Chicken Stew with Fluffy Dumplings

Nothing better than a bowl of warm Chicken Stew with Fluffy Dumplings to warm you on a cold winter day. Real comfort food!

Chicken stew with fluffy dumplings is served in a bowl. A pot of stew is visible at the side.

Omg, it’s so cold! I hope over where you are your mornings are warmer than ours that range from -11°C to -15°C (that’s 5°F for our American friends!). It’s so cold our roller blinds will sometimes freeze and not go up in the morning. And we’ve been having no snow at all, and I’m still not sure if I like that (yay no shoveling! yay no cold wetness on my hands or down my back!) or not (no snowman, no charming white landscape). Is it even really winter if there is no snow?

Anyways, with these temperatures all I can think of is hot food. Soups and stews and minestrones, to be more precise. Like this rustic and delicious, warm pot of Chicken Stew with Fluffy Dumplings. Hearty and comforting, just the thing we need on a cold winter day.

A pot of Chicken Stew with Fluffy Dumplings.

Since I got my dutch oven a couple of weeks ago, I got to experiment more with our food, mainly because the food tastes incredible and also, because it’s the first pot I own, that I can transfer from the stove straight into the oven. And this comes really handy!

So when I was making this stew I realized, belatedly, that I had very little bread in the house to go with the stew, and also lacked semolina to make dumplings my usual way. Time to improvise! I preheated the oven, threw together some ingredients to make bread, then shaped the dough into small balls and placed them straight into the cooking stew, covered with a lid and placed into the oven, fingers crossed.

And what I got in return was a pot of divine comfort food that vanished in minutes. I did make the mistake of having too little liquid in the pot before placing in the dumplings, that turned up to soak most of the liquid. Oh well, the food was still delicious!

A close up of Chicken Stew with Fluffy Dumplings in a bowl.

Chicken Stew with Fluffy Dumplings

Chicken Stew with Fluffy Dumplings

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Nothing better than a bowl of warm Chicken Stew with Fluffy Dumplings to warm you on a cold winter day. Real comfort food!


  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot (medium sized)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 potatoes (medium sized)
  • 4 chicken thighs meat, bone removed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • parsley
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 1,5 l vegetable stock
  • 120 g all-purpose flour
  • 60 g butter
  • 1 ts baking powder


  1. Peel and finely dice onion and garlic. Peel and dice carrot. Wash tomato and bell pepper, then cut into chunks. Peel and dice potatoes. Cut chicken thighs meat into large chunks and season with salt & pepper.
  2. In a pot, heat 1 tbs olive oil, then add chicken and gently fry until golden brown, stirring regularly to prevent sticking to the pan. When the meat is done, remove from pot.
  3. Add some more olive oil, if needed, then add diced onions and lightly fry until translucent. Add garlic, carrots, tomato, bell pepper and potatoes, and bay leaves. Cook for a couple of minutes, until the carrots begin to soften a bit, then return the chicken to the pot and add stock. Season with salt & pepper, add chopped parsley and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are almost cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 190°C / 375°F and start the dumplings. Place flour in a bowl, add a pinch of salt and baking powder. Grate in butter and mix together until the dough looks like breadcrumbs. Add 50 ml of cold water and knead together into a ball of dough. Divide the dough into smaller pieces and shape into balls (about 6-8).
  5. Place dough balls into the chicken stew, cover with the lid and transfer to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. When the time's up, remove from oven carefully and uncover the pot. The dumplings should be well risen and fluffy. Serve hot and top with some fresh chopped parsley.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 510.6Total Fat: 21.2gSaturated Fat: 9.6gTrans Fat: 0.6gCholesterol: 124.4mgSodium: 542.7mgCarbohydrates: 53.8gFiber: 5gSugar: 8.7gProtein: 27g
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8 Comment

  1. Karly says: Reply

    Those dumplings have my heart! And my stomach, from the sounds of things. I am totally in love with this recipe- can’t wait to try it out!

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      Thanks Karly! We wouldn’t mind a bowl of it right now ourselves 🙂 #hungry

  2. Milly says: Reply

    Never heard of dumpling soup before hahaha. But it is on the stove right now!
    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    1. Kristina says: Reply

      Hope you like the stew! 🙂

  3. Shahad says: Reply

    This recipe sounds amazing! Can I do the dumplings on the stove top? Have you tried that ? Thanks!

    1. Hello Shahad. We haven’t tried making the dumplings like that, but we think that if you leave the top on it should work just fine. Let us know if you try it out 😀

  4. Freyja says: Reply

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