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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Note: You could add diced potato to the soup. Add it right before you simmer for 30 minutes. 

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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, 30Seconds
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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