Chicken Dumpling Soup

8 to 10 servings
  • 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

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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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

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