Grilled Chicken Soup Recipe: A Hearty and Healthy Delight

Hello foodies, I am thrilled to share with you my latest recipe creation – Grilled Chicken Soup with Gluten and Dairy-Free Dumplings. This soup is the definition of cozy comfort food rich in flavor, texture, and essential nutrients.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I always find innovative ways to cook and process healthy organic food. Therefore, I have incorporated several crucial elements into this recipe to cater to various dietary needs like gluten-free and dairy-free options.

The Grilled Chicken Soup With Dumplings is the perfect dish to help you warm up on a chilly evening or when you need a quick meal after a long day at work. It’s healthy, wholesome, and easy to prepare using commonly available ingredients.

Whether you are a novice cook or an expert, this recipe will guide you in making an outstanding homemade chicken soup that will impress your family and friends. So let’s gather around the kitchen counter and dive into the world of flavorful soups and nourishing dumplings.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Grilled Chicken Soup With Dumplings (Gluten, Dairy Free)
Grilled Chicken Soup With Dumplings (Gluten, Dairy Free)

Are you looking for a comforting meal that can be quickly prepared but also ticks the boxes of being gluten and dairy-free? Then this Grilled Chicken Soup with Dumplings Recipe is perfect for you! It is one of my favorite comfort foods, and I am sure you will love it too.

This recipe has a deliciously satisfying broth that is filled with juicy chicken breasts, fresh vegetables, and hearty dumplings. Plus, it is easily customizable to your taste preferences. If you enjoy some heat, add some chili flakes or hot sauce to the dish. Similarly, if you want an extra kick of flavor, mix in some lemon zest or ginger powder.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also incredibly nutritious. It’s low in fat and calories and high in protein and fiber, making it a healthy addition to your weekly meal plan. The chicken breasts are an excellent source of lean protein that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. Similarly, the vegetables used in the soup provide vitamins and minerals that are essential for maintaining good health.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and store it for later use. This makes it an ideal solution for busy households or individuals who want to plan their meals in advance.

Overall, this Grilled Chicken Soup with Dumplings Recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a delicious, nutritious, easy-to-make meal that will satisfy their cravings without compromising their dietary needs. Give it a try today; I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 A piping hot bowl of comfort awaits
A piping hot bowl of comfort awaits

Before starting with the recipe, it is important to have all the ingredients ready. For this Grilled Chicken Soup with Dumplings recipe, we will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup small cauliflower florets
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish

For the dumplings:

  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour blend (or all-purpose flour if gluten is not a concern)
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons of water

To thicken chicken stew:
– 1 tbsp gluten-free flour or cornstarch
– 1 tbsp water

This recipe is a perfect comfort food rich in flavor and nutrition. The combination of vegetables, chicken and dumplings make this dish not only delicious but also hearty enough for a filling meal. Let’s move on to the next section where we’ll explain why you’ll love this recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to indulge in some healthy deliciousness
Get ready to indulge in some healthy deliciousness

Let’s get cooking! This recipe for Grilled Chicken Soup with Dumplings is a delicious and healthy comfort food that everyone will love. In this section, I will guide you through the step-by-step process of making this dish.


  • 2 chicken breasts (skinless and boneless) cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Sauté onions until soft.
  2. Add chicken pieces to the pot, cook until browned.
  3. Pour the chicken broth into the pot with chicken and onions. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add broccoli, cauliflower, and green beans to the pot.
  5. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  6. Add baking powder, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Mix dumpling ingredients together (use a fork) in a mixing bowl: 1 cup gluten-free flour blend, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, and salt.
  8. To help thicken the mixture, add a xanthan gum or (vegan option) cornstarch/flour mixture.
  9. Slowly add water until you get a thick doughy mixture.
  10. Form small dumpling balls using about 1 tablespoon of dough each.
  11. Carefully drop the dumplings into the soup mix and simmer until cooked through (around 10 minutes).
  12. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top for added flavor.

Serve this flavorful soup hot with your choice of gluten-free noodles or vegan dumplings. This recipe makes a great one-pot meal that is also perfect for make-ahead, storing and reheating.

Substitutions and Variations

 Grilled chicken and dumplings, the perfect combo!
Grilled chicken and dumplings, the perfect combo!

