Gluten-free chicken and dumplings

We gave this classic comfort-food a makeover to suit a gluten-free diet.


Chicken and dumplings.
Photo, Ryan Szulc.

We’re recreating a comfort food classic to suit a gluten-free diet. This warming chicken and dumplings dish gets a makeover with a few extra ingredients to make the steamed dumplings wheat-free. The result? We couldn’t even tell they were gluten-free!

Gluten-Free Chicken and Dumplings
Prep 10 min
Total 40 min


  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 227-g pkg sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free garlic powder*
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill, or 1 tbsp dried dillweed
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 bay leaves


  • 1/2 cup white rice flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill*
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill*
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum, such as Bob’s Red Mill*
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp canola oil


  • MELT butter in a large pot set over medium. Sprinkle both sides of chicken thighs with 1/2 tsp salt. In 2 batches, add to pot and cook until light golden, about 2 min per side. Remove to a plate.
  • ADD onion and mushrooms to pot. Cook until onion softens, about 3 min. Sprinkle with garlic powder and dill. Add carrots, celery and bay leaves. Return chicken and any juices to the pot along with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up and stir in any brown bits from pan bottom. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, 5 min.
  • STIR flours with cornstarch, parsley, baking powder, xanthan gum and 1/4 tsp salt with a fork in a medium bowl until combined. Stir in egg, milk and oil until dough comes together. When chicken has simmered 5 min, drop batter in 8 equal portions over stew. Cover and continue simmering until dough rises and cooks through, 10 to 12 more min. Serve immediately.


Serves 4. Per serving 550 calories, 36 g protein, 49 g carbs, 24 g fat, 5 g fibre, 890 mg sodium.

Shopping tip: Some garlic powders contain wheat flour as an anti-caking agent. Check the ingredient list on your garlic powder to make sure it does not contain any wheat ingredients. Gluten-free flours and ingredients can be purchased at Bulk Barn, health food stores or gluten-free aisles in your grocery store.