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Homemade Chicken Soup with Caper and Parmesan Dumplings Recipe-3224

Photo by: Joseph DeLeo
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Yield: Serves 5 or 6


For the soup:

  • 1 chicken, about 4 pounds
  • 2 carrots, halved
  • 6 celery stalks, halved
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 6 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 3 or 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 8 quarts water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the dumplings:

  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish


1 Rinse the chicken and pat dry. In a soup pot, combine the chicken, carrots, celery, peppercorns, parsley, bay, thyme, and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the chicken meat moves easily from the bones, about 1 hour.

2 Transfer the chicken to a colander or large sieve set over a bowl. Removethe skin and meat from the bones. Cover and refrigerate the meat until needed and return the skin and bones to the soup pot. Continue to cook, uncovered, for another 2 hours to create a well-flavored broth. Remove from the heat and, using a spoon, skim off the fat from the surface.

3 Strain the broth, discarding the vegetables. You should have about 8 cups. Put the broth in a clean saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the salt and pepper.

4 Meanwhile, make the dumplings: Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Stir in the Parmesan. Add the milk and the capers all at once, stirring vigorously just long enough to mix the ingredients.

5 Tear or chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

6 When the broth is at a simmer, add the chicken pieces to the pan. Dip a tablespoon into the simmering broth, then scoop up a tablespoon of the dumpling batter. Using your finger, push it off the spoon into the broth. Repeat until all the batter is in the pan. Cover the pan, bring to a medium boil, and boil until the dumplings are cooked through, about 12 minutes.

7 Ladle the soup and dumplings into bowls and garnish with the parsley. Serve immediately.


Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 6 servings.

405kcal (20%)
1217mg (51%)
10g (15%)
4g (18%)
139mg (46%)
251mcg RAE (8%)
10mg (17%)
322mg (32%)
4mg (21%)

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