Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings Recipe (2024)

Published by Sheena Strain, last updated

Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings, its wonderful comfort food and makes an easy weeknight supper!

This is on of my kids favorite gluten free recipes that they ask me to make over and over again, it’s a classic!

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I decided to make the chicken broth as I cook it, it’s simply better that was and the taste is far better than if you use canned chicken broth.

I prefer to make my own flour blend for this recipe as most of the store bought blends have gum added and they can be overly sticky.

However, if all you have is a premade blend that will work too, but making your own is best I think.

How to Make Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings

My recipe for gluten free chicken and dumplings is made from entirely from scratch, no Bisquick or other ready made mixes here, and I think it’s better than Cracker Barrel’s version 🙂

I prefer to make my own chicken broth by cooking a whole chicken.

I use the resulting broth and the cooked chicken for this recipe, it just has a much nicer, fresher, flavor than using ready made chicken broth.

While the chicken is cooking I have plenty time to prepare the carrots, onions and celery and then I like to saute them a little in the pan to bring out the natural sweetness.

And then once you’ve made the dumplings and the soup is ready to serve, I alway add some fresh parsley to amp up the flavor a little, it’s more than just a garnish!

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How to makegluten free dumplings from scratch

My gluten free dumplings are very simple to make, just add the dry ingredients to a bowl and stir well so that they are all combined.

Then you make a little ‘well’ in the middle of the bowl and add the eggs and chicken stock and you’re good to go!

I’ve tinkered around with a couple of recipes trying to make dumplings that were soft and tasty and this one works well.

I did try to make them egg free (without an egg substitute) and that made a much heavier dumpling, my kids ate it anyway but it was not great.

I also wanted to make a dumpling that was dairy free and this one has no milk of any kind in it.

You could try it with a flax egg but I’venever tried it that way so please let me know if that works for you.

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Kitchen Tools and Ingredients You’ll Need to MakeGluten Free Chicken and Dumplings

Here are a couple of the ingredients and tools that you’ll need to make Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings, you make have many of them already.

Large Bowl I have one very similar to this in my own kitchen.

Gluten Free Flour if you plan to use a premade flour, then this is one of the better ones. if you prefer homemade then check out my recipe for homemade gluten free flour

Bay Leaves – they add a little flavor to the recipe and they are easy to find in any grocery store.

Large Pan – As it’s cheaper per pound I’ll often buy a whole chicken (like I did in this recipe) and use that to make chicken broth, but you need to have a large enough stockpot pan to accommodate it.

Xanthan Gum – this is a staple ingredient in most gluten free baking and flour recipes, it helps to hold the flour together in the absence of gluten. Most premixed gluten free flour blends already have Xanthan gum (or a similar gum) added so be sure to read the label.

Sharp Kitchen Knife – Everyone needs at least one all round sharp kitchen knife, this is very similar to the one I use.

Cutting Board Set – I love a great cutting board set that comes in various sizes and you can throw in the dishwasher, win win!


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Best Ever Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings!

Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings, perfect weeknight comfort food!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Total Carbs: 41 g

Protein: 27 g

Servings: 6

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  • 1whole chicken
  • 1onion, finely chopped
  • 2tbspoil
  • 2bay leaves
  • 5carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3ribs celery, sliced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh parsley



  1. Put the whole chicken in a large pan and cover with water and add the bay leaves. It will take about six to eight cups of water to cover the chicken.

  2. Bring the pot to the boil and then simmer with the lid on for about an hour, you can skim off the foam and scum from the top of the water as you go.

  3. While the soup is simmering prepare the onion, carrots and celery as directed.

  4. After the chicken has been cooking for about 50 minutes heat the oil in a second pan (large enough to accommodate the soup) and gently saute the onion, carrots and celery for about five minutes.

  5. Add the broth from the chicken to the pan with the vegetables and let it simmer on a medium heat for a few minutes.

  6. When the chicken has cooled enough to handle, peel the skin off and tear the meat off the bones and add it to the soup, then season with salt and pepper.

Make the gluten free dumplings

  1. To make the dumplings add the dry ingredients to a bowl, then add in the beaten eggs, parsley and chicken broth and mix well.

  2. The dumpling mixture will be thick and sticky, drop even sized spoonfuls of it into the pan with the soup.

  3. Cover the soup and simmer for 20 minutes.

  4. Taste the soup and season, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Best Ever Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings!

