Chicken and Buttermilk Herb Dumplings

Chicken and Buttermilk Herb Dumplings


  • 1 (3 to 31/2 pound) whole organic chicken
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen pearl onions
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper, for garnish
  • Chopped chives and parsley, for garnish

This is a delicious and creamy Chicken and Dumplings recipe – perfect for a cold night. If you don’t have time to make your own stock you can simply use canned chicken stock and add 2-3 cups of shredded chicken meat. Try this recipe after Thanksgiving with leftover turkey and stock (if you made it)!


  • Place the chicken and all stock ingredients in a large Dutch oven and cover with water. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour until the chicken is tender. Skim the surface of fat and foam as it cooks.
  • When done remove the chicken to a cutting board. Strain and reserve the stock and shred the meat into pieces.
  • Make the dumplings: In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
  • In a small bowl, using a whisk, lightly beat the eggs, chives, parsley and buttermilk together; pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently fold. Mix just until the dough comes together.
  • To prepare sauce: In a Dutch oven, over medium heat, add the butter and oil. Add the carrot, celery, garlic, and bay leaves and saute until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour to make a roux. Continue to stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in the chicken stock, 1 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  • Add frozen peas and pearl onions.
  • Let sauce simmer until it is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in heavy cream.
  • Fold the reserved shredded chicken into the sauce and bring up to a simmer.
  • Remove and discard the bay leaves.
  • Using 2 spoons carefully drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the dumpling batter into the hot mixture. The dumplings should cover the top of the sauce, but should not be too crowded.
  • Let the dumplings poach for about 10 minutes until they are firm and puffy Turn the dumplings over and let poach another 5 minutes.
  • Season with freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Garnish with chopped chives and parsley before serving.

Yield: 8

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