Chicken with Dumplings and a Cookbook Contest!

Okay, ready for the next cookbook giveaway? It’s all about dumplings, people. And I have to admit that when I hear the word “dumpling” the first thing I think of is my adorable nephew. Here he is, with visions of sugarplums dancing in his sweet little head. Now I ask you, is he a dumpling or what?

But the second thing I think of is my favorite, well-worn recipe for chicken and dumplings. It is one of those recipes that has been pieced together from various and sundry recipes over the years, and now it is perfect. If I do say so myself. It features one of my favorite ingredients, and that is Bisquick. You can make pretty much anything out of Bisquick: pancakes, waffles, biscuits…and fabulous, easy dumplings. There is actually a whole blog devoted to all the stuff you can make out of Bisquick. I’m guessing it is run by the Bisquick people — what do you think?

Anyway. This chicken and dumplings is easy as easy can be. It uses chicken tenders (and if you can’t find them, just cut up regular chicken breasts into 3 inch x 1 inch strips, that will work just fine) and carrots cooked in chicken broth that is mixed with cream and poultry seasoning. Toss in some peas, add the dumpling dough and voila! the ultimate comfort food. Now the secret to fool-proof dumplings? Cover the pot as soon as you drop the dough into the liquid and DO…NOT…OPEN IT. No peeking. Have faith in those dumplings…they are cooking just fine in there without you.

Once you have mastered this easy recipe…which will take you all of one time making it…you are ready to graduate to advanced dumpling-making, and boy do I have the book for you.

I actually have THREE of these fabulous cookbooks to give away! There are over 135 dumpling recipes in this book, my friends…it almost boggles the mind. Savory ones, sweet ones, and lots of recipes to make them with and around.

So if you are a dumpling fanatic like me, leave me a comment on this post telling me what YOUR favorite comfort food is, and you will be automatically entered in a random drawing for one of the three copies of THE DUMPLING: A SEASONAL GUIDE. You know you want it. (For my peeps who subscribe on email — click on the recipe title up top and it will take you to the web page where you can comment. I love you guys!!) I will announce the lucky winners on Saturday, December 12 at 7pm.

Okay…recipe below, and don’t forget to comment…you can’t win if you don’t play!


Chicken with Dumplings and a Cookbook Contest!
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound chicken tenders (or boneless chicken breasts cut into strips)
  • I cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup thawed baby peas
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • ⅔ cup milk
  1. Bring stock to simmer in large saucepan. Add chicken and carrots and cook for 12 minutes or until carrots are cooked through. Remove chicken and carrots and put on plate to cool.
  2. Boil stock until reduced by half.
  3. Boil cream in small saucepan until reduce by half. Whisk into chicken stock, season with salt and pepper and add poultry seasoning.
  4. Add chicken, carrots and peas to sauce and bring to simmer.
  5. Combine Bisquick and milk in mixing bowl and stir until combined. Dough will be very sticky.
  6. Drop golf ball sized pieces of dumpling dough into sauce. Cover tightly and simmer for 10 minutes. Do not peek!!
  7. Divide among 4 plates, spooning sauce over top and topping with ground pepper if you like.


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  1. Myrnie says

    Oh yummers! My favorite comfort food is a big bowl of soupy beans over rice, with sour cream, cheese, and chopped onions. Stirred together. Thanks for the chance!

  2. Domanique says

    My all time favorite comfort food is baked potato soup. It's warm and yummy, and absolutely happiness and my husband loves it. What more can a girl ask for.

  3. Marie says

    My favourite comfort food is Shepherd's Pie.

    Oh, and thanks for the reminder that it's time to make Chicken and Dumplings. It's a family favourite.

  4. Nutmeg Nanny says

    My favorite comfort food is meatloaf with mashed potatoes and corn. I like to make a well in my mashed potatoes and pile the corn on top…it's so delicious!

    Your chicken and dumplings look super delicious! I love all that seasoned chicken…yum!

  5. Calamity Anne says

    So many to choose from…what's coming to mind is Green Bean Casserole with Ground Beef! Yummy!

    Great giveaway!!!

  6. Shovelmonkey says

    My Favorite comfort food is Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy…..ooh boy. The book looks great. Love the site.

  7. Sleepphl says

    My favorite comfort food is anything made with chocolate. Pasta is a close second. But the absolute ultimate is pasta with butter and fresh grated parmesan cheese. Now that's comfort.

  8. Ana Maria says

    Hello Kate,
    My favorite comfort food are PANCAKES. I've recently started making buckwheat pancakes to alleviate the (tiny) bit of guilt I sometimes feel when I treat myself to pancakes for dinner.

