With these cold temps it’s hard not to think about comfort food. I posted the process of making this dish on my Instagram story yesterday and I had lots of people tell me that it wasn’t the chicken and dumplings they grew up heating. I guess it depends on where you live!
What are chicken and dumplings?
“Southern” dumplings I am told is torn dough that’s placed into the chicken gravy, others said that their chicken and dumplings was more like a chicken noodle soup. All I know was that this was delicious – and that I made the dumplings out of my skinny pizza dough. I know! The magical dough!
This could easily be made with rotisserie chicken, or leftover chicken. I had chicken breasts so I poached them for 10 minutes – not quite done, but done enough so that I could shred it. I used a tablespoon of I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter (1 point) to saute the peas and carrots that I defrosted before making the sauce.
If you aren’t using jarred chicken broth – please give it a try. That chicken base cost $3.99 at my local grocery store and makes 56 cups of broth – the box that you buy is only 4 cups for $1.99!
After I sauted the carrots and peas for just a minute or two, I added 1/2 cup of self-rising flour (5 points) and cooked that for a minute, then slowly added the chicken broth. My chicken broth is 5 calories a cup, so I don’t count that shit.
Add the broth just one cup at a time, until it gets thick again, then add the next cup of broth. The only seasoning I used was Dak’s brand Italian Blast – which had crushed red pepper and tons of flavor. Feel free to use thyme or whatever seasonings you like.
- 1 pound cooked chicken breast, shredded or chopped
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup self-rising flour (regular flour is fine - just add another point to the whole dish)
- 1 16 ounce bag frozen peas and carrots, defrosted (it only takes about 20 minutes on the counter)
- 1 tablespoon I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 ounces skinny pizza dough
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley, for garnish
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley, for garnish
- Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the peas and carrots and cook for 1 minute. Add the flour and coat the veggies in the flour mixture. Slowly add the chicken broth, 1 cup at a time, to the veggie mixture. Once combined and the sauce is thick again, add in the cooked chicken and seasoning.
- Bring the stove top up to medium high, wet your hands and you'll be able to pinch off the dough and place on top of the chicken mixture. Top with a lid and cook for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle the top of the chicken and dumplings with the dried parsley.
For me one serving of this dish is 5 points. Click this link to see what the points would be on your WW plan.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 471Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 1878mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 45g
After incorporating all the broth, I added back the chicken at the end. Then I wet my hands and pulled 8 ounces of skinny pizza dough and pinched off pieces to place on top the chicken mixture. I turned the heat to medium high, then put a lid on the pan, and cooked the dumplings for 8 minutes.
How do you make dumplings?
So easy, just place the pizza dough on top of the chicken mixture, put a lid on it. That’s it!
OMG, looks at that puffy goodness! I contemplated putting it under the broiler to get some color, but my pan wouldn’t have gone in the oven (should have used cast iron!), but the dumplings were fully cooked – had a bit of crust on the top, and soft and gooey on the bottom. #swoon
I just sprinkled with dried parsley and called it a day.
The best part is that when I put all the points together this WHOLE PAN is only 14 points! 1 for the butter, 5 for the flour and 8 for the pizza dough. So 1/4 of the pan (which is the amount in the bowl to the side) is only 3.5 points. Holy balls. (note – see the breakdown of points in the recipe card below since this recipe was made after the last WW change to three plans)
This is comfort food at its finest – perfectly cooked chicken, gravy, veggies, and dumplings?! But guess what. When Jacob came home he asked “who is that for?” I told him he was welcome to have it for dinner. After he finished his first bowl and asked for seconds, Hannah said “can I have some?”
What? Hannah eating chicken – mind you, the chicken was shredded pretty fine, but she ate it – the dumplings being her favorite part. I can’t remember the last time we all ate the same meal.
This is so easy and perfect for a weeknight dinner – I mean, you do always have skinny pizza dough in the fridge, right?! Plan on making a double batch of dough this weekend, you can thank me later.
I had the best two days at home. Spending time in my kitchen, doing cooking stories, answering cooking questions on Instagram. I was living my best life!
And now it’s back to work. To my desk. Where there is no kitchen. But luckily it’s already Friday, so I won’t have to wait too long to get back into my kitchen.
Happy Friday friends – make it a great day!!