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Chicken and Dumplings

If you want to make the dish in advance, prepare chicken and sauce through step two. Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate overnight. Re-warm gently before proceeding.

  • Servings: 6
Chicken and Dumplings

Photography: Quentin Bacon

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2002


For the Chicken

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs (5 to 6)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 3 pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more for cooking water
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • One 14 1/2-ounce can low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-fat (1 percent) milk
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut in 1-inch pieces

For the Dumplings

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in bits
  • 2/3 cup low-fat (1 percent) milk


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium heat; add thighs. Cook, turning once, until nicely browned on both sides and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with breasts; cut breasts crosswise into thirds.

  2. Add butter to pot; when melted, add onion, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in broth and thyme; bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons flour in a bowl. Gradually whisk in milk, and whisk milk mixture into broth. Boil, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Return chicken to Dutch oven; remove from heat while you prepare the vegetables.

  3. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil; add salt. Add carrots and green beans; cook until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, then rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Stir into chicken mixture.

  4. Prepare dumpling dough: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Add butter; cut into dry mixture with fingers until mealy. Pour in milk; stir with a fork until dough comes together. Return chicken mixture to a simmer, and drop dough by tablespoons on surface of stew. Cover; cook for 15 minutes without lifting lid. (The dumplings will puff up.) Serve.

Reviews (8)

  • Sonora 8 Apr, 2008

    Whoops! I meant to place my comment in my own comment area of my collected recipes. However, I really do appreciate all of your comments.

  • Sonora 8 Apr, 2008

    Llight. Check out the readers'' comments.

  • punkybunny300 22 Feb, 2008

    I really liked this recipe though I also had a small problem with the dumplings which was fixed by just making them smaller. I think that next time I might use a dumpling made with regular flour and not cornmeal. The rest of the recipe is fabulous!

  • beavergee 21 Feb, 2008

    Thanks for the nurtritional values.

  • lbuser 12 Feb, 2008

    Dumplings will fall apart if your broth isn't hot enough at the time you add them. Make them smaller and let the broth heat fully, then add the dumplings. That way the outside cooks quickly and they don't fall apart. Then turn the heat down and let them finish cooking slowly.

  • Mamabee 2 Feb, 2008

    I really liked this recipe - the stew part is very good - but these dumplings do not work. I wanted cornmeal dumplings though, so I started over and altered the recipe a bit. I used 1/2 c. flour (instead of 1/4), 3 t. baking powder (instead of 2), and less milk, closer to 1/2 c. This was much more successful, but they took more than 15 minutes to cook.

  • merrysage 25 Jan, 2008

    There's no law saying you can't buy ready made dumplings. There's an excellent brand here in England called Aunt Bessie's which I use all the time!

  • KatharineS 18 Jan, 2008

    Tasted pretty good but the dough for the dumplings ended up being really watery. They ended up just breaking apart in the end. Also during the last step be careful it started to stick to the sides of the pot and started to burn.

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