  9. Robyn says

    My favorite comfort food is spaghetti with italian sausage with garlic bread. I love the photo of your chicken with dumplings and plan to make it soon:)

  10. lauren says

    My favorite comfort food is wonton noodle soup! I guess wontons would qualify for a type of dumpling? Awesome cookbook!

  11. Grace says

    mashed potatoes, heavy on the butter. pancakes drenched in syrup. biscuits and chipped beef gravy. a fat pepperjack cheeseburger. oh man.

  12. megan says

    My favorite comfort food is unbaked shepherd's pie. My mom makes it and it's so good. mashed potatoes, ground meat, corn, and gravy. I wish I had some right now…

  13. L says

    Mmmm… Chicken & dumplings is my favorite. My now-5 year old asked for Chicken & Dumplings for his birthday dinner. We use the recipe from the Best of Byerly's cookbook… fabulous.

  14. Photogramommy says

    One of my favorite comfort foods would have to be roast with potatoes and carrots…I can barely stand to be in the house when it's cooking in the slow cooker all day – it smells too good! Reading everyone's comments is making me really hungry!

  15. Jenn Clark says

    My all time favorite comfort food would have to be Mac and Cheese. I always make a crockpot version of Mac and Cheese that I found on Paula Deen's website, modified a little to my taste, whenever it rains or just whenever I have all ingredients for it. Everytime I make it there is never any left between my husband and I and we always can't wait till the next time I make it. Can't wait to make the chicken and dumplings recipe, I have been trying to make a version modified off my grandmothers, yet can never get it to where my husband is completetly satisified, I'll try yours this week.

  16. Andrea says

    My hubby LOVES chicken and dumplings so I gotta try your version here!

    Favorite comfort food, definitely mac & cheese or red beans and rice!

  17. Cables4fun says

    You had to mention dumplins; you just had too. I LOVE dumplins as we say in the South!! I would love a copy of this cook book to make more!!!!! Thanks for sharing with us!! Take Care!!! Lauri

  18. Sina'i Enantia says

    Hmmm…… comfort food. A couple of years ago, I'd have said Thai green curry. It's one of my favorites to go out to eat. But for pure comfort, either simple rasam (the way my parents make it), or Malt-o-Meal cream of wheat, with some butter, cheese, and thokku mixed in (what can I say? My comfort foods are all savory/spicy).

  19. Cassie says

    My favorite comfort food is breakfast burritos! Eggs, cheese, spinach, mushrooms and LOTS of salsa and cholula hot sauce. I also would have to say that the taco truck nearby meets all comfort food needs if homemade cooking is not in the mix.

  20. Tiffany says

    Well, I'd like to say that my favorite comfort food is a cookie, but I have to admit that if I were forced to choose, I'd have to go with a nice warm bowl of egg flour soup. There's just something about soup.

  21. Ryan & Lindsey Green says

    My favorite comfort food is Vietnamese food. Probably not your typical comfort food, but it's always my go-to when it's cold outside, or I'm feeling sick.

  22. Ryan & Lindsey Green says

    My favorite comfort food is Vietnamese food. Probably not your typical comfort food, but it's always my go-to when it's cold outside, or I'm feeling sick.

  23. the good soup says

    I just found out I'm pregnant (my first time), and although I'm overjoyed, I'm also anxious and a little sick and achy, and my lovely friend just tonight suggested the most perfect comfort food for me. And yes, it was also dumplings. Not the Bisquick type, but the type from her homeland, Hong Kong. It's the folding, you see, which is the real comfort. One must always make dumplings with friends, she tells me, and all that filling, folding and conversation is wonderful for a growing baby.

  24. Kate Morgan Jackson says

    To the last commenter – CONGRATULATIONS!! And make sure you take a look at the Pork Dumplings post in this blog's archives, it would be perfect! lots of filling and folding…

  25. Candace says

    I think my favorite comfort food is chocolate chip cookie dough. I'd say the cookies but I generally feel so much better just through the process of baking and dough consumption that the cookies are a mere byproduct.

  26. Jessica says

    I just added you to my blog… and saw this recipe/drawing… I am actually waiting on my chicken and dumplings to cook – right now! Wow, what a coincidence…

    Anyway, I'd love to win that cookbook! Have a great day!

  27. says

    Thanks for this! My 10yo loves chicken and dumplings when we go to cracker barrel. Now I can make it for him (and I’m sure a better version) at home.

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