Jen’s Grain-Free Chicken and Dumplings

I love chicken and dumplings, but wanted to skip the flour. Birchbenders pancake mix is just cassava flour (root vegetable you’ll find in Mexican applications), coconut flour, and almond flour. I played around with that and it worked nicely. And between the mix and rotisserie chicken, it fits my lazy summertime kitchen mood perfectly.

Jen’s Grain-Free Chicken and Dumplings

¾ pound cooked chicken, cubed (about 2 ½ cups)
1 pound frozen mixed vegetables
6 cloves garlic
, minced
1 can cream of chicken soup
½ cup milk

1 Tablespoon cheap dry white wine – optional (as long as you’d drink it, that’s the one. Just don’t use a sweet one. That would be gross here.)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Pop it all in a skillet on the stove and bring to a bubble. If it’s an oven-proof skillet, you can leave it right in there, but I like little individual pot pies.

Combine and spoon and smooth over the top:
1 cup birchbenders
1 egg
½ cup + 3 Tablespoons chicken stock or water
1 teaspoon garlic powder
– I think Penzey’s roasted garlic powder is the best, but you do you
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 Tablespoon chives
, if you have them
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch or grind of pepper

Pop into a 450 degrees F oven for about 20 minutes, til golden and beautiful.

Optional, but lovely – brush the tops with a little butter to make them shiny.


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My little cast iron pans are lodge 5″, but I see that Lodge 6 1/2″ is about 1/4 the price, so you’d be way better off going that route! They’re in my cart, too, so I can fit all the filling into 4! 😀

Lodge 6 1/2″ skillet

My favorite cast iron skillet is a 12″ Lodge dual handle pan. Why? The long handles are too heavy to hold with a single hand when they’re loaded up. Since you’re using two hands anyway, you might as well get the ones that take up less space and stack so much better!

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Lodge 12″ dual handle cast-iron pan

My favorite knife. It’s a 7″ full tang Santoku. Full tang just means that the blade runs the full length of the knife. The blade and handle aren’t two separate components, so there’s no breaking point. I chose the Ikon handle design, which is wonderfully ergonomic. I have spent hours on a produce sculpture before and my hand was just as comfy at the end. It’s worth the pennies.

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Wusthof WU4176 Classic Ikon 7-Inch Santoku, Hollow Edge, Black

I get asked about my spice wall all the time. The magnetic tins on the wall are great for any spices or salt-free blends. Salt corrodes the tins, so anything with salt is in a glass jar on the counter underneath.

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20 magnetic spice tins

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12″ x 24″ magnetic base