Chicken and Dumplings Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

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Chicken and Dumplings Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Ease of Preparation: Easy Recipe

Dish Description:
Chicken and dumplings is the Southern equivalent to chicken noodle soup. When you are sick or you do not feel good, nothing else will do. And nobody will ever make it better than your mom or grandma. But here is how I made it for my mom when she went through chemotherapy.

Tasting Guidelines:
This recipe should taste savory and aromatic.
The weight of this recipe is medium but can be balanced with vinegar.
The texture of this recipe is soft.
This recipe is good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
This recipe gives an emotional response of a full belly and home cooked love.
This recipe is best categorized as southern American.

Food Ingredients:
2 lbs. chicken, shredded (breasts or thighs depending on preference)
1 pack frozen dumplings (or you can make from scratch)
1 bag frozen stew vegetables
1 c. cream (optional)
2 c. milk
1 large can chicken stock
1 c. water
1 stick butter
1/2 cup flour

Flavor Balancers:
1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
1/2 tbsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar

Aromatics:
2 tsp. rosemary
1 tbsp. bay seasoning
1 tbsp. sage

Recipe Directions:
In a large spaghetti pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add stew vegetables and cook until tender. Stir in flour to absorb extra butter. Mix in additional ingredients and seasonings, except dumplings. Allow to simmer 5 minutes to check seasoning levels. When proper seasoning levels have been reached, break and add frozen dumplings, slowly mixing to avoid sticking. Transfer to a slow cooker, and set on low heat and allow to work until dumplings begin to fall apart, about 2 hours. Change to the warm setting to avoid burning. Serve with cheddar cheese.

Chef Recipe Tips:
The key that made my mom go back for seconds and thirds was adding the red wine vinegar to remove the weight from the dish. There are two forms of chicken and dumplings. The thin version that is similar to chicken noodle soup and the heavier cream sauce version that I have here.


Cooking for Chemo focuses on teaching you how to make your food taste good again during cancer and chemotherapy treatments. The flavor and cooking techniques contained within our easy to make recipes will help improve your quality of life as you go through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Our cooking and flavor techniques can be integrated with any diet regimine. All of our recipes can be made with organic ingredients if you choose. Our holistic approach to cooking will help you not only be able to eat but to also enjoy the taste of your food again during and after cancer and chemotherapy treatments. We have many healthy recipes, crockpot recipes, chicken recipes, dinner recipes, shrimp recipes, pasta recipes, soup recipes, vegan recipes, salad recipes, vegetarian recipes, breakfast recipes, and even a great chili recipe. Talk with your oncologist and dietitian to come up with a quality nutrition plan. This site is not to be taken as or used instead of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor, oncologist, and dietitian before starting any new diet.

This recipe is taken from Cooking for Chemo …and After! By Chef Ryan Callahan -The Cancer Chef. For more cooking for chemotherapy recipes like this, you can pick up a copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Have specific questions? Email us at cookingforchemo@gmail.com

About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a classically trained chef with fifteen years of culinary experience. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments.