 stalk celery, diced
  • Meat from 1 chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 4 to 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh cut green beans
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dumplings:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cupall-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
Directions
Soup:

In a small amount of cooking oil sweat the onion, carrots and celery. Add chicken, broth, green beans, barley, celery salt, parsley and bay leaves. Simmer until the barley is tender, about 30 minutes.

Make dumplings:

Bring the milk and butter to a boil, add salt and nutmeg. Remove from heat and immediately add flour stirring until dough leaves the sides of the pan. Incorporate the eggs, 1 at a time, forming a sticky dough.

Season the soup, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add spoon sized balls of dumpling dough and simmer until dumplings rise.

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I really like the soup and dumplings. My daughter asks me to make it quite often. One change I made. I do not add the barley. I like a broth like soup and adding the barley soaks up all the liquid. I even tried cutting the barley in half and it still didn't leave enough broth so I quit adding the barley and instead added a bit more celery and carrots. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good, the dumpling recipe is a pate a choux recipe.. interesting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE THESE DUMPLINGS! I use only 2 eggs and an extra 3 T. Flour. I also added fresh diced Garlic, Chives, Parsley and Italian Seasoning. I do like the Nutmeg. I use this recipe along with Tyler Florence's Supreme Sauce - sorry, Bobby:-) YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i only made the dumplings to go with my homemade stock. while the flavor is really good these dumplings did not hold together at all. i was left with a big steaming pot of adventure. luckily for me i love a good adventure and my family is used to my trying new things. since the dumplings have dissolved into a gravy im adding veggies and making biscuits. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Although the soup was delicious - the dumplings came out with no "tooth" to them. I think maybe my eggs were too big. Next time I will use two eggs and see if the dumplings are a bit firmer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious dumplings! I used another recipe for the soup, but I knew I wanted a "drop" dumpling instead of the rollout kind. So easy and quick! I omitted the nutmeg and only used 2 eggs. I added a little black pepper and dried parsley to the batter and it turned out great! This will be my go to dumpling recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I already had leftover turkey and turkey broth so I used that. I didn't add the barley or the green beans because I didn't have any, but I followed the rest of the recipe. I thought that the dumplings were delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is wonderful in winter and it smells and tastes amazing. Very easy to prepare and put together. Tastes awesome, especially the little dumplings. I did do my own modifications by adding 8 to 10 cups of broth and tripling the nutmeg in the dumplings. I also buy an organic rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods and pull it apart for this recipe. The kids and husband also love this recipe. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this recipe a few times and the dumplings and broth turn out great each time. I use only carrots and onions for veggies and never used cream for this chicken soup. I'm not sure why others' dumplings don't turn out (or maybe it's just a matter of taste/texture) but I think they make the soup. For those who don't care for the dumplings, try gnocchi. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Im a little confused by the review below as there is no cream to be added to this recipe. But these are the best dumplings I have ever made. I normally have a huge problem with the Bisquick dumplings as they always get too gooey and break into little pieces when I make chicken n dumplings...these were perfect, not too hard and not too soft and I loved the butter flavoring of them although I did not use the nutmeg in them...I also just used my own chicken broth with chicken since I have picky kids who don't like veggies.... so if your not big on veggies I recommend just making the broth with lots of chicken and adding the dumplings. it was really good..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked the taste of the stock until I added the cream. As others have commented, that really diluted the flavor. The dumplings did not turn out well, they were an unpleasant color of brown inside as others have noted. I think I like Bisquick dumplings better! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did not use the soup recipe, I made my own turkey and green bean soup and spooned the dumpling dough in. This is the worst dumpling recipe I have ever used. It turned my otherwise delicious soup into a giant floury tasting pot of sludge. I wasted my time and my soup. It is completely inedible and I guess it just goes down the sink. It is not for lack of experience- I cook professionally and rarely do I encounter a failure. I so wish I had chosen a different dumpling recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Overall the soup are really good. Except the dumplings are a bit too buttery for me and will try less butter next. Definitely a great recipe to make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you for this recipe! We totally loved it! I did add more broth! I added a half a cup of barley! But the rest stayed the same! I did add to the cooking time and after I put the dumpling in I put the lid on like another person here suggested! It is the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
