Lighter Chicken and Dumplings

Since I knew we wouldn’t have a new office microwave at least until lunch time, breakfast had to be something I could heat up in the toaster oven – so we are back to breakfast pizzas!  Flatout thin crust artisan bread, 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, baby spinach, an ounce of deli ham, 1 scrambled egg and 1 ounce of shredded mixed cheddar cheese.  This whole thing comes in at 358 calories and 35 grams of protein!

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I was actually busy with one of the secretaries out, so before I knew it, it was time to hit the pool.  Luckily I was all by myself for the entire swim – no poo in the pool this time!

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I had really bad cramps yesterday (I know, TMI!) but the pool really helped.  I took this picture and have noticed since I stopped doing Insanity, I’ve lost some of my shoulder definition.

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So next week I am going back – but this time with T-25.   Starting Monday, I am going to commit to 30 days of T-25.   I liked doing Insanity at night because believe it or not, I have more energy at night than I do in the morning.  So 8:00 p.m. I will have a date with T-25!

By the time I got back to the office, I could hear they were installing the new microwave, so I waited it out – I didn’t end up eating lunch until 1:45.  I had one serving of the copycat Panera broccoli soup that I made for my friend that didn’t make it in the container I gave her.  On the side was a high fiber English muffin ham, spinach and cheese open face sammie.  This new microwave has a convection oven setting – do any of you know if that means you can use it like an oven, or does it just make the microwave work faster??  I was the first person to use it – and it is way more efficient than our older one.

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I am building up my share of snowman mugs at work – I actually have about a dozen and a half more at home in the basement boxed up – I rotate them in and out pretty much year round.  They just make me happy!  Skippy, I know you share in this happiness!

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So I kept seeing a bunch of recipes for chicken and dumplings on Pinterest.  I got to thinking and I don’t think I’ve ever made it before.  But the recipes I saw were chock full of butter and definitely not on the healthy side.  I had the idea that I would roast a chicken and use that meat for the chicken and dumplings, and have leftovers for sandwiches and use the carcass later in the week to make chicken noodle soup.  But I quickly discovered that the whole chickens were the same price uncooked as they were already cooked – so I put this $5.99 chicken in my basket.  I picked one that had just been placed on the shelf.  I’ve heard that they cook up these rotisserie chickens using chicken that is really close to the sell by date.  Not sure if that’s true or not?

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I also chose frozen veggies over fresh ones, because I thought that would be easier on a weeknight.  I picked up this 10 ounce package:

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Lighter Chicken and Dumplings


  • Lighter Chicken and Buttermilk Dumplings
  • Serves 4: 391 calories, 8.8 fat, 860 sodium, 40 grams carbs, 2.7 fiber and 35.3 protein (about 1 heaping cup of chicken veggie mixture and 2 dumplings)
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon extra light virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounce bag of mixed veggies
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • For the Dumplings:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup low fat buttermilk


  1. Heat oven to 400. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Dump the frozen veggies to the pan, coating them with the oil and let cook about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the 3 tablespoons of flour and cook for one minute, coating the veggies with flour. Slowly add in the chicken broth, constantly stirring, until all the chicken broth has been added and the sauce starts to thicken. Add in the cooked chicken, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the dumplings. Mix those ingredients well – it won’t look like a lot of dough, but they really puff up in the oven. Pour the chicken mixture into an oven safe dish, and spoon out 8 dumplings into the chicken mixture. Half of the dough will be in the chicken broth mixture and the other half will be above – this way you get the doughy delicious dumpling with a nice crunch on the top. Can you tell I am awful at writing out recipe instructions??!!
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, or until dumplings are golden brown.

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This was perfect comfort food on a cold chilly night, without all the guilt.  And while Tony could tell this was a lightened dish, he really liked it.

Stats for the Day:

  • 1516 calories, 63 fat, 152 carbs, 100 protein and 35 fiber
  • 38% of calories from carbs, 36% from fat and 25% from protein
  • 30 minute swim at lunch
  • average blood sugar 119

I am excited for lunch today – I made a batch of my award winning Buffalo Chicken Chili.  Tony goes to a Coumadin clinic every few weeks since he is on blood thinners.  One of the women who helps him looks just like one of the Mowry twins, so he calls her “Sister, Sister” because he’s not really good with names.  Well, a couple weeks ago she brought in the article of my chili and said that she doesn’t cook and she’d really like to try it.  She was joking of course, so she’ll be surprised when Tony brings her a big container of it today!  There was enough leftover for my lunch today.

Time to heat up the car – another sub-zero start to the day.  Have I mentioned how done I am with winter this year already??!!

Make it a great day!

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  • jenn@slim-shoppin
    February 11, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Morning B! I am on my way to work. Call you in a few

  • Kim
    February 11, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I’m with you and over the cold – I really have gone into a form of hibernation lately!!!
    So sweet of you to make the chili for Tony to take into the clinic – she will love it!!!
    I can’t tell that you’ve lost shoulder definition but you do look little in that picture with the pink tank!!!

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Thanks Kim – it’s all about the angle of the camera – you can’t see my muffin top! Ha! 😀

  • Helen
    February 11, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I have a convection oven/microwave combination – and yes you can use them just like an oven on the convection settings. Convection cooks a lot faster than a regular oven… hopefully they left you the owner’s manual so you can read up on it. If not, try taking the model number and searching for it online.

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Great idea Helen – I’ll ask them for the manual! 😀

  • Shelley B
    February 11, 2014 at 10:36 am

    You are so sweet to make food for everyone! Hope you have a great day – stay warm!

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

      I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel – temps in the 30s next week! 😀

  • SuziCate
    February 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I love using rotisserie chicken in soups and casseroles because it gives such a wonderful flavor, not to mention it cuts out much of the work.