Amount Per Serving

Calories 478Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Fat 23g35%

Saturated Fat 5g31%

Cholesterol 134mg45%

Sodium 490mg21%

Potassium 663mg19%

Carbohydrates 41g14%

Fiber 6g25%

Sugar 5g6%

Protein 27g54%

Vitamin A 8885IU178%

Vitamin C 10.4mg13%

Calcium 156mg16%

Iron 3.5mg19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information on Noshtastic is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

Author: Sheena Strain



Gluten Free Chicken and Dumplings Recipe (2024)


Why are my chicken and dumplings not fluffy? ›

Don't Overwork the Dumpling Dough

Stir everything together until the wet and dry ingredients are combined and you don't see any more dry flour. The dough might look a little lumpy, but that's okay! Overworking the dough is one of the easiest ways to end up with tough dumplings.

How do I thicken up my chicken and dumplings? ›

How can I thicken stove top chicken and dumplings? You can thicken this dish by adding more flour, or even cornstarch. Create a slurry with either of these ingredients and milk or water, then stir into your broth base until you get your desired consistency.

How do you keep dumplings from falling apart in chicken and dumplings? ›

The steam that builds up by covering the pot is what cooks the dumplings. Don't boil or stir the dumplings. Vigorous boiling and stirring will cause the dumplings to fall apart.

Can you get gluten-free dumpling mix? ›

BALVITEN Gluten-Free Universal Mix for Bread, 500 g, Certified, for Baking Cakes, Dumplings, Pancakes.

How to make dumplings taste better? ›

A teaspoon of sugar adds an extremely subtle hint of sweetness. It also helps the dumplings retain their moisture through the cooking process and slows gluten development, which ensures tender dumplings. A pinch of salt seasons the dumplings and enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.

Should I cook dumplings covered or uncovered? ›

It's best to have your lid ready: Immediately add about 3 tablespoons of water to the pan, just enough to cover the base of the dumplings, then cover and cook for 3–4 minutes, or until the water has evaporated. Lift the lid and allow the dumpling to cook for another 30 seconds, to allow the bottoms to get extra crispy.

Do you cook dumplings covered or uncovered? ›

Cover and simmer until dumplings are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Once you have covered the pan, do not uncover and peek while the dumplings are cooking! In order for the dumplings to be light and fluffy, they must steam, not boil. Uncovering the pan releases the steam.

Can I use water instead of chicken broth for chicken and dumplings? ›

If you don't have broth on hand and want a little more flavor than just plain water, try subbing in 1 cup of water plus 1 tablespoon of butter for every cup of chicken broth in your recipe.

Do dumplings float when done? ›

Cover and bring to a vigorous boil. Add roughly one cup of cold water and return to boil while covered. Repeat this step again. The dumplings will be completely cooked and ready when they float on the surface of the boiling water.

How to tell when chicken and dumplings are done? ›

Set a timer for 15 minutes, don't lift the lid during this time, the dumplings need to steam. Open the lid and insert a toothpick into the middle of a dumpling to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, it's ready. If not, cover and simmer for a few more minutes.

How do you boil dumplings without them falling apart? ›

Here are some additional tips:
  1. Use a large pot or saucepan. This will give the dumplings enough room to cook without crowding each other.
  2. Add a tablespoon of oil or broth to the cooking liquid. ...
  3. Gently stir the dumplings once or twice while they are cooking. ...
  4. Do not overcook the dumplings.
Mar 20, 2023

What is gluten-free from Chinese? ›

  • Chinese Dining: Gluten-Free.
  • Steamed Chicken/Shrimp or Seafood: Chicken, shrimp, or seafood usually steamed with.
  • Egg Drop Soup: Beaten eggs in boiled chicken broth with condiments (pepper, scallions)
  • Fried Rice: White rice, egg, scallions, carrots, and usually meat, pork, or tofu.

Are Chinese steamed dumplings gluten-free? ›

Dumplings (especially Chinese ones) are usually wrapped in a wheat dough. If you are gluten-free, be cautious; the dough used for making crystal shrimp dumplings (har gow) contains wheat starch in addition to tapioca flour. The batter used to make rice noodle rolls (cheong fun) sometimes contain wheat starch too.

What is gluten-free food in Chinese? ›

Rice is gluten free, as are products derived from rice. Check if rice noodles are available instead of wheat noodles, and if spring rolls can be made using rice paper. Plain tofu is naturally gluten free - check with the restaurant or takeway if it has been marinaded or contains flavouring first.

What are dumplings usually made of? ›

Dumplings are most commonly formed from flour or meal bound with egg and then simmered in water or gravy stock until they take on a light cakey texture. Many recipes call for herbs, onions, grated cheese, or chopped meat to be rolled into the dough before cooking.


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