the dumplings are great! i would rather have this soup rather than a chicken noodle soup. i added more celery and green beans. omitted the barley too like many people. and i used 8 cups of broth. very good!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never liked dumplings until I made this recipe. I made the dumplings small and followed the recipe exactly. It was easy and the dumplings were light, delicious, and blend in with the soup broth in your mouth. This soup was easy to make and my family loved it. I didnt add the barley since I didnt have time and the soup was great. The dumplings were more than enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was very good. I made a couple of changes though I only put in 1/4 tsp. of nutmeg for the dumplings and I used carrots instead of green beans. The flavor was good and the dumplings were excellent. . The barley kept this soup from being 5 stars. The texture is very unpleasant; being very chewy and sort of rough. I think I will also add a cup of peas or diced carrots next time. I liked the carrots I put in on this time, but they were too big. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! Excellent dumplings!!! I didn't use the soup recipe, as I make a darn good chicken soup. I searched for a dumpling recipe and this didn't disappoint. They are light, tender, and delicious! I only used 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, as I'm not a big fan, and I really couldn't taste it at all. I think next time, I'll use garlic salt to add just a little bit of flavor. Thanks Bobby! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best chicken dumplings ever! They weren't too dry or doughy in my opinion. My family keeps requesting chicken dumpling soup now! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I too loved the nutmeg in the dumplings, but they were very soft, not enough doughy texture, but would make again with another dumpling recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been looking for a really good dumpling recipe and this one was really good. Next time I make it I'll cut the barley in half and add more chicken broth. It was more like a stew than a soup. Also the dumplings were a little too soft so I'm going to find another recipe for those. But my entire family loved the soup so we will be making it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome Recipe. I used 8 cups chicken stock and instead of barley I used two cups of egg noodles. I used this recipe one other time to make beef barley dumpling soup. You substitute left over beef and use beef stock in stead of chicken and chicken stock. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved them! The only thing is I added a table spoon Italian seasoning and a teaspoon of garlic powder... they came out awesome!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I always come back to this recipe primarily for the glorious "DUMPLINGS." These are as sweet as Bobby Flays baby face. :) I did not use the barley because it's not a regular around the house staple for me. I used dry spices instead of fresh because I used what I had. You get the just of how awesome this recipe would be if made by the man himself. Stirs some ideas and no matter what your pick on soup style the dumplings are always a wonderful compliment for any chicken and dumpling recipe. Thanks for sharing. Ruth item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to add extra liquid and even then I didn't really have a lot of liquid for the dumplings to swim in but it was super yummy. I also left out the green beans because my husband isn't a fan of them. Overall, the soup was as good as any restaurants. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making dumplings. The dough took awhile to do. I had to redo the dough mixture twice to get it right. It was great in flavor, and it still tasted good the next day and the next. The texture was just perfect item not reviewed by moderator and published
AWESOME :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the recipe exactly as posted and it was wonderful!!! Love the nutmeg in the dumplings. This will become a regular addition to our meal plans. Very hearty soup great for a cold wintery day. Thanks Bobby!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used my own soup recipe but I used the dumplings from here. I LOVED the nutmeg in there! It was a unique flavor and went great with my soup. I made it one time with out the baking soda and they didn't hold together like I wanted them to, so one thing I changed was that I added about a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the dumplings, they held together much better and puffed up more. YUMMY!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I kept it simple and used the miraqua, fresh rosemary and parsley from my garden, a whole roasted chicken, 6 cups of stock, salt, pepper, and the dumpling recipe as listed and it was great. Excellent for a quick meal for a sick sister. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ginger, you are right on with your review. I actually doubled the amount of broth, probably because I am heavy handed with the veggies and barley. Excellent recipe. I added more seasoning to the dumplings (poultry seas, pepper, garlic powder, fresh parsley I, too, added corn. This ones a keeper, Bobby! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe. I too ended up cooking it longer. I have a toodler running around so that is going to happen the recipe still worked and tasted great. My son even ate the soup and he is hard to please.Thanks !!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an excellent recipe! I did not leave anything out in this recipe, but I added a little more...organic corn. The chicken and dumplings are wonderful with all the ingredients listed in this recipe. The barley makes it more hearty, and it is good for you. I did use the full 6 cups of broth and maybe some more. I had great results by covering the pot to simmer for both steps (simmering the soup and cooking the dumplings). To get the dumplings to rise, they should be covered. I used a whole rotissserie chicken from Costco. With so much chicken and extra ingredients...eg. corn, you need to use more stock. I liked the nutmeg added to the dumplings. If you don't like it, it can be ommitted or reduced. A few more tips...I did simmer longer than 30 minutes. I started to make the dumplings about 25 minutes into the simmering. So, the simmer time before the dumplings were added was about 40 minutes. I cooked the dumplings (covered) an additional 10 to 15 minutes. I think the extra simmering time helps to cook the barley completely; it had a great texture and complimented all of the other ingredients. I recommend using TWO tablespoons to add the dumplings. Scoop with one tablespoon, and the use the second one to push it off of the spoon into the soup. My three year old, husband, and parents loved this meal. They all went back for seconds. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made my usual chicken soup and wanted something different to add. I used the dumpling recipie and I was amazed at how light and easy they were to make. They tasted great and I didnt even use the nutmeg. They held up just fine and I cant wait to make them again, a sure family pleaser!!! Thanks Bobby! