How to Make Drop Dumplings

Heather says:

Drop dumpling are easy to make and a great technique to keep in your toolkit. Nothing says comfort food like chicken and dumplings.

When I first launched this site, I included this recipe for chicken noodle soup. I use the same technique, using homemade chicken stock, when I have it for my chicken and dumplings. The dumplings are ridiculously easy. 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 for its swim in the soup.

Then quickly stir together the following recipe

If you want to make a big batch of dumplings, just double, triple, or whatever you need based on this ratio.

How to Make Dumplings

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

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 at a time until the batter is a little thicker than cake batter.

Plop by teaspoonful into the broth, which should be boiling vigorously.

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 just leave it as is.



  1. says

    After having chicken & dumplings made by someone I know here, I'd convinced myself I really don't like them. Now the photo of yours makes me want to have some LIKE THOSE.

    Carbs — I need 'em like a hole in the head, but I do love 'em. *sigh*

  2. jennetteelshawesh says

    Very good dumplings for my first time ever making them . However, for a family of 5 to 6 I would reckamend that you double this if your family loves dumplings as much as my family does. But all and all this is a very good recipe for dumplings and I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn how to make dumplings.

      • pam says

        oh yes it was hopping hot and rooling! I think it was too wet a batter but the soup is a thicker richer version.

      • pam says

        I replyed it never became a dumpling that grama made but…it became a chicken ot pie soup and was sooo so good who knew? I meant chicken pot pie creamy soup! Perhaps my flour got old perhaps the Atlanta humidity ravished it but I want to make this again and again. Weird science indeed. Surprisingly a favorite! Thanks

  3. Lisa says

    What are these dumplings supposed to look like inside… are they supposed to be like a heavy, soggy, ball??? or are they supposed to be light and fluffy? Can someone show me some pictures please.

  4. Danielle says

    I have found that the dumpling mixture needs to be quite thick. I’d say like a wet bread dough. Try one in the broth and if it breaks apart add more flour. Keep trying and eventually you’ll have the right consistency that they sink and then come back up in the boiling broth. Good luck to you all!!

  5. jnewell says

    I’m a single guy who had never made dumplings until now,,fast & easy recipe makes one delicious dumpling soup ……thanks very much;)

  6. Jenna says

    I love you! I have been looking for your recipe for a while now. I had it last year and lost it at some point! I LOVE it! Love LOVE love it!!

  7. Suzanne Deleon says

    I am trying your recipe for the first time tonight! I always make my dumplings from scratch, but it is not quick and easy! Thanks for sharing this quick recipe! I will let you know how it turns out! Thanks y’all!!!

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