Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

Dinner, Fall, Quick and Easy, Soups, Winter

Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

Let’s talk about that real comfort food: Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings.

I have been on the verge of almost getting sick for almost a month. And if you’re like me and feeling a bit under the weather or are simply FREEZING cold all the time, then look no further. All you need in your life is a big bowl of this Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings.

Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

What is Chicken and Dumplings

The great folks at Wikipedia tell me that chicken and dumplings is a dish that consists of chicken cooked in water, resulting in chicken broth. And then brought to a boil with drop biscuits/dumplings added and then cooked.

This recipe is pretty Southern but I can think of a few other iterations from other parts of the world.

It’s a super comforting dish. The dumplings are cooked throughout with the broth feeling generous and warming.

Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

How to Make Chicken and Dumplings

This recipe couldn’t be simpler because it relies on a store-bought chicken broth. Of course, if you have some homemade chicken broth in the fridge, by all means use it!

Here’s Are the Steps:

– Sauté the onion, carrot and celery together
– Add the butter and when it’s melted, add the flour.
– The flour will dissolve into the melted butter, creating a bit of a roux. This will help thicken the soup broth
– Next, add the thyme. Thyme is a key ingredient in making any chicken soup absolutely delicious. It’s a MUST!
– After the thyme comes the chicken broth. Again, store-bought or homemade! Whichever one you have–both will work.
– Bring it to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, you really want the flavors married.
– While that’s going, mix up the dumpling batter. It’s super simple: buttermilk, a bit of leavening, salt, flour and corn meal. It tastes SO much like cornbread, it’s amazing.
– In the boiling points of the broth, you drop in the batter using a cookie scoop. Dropping it in the boiling point, creates a super fluffy cornbread.
– Cover the pot and that’s it! The dumplings will cook in about 5 minutes.

Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

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Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings

5 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 156kcal
Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings is a comforting winter or fall meal. A classic chicken soup is the base and on top are fluffy cornbread dumplings!



  • 2 chicken bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 small carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose 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 kosher 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!
CourseDinner, Main Course
CuisineAmerican, Southern
Keywordchicken and dumplings, chicken and dumplings recipe, chicken n dumplings, easy chicken and dumplings
Nutrition Facts
Cornbread Chicken and Dumplings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Adapted from The Year of Cozy

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    Looks so perfectly cozy indeed. Feel better!

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 😛

    • 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!

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

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

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

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    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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      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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    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 Rose November 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm

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    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?


    • 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?

    • 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.

      • 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!

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

  • 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?

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

  • Reply Amanda October 13, 2018 at 10:46 am

    5 stars
    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!

  • 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!

  • Reply dezi October 23, 2019 at 1:27 pm

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    Hi Adrianna, I just made this. FANTASTIC!! Super flavorful and easy. Thank you so much for the recipe.