Chicken and Somethings


Chicken and Somethings – a spin on the traditional Chicken & Dumplings

But first let me tell you a funny story.  I love Chicken & Dumplings.  Like love love love it like a mama loves her chil’ren kinda love.  It’s warm, filling & yummy for your tummy kinda food.  

I’ve been making this dish in two forms for forever.  Sometimes I feel like getting fancy so I make it from scratch while other times I get a little lazy and make an easier but just as delicious version of it.  Every time I make it, my hubster always says without fail, this isn’t Chicken & Dumplings. He “claims” it’s more like a pot pie but take a look at my picture above, does that look like a pot pie to you?  

This ain’t no pot pie, no it is not! 

Over the years & every darn time I make this, we always go back & forth about exactly what this dish is.  So last night after Snapchatting, I finally picked what i’m gonna call this dish. This is Chicken & Somethings because it’s something like a pot pie but something like a dumpling too!

Because truly, what exactly is a dumpling?  In my experience & based on my Asian heritage, dumplings are dough filled with meat all folded together to form a cute little scrumptious package.  China has won tons, Gyoza’s in Japan & then there’s Mandoo in Korea. I’ve also grown to love the fried Mexican Dumplings known as Empanadas.  Lord help me my mouth waters as I type this post.  

My Southern Belle girlfriend, Laura, makes a mean Chicken & Dumplings. Her dumplings are like dough pieces submerged in the chicken mixture which isn’t quite like a dumpling at all but rather like a soggy yet delicious piece of dough.  My version is little clouds of “Something’s” that sit nicely on the top of the dish. They come out a nice golden brown, much like myself after I’ve been sitting on a beach somewhere in Mexico.  LOL  


Below is my easy peasy version because last night, I was hungry,  tired & had no desire to slave away in the kitchen.  I hope you enjoy it! Let me know if you try it & if you have any ideas, suggestions, additions on how to improve it. I’m always game for some good ol’fashion constructive criticism.  



Chicken & Somethings
Serves 5
A spin on the traditional Chicken & Dumplings.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. Cast iron pan
  2. 4-6 chicken breasts, boiled & shredded
  3. 1 bag of frozen mixed veggies
  4. 4 T of butter
  5. 4 T of flour
  6. 2 cups of bisquick
  7. milk
  8. 3 cups of chicken broth
  9. Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a cast iron pan, melt the butter then add the 4 T of flour & make a rue.
  3. Keep stirring the rue to cook out the flour taste but watching that it doesn't burn about 5-7 min
  4. Add the chicken broth & simmer till the gravy thickens.
  5. Once the gravy is thick add the frozen veggies and shredded chicken & continue to simmer.
  6. Salt & Pepper to taste
  7. Meanwhile, add milk to the 2 cups of bisquick a little at a time until the dough resembles a paste.
  8. With a greased spoon, drop spoonfuls of the bisquick dough on top of the chicken mixture.
  9. Transfer to the oven for 15-17 minutes until the dough is golden brown on the top & should be
  10. cooked throughout. The key is slow and steady for even cooking.

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