Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

It’s difficult for patients suffering from chemotherapy and/or radiation-related mouth sores to find easy, healthy recipes that are also gentle on the digestive system (while being delicious!). This simple, freezer-friendly recipe by Holly Clegg, author of the book “Eating Well Through Cancer” and “The Healthy Cooking Blog”, is nutritious, tasty, and made with everyday ingredients.

A pot of chicken and dumplings recommended by Enlivity for patients experiencing oral mucositis after going through chemotherapyIngredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup and 6 cups low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 6 cups low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth, divided
  • ½ tsp teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken breast chopped skinless rotisserie chicken breast
  • 2 cups biscuit baking mix
  • ⅔ cup skim milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Makes 8 servings

Recipe Instructions


  1. In a large nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion, carrots, and garlic over medium heat until tender.
  2. In a small cup, stir flour and 1/3 cup chicken broth, mixing until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture and remaining broth to pot; bring to boil. Add thyme and chicken.
  3. In a bowl, stir together biscuit baking mix and milk. Drop mixture by spoonfuls into boiling broth.
  4. Return to boil, reduce heat, and cook, covered, carefully stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes or until dumplings are done. Season to taste. If soup is too thick, add more chicken broth.

Pro-tip: If short on time, cut flaky biscuits into fourths and drop into boiling broth, or use flour tortillas cut into fourths.

*Nutritional information per serving: Calories 212. Calories from fat 22%. Fat 5g. Saturated Fat 1g.  Cholesterol 32mg. Sodium 553mg. Carbohydrate 26g. Dietary Fiber 2g. Sugars 4g. Protein 15. Dietary Exchanges:  1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 lean meat

*Add fortified dry milk to increase calories and protein