Photo: Justin Walker; Styling: Carla Gonzalez-Hart
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup and 4 dumplings)

Pillowy dumplings flecked with fragrant fresh herbs cook drop-style in the stock mixture.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan. Add 1 tablespoon thyme, 1 tablespoon tarragon, celery, carrot, onion, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add stock; bring to a boil. Add chicken, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is done.

Step 2

Combine flour, baking powder, remaining 1 tablespoon thyme, remaining 1 tablespoon tarragon, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk; stir just until moist. Drop dough, 2 teaspoons at a time, into stock mixture, forming 16 dumplings. Cover and simmer 7 minutes or until dumplings are cooked through.

Ratings & Reviews

wonderwab's Review

January 17, 2015
This recipe was so easy, and the dumplings were so good. We did have a problem with some of the dumplings dissolving- I think it occurred because I stirred it too soon after dropping them in the broth- but despite that it was really good! Also, we used dried herbs and still thought this was amazing

SkinnyJeans5's Review

December 30, 2014
This is really good. It will be even better, more stars, the next time I make it. I made my dumplings too big. They poof up when they cook. Keep them small and add more broth than the recipe lists. I only had dried herbs, my local store was out of the fresh, and the taste was very good. Next time I will also use heart smart bisquick for the drop dumplings. Much easier and the same texture.

Paisley9's Review

December 27, 2014
Really good. Needs more broth because dumplings absorb broth. Will try with 4 cups. Also dumplings need to simmer more. Came together quickly. The fresh tarragon made it!

Fabulous flavor!

September 21, 2015
This was delicious, made with leftover chicken and homemade stock.  I had a problem with the dumplings - they were too soupy (before going in!), but still tasty.  When I was cleaning up, I noticed that the dough had stiffened up some, so next time I think I will let it sit a few minutes before dropping the dumplings in.  

Tarragon made this special!

April 07, 2015
I have never made a good dumpling. This was easy (after the chopping was done...took longer than I anticipated), but was well worth it!!! Used low salt chicken stock instead of unsalted. This is definitely a keeper for us. YUM!!!

anncfd's Review

February 07, 2015
Easy recipe, wonderful flavor. Just the two of us so had leftovers, which tasted even better. This is a keeper.

nancy402's Review

January 22, 2015

Beckyw66's Review

January 11, 2015
Very good recipe, very fast and flavorful. Had to use dried spices. will definitely keep this in the meal rotation

kimsmyth9's Review

January 11, 2015
I used leftover Christmas turkey instead of the chicken. My kids have raved about this recipe since I made it. Don't skip the tarragon--the herbs elevate the dish from bland to very good.