Easy Chicken & Dumplings – 3 WW SmartPoints

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Simple Chicken & Dumplings - 9 Weight Watchers Points Plus Value

This recipe for easy Chicken & Dumplings just happens to be my husband’s and son’s favorite dish!

Whenever I tell them I’m making it for dinner they both say ‘Oooooh, yes!’

And being that it’s WW friendly, 3 WW SmartPoints (Blue Plan & Purple Plan) & 5 WW SmartPoints (Green Plan), ya just can’t lose with this healthy dinner recipe!

Easy Chicken & Dumplings

Easy Chicken & Dumplings - 3 WW SmartPoints

I don’t know why, but for some reason I just don’t make this dish often enough.

I guess I’ve always thought that it was too time consuming and complicated, especially when making the dumplings.

However, that is so far from the truth!

All it takes is some pre-cooking of the chicken, chopping it up into bite size pieces, and then adding the other ingredients.

The dumplings are the very last step of the process and they’re super easy to whip together!

The Perfect Comfort Food: Easy chicken & dumplings – 3 WW SmartPoints

This particular recipe is very easy to make and is the epitome of comfort food.

This article, What is ‘Comfort Food’ – and Why Do We Crave It? explains how “comfort foods tend to be associated with our childhood or with home cooking, and they’re frequently prepared in a simple or traditional style.”

Bingo! That’s exactly why chicken & dumplings is a comfort food for me and my husband.

Both of our mothers used to make it when we were kids.

We fondly remember it as a meal that brought our families together to the dinner table for a good, hot, stick-to-your-ribs meal.

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Ingredients that you most likely already have at home

Not only was I making chicken & dumplings because I hadn’t made it in a while and my family loves it, but also we had some thawed out chicken breasts in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

Therefore, If I didn’t do anything with them on this particular day, I would have had to throw them out.

So, I thought, hmmm, I could make some sort of soup, or stew…Oh yeah! Chicken & Dumplings!

In addition, I just happened to have all of the ingredients on hand.

I made it and my husband magically fell in love with me all over again.

That old saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach really does ring true!

Easy Chicken & Dumplings - 3 WW SmartPoints

 

An Easy, Go-To Recipe 

I decided to make this recipe again about a week later.

I thought it would be a great dish to bring to a very sick friend whose family is in my prayers and in need of some help with meals.

It was very much appreciated by my friend and made me feel really good that I could help them out in this way.

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Easy Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

Easy Chicken & Dumplings - 3 WW SmartPoints

Easy Chicken & Dumplings – 3 WW SmartPoints

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This stick-to-your-ribs, comfort food in a bowl is not only delicious but also only 3 WW SmartPoints (Blue Plan & Purple Plan) & 5 WW SmartPoints (Green Plan)
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 415 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 32 ounces Chicken Broth
  • 4 Skinless boneless chicken breast halves, cubed, or more as needed
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces Baby carrots
  • 2 stalks Celery, chopped
  • 1 Bay leaf, optional
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp White sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • 3/4 cup Milk

Instructions
 

  • Combine chicken broth, chicken breast cubes, onion, carrots, celery, bay leaf (optional), salt, and pepper in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pot, and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in medium size bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in milk to make a soft dough.
  • Drop the dough by spoonfuls into simmering stew. Cover and simmer 15 minutes without lifting lid.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

3 WW SmartPoints (Blue Plan & Purple Plan)
5 WW SmartPoints (Green Plan)
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Easy Chicken & Dumplings - 3 WW SmartPoints

 

Get a Good Quality Stockpot

You’ll need a good quality stockpot to make this recipe.

In addition, stockpots are great to have on hand whenever you want to boil corn on the cob, steam crabs, or make a nice big pot of soup or stew.

So, if you’re looking for a good quality stockpot, Cuisinart makes a really nice one.

Based on 576 reviews as of this update, this pot has 4 1/2 stars: Cuisinart 766-26 Chef’s Classic 12-Quart Stockpot with Cover

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Delicious Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

This recipe is absolutely delicious!

You seriously have to try it yourself to really know how good it is.

It’s so simple, it’s almost ridiculous, but it creates heaven in a bowl.

I couldn’t wait to eat the leftovers the next day for lunch.

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Only 3 WW SmartPoints

Another great thing that I realized after calculating the WW SmartPoints, is that each serving totals up to only 3 WW SmartPoints for the Blue & Purple Plan & 5 WW SmartPoints for the Green Plan.

That is pretty darn good for a nice size bowl of chicken & dumplings.

I just figured that it would be too fattening.

But the only fattening part of this dish is the dumplings, which is probably the bulk of the WW SmartPoints per serving.

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Inexpensive to Make

Lastly, an added bonus to making this dish is that it’s relatively inexpensive.

I know, nothing is cheap these days and grocery store prices are skyrocketing.

But in the big scheme of things, this meal is so much cheaper to make than other meals you could make.

AND, if it makes your husband so happy that he gazes at you adoringly after he eats it, then all the better!

If you’re looking for more delicious, easy to make comfort food recipes, check out our posts on:

Easy Hoppin’ John Recipe

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WW White Chicken Chili

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11 thoughts on “Easy Chicken & Dumplings – 3 WW SmartPoints”

    • Hi Becky, I usually use 1 pound or a little over a pound of chicken. Normally 4 good size boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I would recommend adding more broth too. I just made this recently and I would have liked it better with more broth. Enjoy!

      Reply
    • Hi Allie,

      So sorry for the late response. Yes, you put the chicken cubes in raw. The boiling broth will cook the chicken. Just make sure that there is no pink on the inside of the chicken.

      Thanks!
      Pam

      Reply
    • Hi Jodi, so sorry for the late response. I just happened to make this last night and each serving is approximately 1 1/2 cups. I hope you like it! My husband absolutely loves it and it’s so easy to make. Thanks! Pam

      Reply
  1. You’re funny!!!! Do you think Dad will look at me like Chuck looks at you when I make it?????

    I will definitely try this one–great for a cold winter night!

    Reply

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