Chicken and Pumpkin Dumplings

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This Chicken and Pumpkin Dumplings has all the best elements of the classic comfort food meal with a fall-inspired twist! Creamy chicken soup with tender pulled chicken & autumn squash turns next level with a finishing touch of pillowy-soft pumpkin dumplings. A cozy & comforting one-pot recipe, & the perfect Sunday supper to enjoy as the seasons start to change. A pumpkin lover’s dream!

Pumpkin chicken and dumplings soup fill a large Dutch oven that sits atop a creamy white textured surface. A burnt orange linen napkin rests alongside the pot with a small white ceramic pinch bowl filled with finely chopped parsley, a small wooden pinch bowl filled with black pepper, three silver spoons, and a gray speckled ceramic soup bowl. A wooden ladle rests inside of the soup for serving.

The BEST Chicken and Dumplings Recipe to Welcome Fall! 🎃🍂

When temperatures begin to drop in Minnesota, it means one thing & one thing only here at the PWWB House…soup, stew, & chili! While I hate saying goodbye to summer, I love saying hello to a big bowl of soup. 🥰😋 So, I headed to ALDI – my go-to for amazing seasonal products at even better prices – for some inspiration to welcome this year’s soup season & the result is the most festive fall-inspired recipe I could dream up…Chicken and Pumpkin Dumplings!

While I’m not a pumpkin-spiced super fan like many people out there, over the years I’ve grown to really enjoy making savory dishes with pumpkin. They’re naturally creamy, cozy, & totally taste like fall. And this particular pumpkin chicken and dumplings recipe is just that!

It has everything you already love about classic chicken & dumplings, plus cozier fall ingredients like hearty squash, pumpkin, & warm spices like cumin & nutmeg. The result is a well-balanced & satisfying one-pot meal with perfect pillowy-soft pumpkin dumplings.

And as if that wasn’t wonderful enough on its own, you can find all of the fall-inspired ingredients you need to make this recipe in a quick trip to ALDI. Major win! 🙌🏼

I love shopping at ALDI all year round, but especially when the seasons begin to change. I can always count on ALDI to stock high-quality seasonal produce & tons of other affordable staples for a special fall-inspired meal that helps welcome the new season.

A gray speckled ceramic bowl is filled with chicken and pumpkin dumplings and sits atop a creamy white textured surface atop a white braided hot pad. The bowl is surrounded by a burnt orange linen napkin and a small wooden pinch bowl filled with ground pepper. A silver spoon rests inside of the bowl at center.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

You’ll love this recipe for pumpkin chicken and dumplings because it’s…

  • THE ULTIMATE FALL MEAL. This chicken and dumpling soup uses just the right amount of pumpkin to create amazing fall-inspired flavor, while autumn squash, tender chicken, & warm spices add even more seasonal coziness.
  • A ONE-POT WONDER. The chicken and pumpkin dumplings come together in one pot, simmering on the stove with mostly hands-off cooking. Super easy & minimal clean-up required!
  • PURE COZINESS. There’s nothing more satisfying than a rich & creamy bowl of warm pumpkin chicken and dumplings on a chilly fall day. The ultimate comfort food!

Pumpkin lovers, this one’s for you! ♡ Read on to learn more about how to make Chicken and Pumpkin Dumplings, or jump straight to the recipe & get cooking!

Key Ingredients

Chicken and pumpkin dumplings ingredients arranged on a creamy white textured surface: Countryside Creamery Pure Irish Butter, carrots, celery, yellow onion, Baker's Corner All-Purpose Flour, Simply Nature Organic Chicken Broth, Baker's Corner 100% Pure Pumpkin Purée, Stonemill Ground Cumin, Stonemill Pumpkin Pie Spice, garlic, Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts, Simply Nature Organic Butternut Squash, Simple Nature Organic Whole Milk, lemon, kosher salt, ground black pepper, baking powder, and egg.

Note: Full ingredients list & measurements provided in the Recipe Card, below.

Seasonal ingredients like pumpkin and other fall squash give this chicken and dumplings recipe an autumnal twist. Here’s what you need:

  • Butter – The Countryside Creamery Pure Irish Butter is one of my favorite ingredients in this recipe. It’s rich Irish butter with next-level flavor, & ALDI offers it at such an incredible price. It’s one of my all-time favorite things to buy at ALDI – you’ll always find it in my fridge!
  • Chicken – I prefer using boneless, skinless breasts for pumpkin chicken and dumplings. The Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts at ALDI are my go-to. Amazing quality at a great price!
  • Fall squash – Your choice, butternut or sweet potato! Check the ALDI produce section for an amazing selection of seasonal squash this time of year, or head over to the freezer section for Simply Nature Organic Butternut Squash or Sweet Potatoes, which are already peeled & cubed – a great soup season shortcut!
  • Aromatic veggies – Namely carrots, celery, & onion, & a whole head of garlic for even more flavor.
  • Pumpkin purée – Canned is perfect!
  • Spices – A bit of warm cumin & pumpkin pie spice create the perfect blend that tastes like fall without being too much like a latte. Trust me, it works!
  • Pumpkin drop dumpling dough – The homemade pumpkin dumplings use similar ingredients as the soup, plus a few pantry staples: all-purpose flour, baking powder, butter, eggs, pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, & milk.

