By Rod Cohenour
My readers are really lucky with this issue. My sweet wife found one of her recipes we thought had been lost. This was like finding lost treasure because it is one of my personal favorites.
Be sure to make the dumplings because they are a real treat - light, flavorful, yet filling. The same recipe she created for the dumplings makes a delicious biscuit as well.
Bon appetit ~!
Melinda’s Easy Chicken and Dumplings
2005 Recipe by Melinda
- 1 box Wyler’s Chicken Noodle Soup Mix (or one without noodles if desired)
- 5 stalks to a whole bunch celery, sliced thin (save leafy tops)
- 5 large carrots, dime slices
- 3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
- Water to cover chicken – about 6-8 cups
- 1 large onion (cut in half – dice half and quarter the other half)
- 1 cup milk
- 3 cups Bisquick
- 1 tsp. Poultry Seasoning
- 1 ½ Tbsp. Sage
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp. Black Pepper (or to taste)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Place chicken breasts in stock pot. Add leafy tops from celery
and one-half onion that you quartered to pot. Cover breasts and
vegetables with water to cover and about 2” over. Bring to gentle boil
then lower heat to simmer about 30 minutes or until chicken breasts are
cooked through but not tough. When cooked through, remove breasts to
cool and reserve the broth.
- Using large stew pot, add soup mix, celery, carrots, onion and
diced chicken and chicken broth prepared above plus additional water to
satisfy soup directions.
- While stew pot is heating, prepare dumplings:
- Season Bisquick with sage, garlic powder, poultry seasoning and
pepper. Add buttermilk and mix dough lightly, making sure it is not
- After chicken and soup pot has begun to simmer, drop Bisquick
dumplings on top by spoonfuls, leaving plenty of room as these dumplings
will plump up as they cook. Let the dumpling rise and then turn each
over in the pot. Cover bubbling pot to permit dumplings to “bake” for a
lighter dumpling. I usually remove the first dumplings and put on a
platter covered to keep warm and repeat until all my dough is used up –
not crowding the pot. These dumplings are really light and delicious.
- Just before serving, I add the cup of milk to my stewpot to make my soup creamy.
- I also duplicate the dumpling mixture to make drop biscuits to
serve alongside, but this is just because my family loves the extra