Cornbread Chicken + Dumplings

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Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

(DISCLAIMER: This post was written in 2016 BEFORE Kayne had all of his meltdowns lol. I figured I’d keep the blog post up given recent events to pay tribute to his past self. Consider this a relic of sorts haha. RIP Kayne. I will miss him)

I have been on the verge of almost getting sick for almost a month. And I have this strange pain in my neck. I have no idea what’s wrong with me but I think it’s a combo of maybe overworking myself and just being too scared to go to the chiropractor to get it fixed. I’m probably the absolute worst at going to the doctor because I hate it. It’s time-consuming and it’s scary all wrapped into one. So instead I’ve been subsisting off of wellness shots and wellness formula pills every single day. Let’s hope it works! My neck is another story. I’ve been thinking of getting this fancy pillow to help with my neck pain. Is this stuff interesting?

It’s not, I’m sorry. In other news, I went to Yeezy last night and IT WAS AMAZING.

Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

Kayne reminds me of childhood but instead of childhood like as a little kid, it reminds me of being in my teenage years and early twenties when I had no idea what the fuck I was doing. It’s nostalgic in a whole other way. Kanye reminds me of my navy blue Jetta that always smelled a delicious combo of fast food and weed.

It took me a while to warm up to Saint Pablo but once I did I was hooked on that too.

I was hoping to get a glimpse of Kim but she was a no show. 🙁

Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

Let’s talk chicken and dumplings!

This is my new favorite iteration of them because it combines cornbread into the mix and who doesn’t love cornbread?

If I were to make this again, which I will soon, I might fold some diced jalapeño into the dumplings so they’re a little spicy and sassy. If you want to be crazy, you can mix in some cheese, too.

This bowl situation is all for Cynthia’s (from Two Red Bowls) virtual baby shower. Everyone’s recipes are made in a bowl! Cynthia’s lil’ baby Samuel was born last week! Welcome into the world, little angel! He is so ridiculously cute. Congrats, Cynthia and family!

And a big hug to my homies Alana and Steph for organizing it (you can also see everyone else’s posts under #threeredbowls on the Instagram.

Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

Cornbread Chicken + Dumplings

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serving Size: 4



  • 2 chicken bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 small carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 10 turns of freshly-cracked pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock


  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon shaken buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment. Place the chicken side-by-side and drizzle with about a tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle both thighs with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven to roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and the juices run clear. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. When they reach closer to room temperature, use two forks to shred the chicken. Discard any scraps and set the shredded chicken aside.
  • In a dutch oven or medium pot, set over medium heat, add the butter. When melted, add the celery, carrot and thyme. Cook until slightly softened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Next pour in the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then immediately bring it down to medium low; cook for about 6 to 7 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  • While the soup is cooking, let’s make the dumplings! In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Pour in the buttermilk and mix until combined.
  • Give the soup a taste and adjust the salt to your liking and add a bunch of black pepper. I added about 10 turns. Bring the soup up to a gentle simmer and drop tablespoons or ice cream scoops of dumpling dough right onto the boiling point (this will make super fluffy dumplings) and then repeat with the remaining dumpling dough. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes until the dumplings are fluffy and cooked through. Move a dumpling aside and slide the reserved shredded chicken into the pot. Divide amongst bowls and serve!


If you're looking to save some steps, you can skip making the chicken and use a store-bought rotisserie chicken!
OR, you can put some leftover turkey in it! HINT HINT!

Adapted from The Year of Cozy

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    Reply Chrissy Barua November 3, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Looks so perfectly cozy indeed. Feel better!

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    Reply Karen Hilliard November 3, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I was just so hungry for chicken and dumplings! I love the thought of cornbread dumplings so yummy.

    I wanted to tell you about a pillow called Dr. Forma pillow. Just Google it or whatever and you can adjust the filling, plus you throw it in the washer and dryer and you’re good to go.

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    Reply Karen Hilliard November 3, 2016 at 10:43 am

    The pillow is Dr. Corma, not Forma. Sorry, that darn spell check taking liberties.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      haha ok cool because I did find a pillow called dr. forma and it’s $300!!!

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    Reply Rachel November 3, 2016 at 10:50 am

    This looks amazing! Saving it for the next time we get a rainy day in LA

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      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      YES! it’s hot today (WHY!) so definitely when it cools down. 🙂

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    Reply Jennifer November 3, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I was curious about the casper pillow as well! haha #notboring – maybe cause i’m old now this is what I talk about haha 😛

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      I’ve read a ton of reviews and a lot of the reviews say it hurt peoples’ necks because it’s bulky. UGH!

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    Reply Sara @ Cake Over Steak November 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I love your chicken and dumplings! I was just saying the other day that I want to make it again. If you’re getting sick, I always say to get some SLEEP and hoard all of that vitamin C. But seriously, sleep is one of the best things. Which is so annoying because it’s time consuming. I hope you feel better!

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    Shittt that looks good. Your blue Jetta sounded kinda like my Red Corrolla. Hehe. This is my cold killer: fresh juice of one lemon, fresh ginger juice (I just squeeze pieces of peeled ginger through my garlic press) made into a tea with a little bit of cayenne pepper. My friend christened it the “morning Caesar.” HEALTH!! XO

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Haha. That combo sounds so good. That’s kinda what my wellness shots are it’s like a ton of ginger and cayenne and lemon juice and coconut water. I need more tho. I think a warm tea version would be dope! GONNA TRY IT

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    Reply Erika November 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Yooooo you made this for me right? I mean clearly you know what makes my southern heart get lit! Also, fast food and weed should be a car fresher smell you clip to air vents in your car. Just Sayin.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      I MADE IT 4 UUU! I wish it was a car freshener bc it would make me cry with happiness haha

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    Reply steph November 3, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    love that lead photo of you!! cozy sweater vibes. i’m digging this chicken n dumplings riff! thanks for participating bb!

