Chicken-N-Dumplings Soup

How about a sleeker version of momma’s Chicken and Dumplings Recipe? Chicken and Dumplings Soup brings all the best qualities of Chicken and Dumplings together for the modern palate, leaving the gravy and heartburn in the past.

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We’re having another Kitchen Conversation with Land O’Lakes! This time, the topic is Modernizing Vintage Recipes. We all have those family favorites that, let’s be honest, need a little refresh for our current dinner table. I came up with a vintage recipe that needs some updating to match our newly updated kitchen!

When we moved to North Carolina from the Midwest, one of the first things I noticed was the differences in cooking techniques.

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In the South, cornbread is cooked in a skillet with bacon grease, unlike the tall, pillowy cornbread I was used to.

Grits are the breakfast side of choice, not home fries or cream of wheat.

And dumplings were noodles. Say what?!?

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Growing up, every chicken and dumplings recipe I ever ate had dumplings that were dropped from a spoon. Dumplings were dumped, not cut into noodles.

These morsels of dough simmered in the gravy until puffed into little balls of carby deliciousness. The irregular shapes and moist centers were part of the appeal.

Yet here in the South, friends tell stories of standing on a wooden stool while Great-Granny presses the dough out on the countertop. Then she let her gran’babies take turns cutting it into short, fat noodles with a pizza cutter.

Whether you prefer the dropped dumplings or noodle dumplings, one thing is for certain: A good chicken and dumplings recipe equals a hefty serving of nostalgia and a whole lot of love.

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However… the last time I ate classic chicken and dumplings, I felt like I had a brick in my belly. I’m just not accustomed to eating such heavy dishes anymore.

It made me think this vintage recipe was ready for a little “modernizing.”

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So today I’ve made an updated version of my favorite chicken and dumplings recipe, Chicken-n- Dumpling Soup!

I ditched the heavy cream gravy and hulky dumplings for a thin, savory broth with mini parmesan-herb dumplings.

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The fact that the chicken and dumplings aren’t drowning in gravy really allows the fresh, herbal flavors to shine. Also, Chicken-n-Dumpling Soup takes much less time to cook because it uses chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken.

I added a third of the butter I would normally use in my traditional chicken and dumplings recipe. Land O Lakes® Butter in Half Sticks made it easy to pull just the right amount out of the fridge. Using Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt created a rich, satisfying undertone.

Really, who needs gravy?

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Modernizing is a good thing. Even when it comes to our most beloved dishes.

I honestly believe Grandma would approve.

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202 comments on “Chicken-N-Dumplings Soup

  1. Ladywildposted June 13, 2013 at 4:53 am Reply

    My favorite vintage dish is my grandmothers orange cake. I remade it by using an angelfood cake as the base. I use about half of the orange glaze. It’s not near as unhealthy now but still makes me happy

  2. ashleyposted June 13, 2013 at 5:10 am Reply

    I try to make over my 4 cheese mac and cheese – and still haven’t perfected it!!

  3. janet greyposted June 13, 2013 at 5:26 am Reply

    i have never heard of chicken and dumplings with ‘gravy’. although I am a rolled and cut dumpling person, the rest of my chicken and dumplings are pretty much as you have in your recipe – sans the carrots. it is usually very brothy and not heavy at all.

    • Sommerposted June 13, 2013 at 6:32 am Reply

      That’s interesting, all the chicken-n-dumplings recipes I’ve ever had are in a really thick creamy soup-base, or gravy. Well I’m glad I finally tried it your way. :)

      • janet greyposted June 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        it’s our all time comfort food here, and living in Houston, we usually wait until October before we have it – good tip on the turmeric, I used to use a drop of yellow food coloring – then I quit because I could never FIND my food colorings. even though we are due for 100 degree heat this week and next, I think i’ll make this again anyway your post got me in the MOOD. thanks!!

      • Kayceeposted January 6, 2016 at 4:42 pm

        I think what you’re tasting/experiencing with the “gravy” – is that when dumpling dough was dropped into the chicken-stock-based soup – to “boil”/cook the dumplings – the flour in the dumplings produced the “gravy” (changed the stock to a thicker consistency).  It’s not actually gravy – but it sort of becomes gravy when the flour mixes with the soup base.

        Whereas making homemade noodles that have been dried slightly do not thicken the soup base.  I love to make chicken and dumplings from the bisquick recipe – where you drop the dough into the simmering soup… definitely thicker than soup when it’s done, and absolutely yummy.

