Turkey and Dumplings

Turkey and Dumplings

Turkey and dumplings is a warm and hearty dish that is prime for using those Thanksgiving turkey leftovers. It’s very similar to Cracker Barrel’s style of chicken and dumplings, where the dumplings are rolled into a sheet and sliced into squares. Added bonus, the extra flour on the dumplings thickens the broth and creates the perfect creamy texture.  

Reading this and it’s not near Thanksgiving? Not a problem! This recipe can use any turkey or chicken leftovers that you may have and makes a great meal for those colder nights. If you can make homemade stock from a leftover turkey or chicken, it will taste even better, as bone broth is full of nutrients and creates a delicious and hearty flavor. Whatever time of year it is, we hope you enjoy this gem!

What You’ll Need

  • 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour (plus additional for dusting)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (cold, cubed)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup whole milk with a teaspoon of white vinegar)
  • 2 quarts chicken or turkey broth
  • 3 cups cooked turkey (white and/or dark meat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish: Chopped parsley

How to Make It

  1.  In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. 
  2. Add the cubed, cold butter to the flour mixture and combine using two forks, or a pastry blender, until the butter is the size of small peas. You can also use a food processor to combine the ingredients as well. 
  3. Pour the buttermilk over the flour and butter mixture and stir with a spatula to combine until it becomes a soft dough.  Be careful not to overwork the dough. The less it is mixed up, the more tender the dumplings will be.
  1. After you have created the dough for the dumplings, heat the chicken (or turkey) broth in a large dutch oven or pot until boiling.
  2. While the broth is heating, dust a clean kitchen surface with a generous amount of flour and roll out the dough into a 1/4-inch thick sheet. 
  3. Slice the dough into small squares using a pizza cutter to create the dumplings. Add the dumplings a few at a time into the boiling chicken broth making sure not to dust off too much of the extra flour as it will thicken the broth.
  4. Continue adding dumplings until there are no more left. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the dumplings are tender and fluffy and the broth has thickened. 
  5. Add the cooked turkey to the broth and heat until it is warmed through. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with a sprinkle of chopped parsley!  Dig in!
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 709
Total Fat 34 g
Saturated Fat 12 g
Unsaturated Fat 11 g
Cholesterol 286 mg
Sodium 705 mg
Carbohydrates 10 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 86 g

(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)