Meal Prep Tips!

Most of the active prep time in this recipe comes from chopping the veggies. Feel free to take care of this in advance to get dinner on the table even faster. Dice the carrots, celery, & onion & store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. Check the Recipe Notes, below, for more guidance.

How to Make Chicken and Pumpkin Dumplings

Shredded chicken is placed back into a pot of chicken and pumpkin dumplings soup inside of a large Dutch oven that sits atop a creamy white textured surface. A wooden spoon rests inside of the pot for stirring.

Full Recipe Directions, including step-by-step photos, are included in the Recipe Card, below.

1

Cook the aromatics. In a little melted butter, sauté carrots, celery, & onion – this blend is known as mirepoix & is the base of flavor for most soups – until the veggies soften & their flavors start to develop.

2

Build the soup & simmer. Dust the veggies with a little flour to help build a creamy base, then pour in the chicken broth. Add garlic, pumpkin purée, cumin, pumpkin pie spice, & chicken breasts, then let everything gently simmer. Why? ⇢ Gently poaching the chicken in the broth helps ensure the meat stays nice & tender, all while infusing the soup with even more flavor.

3

Shred the chicken & finish the soup. Shred the poached chicken using a fork or the paddle attachment of your stand mixer (I swear this works!). Add the shredded chicken back to the pot along with diced squash & a little milk for creaminess, then bring the soup back up to a simmer to give all the flavors time to meld together.

Perfect, Pillowy Pumpkin Dumplings

The finishing touch for this soup is a batch of fall-inspired pumpkin drop dumplings. I can’t resist their pillowy-soft texture & perfect amount of pumpkin flavor – they’re seriously the BEST part of this chicken and dumplings recipe!

The dumpling dough is easy to prepare in the 15-20 minutes that the soup needs to simmer. In fact, you want to avoid preparing from-scratch drop dumpling dough too far in advance. Over time, it loses the airiness needed to create soft & tender homemade drop dumplings.

Full Recipe Directions, including step-by-step photos, are included in the Recipe Card, below.

Preparing Pumpkin Drop Dumpling Dough

1

Mix the dry ingredients. Add flour, baking powder, & pumpkin pie spice to a bowl, seasoning with salt & pepper, then whisk to combine well.

2

Grate the butter. Run cold butter along the side of a box grater & toss the grated butter into the dry ingredients. Use your hands to gently work the butter into the flour mixture without overworking the butter. Why? ⇢ Keeping the butter cold is key to light & pillowy dumplings. Work quickly with your hands to avoid warming it up too much.

3

Mix the drop dumpling dough. Form a well in the middle of the flour & add a mixture of beaten egg, pumpkin purée, & milk. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. Why? ⇢ Overmixing develops the gluten in the flour & creates tough dumplings – the opposite of what we’re aiming for here. Once it’s thick & spongy, it’s good to go!

Full Recipe Directions, including step-by-step photos, are included in the Recipe Card, below.

How to Cook Drop-Style Pumpkin Dumplings

Once you add the shredded chicken & squash back into the soup, spoon the pumpkin dumplings into the pot one by one. Cover the pot & let the dough puff up & cook through – it only takes about 10 minutes.

A few tips…

  • Use two small spoons to drop each portion of dumpling dough into the pot. A tablespoon or small cookie scoop also works well!
  • The dumplings don’t have to be perfect! Free-forming the shape is totally fine. A kind of rustic look is totally charming!
  • Avoid overworking the dough. Try not to handle the dumpling dough too much as you scoop to keep the pumpkin dumplings light & airy.

Tips for Serving & Storing

Once the pumpkin dumplings are cooked through, squeeze in a little lemon juice to brighten up all the flavors, then the soup is ready to enjoy!

While a pot of chicken and pumpkin dumplings is a hearty meal all on its own, you can always serve it with a seasonal salad for a bit of fall-inspired freshness. Roasted seasonal vegetables like Maple Mustard Brussel Sprouts also work well, but you truly don’t need much else!

Two gray speckled ceramic bowls are filled with chicken and pumpkin dumplings and sit atop a creamy white textured surface. One of the bowls sits atop a creamy white braided hot pad while the other has a burnt orange linen napkin tucked alongside. The bowls are surrounded by a small white ceramic scalloped pinch bowl filled with finely chopped parsley and a few silver spoons.