  4. Belinda @zomppaposted June 13, 2013 at 6:08 am Reply

    Can never say no to chicken and dumplings!!

  5. Tieghanposted June 13, 2013 at 6:10 am Reply

    Wow, that looks so good! Just like is should, colorful, soupy and comforting! YUM!

  6. Marnely Rodriguez-Murrayposted June 13, 2013 at 6:17 am Reply

    This looks amazing! Pineapple Upside DOwn Cake is a vintage recipe, at least to me – I’d modernize it with mangoes!

  7. samanthaposted June 13, 2013 at 6:21 am Reply

    I don’t even like gravy! I think grandma would approve!

  8. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted June 13, 2013 at 6:24 am Reply

    I LOVE your chicken and dumplings, Sommer! It was so great to be together with Land O’Lakes in Austin and talk about our recipes. I loved spending time with you again! xo

    • Sommerposted June 13, 2013 at 6:57 am Reply

      You too, Brenda! Can’t wait to see you again!

  9. Kim McCallieposted June 13, 2013 at 6:30 am Reply

    My favorite vintage piece that I have is a tube pan that I got from my great-Grandmother. It is has never failed me when I make my pound cakes.

  10. Heather Hayes Panjonposted June 13, 2013 at 6:30 am Reply

    A Favorite Side Dish My Grandma Made Was Fried Apple, I Could Do Stuffed Baked Apples Inspired From That Recipe!

  11. Hope @ With A Side Of Hopeposted June 13, 2013 at 6:35 am Reply

    I’d love to makeover macaroni and cheese. I can never find the perfect recipe for it.

  12. Bonnieposted June 13, 2013 at 6:38 am Reply

    I’d really like to update one of my mother or grandmother’s desserts or side dishes. I’m enjoying the versatility of Greek yogurt and how it can be used in so many healthy ways.

  13. Jessicaposted June 13, 2013 at 6:43 am Reply

    I would have to say homemade mac and cheese! I would add some healthy items! Your dumpling recipe looks delish! Will have to try it soon!

  14. Jesnessposted June 13, 2013 at 6:43 am Reply

    I love this idea! Not until I was an adult did I really appreciate chicken and dumplings, and this makes it even tastier. I recently updated my mom’s Hamburger Soup recipe. Never really heavy, instead I updated by adding more vegetables and an increasing the variety.

  15. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)posted June 13, 2013 at 6:53 am Reply

    A lot of vintage dishes have canned or processed foods that you use to make them-I would make everything from scratch! :)

  16. Amandaposted June 13, 2013 at 7:02 am Reply

    I remake cinnamon rolls all the time. I gained 50 lbs during my pregnancy because I made so many batches of rolls! I tried everything from sour dough to using fruit fillings. I just love sweet bread!!!

  17. Monicaposted June 13, 2013 at 7:02 am Reply

    Everyone needs gravy.
    And I love vintage.

  18. Amy @ The Nifty Foodieposted June 13, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply

    I’d probably try to make some of my favorite vintage recipes healthier. :-)

  19. leslieposted June 13, 2013 at 7:10 am Reply

    This is perfect for my dinner list! Can’t wait to make this, looks light enough to enjoy in the summer :)

  20. Erin | The Law Student's Wifeposted June 13, 2013 at 7:17 am Reply

    Chicken Pot Pie. My husband loves it, and I’d love to lighten it up!

  21. Katieposted June 13, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply

    I’ve tried all different updated versions of macaroni and cheese. My fave so far has been with goat cheese, but the possibilities are endless!

  22. Colleen Gormanposted June 13, 2013 at 9:31 am Reply

    Oh, it is very rainy and cool here today – so I’m thinking chicken & dumplings will be dinner tonight. I’ve updated my families’ mac & cheese recipe., and stew recipes adding seasonings and lightening them up.

  23. Athena Rposted June 13, 2013 at 7:42 am Reply

    I love chicken pot pie, and I’ve seen lots of recipes for chicken pot pie soup that I would love to try. THis soup also looks amazing, and I would love to try this too.

  24. Karenposted June 13, 2013 at 7:45 am Reply

    We love cream based gravy and to indulge without the guilt I now make mine using a pat of Land of Lakes butter, a little arrowroot flour to thicken along with, my stock of choice, fresh herbs and almond milk. No one has been able to tell the difference.

