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Hey, hi! So is anyone else in full on fall mode, or what?

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Dumpling Soup | @hbharvest

Granted, I know a lot of you are really just starting to see the first signs of fall, but over on my mountain, it’s been fall for at least a month and I have totally been embracing it! I am talking apple picking, Halloween movie watching, and holiday planning…yes, I am slightly ahead of things on that one, but I kind of have to be!

Oddly, I’m actually in Florida today, where the high is set to be eighty-eighty degrees. Totally not fall weather, but visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is kind of the best thing ever. More on our trip later in the week, today we have broccoli cheddar chicken and dumpling soup to talk about!

PS. if you guys want to follow along with me at Harry Potter World make sure to check out my Instagram and snapchat! We’re doing some seriously fun things today!! Can you say chocolate frogs and butterbeer? Yes, please!

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So, do any of you guys ever go to Panera Bread and order the Broccoli Cheddar Soup served in the bread bowl?

I feel like I’ve talked about this before, but that soup used to be my favorite, and whenever mom would take me shopping on grey, late fall weekends in Ohio we would stop in at Panera bread for lunch. I’d either get the broccoli cheddar soup or the chicken noodle soup. I had to beg mom for the bread bowl, since it was a little bit more pricey, but she usually caved in.

SO delish and honestly one of my favorite fall foods, pretty sure it’s moms too. Oh, and I heard that Asher just had her first soup and bread bowl experience and absolutely LOVED it! So I guess it’s unanimous, the girls in this fam all have a common favorite fall comfort food (let’s be honest here though, soup in a bread bowl is great any time of year).

Unfortunately there aren’t any Panera Bread locations where we live now, I’m sure there must be some in Denver, but that’s an hour and a half away. Fortunately, I’ve come up with my own version.


Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Dumpling Soup | @hbharvest

I’ve actually made quite a few versions over the years…

Example One: Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Fried Cheese Curds

Example Two: Flakey Broccoli Cheddar Soup Mini Pies

Example Three: Curried Butternut Squash Broccoli Cheddar and Goat Cheese Soup

Ahh yeah, so basically a new broccoli cheddar recipe every fall. It’s cool though cause we all love this combo, right?

Alright, so here’s the deal with this dumpling soup. It’s a mash-up of chicken and dumpling soup + broccoli cheddar soup and it’s a wonderful marriage of cozy flavors. Think about it this way, creamy chicken and dumpling soup, but with broccoli and tons of cheddar cheese. Like tons! 🙂

AND there’s even a little parmesan cheese mixed into the dumpling batter. It is PERFECTION… and perfectly easy too! Warm and cozy soup for the first week of October, can you say Monday dinner done right??

It’s a must make! 🙂

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Dumpling Soup | @hbharvest

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Dumpling Soup.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 1095 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and butter. Season the chicken with salt + pepper. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken and sear on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pot.
  • To the pot, add the onions and season with salt + pepper. Cook, stirring often until the onions are fragrant and lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and thyme sprigs, cook 5 minutes more, then slowly pour in the chicken broth and cider. Add the chicken and broccoli to the pot. Bring the mixture to a low boil, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the broccoli tender. Remove the thyme sprigs and chicken from the pot and let cool slightly, then shred with two forks or your hands, discard the thyme.
  • Transfer 3/4 of the soup to a blender and blend until the broccoli is finely chopped. Return the soup to the pot and stir in the milk and nutmeg. Bring the soup to a boil.
  • To make the dumplings. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the buttermilk and mix until just combined. Fold in the parmesan.
  • Drop a tablespoon of the dough into the boiling soup. Continue until you've worked your way through all the dough. You should end up with 10-12 dumplings. Cover the pot so the dumplings can cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Carefully move the dumplings aside and stir in the cheddar cheese and shredded chicken to the soup and heat through. Ladle the dumplings and soup into bowls and serve with an extra handful of shredded cheddar, if desired. EAT!
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Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Dumpling Soup | @hbharvest

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Broccoli Cheddar Chicken and Dumpling Soup | @hbharvest

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  1. 5 stars
    To clarify- am I to use apple cider vinegar or apple cider like the drink? I used 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and I can’t even take a bite. It’s terrible! I think I messed up big time.

  2. 5 stars
    We recently took family and friends to a cabin for a long weekend. We made this and everyone loved it and came backs for seconds. There were no leftovers!

    1. Hey Jillian,
      Happy Monday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xT

  3. This soup is ridiculously amazing! So much flavor, so filling, so perfect ❤️ Way more dumplings than 10-12 tablespoon drops- but that’s plus!

    1. Hey Kristin,
      Awesome!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

    1. Hi Melinda,
      Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I am glad to hear that it was enjoyed. Have the best weekend!! xTieghan

  4. 4 stars
    Another awesome soup – perfect comfort food. I had previously prepped buttermilk biscuits and used those instead of dumplings, one diner put them in his soup and loved them that way. Love all your soups Tieghan, have both your cookbooks – have you considered a book just of your soups?

    1. Hey Jan,
      Awesome!! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! I haven’t but it’s a great idea! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Soup turned out great! I improvised a little bit with an installer and slow cooked the soup for 6 hours before blending and adding in the milk and dumplings and let it slow cook for another 2 on high for a total of 8. It did thicken up a little so I added more chicken broth. Used buttermilk instead of whole milk as well and it gave it a great taste.

    1. Hey Morgan,
      I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! Have the best week. xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    What kind of flour would you recommend if you’re trying to be gluten free? I used almond flour and it completely dissipated. I have made this recipe once before, years ago following it exactly as it is here and it’s AMAZING

  7. I made this last night, it was sooo delicious! I used my immersion blender instead of putting soup in a blender and sprinkled smoked paprika on the dumplings as they were cooking. I will halve the dumpling dough next time as I had some left even after covering the big pot of soup with big fluffy dumplings. So great on a snowy night!!

    1. Hey Filliz,
      Yes that will work! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last week, and it was delicious! It was actually pretty easy to put together, and came together pretty quickly. If I make it again, I will probably omit the dumplings, but that’s a personal choice. I do like the idea of putting this soup over biscuits, as I think they would hold up better, texture wise. The soup was creamy and flavorful, and a great way to get in all those veggies! Thanks Tiegan!

    1. Hi Tara,
      After you return the blended soup the pot. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  9. This recipe is absolutely delicious! For some reason, my soup is not coming out thick like yours appears to be! It is still incredible, but wondering what I may be doing wrong??

    1. Hi there! Is there anything you have done differently?

      I would recommend simmer the soup and additional 5-10 minutes, this should thicken it right up for you! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am so glad you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan