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Gluten-Free Chicken and Cauliflower Dumplings (Paleo, AIP)

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This gluten-free chicken and cauliflower dumplings soup is the perfect dupe for classic comfort food. It’s paleo and AIP-friendly.


  • 4 cups cauliflower rice
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celelery, chopped
  • 1 lb shredded chicken ( cooked)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped and divided
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (sub cassava flour for AIP/paleo)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp tapioca starch


  1. Using a steamer basket over a few inches of water, steam the cauliflower rice over medium heat. Steam for 7-10 minutes or until fully soft. Set aside, and allow it to cool.
  2. While the cauliflower steams and cools, use a large stockpot to heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the onion is slightly translucent.
  3. Add the carrots and celery and cook for another 4-5 minutes to lightly soften.
  4. Pour the broth into the stockpot and add the coconut cream, chicken, and seasonings (reserving some parsley). Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Spoon out some of the broth and whisk in 1 tbsp of tapioca starch. Add the mixture back to the broth to thicken the soup.
  6. While the soup cooks, use a nut milk bag (or clean kitchen towel) to strain the steamed cauliflower rice of excess water. The cauliflower should be soft and mashed after straining. Add the cauliflower rice to a bowl and stir in the all-purpose flour (or cassava), 1/4 cup of tapioca starch, and a pinch of salt. Stir until fully combined and a dough forms.
  7. Using a meatball scoop, scoop the cauliflower mixture into dumplings that are about 1.5″ in diameter and drop each one into the soup. You should have about 6-7 dumplings Allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes to cook the dumplings.
  8. Serve the soup warm topped with additional parsley.


All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 406
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.8g
  • Fiber: 4.7g
  • Protein: 31.4g

Keywords: chicken and dumplings