TV dinner (& dumplings)


My cast iron skillet hadn't seen the light of day in…well, in so long I can't date it. Talking to Julie Hearne on SiriusXM 110 (The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook) shamed me into trying something other than fried chicken or corn bread – seriously, the only reasons I bought it.

She said make chicken and dumplings and I did! More self-appreciation as I used up a couple of cups of cooked chicken, a handful of frozen peas and the already opened box of chicken stock.

So super simple.

Chicken base

1 1/2-2 cups cooked chicken, bite size pieces

2 tablespoons veggie oil of choice

Medium onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, sliced thin

2-3 carrots, sliced thin

3 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, less if dried

1-2 cups chicken stock (sorry I didn't measure)

Salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Heat skillet, add oil & onions over medium heat. Soften a few minutes, then add carrots & celery. Salt and cook until tender. Add thyme and flour. Cook a minute or two. Add broth, but not so much it is soupy. It will start to thicken. Add chicken. Cook until bubbly, adjust liquid, re-season with salt & pepper. Top with tablespoons of dumpling dough to cover. Bake 350 for 20 minutes.


I pulled the dumpling measurements from Martha Stewart, minus the dill I didn't have. It's flour, salt, baking powder, milk.

No top for my skillet made a crustier top on the dumplings. Feel free to cover if you like 🙂

Dig in, spoon optional-B

Published by Betsy Karetnick

Dynamic lifestyle broadcaster, journalist, and media expert. Brand builder. Innovator. Producer. Experienced in business development and all aspects of media. Extensive experience on a national platform attracting and retaining an audience by mixing entertainment and education on lifestyle issues including cooking, cleaning, crafting, organizing, personal finance and dining out. Owner and operator of The Portable Garden, northern New Jersey's premier source for exclusive custom event design, special event flowers, container gardens and small scale landscape installations.

5 thoughts on “TV dinner (& dumplings)

  1. This dumplling recipe looks delicious. It’s a little weird that my post on your WonTon soup post showed up here. Such a strange coinsidence. 🙂

  2. I love that you are featuring another oriental idea. The items you featured the last couple of weeks have inspired me to offer up some tasty items this week with what I had in my kitchen. Quick chicken stew with dumplings (fixed in just over 1/2 hour), Beef stir fry over rice (took longer to prep than to cook) and chicken fried rice. Thanks for the inspiration.

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