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      Reply steph November 3, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      oh, also i used to have neck problems then mike got me a baby pillow which is kinda weird sounding but basically is a regular pillow but smaller and i think it helped cause regular pillows were too big for me?! anyway, they’re uber cheap on amazon (toddler pillows) so why not give it a try?

      feel better!!!!!

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    I just wanna say that this is such a WONDERFULLY TOUCHING & HEART-WARMING creative idea & gesture ! This is going to make the parents SO HAPPY ! It’s stuff like this that encourages me to continue blogging (even though I often feel like saying, “yeah, that’s enough, time to stop …”). Yet I soldier on. And yeah, oh how I wish-wish-wished I could have been part of this magical sharing moment too !!! Great job & take care … georgie @ 🙂

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      Thanks, Georgie. I find that the blogging community is a really warm and supportive place! Everyone is so rad.

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    Reply Miranda Benham November 5, 2016 at 4:18 am

    I saw Yeezy last night! Granted he cancelled the show in the middle on “Only One” it was amazing. I have been wanting to see him live for years and years!
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    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 5, 2016 at 8:14 am

      OMG I saw that he stopped the show and I would’ve been so mad!!!

      Noooo don’t be freaked out. Chicken tastes a million times better on the bone because it doesn’t dry out. You can also buy an already cooked store-bought rotisserie chicken at the store!

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    Reply Ryan November 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    This looks SO GOOD oh my goodness. Any suggestions on what I could potentially add instead of chicken? Maybe white beans of some kind? My sisters are vegetarian.

    Thank you!!

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    Reply cynthia November 11, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Cornbread in chicken and dumplings just changed my entire life. This is incredible, Adrianna! The kind of comfort food that I could totally use this week, especially. Thank you so much for this and for such kind words. I hope that pesky neck pain goes away!

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    Reply Rose November 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Hello! Thank you for the recipe. I made it tonight for dinner tonight…the flavor was great! But I do wonder if I did something wrong with the dumplings. I followed the recipe exactly but the dough was very runny. I let it sit for a couple of minutes and then when I dropped it in to the veggies and broth, it broke apart. We ended up with something closer to a pot pie filling with a few smaller dumplings that was very tasty! But I would love to get fluffier and more in-tact dumplings. Has this ever happened to you?


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      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 14, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Hmmm…this hasn’t happened to me but it happened to the commenter below but didn’t happen to a few other people who made it so it makes me question what is up. Did you use a super fine cornmeal by chance? Would love to get to the bottom of it. Glad it still tasted good! xo

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    Reply Eva November 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I am making this right now but my dumpling batter is also very runny….not sure if that is how it’s supposed to be?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Hmm…this is so strange because a lot of people have made this and they didn’t have this problem! The only thing I can think of is that maybe your cornmeal is a different grind than mine.

      A few questions:

      You’re using baking powder, right? It’s not expired, right?

      You’re using buttermilk, right?

      Some solutions:

      Add 1/4 cup more flour. This dumpling dough should be fluffy because of the baking powder.

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        Reply Eva November 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm

        Yes I am using baking powder and it’s not expired. My cornmeal is not super fine and more coarse. Also, I didn’t have buttermilk, so I used milk with a tablespoon or two of lemon juice, so that might be another reason. I did end up putting more flour in for the dumpling batter and it turned out good that way. Thank you!

        • Adrianna Adarme
          Reply Adrianna Adarme November 14, 2016 at 7:05 pm

          Ahhh the milk trick is the issue!

          Milk is SO much thinner than buttermilk (especially if you’re using 2%). That trick will never thicken it to the same consistency but I’m so glad you added the extra flour and it ended up working out! xoxo

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    Reply Jen May 24, 2017 at 7:10 am

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    Reply Casey October 23, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Hoping to make this tonight. What’s the best size Dutch oven for this recipe??

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    Reply Rosalie October 2, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    This looks delicious!!! Only thing is that my baby boy has a milk protein allergy – do you have a recommendation for what to sub for buttermilk? Would oat or almond milk work?

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      Reply Adrianna Adarme October 3, 2018 at 9:22 am

      hi! i haven’t tried it with almond milk. but it might work! since almond milk is thinner, i’d recommend adding a bit less, like a tablespoon or two less of almond milk than you would buttermilk. if it works, please let us know! 🙂

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    Reply mary October 7, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    This looks SO good – our temperatures are going to drop and this is exactly what’s needed!

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    Reply Amanda October 13, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Made this last night! My favorite chicken soup I’ve ever had. I also simmered the soup with the tops of the unused celery stalks and a quarter of an onion. Yum. And I was able to buy already picked chicken from a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store (I can’t eat a whole chicken by myself, I don’t eat a lot of it).

    Seriously so cozy and healing. It’s already in the 30s in Illinois.

    Thanks Adrianna!

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    Reply Lily March 18, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    5 stars
    I make this at least twice a month all through the winter months- it’s always delicious and so comforting!

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