Chicken and Dumpling Stew

When I was a little girl, we didn’t have much money, so my Mom made up recipes with items she had on hand. This is one of her super easy made-up recipes that I remember warming us up on cold winter nights. It’s going to get cold in a few hours (I’m excited after our super hot summer) and this is what I’m cooking tonight. I don’t have exact measurements of the spices. Everyone’s taste buds are different, so go with your feeling. My kids were picky eaters when they were little, but they loved this. It’s very filling, so it’s great if you have a lot of mouths to feed.

2 Chicken Breast

3 medium potatoes (pealed and chopped)

1 bag frozen chopped broccoli

1 can refrigerator biscuits

Chicken broth (optional, you can use water)



Ground Sage



Boil chicken breast in chicken broth, onion, garlic and sage until cooked. Remove Chicken from broth and add chopped potatoes. When potatoes are almost done add frozen broccoli and bring to a boil. Add chopped chicken. Drop refrigerated biscuit dough in pieces into boiling broth and stir. Cook until the liquid is thickened to your liking. It will get thicker as it cools.


What a good idea to use refrigerator biscuits! Your Mom was smart!


That is a good idea to use refrigerator biscuits my mom use to use bisquick and drop it into the broth to make dumplings and they would dissolve quick but refrigerator biscuits is genius and less messy :grin:


Food for the heart and the soul! Soup and stews are good year-round, but when the weather gets cold they really are a new level of soothing and filling :two_hearts:

This is a beautiful recipe, @Ostara and I can tell it is full of warm memories for you. Thank you for sharing it :heart: :pray: :blush:


Thank you Bry!


@Ostara :hugs: :heart:


I keep coming back to this and wondering what a refrigerator biscuit is, and I’ve finally gotten a chance to do some searching and figured it out. :joy:

So biscuit is like the North American term for scone. And a canned one, can result in ones that look pretty much the same!

[Air Fryer Canned Refrigerated Biscuits - Fork To Spoon]

(Seeing that source post, using the air fryer sounds like a fun idea for these!)

In most of North America, nearly all hard sweet biscuits are called “cookies”, while the term “biscuit” is used for a soft, leavened quick bread similar to a less sweet version of a scone. - Biscuit - Wikipedia

Wikipedia says “a less sweet scone,” but our scones aren’t sweet, anyway. Although, dust them with icing sugar, stuff them with cream and jam (jelly in the US), and they very much so are sweet!


Whereas, I read biscuit and I expect a cookie-like thing. Some are’t really sweet like,

[Biscuit - Wikipedia]

And others, like the classic Australian TimTam are,

[Biscuit - Wikipedia]

Ooh, some Australian classics:

(Yes, we say “bikkies.” :joy:)

Because we reserve the word “cookie” for things that are more like,


Anyway, hopefully by now, y’all know I generally do these pedantic deep dives because I’m a nerd, and I love it, not for whatever petty reason someone can come up with. :joy:

Thanks for prompting this mini-research session. :black_heart: I needed something easy to end my day with.


made a variation using this recipe last night. I didn’t have the pilsbury biscuits so it was just chicken stew but dang was it good. Thanks for posting. My daughter loved it too and she’s picky, so you have her thanks as well :stuck_out_tongue:


Oh! This is so nice to have especially with the season changes here! :two_hearts:

I know we have a recipe that we’ve used for a variation of Chicken Pot Pie that uses the refrigerator/canned biscuits instead of a pie crust too! :revolving_hearts:

Thank you for sharing @Ostara

@starborn of course not intentionally, but as I was reading through the differences in biscuits outside of N America, I remembered that Internationally different terms are different items across the world.

Fish & Chips comes to mind too. In America its 1 thing & at least in the UK its a different type of dish. Similar but the chips are different in each area as far as what is served.


I didn’t know this one had variations. For us, it’s battered fish and hot chips. They’re usually thicker ones, like steak fries, but they can be anything, really. Not that shoestring fries are very common for it. :thinking:

I haven’t eaten yet today, so thinking of this is making me hungry. :joy:


@Dierna_Nimue_Selene I’m happy you and daughter liked it!

@Susurrus and @starborn I didn’t even think about biscuits being different in other countries. Thank you both for your input on it!