Chicken and dumplings is a classic comfort food. This version is lighter and brighter than your typical chicken and dumplings.
The first time I ever had chicken and dumplings I as probably about 11 years old. We were living in Georgia and a friend’s mom had made a big o’ pot of chicken and dumplings. I’ll be honest…I looked at this bowl suspiciously. It was nothing I had ever tried or found remotely familiar. My 11-year-old brain translated it into a big bowl of white goo with lumps and pieces of carrot and chicken. I was not thrilled. But, my friend said it was awesome and I wasn’t going to be rude so I said “Thank you” and gave it a try.
To my surprise it was delicious! I cleaned my bowl and kindly asked for seconds. Obviously, this was when I could still eat two bowls of creamy, delicious chicken and dumplings without consequences. Today, things have changed. Eating two bowls of creamy chicken and dumplings today would result in 15 extra pounds on my butt. However, my love and craving for chicken and dumplings persist.
If there is a time that I most crave a warm, comforting bowl of chicken and dumplings it’s this time of year. I love all forms of soup but, soup with build in bread holds a special place in my heart. However, I wanted to be able to enjoy chicken and dumpling without feeling guilty.
I thought a lighter version of chicken and dumplings with a hint of lemon tang would do the trick. If there is something that pairs perfectly with chicken, it’s a lemon. A lemon chicken dish can easily brighten any gloomy day. Let’s be honest a small squeeze of lemon added to any dish can do amazing things, and lemons are available year round.
The broth is everything I wanted it to be. It’s bright, full of herbs and with a touch of tang. And, the dumplings are light in every way. They are light in texture and light in calories!
If you are craving something a little lighter try this chunky roasted tomato soup. But, of course, everyone loves a classic Sancocho (Puerto Rican Beef Stew). If you want something hearty and loaded with aromatics and spices you need to try this Moroccan Lamb Stew with Harissa and Garbanzos.
If you are looking for more soup or stew recipes ideas see my collection of soups and stew
Items Used in the Recipe:
- Tramontia 6.5-qt Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
- 2-qt Glass Batter Bowl with Lid
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Lemon Chicken and Dumplings
Adapted from Taste of Home
Light lemony broth with tender chicken and herb dumplings.
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 medium carrots, sliced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 quarts low sodium chicken stock
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 lb chicken tenders or chicken breast, cubed
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
- 1 cup chopped mustard greens
- juice of 1 lemon
- salt to taste
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 2 tablespoon water
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Fiber: 4gProtein: 45g
Tanya Schroeder says
A good bowl of chicken and dumplings cannot be beat! I love the addition of lemon!
I’ll give it a whirl. LOVE chicken and dumplings but, like you, can’t afford what they would do to my hips….teehee…..
Erica Lea | Buttered Side Up says
I’m a huge fan of chicken soup. Lemon sounds like an awesome addition!