Chicken & Cornmeal Dumplings


This version of chicken and dumplings provides plenty of vegetables with 5 grams of fiber per serving. Dumplings are made with 1 part flour and 1 part cornmeal to make them standout from a traditional flour dumpling. This hearty dinner option is the perfect comfort meal.

Chicken & Cornmeal Dumplings
Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
2 servings


  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced

  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced

  • cup fresh or frozen corn kernels

  • 1/2 of a medium onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 chicken thighs, skinned

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup fat-free milk

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup flour

  • ¼ cup cornmeal

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • Dash of salt

  • 1 egg white

  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 Coarsely ground pepper


  1. Combine carrots, celery, corn, onion, garlic, rosemary and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a 1 1/2- or 2-quart slow cooker (see Tip). Top with chicken. Pour broth over mixture in cooker.

  2. Cover and cook on Low for 7 to 8 hours or on High for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. If no heat setting is available, cook for 5 to 5 1/2 hours.

  3. If using Low, turn to High (or if no heat setting is available, continue cooking). Transfer chicken to a cutting board; cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, cut chicken off bones; discard bones. Chop chicken; return to mixture in cooker. Combine milk and flour in a small bowl; mix until smooth. Stir into mixture in cooker.

  4. Prepare dumpling dough: Stir together 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup cornmeal, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and dash salt in a medium bowl. Combine 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon fat-free milk and 1 tablespoon canola oil in a small bowl. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.

  5. Using two spoons, drop dough into four mounds on top of hot chicken mixture. Cover and cook for 20 to 25 minutes more or until a toothpick inserted into a dumpling comes out clean. (Do not lift cover during cooking.) If desired, sprinkle each serving with coarse pepper.


Tip: For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Equipment: 1 1/2- or 2-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

369 Calories
11g Fat
47g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 369
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 24g 47%
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Vitamin A 10550IU 211%
Vitamin C 9mg 10%
Folate 106mcg 26%
Sodium 582mg 25%
Calcium 161mg 12%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 63mg 15%
Potassium 681mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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