Chicken and dumplings is a classic cool weather comfort food. However, many people find dumplings intimidating, thinking there is a big secret to making them.
We bet you will find that this ratio recipe for drop dumplings is easy to make and a great technique to keep in your toolkit. Nothing says comfort food like chicken and dumplings.
When Heather first launched this site, she included this recipe for chicken noodle soup. To make chicken and dumplings, you follow the same technique for homemade chicken stock to make chicken and dumplings. Then instead of making egg noodles, you follow the recipe below for dumplings.
Before making the dumplings, bring the soup to a boil. You don’t want the dough sitting around, waiting for the soup to get hot enough. The dumplings won’t be as fluffy if the baking powder gets used up while the batter sits waiting to swim in the soup.
Then quickly stir together the following recipe.
If you want to make a big batch of dumplings, double, triple, or whatever you need based on this ratio.
Drop Dumpling Ingredients:
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
- flour by 1/4 cupful
- 1 tsp baking powder
How to Make Drop Dumplings
Hold your horses, Heather. You didn’t say how much flour. Well, it all depends on your humidity level. But how much, Heather?
Stir in 1/4 cup of flour, combined with the 1 tsp baking powder at a time, until the batter is a bit thicker than cake batter., but significantly thinner than biscuit dough. This should be about 1.5 cups of flour. Lisa says she always made her batter too thick and couldn’t figure out why her dumplings were too dense.
If you drop your first dumpling into the broth and it falls apart, add another 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1 tsp of baking powder because your mixture is too runny. (Don’t worry, your fallen-apart dumpling won’t hurt your finished dish one bit)
Plop by teaspoonful into the broth, which should be simmering.
Once all of the dumplings have been made, reduce the heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Some of my friends like to add a splash of milk to the broth just before serving. Sometimes I like that; sometimes, I leave it as is.