This is not your ordinary chicken and dumpling soup recipe! This hearty gluten-free chicken and dumplings soup recipe is power-packed with nutrients. But you’d never know by the taste. The blend of seasonings and light, airy dumplings will have your family begging for more. This was an all-time favorite with my kids.
Read below for helpful tips, or skip to the recipe if you prefer.
For starters, the soup is made with chicken bone broth. Bone broth has many benefits. It’s an excellent source of protein and amino acids.
The collagen in bone broth promotes healthy skin, hair and bones. It’s great for gut health and digestion and may be helpful for IBD sufferers. Gelatin in bone broth promotes healthy joints and reduces inflammation in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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Vegetables to use in gluten-free chicken and dumplings soup
This homemade gluten free chicken soup features broccoli, rutabaga, celery, carrots, parsley, garlic and onions. This winning combination is the perfect remedy for colds and other ailments. You may be surprised to learn about the health benefits of soup.
Feeling depleted due to heavy menstruation and cramping? On a personal level, this soup had the effect of a tonic. Drinking it provided physical relief when my periods were extremely heavy due to fibroids and endometriosis. Not to mention, I found the rich, warm broth comforting when I felt out of sorts.
Broccoli is high in fiber and iron. Believe it or not, it’s one of the leading foods to combat menstrual cramps. Broccoli is also high in potassium and is an excellent source of calcium.
I used to think it was a coincidence that I felt better after drinking this gluten free chicken and vegetable soup with dumplings. But keep reading and you’ll see why it wasn’t.
Immune boosting chicken soup
The rutabaga in this gluten-free soup recipe gives you a mega boost of antioxidants that protect your immune system. Garlic also helps strengthen the immune system.
Antioxidants help prevent or slow down damage to cells resulting from pesticides, chemicals, pollution, and other harmful substances.
As the broccoli cooks down it forms the base for this soup. The vitamin C in broccoli is another antioxidant.
Onions and carrots help fight inflammation, as does celery. And parsley helps relieve bloating.
This final ingredient only adds to the powerhouse effect. Turmeric helps relieve inflammation, and it’s also an antioxidant. But turmeric is believed to increase the effect of other antioxidants.
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Should Chicken Be Cooked Before Adding It To Soup?
In this recipe, I bake the chicken separately and add it to the soup. However, soup can be prepared using raw chicken, with a few caveats. The chicken must cook at a high enough heat for long enough to kill off any bacteria.
I like baking the chicken beforehand because baking gives it a nice color. Plus the juices from the baked chicken combine with the seasonings to add the perfect flavoring.
Is Chicken Broth Gluten Free?
Store-bought chicken broth may contain chicken broth from concentrate and spices which are naturally gluten-free. However, it may also contain natural flavorings and preservatives which may not be gluten-free.
It’s always important to read the label before using any product. I recommend doing so even if you’ve used the product in the past. You never know when a manufacturer will change the ingredients.
Tips for tasty gluten-free chicken and dumplings soup
I use a lot of chicken in this recipe to make a hearty chicken soup that can be eaten as a meal. I have another suggestion on how to make this into a meal below, so keep reading.
I start by butterflying the chicken breasts. Before I season them I submerge them in water with 1/4 cup of vinegar. I let them sit in the water for 5 minutes before rinsing.
The vinegar helps remove the fatty residue from chicken. Vinegar also cuts down the raw taste chicken can have.
When preparing the chicken breasts, sprinkle all the dry seasonings (adobo, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and parsley) on the chicken breasts. Then pour in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and flip the pieces several times. This will ensure the chicken is completely coated with seasonings and olive oil.
When the chicken has finished baking, dice and add to the soup mixture. I like to dice the chicken up in the same pan that it baked in so it absorbs all of the seasoned juices. Otherwise just be sure to pour any remaining juices from the baked chicken into the broth.
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Tips for gluten-free dumplings
Making gluten-free dumplings from scratch is pretty straightforward. I make the dumplings while the chicken simmers in the broth.
This recipe uses flour, baking powder, sugar and Xantham gum. If you choose to use another gluten-free flour blend that already contains Xantham gum, omit this ingredient. Xantham gum is is a binding agent for the gluten-free flour . It’s the glue that holds the dumpling together. Without it, your dumplings will likely fall apart.
The sugar adds a hint of sweetness to the dumplings that pairs nicely with the savory broth. You can omit the sugar if you don’t like your dumplings sweet.
I use Organic rice milk for my recipe. Not a fan of rice milk? Try substituting with another. I haven’t tried anything else aside from cow’s milk, back when I used to use it. You can try substituting the rice milk, however I can’t guarantee the results or flavor.
Although this gluten-free dumpling recipe uses rice milk, it’s not dairy-free. The butter contains dairy. If you want to make the soup dairy-free, replace the butter with a dairy-free alternative.
Why are my dumplings tough?
Dumplings that are overcooked will have a tough, chewy texture. Also, it’s important to mix just long enough to combine the ingredients. Over-handling the dough can also result in tough dumplings.
Is gluten-free chicken and dumplings soup good for dinner?
For some people, the dumplings combined with the soup will be filling enough for dinner. But if that’s not you, try serving rice with your soup. I usually put a scoop of brown rice in a bowl and pour the soup on top of it.
Don’t add the rice directly to the pot of soup because it will absorb all the broth.
Recipe For Gluten-Free Chicken Soup With Dumplings
Gluten Free Chicken and Dumpling Soup Recipe
- 6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1 tsp Adobo
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 tsp Dried Parlsey
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 32 oz Chicken Bone Broth
- 6 Carrots
- 3 Celery Stalks
- 1 cup Broccoli
- 1 Rutabaga Large
- 1 Onion Large
- 1 handful Fresh Parsley
- 1 tbsp Onion Powder
- 3 tsp Minced Garlic
- 1½ tsp Turmeric
- 3 tbsp Butter
- Salt To Taste
- 1½ cups Gluten-Free Flour Mix
- 1½ tsp Xantham Gum Omit this ingredient if GF flour blend contains Xantham gum
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ cup Sugar Plus 1 tbsp
- ⅔ cup Milk I use Rice milk, but you can substitute
- 4 tbsp Melted Butter
- 1 Egg
- Season the chicken breasts with adobo, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and dried parsley.
- Rub in the olive oil until completely coated and place in a preheated oven at 375° for 40 minutes.
- While the chicken is baking, dice the carrots and yellow turnip and set aside.
- Chop up the celery, onions and parsley. Sauté using 1 tablespoon of olive oil until the onions are translucent.
- Pour in the chicken bone broth.
- Add in the vegetables and dry seasonings.
- Stir in the melted butter.
- Cook on medium heat until the broccoli begins to disintegrate into the broth, about 40 minutes.
- When the chicken has finished baking, dice and add to the soup mixture. Pour any remaining juices from the baked chicken into the pot. Cook until the soup begins to thicken slightly, about 10 more minutes.
- Beat the egg and set it aside.
- Pour the gluten-free flour into a bowl.
- Add in the Xantham gum. If using a gluten-free flour blend that already contains Xantham gum, omit this step.
- Pour in the milk and egg. Stir the ingredients with a fork until combined.
- Use a spoon to drop the dumplings into the soup.
- Cover and cook on medium heat for 7 minutes. Flip the dumplings and cook for an additional 7 minutes.