  25. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted June 13, 2013 at 8:03 am Reply

    This is my all-time favorite soup, Sommer! Such lovely flavors and pure comfort food. Thanks for sharing this great giveaway, too!

  26. Denise Mposted June 13, 2013 at 8:19 am Reply

    i dont know if its considered vintage but maybe a shepards pie that has mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes

  27. Meagan @ A Zesty Biteposted June 13, 2013 at 8:21 am Reply

    My vintage recipe would be chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles.

  28. Gabyposted June 13, 2013 at 8:30 am Reply

    Chicken Divan!!

  29. Jeanposted June 13, 2013 at 11:09 am Reply

    Your recipe sounds delish and perfect for me. I’m not a huge “gravy” fan … I always find chicken and dumplings so heavy. Give me a good brothy soup any day!

  30. Paulposted June 13, 2013 at 9:18 am Reply

    Looks wonderful

  31. Kristinposted June 13, 2013 at 9:19 am Reply

    I tend to remake vintage dishes by adding a lot of spice, usually through jalapeno peppers. Seems to please everyone I cook for and gives a bit of a kick to the old, but still great dishes.

  32. vaishaliposted June 13, 2013 at 9:27 am Reply

    I always add broccoli to my mom’s 3 cheese mac n cheese plus some other veggies..:)

  33. Khanhposted June 13, 2013 at 9:53 am Reply

    I love sloppy Joe’s, but we always used store bought buns. I would try making my own rolls, now!

  34. marlaposted June 13, 2013 at 10:14 am Reply

    Would love this soup for lunch today!

  35. Christine Pposted June 13, 2013 at 10:28 am Reply

    I don’t know how to up this from a vintage recipe, but we always make an Apple Pie from my grandmother’s worn, torn and browning cookbook. It’s the one thing that always connects me to home when baked. I think I might re-do it by trying to make my own crust, or somehow incorporating cranberries or additional fruits?

  36. Carrie M.posted June 13, 2013 at 10:43 am Reply

    Your soup looks great.

  37. JulieDposted June 13, 2013 at 11:15 am Reply

    I love this so much, Sommer! It was great to see you in Austin this past weekend!!!!

  38. sweetsugarbelleposted June 13, 2013 at 11:38 am Reply

    LOVE this. I always add veggies to my C and D’s. Some people are appalled, but you’re right. Flour boiled in chicken broth CAN sit like a ton of bricks!

  39. Patricia Wojnar Crowleyposted June 13, 2013 at 11:40 am Reply

    I would update my mom’s meatloaf with a bbq gravy!

  40. Martyposted June 13, 2013 at 11:49 am Reply

    I recently used my Great Grandmother’s yeast roll recipe to make cinnamon rolls. They turned out so yummy. Thanks for the giveaway! I love that little half-stick butter dish!

  41. Aggieposted June 13, 2013 at 11:52 am Reply

    I was introduced to chicken and dumplings a little late in life, although I’ve lived in the South (is FL really the south?!) since I was 10 (there were no dumplings or grits up in NY!). I love this lightened up version, what a beautiful soup Sommer!

  42. Brynposted June 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm Reply

    I would love to update/lighten up biscuits and gravy but still keep the same “feeling”

  43. Jessie C.posted June 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I would like to makeover our favorite dish-Lasagna.

  44. Yukiposted June 13, 2013 at 12:53 pm Reply

    I’ve never been a big fun of very heavy chicken & dumplings soup. Thank you for sharing your recipe. It sounds so yummy!

  45. Jenny Hartinposted June 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Right now I’m up to my ovaries in packing – I can’t even think about remaking a recipe – but I’m trying to recreate my grandmother’s nut roll recipe and need to work on that. Would love to win this set for my new home.

  46. Sandyposted June 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm Reply

    All those recipes using canned cream of mushroom soup now use my own blend of ingredients that I can pronounce and feel good about serving my family.

  47. MaryBposted June 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm Reply

    Oh, my gosh, this sounds so good. I love drop dumplings. To me, that’s the only way to have chicken and dumplings!

    I am not sure how I would remake a favorite vintage dish – one of which is my grandmother’s stuffing recipe. Maybe cut down a bit on the butter and use whole grain bread but that would definitely change the taste.

  48. Sarahposted June 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm Reply

    My family makes beef stroganoff. I’d use greek yogurt!

  49. Mari Donohueposted June 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Love soup and can not wait to try this version of a chicken soup!

