This Vegan Chicken and Dumplings recipe are super easy to make, comforting, and delicious. It’s a healthy, protein-packed meal that will warm you up on the inside!
I have been meaning to share my recipe for the longest while, but there is nothing like the right time. This is my vegan version of the old classic dish, ‘ Chicken and Dumplings. The beauty of my version is that it is vegan and gluten-free.
It is easy to prepare, and the result is beyond amazing!
I love to prepare stews, and I believe as a cook, that is where my strength lies, taking simple ingredients and turning them into out-of-this-world tasty recipes.
Just like my all-time favorite Chickpea Stew, Lentil Stew, and Jamaican Stew Peas and Dumplings.
Vegan chicken and dumplings is a hearty plant-based meal that is prepared with soy curls, veggies, vegetable broth, different spices and herbs, and dumplings!
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The Best Part?
- It’s so easy to make! Whether you’re an experienced cook or a novice, you’ll find that these vegan chicken and dumplings are simple enough to make in your own kitchen.
- It tastes just as delicious as the real thing.
- Melt-in-your-mouth tender vegan chicken, creamy soup, hearty carrots, potato, and celery, a touch of herbs, and dumplings to top it all off. Ohh, so mouthwatering!
- This is a hearty stew that’s perfect for a cold winter day.
- It’s super heart-warming.
- Most importantly, it does not contain any animal products like traditional chicken and dumplings.
- This dish is perfect for anyone who wants to eat less meat or eat more plant-based foods.
- It’s also a great choice for anyone who’s looking for a hearty meal that will leave them feeling full and satisfied.
- It is also kids friendly!
You’ll want to invite your friends over for this dish! It is a bit of work but totally worth it.
Scroll down for the detailed recipe, but I suggest reading the complete article for useful information, some tips, and suggestions if you want to make a perfect recipe every time.
What Are Soy Curls?
Soy curls are a great meat substitute. They are also one of the most healthy things you can buy.
Soy Curls are produced from whole soybeans, which have all of the fiber, as opposed to most meat substitute products on the market, which is made from separated soy protein or plenty of obscure components, many of which are difficult to pronounce.
Soy curls have a chicken-like texture, making them one of the healthiest and most natural chicken substitutes I’ve ever made. Moreover, they are gluten-free.
Butler Soy Curls are available for purchase straight from the company or on the internet. After rehydrating, it can be used as a chicken alternative.
It is delicious with brown rice and a variety of vegetables such as bell peppers, tomatoes, and avocados. You can use your favorite vegetables as an alternative.
What Kinds Of Dumplings Are There?
Dumplings come in three varieties:
- Drop dumplings: Drop dumplings are bowl-made dumplings that are dropped into the stew to cook. They’re fluffy and airy.
- Rolled dumplings: When you order Chicken and Dumplings from Cracker Barrel, the dumplings you get are rolled. They’re dense, flat dumplings.
- Biscuit dumplings: Biscuit dumplings are prepared with canned biscuits that are quartered and put into the soup.
Drop dumplings are used in this recipe. Why? After experimenting with various methods for making homemade dumplings, these drop dumplings came as the winner. They’re simple to prepare, quick to cook, and quite tasty! This recipe makes homemade, fluffy dumplings that float on top of chicken broth.
Vegan Chicken and Dumplings Ingredients
- Soy Curls: used Butlers Soy Curls as a vegan substitute for chicken.
- Bragg’s Liquid Aminos: Made from soya bean, this sauce will fulfill the need for protein. It is a crucial ingredient in vegan recipes, and I simply love it. It is also gluten-free, so no worries there.
- Italian Seasoning: Italian seasoning is a dried herb blend that gives this stew taste as well as the aroma.
- Vegetable Oil: Any kind of vegetable oil you can use.
- Onion: The flavor of onion is slightly sweet but savory. You can use white, yellow, or red onions in this recipe. However, I like yellow onions.
- Green Onion: You get a grassy yet savory flavor by adding the green onion. If you don’t have green onions, you can also use scallions.
- Garlic: It is better to use fresh garlic for a strong flavor. However, you can use frozen or even garlic powder to flavor your dish.
- Celery: Celery is a nutrient-dense vegetable. It has a salty, somewhat sour flavor when cooked. Its unusual flavor adds to the recipe’s appeal.
- Thyme, Rosemary, and Sage: are the main ingredients in this dish. Even though the protein in this recipe is plant-based, the thyme gives a nice flavor pairing with chicken. Additionally, rubbed sage makes a wonderful poultry seasoning. In fact, powdered chicken seasoning produced with the same spices would work just fine as a substitute. The herbal flavor of the stew is enhanced by the use of dried rosemary, sage, and dried thyme.
- Cayenne Pepper: It imparts a more neutral “peppery” flavor to your dish.