This recipe makes a big pot which is also great for built-in meal prep. I love to make it for a cozy Sunday supper at home, then enjoy the leftovers for quick & easy meals throughout the week. Since all the ingredients really meld together over time, leftover pumpkin chicken and dumplings are even more flavorful a day or two after you simmer it up!

Storage & Reheating Leftovers

Leftover chicken and pumpkin dumplings keeps for up to 4 days stored in the fridge. If needed, splash in a bit of chicken broth to loosen the soup up as you reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

I don’t recommend freezing leftovers, as it impacts the texture of the pumpkin dumplings. They simply won’t have that same light & pillow texture (& that’s the best part!).

Check the Recipe Notes, below, for more leftovers guidance.

A side angle shot of a gray speckled ceramic bowl is filled with chicken and pumpkin dumplings sits atop a creamy white textured surface. The bowl is surrounded by a burnt orange linen napkin and a small white ceramic pinch bowl filled with finely chopped parsley. A silver spoon rests inside of the bowl at center.

I can’t wait for you to try this Chicken and Pumpkin Dumplings recipe! It’s total fall-inspired goodness & I think you’ll love it as much as we do!

If you do give it a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your PWWB creations! ♡ Happy cooking!

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A gray speckled ceramic bowl is filled with chicken and pumpkin dumplings and sits atop a creamy white textured surface. The bowl is suurrounded by a burnt orange linen napkin tucked alongside, a small white ceramic scalloped pinch bowl filled with finely chopped parsley, and a second bowl of chicken and pumpkin dumplings that is partially in frame. A silver spoon rests inside of the bowl at center.

Chicken and Pumpkin Dumplings

  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Soup, Stew & Chili Recipes, Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Whether you’re obsessed with all things pumpkin spiced or you just love playing with warm fall flavors in savory dishes, this Chicken and Pumpkin Dumplings recipe is a must-try fall dinner, perfect for welcoming in another delicious soup season!

The soup itself is a pretty classic homemade chicken soup. It starts with a base of mirepoix & the chicken breasts are gently poached right in the soup for meltingly tender flavor, but it’s also made with hearty fall squash or sweet potatoes (your choice!) & canned pumpkin for creamy texture. It’s decidedly savory, with a little bit of spice for the kind of warmth you crave on a cool day – absolutely delicious!

The pumpkin dumplings are totally the star of the show here, though. They are insanely light & airy, just the right amount of pumpkin & spice. Be sure to refer to the blog post, above, for plenty of tips & tricks to ensure pillowy-soft results!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 tablespoons Countryside Creamery Pure Irish Butter
  • 2 large carrots, peeled as desired & diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour
  • 32 ounces Simply Nature Organic Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Baker’s Corner 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • heaping 1/2 teaspoon Stonemill Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Stonemill Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 head garlic, halved crosswise & excess paper removed
  • 1 1/2 pounds Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts
  • one 10-ounce bag frozen Simply Nature Organic Butternut Squash or Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Simply Nature Organic Whole Milk
  • pumpkin dumplings (below)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season

for the pumpkin dumplings:

  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cold Countryside Creamery Pure Irish Butter, grated
  • 1 cup Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Stonemill Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 large egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/3 cup Baker’s Corner 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Simply Nature Organic Whole Milk
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season

