Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings


Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings

Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings
25 Min

Soup is good for the soul, and our soul-soothing Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings recipe has been modified by our Test Kitchen, so that you can enjoy the heartiness and still stick to your healthy eating routine. We know you're going to love this easy soup recipe, because it's the best of both worlds: low calorie and health conscious cooking combined with timeless flavor we all know and crave!

What You'll Need

  • 7 tablespoons reduced-fat baking mix
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 3 1/2 cups reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 can (9-3/4-ounce) fat-free chicken breast in water, drained

What to Do

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together baking mix, water, and thyme to make soft dough.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring chicken broth and parsley to a boil. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls into broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered 10 minutes. Add chicken, cover, and simmer 10 minutes, or until dumplings are thoroughly cooked.


  • If you prefer not to use canned chicken, you can always use substitute with leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken. If you have the time, you can also boil some chicken for this recipe. We suggest using about 12 ounces. Of course, any changes to the recipe will result in different nutritional information. 
  • Looking for "How-To" tips when it comes to chicken dishes? We've got just the thing! Take a look at our video How to: Cut Up a Whole Chicken! 
  • This is one of our favorite childhood comfort foods. For more recipes like this, check out our collection of Healthy Comfort Food Recipes


Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 66
  • Calories from Fat 9.1
  • Total Fat 1.0g 2 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 11g 23 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 21mg 7 %
  • Sodium 286mg 12 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 2.9g 1 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0 %
  • Sugars 0.2g 0 %

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Better name for this recipe would be Quick Chicken Dumplings. Nothing old fashioned about it.

People who are pressed for time use canned resources, such as chicken. The old-fashioned in the title of this recipe suggests that it TASTES like chicken and dumplings made the old fashioned way. IMO, it would be healthier to use fresh chicken and home-made chicken broth... but not everyone has the time or patience to deal with cooking from scratch.

Why do people use "canned" chicken -there is NOTHING "old-fashioned' about that


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