  50. Marysue Feltmanposted June 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness…how wonderful! The soup AND the giveaway! Thank you for both!

  51. KImposted June 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply

    this soup looks delicious! thanks for the recipe

  52. Jill Hartleyposted June 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Hmmm pot roast. That’s my favorite!!! I’ve been craving everything spicy so maybe roast it on a bed of spicy peppers but not cut up. Give it some natural flavor.

  53. beth jilletteuposted June 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm Reply

    I love meatloaf. Believe it or not I make it with ground turkey these days

  54. Diane Johnsonposted June 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Sounds delicious. I’ll be trying this soon!

  55. Anna W.posted June 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm Reply

    That pot! Those colors! GASP!

  56. Nikkiposted June 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm Reply

    I bake my potato pancakes instead of frying

  57. Barbposted June 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm Reply

    make carrot chips instead of boiled carrots

  58. Denaeposted June 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm Reply

    I like to lower the sugar amounts in most of my old recipes. I still get good results in the baked goods, and not as super sweet.

  59. Rustposted June 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm Reply

    I substitute ground white meat pork in many of my dishes that call for ground beef – I prefer the taste and the savings. Especially good in lasagna with Italian sausage added.

  60. Amy Tongposted June 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm Reply

    My favorite vintage dish is an old classic Portuguese Chicken dish. I would do a make over for switching out the drumstick with chicken breast for a healthier choice. Also, I would use sweet potato to replace the regular for some natural sweetness. The coconut milk that makes the sauce will bring it all home.

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  61. BusyWorkingMamaposted June 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm Reply

    My favorite classic dish is pierogi – Polish stuffed wontons :)

  62. Theresa Jposted June 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm Reply

    I use to hate soup but this recipe look so yummy. I dont have a vintage recipe to revamp

  63. Julieposted June 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm Reply

    I’m not sure I have a vintage dish. Maybe chili. Lately I like to add a vegetable in, sometimes its carrots or greenbeans. Bulks up the chili and tastes really good!

  64. Priscilla | ShesCookinposted June 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Chicken and Dumplings is at the top of the list of my favorite vintage recipes and my lightened up version is similar to yours – only your photos are way better :) – with herbed drop dumplings – no noodles here!

  65. Candiceposted June 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply

    A vintage recipe I’d revamp is using chicken instead of beef when making chili.

  66. Carolyn Mposted June 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Such a gorgeous color that makes me so happy for this prize – thanks for the opportunity to win. Land of Lakes has been a part of so many great recipes.

  67. Mary Beth Eldertonposted June 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm Reply

    Chicken and Dumplings is my all time favorite comfort food! I have begun to makeover some of my favorites–like tonight’s meatloaf dinner–by adding more veggies.

  68. Coriposted June 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm Reply

    Lots
    More veggies and an herbed biscuit!

  69. Nancy Longposted June 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm Reply

    I love soup anytime of the year and this one is on my list to try

  70. Lizposted June 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm Reply

    this looks delicious!

  71. Samantha Callahanposted June 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm Reply

    I love soup & I love chicken & dumplings! I can’t wait to try this!!!

  72. stacey m.posted June 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm Reply

    My Nana had lots of yummy recipes but none got written down before she passed away. I think I will try to recreate some of her yummy treats!

  73. Lizzposted June 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm Reply

    I’d like to try a meatloaf made with ground chicken/turkey topped with zucchini instead of the traditional beef with bacon on top. Also, mashed sweet potatoes on the side instead of mashed!

  74. desireeposted June 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm Reply

    I can’t wait to try this soup !

  75. Karen Lynchposted June 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm Reply

    Beef straganoff, maybe substitute some of the sour cream for greek yogurt, and add some.

  76. Jan Rposted June 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm Reply

    I don’t know about remaking a vintage dish…but I sure want to make a few!

  77. Maria W.posted June 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm Reply

    I remake my chicken casserole with greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I love Land O’Lakes butter, too, in my cookies!

  78. Amber Caseposted June 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply

    Wow! This looks soo yummy. I have several food allergies so finding yummy dinners is always a trick. This will be a great new thing to try. Thanks!

  79. Rohiniposted June 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm Reply

    Soup looks delicious!!!

  80. Sallyposted June 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm Reply

    mashed potatoes and gravy

  81. barbara nposted June 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm Reply

    I would make over my macaroni and cheese dinner to make it healthier for all

  82. Denise O.posted June 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm Reply

    This looks fabulous! And what a great giveaway.