Instructions

  1. Cook the aromatics: Add the butter to a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot with a lid over medium heat. Once melted, add the carrots, celery, & onion, seasoning with 1 teaspoon kosher salt & ground black pepper as desired. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.How to make pumpkin chicken and dumplings, step 1: Cook the aromatics. Carrots, celery, and onion cook in butter at the bottom of a large Dutch oven. The Dutch oven sits atop a creamy white textured surface and a wooden spoon rests inside of the pot for stirring.
  2. Build the soup & simmer: Dust the flour over the softened veggies, stirring to coat. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until deeply browned. While scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon, slowly pour in the chicken broth. Be sure to scrape up any brown bits that may have formed at the bottom of the pot – that’s where the flavor is! Add the garlic to the pot & stir in the pumpkin purée, cumin, & pumpkin pie spice. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to maintain a gentle simmer. Add the chicken to the pot. Season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt & ground black pepper as desired. Cover & simmer 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.How to make chicken and pumpkin dumplings, step 2: Build the soup & simmer. The beginning of pumpkin and chicken dumpling soup fills a large Dutch Oven that sits atop a creamy white textured surface. A wood spoon rests inside of the pot for stirring.
  3. Prepare the dumpling dough: Meanwhile, as the soup simmers, prepare the dumpling dough. Add the flour, baking powder, & pumpkin spice to a medium bowl, seasoning with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt & ground black pepper as desired. Whisk to combine. Add the grated butter & use your hands to quickly mix, coating the butter pieces with the flour mixture. Set aside. To a second bowl, add the egg, pumpkin purée, & whole milk, & whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, using a spatula to gently fold the mixture together, just until a thick, spongy dough forms. Do not overmix. Set aside.
  4. Shred the chicken: Once it’s cooked through, remove the chicken from the pot & carefully shred. You can do so using 2 forks, or my favorite trick: pop them in a stand mixer & let the paddle attachment do the work for you (I swear this works!). Add the shredded chicken back into the pot along with the butternut squash or sweet potatoes & whole milk. Stir to combine. Bring the soup to a gentle simmer.Shredded chicken is placed back into a pot of chicken and pumpkin dumplings soup inside of a large Dutch oven that sits atop a creamy white textured surface. A wooden spoon rests inside of the pot for stirring.
  5. Simmer the dumplings: Using 2 small spoons, freeform the prepared pumpkin dumpling dough into tablespoon-sized dumplings, dropping the dumplings into the pot one by one (you could also use a tablespoon measure or small cookie scoop, just take care not to overwork the dough). Once all the dumplings have been added to the pot, cover & simmer for 8-10 minutes, until the dumplings are puffy & cooked through.Pumpkin chicken and dumplings soup fill a large Dutch oven that sits atop a creamy white textured surface. A burnt orange linen napkin rests alongside the pot with a small white ceramic pinch bowl filled with finely chopped parsley, a small wooden pinch bowl filled with black pepper, three silver spoons, and a gray speckled ceramic soup bowl. A wooden ladle rests inside of the soup for serving.
  6. Serve: Finish the pot by squeezing in the fresh lemon juice, then taste and season with additional salt or ground black pepper as desired. Ladle the soup into individual bowls & serve immediately. Enjoy!A gray speckled ceramic bowl is filled with chicken and pumpkin dumplings and sits atop a creamy white textured surface. The bowl is suurrounded by a burnt orange linen napkin tucked alongside, a small white ceramic scalloped pinch bowl filled with finely chopped parsley, and a second bowl of chicken and pumpkin dumplings that is partially in frame. A silver spoon rests inside of the bowl at center.

Notes

  • Storage & Freezing:
    • Storage & Reheating: Leftover chicken and dumplings will keep, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a little extra chicken broth if the soup needs to loosen up a little.
    • Freezing: I don’t suggest freezing leftover chicken and dumplings, as the texture of the dumplings changes as they freeze & thaw.
  • 10-Minute Meal Prep: The majority of the active time involved in this recipe comes from chopping veggies. Chop all the veggies in advance to get a head start on your chicken & pumpkin dumplings at dinnertime – you can jump right into cooking, easy!
    • Dice 2 large carrots, 1 stalk of celery, & 1 yellow onion. Transfer to an airtight container & store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. (10 minutes active prep)

Keywords: fall chicken and dumplings, autumn chicken and dumplings, pumpkin drop dumplings, chicken and pumpkin dumplings recipe, fall soup recipe, cozy soup recipe

Recipe & Food Styling by Jess Larson, Plays Well With Butter | Photography by Rachel Cook, Half Acre House.

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  1. 10.25.22
    Sheri Lee said:

    Wow, wow, wow! At first, I struggled with the flavor profile, thought it was going to be bland. However, as the spices melded with the chicken broth, I was sold and this is most definitely a taste of comfort yummy:) Thank you for sharing this recipe. The dumplings were flavorful and light. Did not add the lemon juice to the final product, but did serve with lemons wedge on the side so that my spouse could try on his own terms; he is funny like that. Oh…I learned that the shredded chicken method using the paddle and the kitchen aid is an excellent way to obtain shredded chicken without burning the fingers. Definitely recommend and did I say WOW?

    • 10.26.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Hi Sherri! We’re thrilled to hear how much you loved this soup! We couldn’t agree more – it’s such a comforting dish. Also glad you tried the KitchenAid mixer trick for shredding the chicken, it’s seriously the best!

  2. 10.21.22
    Anna said:

    Honestly I was a little hesitant to try this recipe out at first because I’ve never made a savory pumpkin dish before. But PWWB recipes ever disappoint. And this one is. So. Good. Highly recommend for a cold fall evening!

    • 10.21.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Yay! We’re so glad to hear it & couldn’t agree more!!

  3. 10.4.22
    Jenna said:

    SO good and so easy to make! The perfect cozy dinner for fall!

    • 10.4.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thanks so much, Jenna! We couldn’t agree more & are so glad you loved it!

  4. 9.28.22
    Chef Mimi said:

    Love this. I used pumpkin purée a lot when my kids were little to make everything healthier!

    • 10.4.22
      Erin @ Plays Well With Butter said:

      Thank you! Got to love savory pumpkin dishes! 🙂