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only used the dumpling part of this recipe as I just made a pot of chicken soup. The dumplings were really easy to make and came together in less than 10 minutes. A small disher made it easy to get the dumplings into the soup in uniform size. The dumplings are so light and fluffy. They are just what my chicken soup needed. If you have the time, I would sift the flour before adding to the milk mixture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had already made my own soup and decided to look up a recipe for dumplings. I happened to have all of these ingredients on hand (except the nutmeg, which I didn't use). They were super duper easy (seriously...I banged it out in 5 minutes) and delicious. They've also held together nicely a few hours after they were made as well. They have a wonderful texture that I imagine would complement just about anything with broth and meat. I'll definitely make them again and would recommend the recipe to anyone. Thanks, Bobby! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like many others, left out the barley but everything else as directed-the soup was fantastic and much more flavorful than expected. Will become a staple. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Left out the barley,peas,nutmeg and used only 2 eggs. It was fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't had much luck finding a good dumpling soup recipe. This is it....it's fantastic. I omitted the beans and the barley. The dumplings were so buttery & soft. I will definately be remaking this again soon, my stomach is still doing the happy dance. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great tasting and easy recipe. I used poached chicken breasts and substituted frozen green peas for the beans. My family loved it. I will keep this in my dinner rotation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The dumplings were a little softer than what I would like. But overall it was pretty tastey. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just used the dumpling part of the recipe into my own homemade chicken soup. I did use less butter than what was suggested and just added a splash of my own chicken broth from the soup I had made. I can say it was tasty, complimented my soup and held well in the broth. Good recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a hardy soup and its perfect for winter. Insted of using barley I used orzo ( type of pasta that looks like rice). Next time i make it however I will use a bigger pot so the dumplings can float to the top! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe for dumplinds on the back of the bisquick box is much better than this!!! and a whole lot easier!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was soooooooo simple and taste great!! Thank you!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
we love this recipe it is the best chicken & dumpling we have had in many years item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this soup! I used half of the barley and the full 6 c. broth. Also used half the nutmeg and added 1Tbsp of parsley to the dumplings. The soup froze very well. I would agree the dumplings sometimes don't hold together as well but wasn't a big deal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
MY 1ST TIME DOING THIS REVIEW I WILL GET BETTER item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did this with turkey soup and the dumplings are sooo good will make with chicken soup next time good job item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night and think it tastes great. I loved chicken and dumpling as a child and have now found a recipe that reminds me of that time. The dumplings hold up well sitting in the broth overnight. My only thought is that the dumpling are defiantly not low-fat as they contain 1/2 cup butter. This is partially why the soup is so good once they are added though! I may try to reduce the amount of butter and see what happens... Here is how I altered the recipe: -Omitted barely (since reviews were not great about it) -Added dried thyme (it goes so well with chicken) -Used dried parsley -Used frozen Italian green beans -Used store bought Rotisserie chicken (I actually make my own often but was pressed for time) This recipe makes a ton of soup and not sure how well it freezes so invite company/family to share. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Another RR classic. This recipe was fast and easy, even on the first time. Tastes great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
after looking at some other reviews i eliminated the barley and green beans. instead of cooking a whole chicken i used thin sliced chicen breast that i cooked and diced. a simple great soup item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought the soup itself was fantastic. I did add more celery and one more carrot. Next time I make it I will also omit the pearl barley and green beans which didn't add that much to it and they were a little tough. I was dissapointed with the nutmeg in the dumplings because it gave them a strange flavor. I'll omit that next time too. Also, no mention of covering pot while dumplings cooked so finally I covered it and they puffed up better. Next time I'll cover it as soon as I put dumplings in. Otherwise, great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor of this recipe was great and the dumplings were good, too. I did not care for the barley addition at all and I wish I would have just left it out. Not easy to get tender enough to taste good in this recipe. Also, next time I will leave out the fresh green beans. Even after all that simmering, they still didn't get tender enough. I will make it again without the barly and greenbeans and I will just add more celery! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The soup was great which isn't too far from awesome. It smells well. It taste well. The only problem I encountered was the pearled barley and dumpling were mushy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I folled this recipe to the best that I could. I didn't add barley, celery salt, or bay leaves. What I did add was a can of reg cut geenbeans (didn't have frozen) and that worked great. I also reserved a few tablespoons of the chicken broth and mixed it with a little flour and then added it to the soup and that worked out GREAT. All in all, even with my few changes, this recipe is still wonderfull, and my kids just loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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