Chicken Soup with Chive Dumplings

Chicken Soup with Chive Dumplings | Very Culinary

by Amy Flanigan on January 3, 2013 · 28 comments

Some foods are just harder to get kids on board with. Beef and chicken were challenging ones with mine for a while…until I introduced bones, and then they were in. Vegetables aren’t happily received by Trevor unless they are doused with an awesome sauce. And then there’s soup. We’re still working on soup.

Here’s how this one went down… 

Trevor: Mommy, I’m staaaarving.
Me: I know, Sweetie. It’s cooking.
Trevor: What are you making for dinner?
Me: Soup
Trevor: WHAAAAT? NOOOOOOOOOO. I HATE SOUP.
Me: You’ll love this. It has dumplings.
Trevor: Are those carrots? I HATE CARROTS.
Me: You don’t like raw carrots. You’ll like these.
Trevor: I DON’T WANT THE CHICKEN!!
Me: You’ll like it, trust me.
Trevor: *cries* I don’t want soup. I want a corn dog! *stomps feet* *real tears*
Me: Take a deep breath. It’ll be ready soon.
Trevor: *stomps feet all the way up stairs* *slams door* *cries*
Paul: Wow.
Me: He’s exhausted. And hungry.

Fast forward 20 minutes

Me: Come eat. It’s hot, so tiny bites and blow a little.
Trevor: *tears* If I hate it, can I have a corn dog?
Me: We’ll see.
Trevor: *pout* *heavy sigh*…*tastes* Wow, Mommy. This is really delicious.
Me: Yes. I know.

Chicken Soup with Chive Dumplings
Serves 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

Ingredients
• 1 1/2 cups cooked small chicken breast pieces
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
• 1 medium leek, green ends removed, washed, and sliced thin
• 6 cups (or 3, 15 ounce cans) low sodium chicken stock
• 3 sprigs fresh thyme
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
• 3/4 cup whole milk
• 1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
• Salt and black pepper

Directions
In a large pot, warm olive oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots and leek; cook, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add chicken pieces, stock, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the dumplings. In a medium bowl stir together flour, chives, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender (or your hands), cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until combined (do not over mix!)

Remove thyme and bay leaf from soup. Stir in parsley; season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring back to a boil; drop dumpling dough mounds (about 10) into hot bubbling soup. Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, about 10 minutes more or until a toothpick inserted in centers of dumplings comes out clean.

(adapted from Better Homes and Garden)

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Lindsey January 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm

I tried this recipe and it came out very thick. Did I do something wrong? Is the soup supposed to be more clear or milky/creamy? Mine was milky/creamy.

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Amy @Very Culinary January 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Yes, it is more on the milky/creamy side, as seen in the picture. If you want it to be thinner, you could use more chicken stock.

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Giselle February 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

“not soup, again!!” is a refrain I hear often from the eldest. This despite the fact that he eats every drop each time? Of course, it could be the homemade bread…I think dumplings are on the horizon. who could resist.

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Erin @ EK Can't Cook January 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Great recipe and thanks for the laugh. But what do you do when its the grown up man person who won’t eat soup? :(

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Amy January 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm

LOL. Sorry, I can’t help you there!

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Kathy Steger @FoodWineThyme January 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

I love the dialoque between you and your son. That’s exactly what I go through with my daughter. :) The soup looks delicious and I think my daughter will love it as well. Looking forward to making it

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Dani H January 7, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Oh my gosh! I think this is my new favorite chicken soup! I haven’t had dumplings like these since my mother would fix them when I was a child. Thanks for a yummy recipe and warm memory!

*Hugs*

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Amy January 8, 2013 at 6:59 am

My mom never made dumplings, so this was a new experience for me. But no doubt that it was one of the most comforting soups and absolutely hit the spot on the day I made it…which was cold and rainy. Wishing there had been left overs the next day!

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Stephanie January 7, 2013 at 11:47 am

Kids are too funny sometimes! I’m sure someday I’ll know this same pain…. I vaguely remember being a pain in the butt when I was a kid too. Yippee, can’t wait!

On another note, the soup looks delicious! We’ve been going through a pretty cold spurt here, so I’m excited for new soup recipes!

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Amy January 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm

“Some day”… ???

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Julia January 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I go through the same thing w/ my little one–these looks just delicious! I can see why he decided he liked them! :) Happy New Year!

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kristy @ the wicked noodle January 4, 2013 at 6:15 am

If I had a dime for every time there’s been a conversation/fit like that at my house…

LOVE dumplings!! I need to make this soon. Looks so comforting and warm!

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Joanne January 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Sigh. Gotta love kids.

The unfortunate thing is that my brother STILL does this and he is 23.

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pam January 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

My kids are in their 20’s and rarely throw tantrums now :) AND, I need more dumplings in my life.

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Heather @ SugarDish(Me) January 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm

My kids hate soup! But they love chicken & dumplings. Also sometimes I just tell them we’re eating something other than what we’re actually eating. For example, roast pork goes like this: “mommy this chicken is really good!”
Me- “It IS good chicken, huh?”

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Amy January 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

HA. See, Heather…I’m the reverse. My kids call everything chicken and it makes me crazy. I’m like “It’s pork! IT’S PORK!!” Lol.

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Andrea January 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

Wow, so like my house, word for word, except instead of “This is really delicious,” at the end I got “This looks disgusting. I won’t eat it. What are those blobs?”
“This is dinner. Eat half.”
Five minutes elapse. “How are you doing on your soup?”
Big Sigh. “Why do you make soup? You know I don’t like it.”
“I like it and I wanted soup for a change. Just eat half of what’s left. There’s nothing in there that you don’t like.”
“But I don’t like soup.”
So yeah, I’ll try this soup! Let him eat cake. Not.

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Amy January 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

Oh, Andrea…LOL. I feel ya. Your version is not foreign to my house, either.

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Jen January 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

I can SO see this happening. The soup looks super yummy.

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Amy January 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

soup is going to be my nemesis for years, I just know it.

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Paul January 3, 2013 at 9:18 am

True story.

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Amy January 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

seriously, right?

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Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary January 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

Oh I remember those days well. Just fast forward a few years and you won’t be able to stop them from eating everything in the house!

That soup looks amazing. I love dumplings! Who doesn’t?

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Amy January 3, 2013 at 8:19 am

I can imagine! Mine already seem like bottomless pits – except with soup ;-) so I fear the teenage years will eat us out of house and home.

I’d never made dumplings before and was stunned at how easy they were!

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Melissa January 3, 2013 at 7:26 am

“Yes. I know.”

*Snert* Ah, kids. ;)

Also, yuuuuuum. Seriously. This sounds crazy crazy good right now.

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Amy January 3, 2013 at 8:13 am

It was unbelievable how hysterical he was. So tired that day. Hungry+tired=hangry.

This soup was so good, Melissa. And I have another one coming next week that might be my new favorite…for now, anyway ;-)

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Bev @ Bev Cooks January 3, 2013 at 7:21 am

HI, sounds like my entire life.

And I want this.

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Amy January 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

I never throw a tantrum like that. And by “never”, I mean “only a few times a week.”

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