- Potato: Yukon gold potatoes are my favorite, but you can use Russet or whatever you have on hand.
- Carrot: Carrot is a main and tasty addition to this dish. Not only does it contribute to nutrition, but it also imparts a vibrant color to the stew.
- Vegetable Broth: You can use any broth you have on hand and even make your own with vegetable peelings. If you are not vegan, you can use beef or chicken broth for a more rich and deep flavor. You can use water if you don’t have any broth on hand.
- Nutritional Yeast Flakes: Nutritional yeast has a cheesy, nutty, or savory flavor. It is a vegan source of protein, B vitamins, and trace minerals that are necessary for optimal health.
- Salt: Adding salt to the stew helps to bring the flavors together and make the dish complete.
- Dumplings: Is there anything cozier than a warm bowl of stew topped with a pillowy dumpling? Whether you cook your own dumplings from home or buy the pre-made variety, they both work just as well.
How To Make Vegan Chicken And Dumplings?
To prepare this vegan chicken and dumpling recipe, I rehydrate Butlers Soy Curls in hot water, then I drain the water and squeeze out as much liquid. I added seasonings and sauteed it for 5 minutes to lightly brown and seal the flavors.
I then saute the vegetables and herbs; next, I add the broth and seasonings.
I allowed the stew to simmer, so flavors would meld while I made the dumplings.
Finally, I added the dumplings to the flavorful stew.
Tips For Making Vegan Chicken and Dumplings
- Energy: 489 kcal / 2044 kJ
- Fat: 24 g
- Protein: 10 g
- Carbs: 59 g
- Preparation: 25 min
- Cooking: 1 h 10 min
- Ready in: 1 h 35 min
- For: 6 servings
- 2 cups Butler's Soy Curls
- 2 tablespoons Bragg's liquid aminos
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or 1/4 cup vegetable broth
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 3 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
- 5 cups vegetable broth, or water
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup potato starch
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons non-dairy butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, or any non-dairy milk
- Soak Soy Curls™ in about 2 1/2 cups warm water for about 10 minutes. Drain Soy Curls and toss with Bragg's liquid aminos and Italian seasoning. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high. Saute Soy Curls for about 5 minutes, turning often until slightly brown, set aside.
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat, add onion and cook until soft for about 3 minutes. Add green onion, garlic, celery, thyme, rosemary sage and cayenne pepper, cook for another minute. Stir in carrots and potatoes and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Add water or vegetable broth and nutritional yeast. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer for 10 minutes while you make the dumplings.
- To make dumplings, combine brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Cut butter in flour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add almond milk and form into a dough, take pieces of dough and lightly form into a ball. Drop into the stew and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in the Soy Curls and serve.
May I use tofu for the chicken? I don’t have soy curls
also I don’t have brown rice flour I have chickpea flour may I use that?
recipe loks so delicious i been craving chicken and dumplings.
Hello De, yes tofu can be substituted for the soy curls. I don’t like the taste of chickpea flour on its own so I wouldn’t recommend it, I don’t it has a very strong bean flavor, but that’s just my personal view. Now I’m curious to hear what it tastes like if you do use it. let me know how it turns out.
thank you very much greatly appreciated
I can only eat organic soy so I was wondering if you could think of a good substitue for the soy curls since they are not organic. Thanks!
They are organic Patti so you are good to go. I only eat organic soy.
Made this tonight and it was amazing!! Thanks so much for making it possible for me to enjoy one of my favorite meals as a kid. Loved the mix of herbs and spices and veggies. I would only use 1/2 a bag of soy curls next time. First time using them and I loved them but this made a lot! I didn’t have potato starch so used corn starch and the dumplings turned out great!
Just double checking on the tapioca starch – 1/4 tablespoon? I’m going with a 1/4 cup for now, but please let me know. I am making this as I type & the stew smells delicious! Found your recipe on Facebook & ordered the soy curls from Amazon immediately. Had not heard of these before but I see so many uses. Will let you know how this turns out.
Sheri, I hope you enjoyed it. Looking at the recipe I’m going to agree with you. I will have to remake it again soon. I hope you enjoyed it, I would love to know.
Oh wow, this was so delicious and a breeze to make. ?
Beth, thank you so much for trying. I’m happy you enjoyed it.
Now that I am done breastfeeding, I plan to go vegetarian! This would be a great start! Thanks!
This looks delicious and would be great for a night my vegetarian sister comes over for dinner!
I just made chicken and dumplings the other night, it’s my husbands favorite meal! Loving this vegan option – will definitely have to save this recipe.
Thank you Monica, hope you enjoy it!
Looks so tasty! Can’t believe it’s vegan!
Thank you, hope you try it!
Oh yummmm! I am literally drooling right now. Will have to try this.
Awesome Lydia, enjoy!