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

5 thoughts on “TV dinner (& dumplings)

  1. Pingback: Chicken & Dumplings: The Return of Comfort Food | I Am Not A Restaurant!

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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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