Shannon here: I’m celebrating my Sept release a bit early. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of my first Love Inspired title, Reuniting with the Cowboy. Deadline: All comments on this post and on guest posts will go into this drawing for the entire month through August 31st, 11:59 pm central time.
I’ve always loved chicken and dumplings, but the dumplings intimidated me. I like the round fluffy ones like my mom makes. She tried to instruct me, but it just sounded intimidating and impossible, so I never tried.
Last winter, I saw fellow author, Ane Mulligan, mention on Facebook that she made dumplings with Grands Bisquits. I had to try it. First I made Wild Turkey and Dumplings, since my son is an avid hunter and I had two wild turkey breasts in my freezer. It turned out awesome both times. After I ran out of turkey, I made Chicken and Dumplings using chicken breasts.
This summer, I had a hankering for dumplings, but it was too hot to boil the chicken, so I took a shortcut and it turned out yummy. So here’s my shortcut:
Summertime Chicken & Dumplings
2 cans white chunk chicken breast
3 – 10 3/4 oz chicken broth
1 – 10 3/4 oz can cream of celery
1 – 22.4 oz can cream of mushroom
1 – 15 oz can sliced carrots (drained)
1 – 15 oz can sliced potatoes (drained)
1 – 15 oz can sweet peas (drained)
1 large can Grands Biscuits (not flaky)
Stir in all ingredients except bisuits in large dutch oven. Bring to boil. Cut biscuits small – 12 to 16 pieces out of each. When broth is hot, drop in biscuit pieces. Lower heat to simmer. Simmer 10 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until dumplings are done.
Note: When I use fresh or frozen turkey breast or chicken breast, I used the broth from boiling. I always use canned vegetables even in the winter. The only thing I changed for the summer recipe was the canned chicken and canned broth.
I’d love to add onions and celery, but my guys don’t like them. My son is a picky eater and I expected him to say the chicken was funny or stringy. He didn’t, he just lapped it up.
Confession: Since I really don’t like to cook, I’ll probably use the canned chicken in the winter too. Unless my son gets another turkey this season.
About Shannon: Award winning, central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. She once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots.
She has twelve published titles and is contracted with Love Inspired for three more. Learn more and connect:
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The Cowboy Next Door
A charming cowboy moving in next door shouldn’t be bad news. But veterinarian Ally Curtis knows Cody Warren—she’d never forget the boy who left her when she needed him most. Cody is doing everything he can to show his beautiful neighbor he’s not the wild bull rider he once was, from helping her find homes for her beloved strays, to protecting her when her business is threatened. But Cody has a secret that keeps him from fully reaching out. Yet as they continue to work together to promote her shelter, he can’t keep himself from hoping that Ally might have a home for him…in her heart.
Question for Readers: Did you notice me coffee cup in the picture? It reads: Please do not annoy the writer, she may put you in a book and kill you. My local writers’ group bought it for me when I taught a class there. I love it! Do you have a favorite coffee or tea cup? Describe it for us.
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