How to Make Chicken & Dumplings Thicker

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On rainy days, there’s nothing like sitting down to a bowl of comforting food. A dish that warms your body can also warm your soul. One such dish is chicken and dumplings. Chicken and dumplings warm chilly bones and bring comfort at the end of a long day. If your chicken and dumplings are runny though, the comfort may be lacking. Don’t worry. Chicken and dumplings can be made thicker with a couple simple ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup whole milk

Add dumplings to the pot and allow to cook through. It’s important to let dumplings cook all the way through. As the dumplings cook, the flour in them will help thicken the soup and then you can determine how much thicker you want them to be. If you were to add thickening ingredients before this step, the chicken and dumplings may end up too thick.

Stir together cornstarch and milk. Make sure to thoroughly dissolve the cornstarch so there are no lumps. This ensures that the slurry does its job and the chicken and dumplings aren’t lumpy.

Pour cornstarch mixture into chicken and dumplings and stir. You want to be sure the mixture is thoroughly combined into the chicken and dumplings.

Allow the chicken and dumplings to boil for at least one minute. Cornstarch will not be at its full thickening power until it has boiled for one full minute. Continue to stir the chicken and dumplings as they boil to prevent them from burning on the bottom.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Once removed from the heat, the chicken and dumplings will continue to thicken a bit as they cool. Stir the dumplings once more and serve.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cream can be used in place of milk to give the chicken and dumplings a richer flavor.
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