Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Challenge: Clean this Recipe!

I must admit that I've been waiting for the temperatures to dip a bit, just to have an excuse to make this recipe. It's my absolute favorite fall/winter stick-to-your-bones recipe. It's reminiscent of a dish my mom used to make, although I'm quite certain she didn't use canned rolls or cream-of-anything soup.

Now, if you don't mind the occasional cream-of soup, or using canned rolls, then I urge you to try this recipe as is. We made it tonight and I'm still thinking about it.

However, in light of my recent pledge to eat healthier and cleaner, I want to try to make this recipe better. I'm pretty sure that with a little digging I could find a recipe for home-made dumplings, but if you have one you'd like to share, please do!

My real challenge lies in replacing the cream of chicken & mushroom soup. Tonight I used just that; an actual combination of both soups in one can. That just screams healthy, no? (wink,wink)

Still, it was delicious, and I fear it may be hard to replace the soup and still achieve the same level of deliciousness. Which is why I'm turning it over to you, the reader. Come up with a suitable replacement, and I'll try it out and report back. Let's see if we can clean this one up.

Crock-Pot Chicken & Dumplings



  • 2 organic boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken (or cream of mushroom) soup
  • 1 cup low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 bag of baby carrots (or approximately 1 cup of chopped carrot)
  • 1 can of organic sweet peas (or a bag of frozen peas)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, sliced (or 1-2 tsp of garlic powder)
  • Salt, pepper & paprika to taste
  • 1 tube of Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls


  • Cut chicken into bite site pieces; season with salt, pepper & paprika to taste.
  • Combine soup, chicken broth, and water in crock pot, stirring well to mix.
  • Add chicken, onion, carrots, peas, and garlic.
  • Cook 4-5 hours on high (or 7-8 hours on low)  *Note that mixture will still be soupy at this point.
  • Tear crescent rolls into pieces, ball the dough and add to crock pot.
  • Cook for an additional 30-45 minutes on high.
  • Enjoy!

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