  83. nessaposted June 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm Reply

    Looks really delicious!

  84. Marissa Kubinskiposted June 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm Reply

    I would try this butter with mashed potatoes and any veggie medley!

  85. Kimiposted June 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Pot Roast. Maybe add different veggies?

  86. Rachel Cooksposted June 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm Reply

    This looks awesome, Sommer! And what a fun giveaway. I think I would try to give tuna noodle casserole a make over. It’s my husband’s favorite.

  87. Janiceposted June 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Looking forward to making summer soups–especially roasted tomato!

  88. Chrisposted June 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm Reply

    I have lightned up most of the old staples– and yes, I reduce sugar in every single recipe. I had not included this wonderful comfort food- thank you Sommer! My next attempt will be chili with pork loin- minus the outside fat- and a chili with chicken. I will have my family vote on the favorite variation!

  89. Melissa Bposted June 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm Reply

    I exchanged milk for the heavy ream in my mac and cheese

  90. Lindaposted June 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm Reply

    Chicken and dumplings ……chicken and noodles. two of my favorite things to eat! I like tolighten mine by adding a little corn starch to the chicken broth to thicken it up, rather than making a heavy cream based roux.

  91. Rachel @ Twin Toughposted June 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm Reply

    I always reduce the sugar in every old recipe, and try to swap out healthier fats whenever possible. Love my grandpa’s and my mom’s old recipes, though! :)

  92. Maegan @ The BakerMamaposted June 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm Reply

    Chicken & Dumplings are my favorite! I love how you turned it into a lighter soup so it’s not such a heavy meal. Excited to try it!

  93. gina guthrieposted June 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm Reply

    I would make over a vintage recipe for tuna casserole.

  94. Shellyposted June 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm Reply

    I’d love to give chicken pot pie a makeover.

  95. Melissaposted June 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm Reply

    I would makeover my meatloaf recipe using some turkey and Land O Lakes Butter. =)

  96. Julie @ Table for Twoposted June 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm Reply

    this looks like such a comforting soup!! adore this, Sommer!

  97. Catherineposted June 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm Reply

    Love your website!

  98. Erikaposted June 13, 2013 at 10:30 pm Reply

    Maybe I’d make a casserole of some kind! Thanks!

  99. natalieposted June 13, 2013 at 10:57 pm Reply

    I love everything about this post!

  100. Lauren Lyonsposted June 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm Reply

    A vintage dish that I would remake is green bean casserole. Being from Louisiana, I love my Cajun seasoned meats. I would sauté onions, bell peppers & garlic in a mixture of olive oil and Land O Lakes butte. Then adding diced Turkey Tasso until browned before mixing with the green beans and French fried onions. Yum!!!

  101. karenposted June 14, 2013 at 12:32 am Reply

    I like to makeover vintage dishes by switching out ingredients, like kale for spinach in lasagna.

  102. Christina Tongposted June 14, 2013 at 12:51 am Reply

    Love to make the Chicken-N-Dumplings Soup, looks delicious! Would like to add some chopped Kale.

  103. Jackie Tposted June 14, 2013 at 2:22 am Reply

    This soup looks fantastic! I would update a vintage meat loaf recipe. Fun giveaway!

  104. Craigposted June 14, 2013 at 4:03 am Reply

    I’d like to make-over my chili. I would like to add some cocoa to it the next time I make it. I hear adding cocoa to chili really brings out the deep, earthiness of the other spices.

  105. MaryBethposted June 14, 2013 at 4:04 am Reply

    I’d want to makeover classic home style mac and cheese using different types of cheese.

  106. Stephanie W.posted June 14, 2013 at 5:05 am Reply

    Chicken and dumplings in the spring! This makeover is just what i needed! I’m all over it. I may give this recipe a try this weekend!

  107. Celiaposted June 14, 2013 at 5:48 am Reply

    If it wasn’t so warm here, that would be tonight’s dinner!

  108. Kelposted June 14, 2013 at 6:42 am Reply

    I would use the butter to make over my grandma’s biscuits – she used crisco!

  109. Mariaposted June 14, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply

    Yay! Love your soup recipe! SO happy we were able to hangout in Austin! I just love ya!

  110. Lisa Y.posted June 14, 2013 at 7:37 am Reply

    I just discovered this website from Jenny at Picky Palate – am really enjoying it! Nicely done!

