Chicken and Dumplings For One

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings For One, the ultimate comfort food! Made with 1 chicken breast, this single serving dish features a thickened broth, tender bite-sized bits of chicken, a mix of vegetables, and a soft covering of fluffy dumplings. Easy and so delicious!

a bowl of chicken with dumplings on a tray next to a red napkin.

If you’re looking for the best chicken and dumplings recipe, you’ve come to the right place. Chicken and dumplings are the ultimate comfort food. This hearty dish features tender chicken cooked along with vegetables in a delicious broth and topped with a blanket of soft, pillowy, made-from-scratch dumplings.

This easy chicken and dumplings recipe is a variation of the dish I grew up eating. My mother made chicken and dumplings often and I always loved it. I’ve taken her recipe, which I’ll admit to have tweaked here and there throughout the years and scaled down the ingredients so that it will serve one person.

Get weekly Cooking for One newsletter

One of the beauties of this single serving stew recipe is that you can use a chicken breast, a chicken thigh, or even chicken legs. The recipe is written to use a chicken breast because I almost always have a bag of frozen chicken breasts in my freezer, feel free to use what you have.

The recipe also calls for using chicken broth but use water if you don’t have any broth on hand. If you use water, you may have to add a little extra salt since you won’t have the salt from the broth.

a bowl of chicken and dumplings next to a bunch of parsley.

Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • olive oil
  • chopped onions
  • chopped celery
  • chopped carrots
  • garlic
  • 1 chicken breast
  • salt and pepper
  • chicken broth

For The Dumplings

  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • sugar
  • salt
  • cold butter
  • milk

How To Make Dumplings

My mother always made dumplings out of Bisquick baking mix. We always had a box of Bisquick in the pantry and although her Bisquick dumplings were delicious, I actually prefer making dumplings from scratch.

This easy dumpling recipe is better than Bisquick’s and is made with pantry staples and no rolling is necessary.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Toss butter into the dry ingredients. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, rub or cut butter into flour. Add milk and stir until the dough comes together.
  • Using a large spoon, drop spoonfuls into chicken stew.

How To Make Chicken and Dumplings

See recipe box below for full recipe instructions.

  1. Cook the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in olive oil until tender.
  2. Add the chicken breast and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour in the chicken broth, bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer and cook 20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Using two forks, shred the chicken in the pot. Make the dumplings in a medium sized bowl and drop the dumplings into the pot by spoonfuls.
  4. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

How To Know When The Dumplings Are Cooked?

After the dumpling dough is mixed together, drop big spoonfuls onto the top of the simmering stew. Place the lid on the pot. Covering the stew allows the dumplings to steam until they’re tender, puffy, and cooked through. This process takes about 15 minutes.

The dumplings should be twice as large after cooking. You can remove a dumpling and cut it in half to see if it’s cooked through or stick the tip of a sharp knife in the center to see if it comes out clean. The inside of the dumpling should look like a soft roll or baked biscuit. If they’re not fully cooked, cover and cook 2 minutes more.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this old fashioned chicken and dumplings recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Onions: French Onion Soup, Chicken Fajitas, Shrimp Creole

Celery: Baked Stuffed Fish, Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup, Potato Salad

Carrots: Roasted Carrots, BBQ Chicken Drumsticks, Curried Carrot Soup

Chicken: Chicken with Mustard Sauce, Chicken Margherita, Sesame Chicken

Chicken broth: Chicken Fricassee, Minestrone Soup, Risotto

pieces of chicken along with dumplings in a bowl next to a red napkin on a tray.

Tips For The Best Chicken and Dumplings

  • To make this a quick dinner, you can use cooked rotisserie chicken from a grocery store or cooked leftover chicken from a previous recipe.
  • Mix the dumpling dough just until it comes together. Avoid over-mixing which can lead to tough dumplings.
  • Leave the lid on the pot when cooking the dumplings. Since the dumplings cook by steaming, the pot needs to be covered so that the steam doesn’t escape.
  • Chicken and dumplings can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You might want to add a touch of chicken broth before reheating.
  • This southern chicken and dumplings recipe can be successfully doubled if you’d like to make a larger batch.

For this chicken and dumplings recipe, I use a 2-quart saucepan. For best results, use a pan of similar size.

For more information on the cooking and baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.

For examples of the dishes used at One Dish Kitchen, please visit our Store page.

Recipe

chicken and dumplings

Easy Chicken and Dumplings For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 1 bowl
Calories: 778kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth

For the dumplings

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • Heat a 2-quart saucepan (or use a pan of similar size) over medium heat. Add in olive oil and heat through, 1 minute. Add onions, celery, and carrots and cook 5 minutes, or until onions are soft and translucent. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add in chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. Pour in chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and cook 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and easily shreds with a fork.
  • Shred chicken directly in pot, or remove to a cutting board, shred and return chicken to pot.
  • Make the dumplings by whisking together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Toss butter into the dry ingredients. Working quickly using your fingers or a pastry blender, rub or cut butter into flour until it resembles coarse sand. Add the milk and stir just until the dough comes together. Drop by spoonful into the soup. Cover and let simmer 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 778kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 917mg | Potassium: 969mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 6222IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 4mg
Receive Latest Recipes for One!Sign Up for the weekly One Dish Kitchen Newsletter!!

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post contains affiliate links.  If I like a product and that product has an affiliate program, then I will link to that product using an affiliate link.  Using this link means that, at zero cost to you, I might earn a commission on a product if you buy something through my link. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

We now have a COOKING FOR ONE Facebook group.

Join us to share your favorite single serving recipes and find new ones too. We’d love to see you there!

Click HERE to join the community! to join the community!

Connect with One Dish Kitchen!

Be sure to follow us on social media so you never miss a post!

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

chicken and dumplings

1 thought on “Chicken and Dumplings For One”

  1. 5 stars
    My 9-year-old son helped me make this. He diced the carrots and helped fry the veggies. We both loved it. Great, simple and delicious recipe-thank you!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top