Are you looking to put a twist on this classic recipe? Let’s explore some substitutions and variations that will personalize your dish!

First, let’s talk about the dumplings. If you don’t want to use chicken, try making the recipe with vegan dumplings or egg noodles. You can also substitute the flour blend with rice flour for a gluten-free option.

For those who prefer not to use chicken broth or coconut milk, vegetable broth is a great alternative. It is equally delicious and adds a unique flavor profile to the soup.

Now let’s talk about vegetables. While this recipe includes green beans, broccoli and cauliflower, feel free to add other ingredients like carrots, peas or celery for extra nutrition and texture.

If you’re looking for even more depth of flavor, consider adding herbs like rosemary or thyme during the last stage of cooking. You can also top it off with fresh parsley and a sprinkle of fresh ground pepper for an added kick.

And finally, you can switch up the cooking method by using an instant pot or pressure cooker which makes the process quicker and easier.

These substitutions and variations are just suggestions – don’t be afraid to experiment with new ingredients and techniques to make this recipe your own!

Serving and Pairing

 Who says gluten-free has to be boring?
Who says gluten-free has to be boring?

This delicious Grilled Chicken Soup with Dumplings recipe is the ultimate comfort food, perfect for a cozy family dinner on a chilly night. The rich and creamy chicken broth pairs perfectly with the tender grilled chicken pieces and hearty gluten-free dumplings, all infused with the flavors of fresh herbs and vegetables.

When serving this dish, I recommend garnishing it with some freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley for an extra burst of freshness and adding a sprinkle of salt and pepper to adjust the seasoning to your liking.

As for pairing, this versatile recipe goes well with a variety of sides depending on your preferences. You could serve it with some tender green beans, roasted broccoli or cauliflower, or even a crisp salad with some tangy dressing. For a heartier meal, you could add a side of fluffy rice, homemade egg noodles or some warm crusty bread to soak up the broth.

If you’re looking for a vegan dumpling option, you can easily swap out the chicken for some tasty vegetable dumplings instead. Additionally, if you prefer more creaminess in your soup, you could also add some coconut milk to achieve that perfect texture.

Overall, this dish is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to enjoy a comforting gluten-free and dairy-free soup that’s both filling and delicious!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Dairy-free never tasted so good!
Dairy-free never tasted so good!

This Grilled Chicken Soup with Dumplings recipe is perfect for meal prepping and making ahead. You can easily prepare the chicken and soup base a day before, and store them separately in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to serve, simply heat up the soup base and add in the grilled chicken and dumplings.

Storing this soup is also a breeze. Allow it to cool down to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container before refrigerating it for up to 3-4 days. If you want to store the soup for longer, you can freeze it for up to 3 months.

To reheat the soup, simply transfer it from the refrigerator or freezer to a pot over medium-low heat until it’s heated through – usually around 8-10 minutes for refrigerated soup and 15-20 minutes for frozen soup. Make sure to stir occasionally and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as necessary.

If you’re in a hurry or don’t have access to a stove, this soup can also be reheated in the microwave: place it in a microwave-safe bowl, cover with a lid or plastic wrap leaving an opening for steam to escape, then microwave on high power for 2-3 minutes. Stir halfway through heating and continue until heated through.

Now that you know how easy it is to make-ahead, store, and reheat this comforting meal, give yourself a break and enjoy some delicious grilled chicken soup with dumplings whenever your heart desires!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Soup for the soul, made nutritious
Soup for the soul, made nutritious

Now that you know how to make a delicious Grilled Chicken Soup with Dumplings, it’s important to ensure that the final result is perfect. Here are some tips that I suggest trying out when making this gluten-free and dairy-free recipe.

1. Thicken chicken soup and dumplings:

The soup can be thickened with Xanthan gum which is gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease. Make sure to use just a small amount, maybe 1/4 tsp, otherwise the soup can end up slimy.

2. Use fresh herbs and spices:

Fresh herbs and spices provide a natural burst of flavor in your dish. Add parsley, paprika, or chili flakes to give your soup an extra dimension of flavor.

3. Vary vegetables:

Include different vegetables such as green beans, broccoli or cauliflower for added nutritional value and texture variety. This way, you won’t get bored of eating the same soup every time.