  111. Karen S.posted June 14, 2013 at 7:52 am Reply

    Cannot wait to make this! lOVE chicken-n-dumplings and this looks like such a great version!

  112. Angie Bposted June 14, 2013 at 8:06 am Reply

    I would love to try all my soup recipes in that pot!

  113. Barb S. @ FL Mom's Blogposted June 14, 2013 at 8:58 am Reply

    I would add in a few more vegetables than what my mother and grandmother added into the recipe for the stew!

  114. LaRonda LaMotheposted June 14, 2013 at 9:24 am Reply

    I love this soup, perfect for taking for lunch!

  115. Amanda Pposted June 14, 2013 at 10:40 am Reply

    I make chicken fried steak using crushed cornflakes instead of flour only.

  116. Juli Vposted June 14, 2013 at 11:27 am Reply

    I make meatloaf using ground turkey and whole wheat bread. It’s delicious.

  117. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted June 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply

    It’s been so chilly here lately, I could absolutely go for a huge bowl of this soup! Recipe wise…I’m still trying to come up with a perfect chicken pie makeover – I might have to bribe someone at Disney for their recipe ;)

  118. Rebeccaposted June 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm Reply

    I can’t wait to try this!

  119. Elenaposted June 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm Reply

    I would use Land O Lakes butter to make my Mom’s apple pie

  120. Kristen Mposted June 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm Reply

    My apple pie was the “vintage dish” I thought of first. I already use butter and I’m not sure how else to perfect the dish except to make sure I’m using Land O Lakes butter.

  121. Toniposted June 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm Reply

    I want to remake beef stew.

  122. Ronposted June 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm Reply

    Too hot to cook–sandwiches and salads

  123. Lisaposted June 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm Reply

    This looks SO good!

  124. sarah K.posted June 14, 2013 at 7:40 pm Reply

    I would remake my Italian meatballs , with Moroccan flavors.

  125. Peggy Pposted June 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm Reply

    I want to make this even though it is a 102 degrees here in Mesa, Arizona!

  126. Carmenposted June 15, 2013 at 6:31 am Reply

    This recipe will be repinned on my page!

  127. DessertForTwoposted June 15, 2013 at 7:49 am Reply

    I made over my favorite tuna noodle casserole and ditched the cream-of-something soups~so good!

  128. Rhondaposted June 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm Reply

    I have already replaced ground beef with veggie crumbles in my family goulash recipe and next time I need to switch to whole wheat pasta.

  129. Saschaposted June 15, 2013 at 8:18 pm Reply

    I would love to revamp my grandmas Noodle kugel recipe by adding sausage, onions, and mushrooms to it!

  130. Amy Leachposted June 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm Reply

    I make my mother’s recipe for cabbage rolls, but I substitute ground turkey for ground beef, and I use brown rice instead of white.

  131. Carole Ann Spearposted June 16, 2013 at 7:16 am Reply

    I love everything here, and the good news is I love and use Land O’Lakes. I thought soup? It’s 80 degrees! Then I saw this, I can’t wait to try it!

  132. Anna A.posted June 16, 2013 at 9:15 am Reply

    I like to sub healthier ingredients and gluten-free ingredients.

  133. Michelleposted June 16, 2013 at 10:04 am Reply

    I would make a chicken pot pie using Nashville’s hot chicken.

  134. Anneposted June 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm Reply

    I’ve been thinking about updating my meatloaf recipe, which I’ve been using for years and years. As the fresh zucchini becomes available later in the summer, I’m going to try adding some grated zucchini to the meat mixture. Hopefully, it will add flavor, moisture, and texture. We’ll see!

  135. Aprlposted June 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm Reply

    Love the matching blue!

  136. Susan Christyposted June 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm Reply

    I will make over meatloaf and make it spicy and flavorful

  137. Carolynposted June 17, 2013 at 4:12 am Reply

    Maybe it’s a Canadian thing, but I honestly didn’t eat much dumplings, either dropped from a spoon or cut into noodles, as a kid. Maybe once or twice? Yours look wonderful!

  138. Vera Kposted June 17, 2013 at 5:13 am Reply

    I do make over old recipes – using lower fat ingredients!

  139. Vunda Vposted June 17, 2013 at 6:39 am Reply

    i would make a lasagna for a vintage meal

  140. rachelposted June 17, 2013 at 7:50 am Reply

    Swap out so much oil and use some applesauce!

  141. Linda K.posted June 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm Reply

    I’d get all the canned soup out of favorite casseroles.

