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Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Total Time

Prep: 10 minutes; Total: 8 hours 10 minutes



Diet Type


  • Soup Mixture
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • two 15-ounce cans of peas
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 4–6 cups chicken bone broth or 6 scoops protein powder made from bone broth mixed with 4–6 cups water
  • 2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cups almond milk


  1. In a large slow cooker, add in all the ingredients for the chicken mixture.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. When mixture has 2 hours left, mix all the dumpling ingredients in a medium bowl, form dough into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes, covered.
  4. Dust flour on a flat surface and, using your hands or a rolling pin, flatten dumpling mixture to 1/4–1/2 inch thick.
  5. Using a pizza cutter, slice into rectangles.
  6. Add dumplings to the slow cooker, stirring until well combined.
  7. Cook for the remaining time.

If you’re looking for comfort food at its finest, it’s hard to get any better than chicken and dumplings. This old-school recipe is decidedly at home in 2017 and, with all-natural ingredients, you can make an delicious version at home that’s also gluten-free. I predict it’ll be one of those slow cooker chicken recipes that you’ll make again and again.

What is Chicken and Dumplings?

Often called a Depression-era dish from the South, chicken and dumplings have actually been around since well before that time. The folks at Serious Eats have a fascinating account of the dish; it wasn’t until the 1960s, when mass chicken production began, that the birds were readily available at prices normal folks could afford. Before then, having a “chicken in every pot” in America was something to aspire to.

Chicken and dumplings dough

Chicken and dumplings make their first appearance in American cookbooks in the mid-1800s. By the 1890s, the dish was quite common in the North, where “dropped” dumplings were favored. In the South, the more complicated rolled dumpling was favored.

But in both instances, rich chicken was mixed with silky dumplings in a flavorful broth to produce a memorable meal. And that’s exactly what we’ll do with this homemade chicken and dumplings recipe.

How to Make Chicken and Dumplings

If you search for classic chicken and dumplings recipes, you’ll find that many varieties include “cream of” soups. But there’s no need for those with this easy chicken and dumplings recipe.

Chicken and dumplings ingredients

While it might seem labor intensive, a lot of the cooking time is hands off. You’ll start with a slow cooker chicken recipe that requires little attention once it’s all assembled.

Chicken and dumplings step 1

While those wrap up, you’ll make the second half of the recipe — the dumplings! There’s nothing like homemade dumplings, and these Northern-style flat dumplings are super simple to make.

This is a family dinner that takes a lot less effort than it looks like, and that will absolutely be a favorite. After all, who can resist chicken and dumplings?!

Chicken and dumplings step 2

We’ll start by adding all the chicken ingredients to the  slow cooker.

Chicken and dumplings step 3

Peas, carrots and onions are going to add a lot of flavor and some veggie goodness to this meal.

Chicken and dumplings step 4

You can use plain chicken broth in this portion, but why would you opt out of being able to up the protein quotient of this dish and use protein powder made from bone broth instead? When mixed with water, it creates the perfect broth for these chicken and dumplings, with extra nutritional power.

Chicken and dumplings step 5
Once all of the chicken ingredients are added to the  slow cooker, set it on low and let the mixture cook for the next 8 hours.
Chicken and dumplings step 6

In the meantime, get your dumplings ingredients ready. Did I mention that this chicken and dumplings recipe is completely gluten-free? That’s right! Homemade dumplings with zero gluten — so much better than a restaurant!

Chicken and dumplings step 7

At the 6-hour chicken-cooking mark, it’s time to get the dumplings going. Mix all the dumpling ingredients into a medium bowl and form into a dough. Then cover the bowl and let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Chicken and dumplings step 8

At this point, you should have about 1.5 hours left for the chicken to finish cooking. It’s almost time for the dumplings to make their debut into the  slow cooker. Grab the bowl from the fridge and dust flour on a flat surface.

Then, using either your hands or a rolling pin, flatten the dumpling dough until it’s about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into rectangles.

Chicken and dumplings step 9

Add the dumplings to the slow cooker, stirring them in until well combined. Let them cook with the chicken mixture for the remainder of the time.

Chicken and dumplings finish shot
When the chicken and dumplings are ready after the 8 hours, ladle the mix into a bowl and enjoy.

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  1. Shelley on

    I have interstitial cystitis and diverticulosis. I have been watching your you tube videos and thought I shouldn’t use any processed flour. Your dumpling recipe says use gluten free all purpose flour. Is this like our white flour we use today, but without gluten? Why is that healthy? Curious. Also, wanted to order a cook book from you and found one on another site. I would rather buy directly from you instead of other party. I really admire you and Jordan. Used his products for years until he sold and then wasn’t sure quality was still there.

    If there is anyway you can make your supplements where you don’t have to take 3 of most pills a day would be great.


    • kathy glaze on

      Why Dr.Axe does no one ever answer peoples questions on here ..I see questions unanswered on your fb post on health issues quite often too…but there shouldn’t be a space like this to post a comment or question if no one is going to bother answering them ..just my opinion :)