Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings

This delicious throwback might have you reconsidering your chicken pot pie. This vintage recipe for Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings is the original, and the other’s just a cheap knock off. Serve an old fashioned Southern-style dinner your family will love with this tasty treat.

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings

When you think of Chicken Pot Pie, what comes to mind? Let me guess. Images of creamy chicken and vegetable filling sandwiched between two layers of buttery, flaky pie crust. Am I right?

That is chicken pot pie, but not the version my family’s originally familiar with.

We may call this Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings, but where the recipe originated- Amish country- it’s called Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie. 

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings

They wouldn’t even consider a crust, instead their ‘pot pie’ includes thick square noodles. They’re amazing, and a true calling to the card-holing carb lover in all of us.

It all originated from a European, probably English, dish that was essentially throw all our leftovers in a pot. Boil them until they’re a flavor-infused sensation, and then add pastry.

All the best ideas, and use of leftovers. Leading to the best of modern, old school interpretations.

The Pennsylvania Dutch are typically of German descent, sometimes Swiss, and while this dish originated in Europe as a way to stretch leftovers- it was them that began adding the thick slippery noodles to the broth.

They’re also what totally make the dish.

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings

It also explains how our family, who eventually settled in Virginia, shifted to calling it Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings instead of pot pie.

The noodles are what separates it from all the others, and while most people state-side would call them ‘dumplings’ nowadays, they were originally referred to as ‘bott boi’.

Thick, square egg noodles- this really was originally an everything and the kitchen sink style recipes, and the noodles were added to stretch it farther.

A meal after my own heart. Period. Regardless of culture or time period, but I do love knowing where a good dish came from.


  • Broth
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken
  • Vegetables

Again, super simple- and a great way to stretch the week’s groceries. It was like the original make the most of your money meal, except they stumbled onto something truly great.

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

This cultural favorite can’t be forgotten, and frankly deserve to be spread out to the masses. People don’t know what they’re missing.

And trust me, this Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings (or pot pie, depending on where you’re from) is something everyone should experience.

A rich broth of chicken is infused with fresh veggie flavor, studded with onion, potato, celery, peas, and carrots.

The noodles are added and boiled to perfection, then the dish is seasoned with salt & pepper, and thickened with a simple corn starch slurry.

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

Check a page out of your Grandma’s recipe book, and make this Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings for your family. It’s the perfect opportunity to create a new tradition.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings

A twist on what we normally consider pot pie, this Pennsylvania Dutch version features a bevvy of saovry veggies with fat noodle dumplings in a savory meat broth.
4.5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course, Pasta, Soup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 431kcal


For The Noodle Dough

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • water, as needed

For The Broth

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped, rotisserie chicken
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 4 potatoes peeled & diced
  • 2 cups sweet peas
  • 1-2 carrot peeled, and diced
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water


To Make The Noodle Dough

  • Add to a large mixing bowl, the flour, eggs, and salt. Mix together, and add small amounts of water until the dough comes together and forms a ball.
  • Flour a counter-top, then roll out the dough on top, until the dough is 1/2" thick. Cut the dough into 1 1/2" squares.

To Make The Broth

  • To a stock pot, add the broth, celery, peas, carrots, potatoes, onion, and parsley. 
  • Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, then add the noodles in one at a time- to prevent sticking. Reduce the mixture to a simmer, and let the noodles cook for 25 minutes, or until tender.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water together until smooth. Stir the slurry into the soup mixture.
  • Continue to simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, until thickened (3-5 minutes). When thickened, stir in the chicken. Salt & pepper, the soup- to taste.


recipe adapted from Rachel & Her Rolling Pin


Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1724mg | Potassium: 650mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1455IU | Vitamin C: 30.1mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 5.2mg

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11 thoughts on “Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Dumplings

  1. 4 stars
    I can still see my “Nana” mixing and rolling out the dough and cutting the squares. She was always careful to lay each square into the boiling broth before adding the next. I must say that the better way(but not as quick) is to cook your own chicken, I think the rotisserie chicken changes the flavor of this dish. And in southeaster PA, we always called it chicken pot pie when I was a kid. It is yummy, just the thing to eat during the upcoming snow storm predicted for this weekend.

    1. I do know the recipe goes by different connotations depending on the area- chicken pot pie being one of them. For the thought in central VA, pot pie’s a similar mixture but much thicker and always sandwiched between two layers of pie crusts. I love that this can be simplified with the use of pre cooked chicken, but if you have the time- yes, everything’s always better & a bit more flavorful when made completely from scratch.

      1. 4SONSRUS, the one you are talking about much thicker and with pie crust is what my mom used to make . using a fresh chicken and all. I wish I would of paid better attention to my mom making this because now she is gone and I have been craving this sooo much just like you mentioned and I cannot find that exact recipe. 🙁

  2. Chicken pot pie between crusts isn’t even the same as PA Dutch chicken pot pie. I grew up in SE PA and mother made it a lot and taught me how to make it. Potatoes and onions were the only vegetables added – never peas or carrots. I realize every area is different and has different versions but the crusted pot pie is not anything like the regular pot pie. Thanks for letting me spout.

    1. Happy to hear your thoughts Jeanne, but I do feel that I go into detail and differentiate the two. They have common roots after all. And everybody has their own spin on things. I’d love if you could share your family recipe! I very much enjoy learning different takes on things from different regions.

  3. Got bad news for you but this is not Pennsylvania Dutch. PA Dutch dumplings are free-formed and pillowy, not square-cut noodles. This is a southern dumpling recipe.

    1. Matt, I moved from Lancaster a really long time ago, my mother and all the neighbors made the drop dumplings too. It was an art to make an airy biscuit like dumpling. I’m not familiar with the flat noodle version but willing to give it a go. I remember when a wife would introduce a different version of a dish all the women would whisper.

  4. 5 stars
    My mom made this every year after Thanksgiving using the left over turkey. I don’t care what you call it- my mom called it pot pie. It tasted just like hers! So good!

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