Do you need a quick and easy homemade weeknight recipe that can be thrown together with just a handful of ingredients you already have in your pantry? Chicken and Dumplings is one of those easy from-scratch meals that is equal parts comforting and nourishing. I adapted our traditional family heirloom recipe to substitute regular flour with Einkorn. Let me tell you, this is the BEST homemade einkorn chicken and dumplings recipe I have ever tasted!

Pot on stove of chicken and dumplings

We recently culled some roosters and canned the meat. (Side note: Rooster meat is tough if cooked traditionally like cuts of chicken you get at the store. This is why we chose to can ours.) This is the recipe we used that evening for dinner with our fresh canned rooster meat. However, we did double the recipe that night. Additionally, our pot of bubbly broth and chicken we dropped the dumplings into ended up being thick enough to our liking without making the gravy the original heirloom recipe suggests. It made a pot big enough to feed our family, my parents, and my sister’s little family of 3 and our kiddos loved this dish too. Winner, Winner, Homemade Einkorn Chicken and Dumplings Dinner!

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Heirloom Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

The original recipe we have used for generations does not have measurements for the amount of chicken and broth. However, we have always used approximately 1 1/2 pounds of chicken, a quart of broth or homemade bone broth, a quart of water, salt and pepper to taste and snipped parsley (if desired). Like I mentioned before, I also adapted the recipe to substitute all-purpose flour for einkorn flour.

Original handwritten heirloom recipe

Chicken and Broth

I love that homemade einkorn chicken and dumplings is one of those quick recipes that ends up tasting like you spent hours preparing. You can use home canned chicken like we used, rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or stew your own. Depending on the chicken you use, this recipe can be made in about half an hour! You can also use either homemade bone broth or store bought chicken stock. The from scratch dumplings are the best part, in my opinion.

From Scratch Dumpling

With just a handful of ingredients you can quickly prepare the best fluffy dumplings. The key to making fluffy dumplings is to mix the ingredients just until combined. Over mixing can cause your dumplings to be too dense and tough. You should just drop tablespoonfuls into the broth and chicken. Never roll into balls in your hands. Also, be sure that the broth is bubbly hot when dropping in dumplings. If your broth is not hot enough, your dumplings will not hold together. Its ok if they fall apart some as they cook, that is totally normal.

Homemade Einkorn Chicken and Dumplings- Quick and Easy

Easy from-scratch chicken and extra fluffy dumplings. This quick and nourishing meal will be a family favorite!
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Pot on stove of chicken and dumplings
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:12 minutes
Total Time:22 minutes


  • 1 quart chicken broth or homemade bone broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken or home canned chicken
  • 2 tbs snipped parsley (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Einkorn Dumplings

  • 2 cups einkorn flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil or melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Thicken Broth for Gravy if desired. (Heirloom Recipe Extra!)

  • 1/2 cup Einkorn flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


  • Prepare dumplings when your broth, water and chicken is fully cooked, reduce the heat.
  • For dumplings, combine einkorn flour and baking powder and salt in a larger mixing bowl.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine eggs, milk and oil.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring with a fork only until combined and no further. (This will ensure your dumplings are light and fluffy).
  • Drop dough from tablespoon directly into bubbly broth.
  • Return to boiling and cover tightly.
  • Reduce heat and do not lift cover. Simmer for 12-15 minutes. (Cut into one dumpling to check if fully cooked).

To thicken broth for gravy

  • Remove dumplings and chicken to a warm serving platter.
  • Strain broth.
  • In a saucepan, bring 4 cups of broth to boiling.
  • Slowly stir 1 cup cold water into 1/2 cup flour, gradually add to broth mixing well.
  • Cook and stir until bubbly then cook and stir 2 minutes more.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour some sauce over chicken and dumplings. Pass the rest around the table.
Servings: 6 people
Author: Megan Johnson

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