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Dayton Dumplings and Chicken Darlin'

By: Jan from Tweaked at Chez Jan
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Tennessee, what is it famous for? Football and moonshine! What about when it comes to food? Blogger Jan has decided that chicken and dumpling recipes are the "signature" Tennessee food; who can argue with that? These Dayton Dumplings and Chicken Darlin' are comfort food at its best; plus it's been tweaked to be healthier, but you'd never know it by the taste!


Recipe author's spin: This is almost like a chicken pot pie without having the entire crust, so I'm thinking it would be good with perhaps some carrots in it, or maybe some mushrooms. Also, you can bake this uncovered the entire 40 minutes. Serve this in a bowl and use a really don't want to waste a bit!

1 Serving = 7 PointsPlus™

*The PointsPlus™ values for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark.*




  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tsp of dried stuff)
  • 1/4 cup light butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Splenda granulated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen green peas
  • 4 cups cooked cubed chicken breasts
  • ---For Dumplings:
  • 2 cups Bisquick Heart Smart Baking Mix
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2/3 cup fat free 0% milk


  1. In a large saucepan, saute' onion, celery and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in flour, Splenda, salt, basil and pepper until blended. Gradually add broth; bring to a boil.
  2. Cook and stir for 1 minute; reduce heat. Add peas and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken. Pour into 13 x 9 " baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray (like Pam).
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For Dumplings:

  1. In a small bowl, combine Bisquick and basil. Stir in milk with a fork until moistened.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls into 12 mounds over the chicken mixture.
  3. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Cover and bake 10 minutes longer. 

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I love chicken and dumplings. I don't know that I would consider this healthier though. I can't use Splenda. It is sucrolose and it gives me a headache so I just go with regular sugar. I am also a bit confused by "light butter". What kind of butter is that?

Not knowing where you live, I don't know what stores are near you, but Kroger has a light butter. It is healthier because I used the light butter, FAT FREE chicken broth, chicken breast meat (leaner), Bisquick Heart Smart (rather than regular Bisquick) and FAT FREE milk. In my Weight Watchers days, this was a wonderful alternative to a full fat/calorie recipe. Sugar or Truvia or whatever sweetener you choose can be used. "A recipe is just a suggestion" motto. Jan.

You are so right about TN. I live in Cosby, TN which is the Moonshine Capitol of the World. And about an hour away from Knoxville and UT. Go Vols! And no basil or sugar in Chicken and Dumplings which are done on the stove, without garlic, although the onions and peas are ok.

This may not be an 'authentic' TN chicken & dumplings recipe, but it sounds delicious to me, and it looks as though it would be very easy & quick to prepare for those ladies who cook dinner after getting home from work. I'm definatelyely going to make this, but I'll add frozen peas & carrots instead of only peas. Also, I like the fact that this recipe is 'lightened-up'.

Hi bluejeenbabey 4998936 - The splenda is added to give this dish a bit of sweetness. If you prefer, you could use real sugar instead. Let us know how it turns out! -Editors of RecipeLion

why the splenda?

Sorry, but that's not even CLOSE to real Tn chicken n dumplings!!

Hello TnVolFan, Thanks for your feedback. This is one person's take on TN chicken and dumplings. But you're welcome to make suggestions!


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