  142. Mara Yagerposted June 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Lasagna or pot pie! Thanks!!

  143. Gailposted June 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm Reply

    MY chicken paprika or stuffed cabbage

  144. Amandaposted June 18, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply

    I get hungry every time I see this recipe. :)

  145. irmaposted June 18, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

    I would like to make over enchiladas by adding kale and other veggies.

  146. Carmenposted June 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm Reply

    I like to make over our dishes by “sneaking” in extra vegetables.

  147. Sarah Lposted June 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm Reply

    I would make over kidney bean goulash by adding some vegetables. Root vegetables would probably work well in it.

  148. Caroline Hurleyposted June 19, 2013 at 7:18 am Reply

    First, let me say that your soup looks so delicious…I’m craving a bowl right now! Your recipe sounds so good…I’m bookmarking this for the weekend! I’ve been meaning to makeover a baked macaroni dish my Mom always made. It was made with cream, butter AND cheese…it was so, so heavy, but delicious. I need to work on that! I love the colors of your giveaway items! So cheery!

  149. Christyposted June 19, 2013 at 9:15 am Reply

    I’ve been wanting to try to recreate my classic zucchini bread this summer. Spice it up a bit!

  150. Jo Ann Bullerposted June 19, 2013 at 10:06 am Reply

    hope i win.

  151. DeniseGposted June 19, 2013 at 10:10 am Reply

    I won’t call it a “remake” per se, but I am currently working on nailing down precise recipes/measurements for some of my great-grandmother’s old, handed-down recipes. Especially for the baked desserts…some of her instructions and amounts are pretty open to interpretation :) “Handfuls” of flour doesn’t yield consistent results for me. :)

    • ckgatoposted June 19, 2013 at 10:21 am Reply

      Haha! I just basically commented the same thing!

  152. Diana Whitlatchposted June 19, 2013 at 10:12 am Reply

    I would love a lighter potato salad that sill has great flavor.

  153. Melinda Hposted June 19, 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

    Can’t wait to try the chicken and dumplings soup! Looks delicious and also thanks for the pics along with the recipe! (o;

  154. Amanda Bennettposted June 19, 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

    My dad loves Chicken & Dumplings. I bet he would love this version!

  155. Amanda Bennettposted June 19, 2013 at 10:18 am Reply

    When I make over dishes I try to use reduced fat versions of certain ingredients and add extra veggies for extra color and flavor where I can.

  156. ckgatoposted June 19, 2013 at 10:21 am Reply

    Going to my grandma’s over the Fourth of July weekend. SHe’s going to make chicken & dumplings for my visit. I try to get her to write down the recipe for me, but at 91, she is on auto-pilot and isn’t sure the measurements! I’m saving this recipe for myself to make when I crave it and not in Tennessee!

  157. Jocelynposted June 19, 2013 at 10:21 am Reply

    I am making this tonight! YUM!!!

  158. Wendy Farmerposted June 19, 2013 at 10:27 am Reply

    I have not had much luck with chicken and dumplins but this looks too good not to try. I will definitely be giving it a go. Thanks.

  159. Erin Bposted June 19, 2013 at 10:32 am Reply

    I wonder if I could redo enchiladas with a hardy green leaf… I did make vegetarian cabbage rolls, which turned out awesome!

  160. Heidiposted June 19, 2013 at 10:32 am Reply

    Cute!

  161. Markposted June 19, 2013 at 10:34 am Reply

    I would love to win this =)

  162. Paula Brownposted June 19, 2013 at 10:39 am Reply

    Love me some chicken N Dumplings! You made my mouth water.

  163. Debbie Lynnposted June 19, 2013 at 10:54 am Reply

    Love chicken and dumplings so this is a must try for us!

  164. Linda Gadzinskiposted June 19, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply

    I only use land o lakes unsalted butter for baking. Just recently made 300+ cupcakes for my niece’s graduation and lost count with how many pounds of butter I used….at least 35#. As for revising vintage recipes….why mess with a good thing? Special recipes at Christmas, holidays, necessitate real butter.

  165. Rachael Wilsonposted June 19, 2013 at 11:00 am Reply

    OOOh, I love the turquoise!!

  166. Jeannette Bposted June 19, 2013 at 11:08 am Reply

    i’m not too sure that I have vintage recipes that need doctoring but I would love to healthify my homemade gravy and shortbread cookies. I can imagine using this butter and some fresh rosemary for homemade shortbread cookies. mmmmmmm.

