Gluten Free Chicken & Dumplings is celery, carrots, potatoes, and onions mixed with the savory flavors of turmeric, thyme, and garlic, and topped with gluten free dumplings. It’s the perfect homemade southern comfort food dinner!
Are you craving some comfort food tonight? I know I am. It’s been a chilly weekend down here in Florida, which means it’s time to break out the gluten free chicken & dumplings! The cold front has made it that I’m not even using the best portable air conditioner that I bought not too long ago! But the savory chicken and vegetables in a creamy stock, packed with flavorful spices and topped with gluten free dumplings makes it all worthwhile.
Does it really get any better than that?
Let’s talk about these dumplings for a minute. I know some of you are used to rolling these out and placing them down in strips. Here’s the thing, though. You can totally still do that! Go get your long dumplings on there.
Personally, I like to go with the kind I can use an ice cream scoop for because it’s easier. And when I’m craving comfort food, sometimes I just like to get right to it, and get it done.
I also added dried thyme to the dumpling mix, which is why they’re coming out a darker color. If you want something a bit brighter, you can switch it out for fresh thyme. When I have the time, I usually use fresh thyme. See what I did there? 🙂
Another tip with this dish – the turmeric is optional. Yes, there, I said it. I love this recipe exactly the way it is, because it’s how I prefer it. I think the turmeric adds a lot of flavor to the dish, and I personally would leave it in there. But if you want to see that lighter less yellow color in your dish, you can take the turmeric out.
I used the traditional vegetables in here, because I also love how aromatic they get when you’re sautéing them. Peas, carrots, celery, potatoes, and onions just go together perfectly. But, you can really throw in whatever you have in your pantry. I happen to love adding things like zucchini, kale, or parsnips, but that’s completely your personal preference.
I know it’s springtime, but in Florida the weather is jumping back and forth from hot beach weather, to chilly jacket weather. Which means I’m jumping back and forth from light summer eating, to hot homestyle comfort foods. It’s a little bit exhausting.
But as tiring as it is, it’s also giving me a chance to enjoy some of my favorite foods, like these gluten free chicken and dumplings, without overheating. So it’s also a win!
And tonight, I’m going to make an entire dinner experience with this, including dessert. So I’ve included a list of desserts I’m looking at. It’s so hard to just pick one! Maybe you’ll have a favorite out of all of them.
Desserts To Serve With Gluten Free Chicken & Dumplings!
- Gluten Free Strawberry Lemon Bakewell Tart – Here’s a gluten free tart from Fearless Dining that’s light and fruity. Perfect to combine with a heavier dinner!
- Strawberries and Brandy Alexander Cream – Here’s an absolutely perfect dessert from Nomageddon. It’s light and fluffy, a little bit of sweet to add to the perfect meal.
- No Bake Cheesecake With Blueberry Topping – Here’s my own no-bake cheesecake. It’s a little bit heavier than the first two desserts, but it’s REALLY easy to make, which is honestly the best thing after you’ve spent time making a dish like gluten free chicken and dumplings.
Gluten Free Chicken & Dumplings is celery, carrots, potatoes, and onions mixed with the savory flavors of turmeric, thyme, and garlic, and topped with gluten free dumplings. It's the perfect homemade southern comfort food dinner!
- 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 4 stalks celery chopped
- 3 medium carrots chopped
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
- 2 medium yukon gold potatoes cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 medium bay leaves
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped
- 1 cup peas
- 1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
Add 2 tbsp olive oil to a large dutch oven over medium heat. Place chicken breast in dutch oven and cook until browned on each side (about 5-7 minutes on each side).
Remove chicken and set aside. When cool enough to handle, cut into small pieces.
Add remaining tbsp olive oil to dutch oven, along with onion, celery, salt, pepper, thyme, turmeric, and garlic. Cook until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
Add chicken, carrots, potatoes, peas, bay leaves, and stock. Stir all ingredients together. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
In a small bowl whisk 1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour with 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add back into dutch oven. Simmer an additional 10-15 minutes, then remove bay leaves.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, combine gluten free flour, dried thyme, baking powder, and baking soda. Add butter and buttermilk. Stir until a thick batter is formed.
Add 2-inch scoops of batter to dutch oven, resting on top, spacing evenly in the pot.
Reduce heat to low and cover pot. Cook an additional 15-20 minutes, or until dumplings are cooked through.