Easy Chicken & Dumplings #SundaySupper

This week officially was the start of sports season.  My son started football practice which means that except for a few weeks over the holidays my husband, who coaches most of his sports, and him are gone to practice at least 2 nights a week.  Then every Saturday is a game.  For football, soccer and basketball…until mid-March.  So that means I need to have quick meals ready before they are back out the door again.  One of my kids favorites is this Easy Chicken & Dumplings.  I can get this on the table and it’s a great way to make sure he’s got good wholesome fuel to power him through his practices.

Kids favorite Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

The things I use for these are usually what I have on hand in my pantry and freezer.  Freezer you say?  Yes, freezer.  When I find carrots and celery on sale I will chop them up and put them in a plastic freezer bag and put them in the freezer.  It ensures that I always have these on hand for soups.  So gather your ingredients….

Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

For this recipe use any type of shredded chicken you desire.  I personally like to use chicken thighs that I cook in the crock pot with just salt and pepper then shred.  I used the whole large package and had enough leftover for chicken tacos later in the week.  Win! Of course though you can just as easily use leftover rotisserie chicken or cook a few chicken breasts on the stove.

Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Chop all your good veggies up.  Add to a large pot with your 2 Tbs. butter.  Saute for around 5 minutes to make onion and garlic soft.  Now add your stock and water.  (I use chicken bouillon versus chicken stock.  This is a preferred taste for me so feel free to use either.  When using chicken bouillon I usually heat water to boil and place cubes in that water to dissolve.  Then then just add the remaining water separate.  This is what you see in my Donald Duck cup.  From one of my favorite places ever, Disney World!)  Finally add your chicken.

Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Bring your pot to a good rolling boil for around 10 minutes.  Time to make your biscuits.  Add milk, oregano, thyme and the Jiffy mix.  Stir to combine.  Viola!  Done.  Easy as that!  Once pot is at a rolling boil you are going to drop your biscuit mix in one spoonful at a time on top of the broth and vegetables.  Drop all the way around filling up the top of the pot.

Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Keep the pot at a roiling boil for another 10 minutes.  This is the consistency you want.  The dumplings cooked completely through.

Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

This is a perfect & easy weeknight dinner that your kids will love, trust me!  And here you are…….

Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thank you to Ellen Folkman from Family Around the Table for hosting this weeks Sunday Supper.  Keep kids happy with these other Kid Friendly Recipes from the Sunday Supper Family.

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Easy Chicken & Dumplings
A quick and hearty meal that's Kid Approved!
Kids favorite Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Soup
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Kids favorite Easy Chicken & Dumplings from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Chop all veggies up. Add to a large pot with your 2 Tbs. butter. Saute for around 5 minutes to make onion and garlic soft.
  2. Now add your stock and water. Finally add your chicken. Simmer on a rolling boil for 10 minutes.
  3. For biscuits: Add milk, oregano, thyme and the Jiffy mix. Stir to combine. Once pot is at a rolling boil for 10 minutes you are going to drop your biscuit mix in one spoonful at a time on top of the broth and vegetables. Drop all the way around filling up the top of the pot.
  4. Keep the pot at a roiling boil for another 10 minutes. This is the consistency you want. The dumplings cooked completely through.
  5. Serve & enjoy!
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Cheesy Pierogi Casserole

My 9 yr old’s will readily say that his favorite meal is “Pierogies.”  This casserole was born from the fact that I was really getting tired of the same pierogi with butter while it is good it really needed some jazzing up.  The first time I made this for him within the first few bites he was in heaven and thus the Cheesy Pierogi Casserole’ became a keeper in this house.

Cheesy Pierogi Casserole from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Getting creative with some of my families favorites is so much fun for me.  Yes, I am boring and you know I’m okay with that!  I wanted a unique dessert so I came up with this Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake. How could I make my husbands favorite appetizer a little different? Boom Wing Sauce Sliders!  Thankfully my family is up to the task  of trying out the end results.

While I have attempted the homemade version of pierogies, honestly the time & effort were not nearly as good as the boxed version.  I was kind of sad about this because I usually say that homemade anything is better than boxed.  What I did was make the same roux I use for Macaroni & Cheese and add ham.  It really takes an average side and makes a meal out of it.  Not only is this delicious, it’s quick to make.

Cheesy Pierogi Casserole | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Cook the pierogi according to package directions.  This typically takes 8-10 minutes in boiling water to cook all the way through once cooked, add them to a strainer while the roux is made.

Cheesy Peirogi Casserole Preperation

Now it’s time to make the ham & cheese mixture or ‘roux’ if you prefer.  Gather the ingredients…..

Cheesey Casserole with Ham ingredients

Using the same pan start melting 4 Tbs. butter.  Add the diced ham.  Cook for about 1-2 minutes.  Add 2 Tbs. flour & pepper to the mixture and stir then add 1 cup milk and half the package of cheese to the sauce and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until thickened.  Once the sauce is thickened combine the cooked Pierogies with the ham & cheese sauce.

Cheesy Pierogi Casserole from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Add to a 8×11 greased serving dish and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  All this cheesy goodness is a perfect quick weeknight meal the whole family will love.  I served this with a bagged Fresh Express Bacon Caesar Salad & roasted Brussel spouts to round the meal out.  And here you are…..

