Grandma's Easy Chicken & Dumpling Soup Recipe (Ajngemahtec) by 30Seconds Food

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Grandma's Easy Chicken & Dumpling Soup Recipe (Ajngemahtec)

Ajngemahtec, a hearty, simple chicken and dumpling soup recipe, is popular in Northern Croatia, especially near Zagreb, the capital. Though some think the soup may also have German origins, you won't care where it comes from after one bite. This soup is just what you need on a fall or winter night.

To make this easy chicken and dumpling soup recipe you will need onion, celery, carrots, boneless chicken thighs, water, tomato paste, parsley, frozen peas, flour, eggs and butter.  Serve this easy chicken soup recipe with a salad for a satisfying dinner or lunch. The leftovers reheat well for the next day. Boneless chicken breasts could be substituted for the thighs.

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Cuisine: German / Croatian 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

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Recipe Notes

  • You could add diced potato to the soup. Add it right before you simmer for 30 minutes.
  • You could use boneless chicken breasts instead of thighs.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onions, celery and carrot. Cook until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, about 5 minutes. 
  3. Add the water, tomato paste and parsley. Season well with salt and pepper. Gently simmer for about 30 minutes. 
  4. While the soup simmers, combine all the dumpling ingredients in a bowl. Do not overmix. 
  5. When soup is done simmering, bring to a boil and add the dumplings by teaspoons full into the soup. Add the peas. Boil for about 5 to 10 minutes or until dumplings are cooked through.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 461

Total Fat: 23.5g

Saturated Fat: 8g

Cholesterol: 198mg

Sodium: 461mg

Total Carbohydrate: 22.1g

Dietary Fiber: 3.4g

Total Sugars: 4.6g

Protein: 39.2g

Vitamin D: 12mcg

Calcium: 66mg

Iron: 3mg

Potassium: 584mg

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Donna John
Great soup recipe. Be careful not to overmix the dumpling dough to keep it from getting tough.
Elisa Schmitz
Oh, wow! My Croatian grandmother made an amazing chicken soup like this. So grateful to have the recipe so I can make it, too! Donna John

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