4. Cut chicken breast into evenly sized pieces:

This helps the chicken cook evenly all around, leading to consistent texture throughout the soup.

5. Cook dumplings accurately:

Cook dumplings in boiling water separately from the soup so they don’t become too soggy or swollen, then add them to the hot but not boiling soup once they’re fully cooked.

6. Adjust seasoning to taste:

While cooking, keep checking for seasoning and adjust according to your taste preferences.

7. Experiment with different types of flour blends:

Using rice flour, cornmeal flour or almond flour blend will make your dumplings texture more unique while still keeping the whole recipe gluten-free!

Overall, remember that cooking is all about experimentation, finding what works best for you and enjoying yourself while doing it! These tips are just starting points for perfecting your Grilled Chicken Soup with Dumplings recipe. Tap into your creativity and feel free to try new things along the way!


Before we wrap up this article, let’s go over some frequently asked questions about this Gluten and Dairy-Free Grilled Chicken Soup with Dumplings recipe. If you have any more questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask me in the comments section. Let’s dive in!

What is a good thickener for chicken and dumplings?

Hey guys, let me share a tip to make your chicken and dumplings just the way you want it. I suggest adding a mixture of cornstarch and cool water to thicken the soup to your desired consistency. Take 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and mix it well with a cup of cool water. Once done, ensure the soup is boiling nicely and stir in the cornstarch-water mix. This will give you a thicker texture in no time!

How to thicken chicken and dumplings without cream of chicken?

If you’re looking to add some thickness and substance to your chicken and dumplings, a quick and easy method is to incorporate flour into the mixture. By adding a few tablespoons of flour and stirring until thoroughly blended, you’ll achieve a satisfying, hearty consistency. Flour or cornstarch are typically used as thickeners in soups and stews.

Does milk thicken chicken and dumplings?

When preparing chicken and dumplings, one can opt to thicken the dish using different techniques. One possible way to add richness and a thicker texture to the dish is by including milk in the recipe. On the other hand, flour or cornstarch could also be used to thicken chicken and dumplings. Ultimately, it is up to the cook’s preference to determine which method will yield the best results for their recipe.

How do you thicken chicken and dumplings with milk and flour?

To thicken a soup that turned out too watery, or to create a gravy-like consistency, you can make a slurry by mixing flour or cornstarch with cold milk or water. Simply blend the ingredients in a small bowl until you obtain a smooth and thin paste with no lumps. This will help you achieve the desired texture for your soup, without affecting its flavor.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this grilled chicken soup with dumplings is more than just a comforting and delicious dinner option. It is a nourishing meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy. Not only is it gluten-free and dairy-free, but it also supports your overall health with the inclusion of fresh vegetables and lean protein.

With its flavorful broth, tender chicken, and fluffy dumplings, this soup is a comforting twist on classic comfort food. The recipe includes easy gluten-free and dairy-free options to cater to your dietary restrictions or preferences without sacrificing taste or quality.

So why not give this recipe a try? It’s an excellent choice for those cozy nights in or as a meal prep option to enjoy throughout the week. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Grilled Chicken Soup With Dumplings (Gluten, Dairy Free)

Grilled Chicken Soup With Dumplings (Gluten, Dairy Free) Recipe

a warm favourite from the past, re-made for the restricted diet.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Calories 219.7 kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts, cut in slices
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 cup green beans
  • fresh flat-leaf parsley, to taste
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 -3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free flour, mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 egg
  • parsley, finely chopped
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • water


  • Salt and pepper chicken, and grill.
  • Combine broth, veggies and chicken in a pot. this can be done before hand.
  • About 20 minutes before you're ready to eat, bring soup to a boil.
  • While waiting it to boil, prepare dumplings: whisk together egg and herbs/spices. mix xanthan gum and flour, then add; adding water to create a dough consistency.
  • Using a spoon, scoop small balls of dough, and place in boiling water. boil for about 8 minutes (all dumplings should be at the top of the pot.
  • *note: i used a pot that was a little small, so I scooped out the veggies/chicken and did the dumplings in the broth, then added them back in once the dumplings were created.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 212gCalories: 219.7kcalCarbohydrates: 6.2gProtein: 24.4gFat: 10.8gSaturated Fat: 3.1gCholesterol: 123.9mgSodium: 107.3mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 2.4g
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