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 10:45 am

      Yep, I think I will take advantage of them more often!

  • Caron
    February 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Agree with Shelley that you are so generous making food for other people. 🙂

    I love chicken and dumplings, but never learned to make them “southern” style which is the way Cracker Barrel makes them. Mine would either dissolve and make gravy or puff up like biscuits which wasn’t what I wanted.

    My husband’s grandmother used to ask what I wanted for my birthday, and I would ask for a pot of chicken and dumplings. I didn’t really care about the chicken. She would use a few wings for flavor and that was it. It’s probably a good thing I could never duplicate her dumplings. I still occasionally get them from Cracker Barrel — maybe once or twice a year. Yum. 🙂

  • Jan
    February 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

    You are one terrific person!I NEVER SAW CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS LOOK SO GOOD.
    I am going to start myfitnesspal.com again. I need help and just writing down what I eat, is huge! Wish me luck.

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

      We can do it – I have to get back on the exercise bandwagon too – it seems if I don’t exercise, then I don’t care about the eating and the licks, tastes, and extra bites become normal. 😀

  • Sherry Werth
    February 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Yep, you are a sweet and kind-hearted person!! That lady at the clinic will be excited to get some of your award winning chili! 😀
    Nice microwave!! I made chicken & dumplings a few weeks ago but mine are not as pretty as yours! And I cheated and rolled out canned biscuits for my dumplings. 😀
    We got snow today. A lot more than expected and more coming. Crap!! 🙁

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 11:01 am

      My Mom used to make chicken and biscuits – canned biscuits flakey biscuits – so good!

      So sorry about the snow – I am so done with this winter!!

  • A Life From Scratch
    February 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    oooohhhhh chicken and dumplings, I’m SO in!!

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I think your kids would love them – the dumplings really puff up when they bake!

  • Louise
    February 11, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Oh yes….I like those Rotisserie chickens…check around for prices, I think Sam’s Club has them for $4.48, then you go to Walmart and they are around $5. Today, Festeval will have their chickies for $6.00 (regular $6.99) but they are Big Birds!!! So I usually buy one, once the legs and most of the breast is gone I make a big pot of chicken soup. But I think we might like your chicken and dumplings…..think I will try that today and surprise JP with something different instead of something tomato-wie 😉

    And yes, there is room enough in my boat for you AND Tony. Bring a snack. I might be headed to another foriegn land again in the next couple of days…..Pinterest has some wonderful places to visit!!! Have a great day!!

    • Louise
      February 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Well Biz, after thinking about it today……..I think I shall join you at 8pm. I don’t have T25 but I have some Biggest loser DVD’s, some old Richard Simmons tapes, Chris Powell, Leslie Sansone (walking tapes) a Sugar Ray and Laila Ali boxing tape plus lots of misc tapes….I guess I have enough to keep me occupied, probably one a day for a month.

      So see you at 8pm…have to get rid of this belly before I see the Dr in April!!!!

      • Biz
        February 12, 2014 at 11:03 am

        Yippee!! Glad you are in Louise – remember how many miles you got on your bike the last challenge we did?!

        And I will check Walmart’s price for the rotisserie chickens – thanks for the idea!

  • Yum Yucky
    February 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Well sheesh, I’ve scrolled all through your blawg and couldn’t decide which post to comment on. All the food stuff looks soooo DELISH!

    I have T25 as well. Using it as a filler to supplement my current training. Rock on, girlfriend.

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Thanks for stopping by Josie!

  • Erin
    February 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Ooh this looks so good!!! Our family doesn’t usually do veggies in chicken and dumplings, because MAK says “that’s what chicken pot pie is for!” You can take the boy off the farm… 🙂

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Ha – that’s funny Erin – and he probably just wants chicken and waffles anyway!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    February 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    You’ve been sharing a lot of your delicious food lately!

    I’m not an evening/night person, and I admire you for working out in the evening! Have fun with it! 🙂

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 11:06 am

      I enjoy my morning time – usually 90 minutes before I go to work – it kind of eases me into the day.

  • Jacky
    February 12, 2014 at 7:26 am

    funny, Monday I stopped at Costco and they had one rotessierre chicken left for 4.99 so I grabbed it for dinner. Good stuff! My husband made chicken and rice soup with the leftovers. Can’t wait to see how the sourdough turns out!

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Chicken and rice is another favorite of Tony’s maybe I’ll make that instead of noodle soup!

  • Fran
    February 12, 2014 at 7:34 am

    You’re such a sweety with the chili.

    I only did one workout of T25 so far but I really liked it, there’s no time for a water break (well I took one) but it’s short and intense because I was pretty sweaty afterwards. I have workouts from 15 to 60 minutes but I like the 30 minutes most. You can always find 30 minutes in your day.

    We are all different, I know lots of people that prefer working out in the evening, I am a morning person. It doesn’t matter, as long as we do it right?

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 11:08 am

      Absolutely, it doesn’t count unless you do it! I’ve tried just looking at the DVDs, but that doesn’t seem to change my body. Ha!

  • Kym
    February 12, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Woo hoo! Your boss splurged and bought a nice microwave. I think you will really enjoy it. The convection feature will actually allow it to brown and crisp. It may take a few attempts to master it.

    • Biz
      February 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

      It’s actually the landlord that replaced it, but I am excited to try it – need to do some recipe searches for the microwave! 😀

  • Mary
    February 13, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Hi Biz! I was reading this blog post and my husband looked over and saw your chicken n dumplin’s and said … “Man, that looks delicious!” and I just had to make it. Made a couple tweeks, but man… SO YUMMY! :0)

    • Biz319
      February 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

      That’s awesome!! I am assuming that a couple of tweeks added onions?! 😀