  167. Jenah Parrisposted June 19, 2013 at 11:08 am Reply

    I love the updated version of this recipe! Soup! Mmmm! Two of my favorite dishes combined to make one!

  168. Lisa Spivakposted June 19, 2013 at 11:25 am Reply

    This looks awesome! I am always looking for great recipes and look forward to making this one! Thank you for sharing!

  169. Jeann Oposted June 19, 2013 at 11:33 am Reply

    Mac and cheese make over with asiago and kale

  170. Leann Lindemanposted June 19, 2013 at 11:59 am Reply

    For lots of dishes I use fat free chicken broth and a light margarine.

  171. Jymposted June 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm Reply

    I would reformulate my Mom’s cookie recipe, which calls for margarine (YUCK) to work with buttah!

  172. Amyposted June 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm Reply

    I would love to win the giveaway, and use it to make this yummy chicken and dumpling soup recipe!

  173. Marianne Hedemarkposted June 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm Reply

    looks like a winner! I hope I am too!

  174. Katrinaposted June 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm Reply

    I know I want some of that soup. Looks delicious. Not sure how I would make over a favorite dish, but for years now I have been using all lower fat ingredients and making the same great stuff with a lot less fat. ;)

  175. Brisjaposted June 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm Reply

    I like to use Greek yogurt in the place of mayo. Much healthier with a very similar taste. No one ever knows the difference!

  176. Elizabethposted June 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm Reply

    I can’t say that I have a favorite vintage dish, but I would like to make a tuna noodle casserole with salmon and asparagus instead of tuna and peas :)

  177. Kathyposted June 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm Reply

    I would love to win and the soup looks great. Gonna have to try it.

  178. Cat K.posted June 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm Reply

    Some day I want to play around with my mom’s spaghetti recipe. I love it the way it is, but it could be a fun project!

  179. Katieposted June 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm Reply

    I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect apple crisp, so I suppose that’s the one “classic” and “vintage” recipe that I’m always trying to modernize/update.

  180. Juliaposted June 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm Reply

    Apple pie. I’d like to play around with some old-fashioned apple varieties. See if I can find a recipe we all like.

  181. Angelicaposted June 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm Reply

    I would love to spice up some kind of vintage pie recipe… there is so much potential in a good apple pie!

  182. Nutmeg Nannyposted June 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm Reply

    Oh yum! I love chicken and dumplings, this soup looks incredible :)

  183. Angelaposted July 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Is this contest still open?! I love the turquoise pan!!! I would make over chicken tettriZini.
    Quick question – can this be made ahead? Make the soup and dumplings separately the day before, then reheat and cook dumplings day of?

  184. Kim K.posted September 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm Reply

    Sounds great!! Trying to eat healthier and not loose all the flavor of old family recipes is challenging to say the least – but this one looks really good :)!

  185. Patty Wingertposted September 29, 2013 at 9:49 am Reply

    I usually make the traditional chicken and dumplings, but always feel guilty eating it. Now that we are getting older I’m looking for healthier versions of meals. I made a pot of this version this morning and my husband and I think it’s a keeper. The flavor was great, and the dumplings not only had great flavor but didn’t fall apart at all. They are the dumpling recipe that I have been searching for forever. Kudos!

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  189. Lisaposted December 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm Reply

    I made the Chicken and Dumpling Soup tonight and it was soooo good. I am still thining about the depth of the flavors. I frequently make chicken and/or vegetable soups but there was something really special about this recipe. I will definitely make it again.

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  192. Linhposted January 18, 2015 at 3:24 am Reply

    I’ve been meaning to make this soup again for a while! It was so amazing the first time; my boyfriend ate the whole pot to himself and I only got one bowl out of it! Seriously a delicious recipe!

  193. Tarahposted July 26, 2015 at 6:26 pm Reply

    Although my soup came out wonderfully tasty all my dumplings dissolved creating a chicken stew. I’ve made dumplings before but usually big what did I do wrong? Help haha

  194. Missyposted November 23, 2015 at 10:43 am Reply

    Hi there! I’m planning on making your chicken and dumpling soup this week and I was unclear about one thing, forgive me if this is a stupid question but, is the chicken cooked or raw when you add it to the soup?

    • Sommerposted December 2, 2015 at 7:32 am Reply

      Hi Missy, You add the chicken in raw. Happy Cooking!!