Cheesy Pierogi Casserole from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Cheesy Pierogi Casserole
A cheesy dish with potato & cheese stuffed pierogies combine to make a delicious and quick meal the whole family will love.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Casserole
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Casserole
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook the Pierogies according to package directions. It typically is 8-10 minutes in boiling water. Once they are done drain in strainer.
  2. Using the same pan start melting 4 Tbs. butter. Add the diced ham. Cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add 2 Tbs. flour & pepper to the mixture and stir. Add 1 cup milk. Add half the package of cheese to the sauce. Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Combine the cooked Pierogies with the ham & cheese sauce.
  4. Add to a 8x11 greased serving dish. Top with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
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The ‘Un’ Shish Kabob

I love Shish Kabobs. They are so good! And talk about a versatile meal. It can be mixed up any way you like. But let’s be honest, threading the wooden stakes can be a pain. One night I wanted these but did not feel like soaking the stakes, cutting everything up then putting it on the stakes. Smooshing them onto our grill (we use an electric grill) and then cooking them until they were tough because the middle didn’t get completely cooked so I had to keep turning and turning it. No! That is when I came up with the idea for the ‘Un’ Shish Kabob. All the goodness of the original but so easy.

'Un' Shish Kabob. Wonderful quick meal for summer.

When I make mine I usually choose chicken or a combination of chicken & steak if I can find a good deal on it. Then I always add mushrooms & onions. Always. For my other  vegetables I usually do 1 red & 1 green vegetable. For this one I used Brussel sprouts and Roma tomatoes. I really love Brussel sprouts. So gather your ingredients……

'Un' Shish Kabob. A quik easy meal for busy summer nights.

I use my broiler pan for this. Now, how often do you think about using your broiler pan? Probably no often. So enjoy this. You may think of other ways to use it now that you’ve got it out. Go ahead and spray it with some Olive Oil spray.

'Un' Shish Kabob. A quik easy meal for busy summer nights.

Clean & cut your veggies. I kept my tomatoes whole. After they are cooked they almost ‘burst’ open when you cut into them. Try it, you will love it.

'Un' Shish Kabob. A quik easy meal for busy summer nights.

Add the vegetables to the broiler pan. Melt 4 Tbs. of butter. Season them with Salt & Pepper then pour the butter over them.

'Un' Shish Kabob. A quik easy meal for busy summer nights.

Now cut up your chicken.

'Un' Shish Kabob. A quik easy meal for busy summer nights.

Add your cubed chicken to the other side of the pan. Next you’re going to pour the Italian Dressing over your chicken. This really makes it tangy and gives it a little kick.

Now you are ready to put this into the broiler. While your placing everything onto the pan preheat the broiler. Once everything is on the pan go ahead and pop it in. I set my timer for 8 minutes. When the timer goes off, pull the pan out and turn the chicken and vegetables. Set for another 8 minutes.

'Un' Shish Kabob. A quik easy meal for busy summer nights.

During the first 8 minutes of cooking I usually start my ‘Quick Baked Potatoes’. Scrub and cut your potatoes in half. Cover with plastic wrap. When I start the second 8 minute timer I put the potatoes in to cook.

Once the timer goes off for the 2nd time pull the pan out and turn the chicken and vegetables. Check your potatoes. If they easily poke through with a fork your good to go. If they are a little thicker you may have to cook them for another 4-6 minutes. Do not overcook as it will make them hard and inedible.

With this I make 'Quick Baked Potatoes'

Set your timer for your last 8 minutes. So you will put these in the broiler for a total of 24 minutes, turning the chicken and vegetables every 8 minutes. They should be all nice and crispy on the edges. Oh yeah, look at this.

With this I make 'Quick Baked Potatoes'

Plate up your ‘Un’ Shish Kabobs and potatoes.  I love dipping my chicken into Steak Sauce and topping my potatoes with butter and sour cream.  And here you are……..

The 'Un' Shish Kabob | Bottom Left of the Mitten

'Un' Shish Kabob

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The 'Un' Shish Kabob
Don't waste time skewering the meat & vegetables. Just chop & broil your meat and veggies all on one pan. Dinner is done is less than 30 minutes.
The 'Un' Shish Kabob | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
The 'Un' Shish Kabob | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
'Un' Shish Kabob
  1. Clean & cut your veggies.
  2. Add the vegetables to the broiler pan. Melt 4 Tbs. of butter. Season them with Salt & Pepper then pour the butter over them.
  3. Cut up your chicken.
  4. Add your cubed chicken to the other side of the pan. Pour the Italian Dressing over your chicken.
  5. Set your timer for 8 minutes. So you will put these in the broiler for a total of 24 minutes, turning the chicken and vegetables every 8 minutes.
Quick Baked Potatoes
  1. Scrub and cut your potatoes in half. Cover with plastic wrap. When I start the second 8 minute timer.
  2. Check your potatoes. If they easily poke through with a fork your good to go. If they are a little thicker you may have to cook them for another 4-6 minutes. Do not overcook as it will make them hard and inedible.
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