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Chicken and Dumplings

Points® value
Total Time
40 min
15 min
25 min
This seemingly rich comfort food (just like mom used to make) is a satisfying, healthier take on the traditional version - minus all the extra fat and calories.


Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

1¼ pound(s), cut into 1-inch chunks

Table salt

tsp(s), or to taste

Black pepper

pinch(es), or to taste

All-purpose flour

4 tbsp(s), divided in half

Table salt

½ tsp(s)

Black pepper

¼ pinch(es)

Vegetable oil

2 tsp(s)

Uncooked leek

4 medium, white and light green parts only), thinly sliced


4 medium, thinly sliced


2 medium, sliced into thin rounds


2 stalk(s), medium, stalks, sliced

Bay leaf

1 leaf/leaves

Dried thyme

1 tsp(s)

Chicken broth

2½ cup(s), fat free

Apple juice

½ cup(s)

Uncooked unenriched white cornmeal

2 tbsp(s)

Baking powder

¾ tsp(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp(s)

Fresh parsley

1½ tsp(s), minced

1% low-fat milk

¼ cup(s)

Frozen green peas

½ cup(s), thawed


  1. Season chicken with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Mix 2 tablespoons of the flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle chicken with 1 Tablespoon of seasoned flour. In a large skillet, heat oil and lightly brown chicken. Remove from pan.
  2. In the same skillet, sauté leeks and shallots until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Add carrots, celery, bay leaf and thyme and cook another 3 minutes. Stir in remaining tablespoon of flour and stir until it begins to color, about 1 minute. Pour in chicken broth and apple juice. Return chicken to pot. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile to make dumplings, sift 2 remaining tablespoons flour, cornmeal, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt together into a bowl. Stir in parsley. With a fork, stir in milk until dough just comes together. Drop dumpling mixture with a teaspoon into chicken mixture. Simmer, covered, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add peas, and cook until dumplings are done, another 2 to 4 minutes. Serve in six 1-cup portions.