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I’m starting to wonder if I should write a book.  Maybe I’ll call it, Dan & Mariel: Magnets for Madness.  Every chapter could be one of my crazy stories.  Chapter one could be the story from last year, where some guy pulled a gun on my husband at work.  Chapter two could be the story of the scam artist whom I rented my condo to, months ago.  And, I’m about to share with you chapter three…happened this last Friday night (I promised on Facebook that I would tell you about it today)…and, then we’ll move on to the easiest Chicken and Dumplings.

So, it was probably 10 at night.  I had all the kids in bed, and Dan was in the shower.  I went into the kitchen to put some dishes in the dishwasher, before I went to bed.  Anyway, while I’m in there, I hear some crazy loud noises on my back porch.  I stop and listen.  Something starts bumping and scratching my back door.  I’m a major scaredy-pants, so I don’t dare part the blinds to see what’s making the noise.  I run into the bathroom, and tell Dan that something is making some crazy noises outside.  He’s like, “Eh, it’s probably the wind or something.”  Okay, I’m thinking I’m just nuts.  I go back into the kitchen, stand right next to the back door, and THUD!  Something is still bumping my door, and scratching it.  I start to think it’s some psycho raccoon, because what kind of person scratches a door?  And, the thumping wasn’t hard enough to be someone trying to bust in.  So weird.  And, I’m peeing my pants.  I run back to Dan in the shower, and I’m like, “Dude.  I’m not kidding.  Something is out there.”  He was obviously enjoying his warm shower and didn’t really want to get out.  I left the bathroom, and decided to see if I could look out my bedroom window and see anything on the porch…

I look out the window, and see…a freakin person, walking on my back porch!  It was really dark, but I could make out the figure and a white t-shirt.  This time I insisted Dan get his hairy butt out of the shower and come check things out.  He wraps a towel around his waist, grabs a gun (really fun to picture) and heads into the kitchen.  At that very moment, we also hear a bunch of noises on the security camera, at the front of the house.  But, it’s not the first time we’ve heard sounds and it ends up just being a raccoon.  And, my eyes are pretty crappy, so he’s kinda iffy as to whether I really saw someone out the window.  So, he opens the garage, casually walks out (in his towel), and all the sudden I hear him yell, “What are you doing?!?” and I can see in the security camera that he has his gun pointed at someone.  I’m running through the house, trying to find a dang phone so I can call 911.  I find one, run outside and there is this lady standing on top of our garbage can.  It was the weirdest site.  It’s one of those huge, tall green city garbage cans, already overflowing with garbage, and she’s on top, hanging onto our porch light, so she doesn’t fall off.

Anyway, turns out that she is higher than a kite.  She has no idea what she is doing there, where she came from, and why she’s on my garbage can.  I asked her who was with her, because she wasn’t wearing the white t-shirt I saw on the person on my back porch, and she said she had no idea what I was talking about, and asked if she was in Boise (no…Utah).  She said lots of nutty things.  Meanwhile, I was on the phone with 911, and we just waited with her, backed against my garage, until the cops came.

Needless to say, we never found the back door person, just a big muddy boot print, and some scratches on my window (so creepy.)  And, it ended up that the ambulance had to be called to take the lady to the hospital.  All I know is that I am SO thankful my doors were locked, and that we were home.  I swear that image of the person on my back porch and the scratching on my door are permanently engrained in my mind.  I hope that other person never comes back!

Oh, and one other little life lesson that I learned…while I’m standing in the driveway with this lady, with a heart filled with anxiety and pride, my husband goes into the house to grab his jacket.  I thought he was grabbing it for himself, but he offers it to the lady because he can tell she’s cold.  My heart melted, and I thought, “Wow, I have a lot to learn.”  It really is such a horribly sad thing that so many people turn to drugs.  Sad, sad, sad.  I truly hope that that lady can change her life.

Anyway, so as you can tell…I’ve needed a little comfort, and I know it’s spring time and soup weather is pretty much over, but I just needed some.  Some good old fashioned comfort food.  I posted another recipe for Chicken and Dumplings, a while back, that I really like.  But, this one is even easier and still plenty good!  All you need is a rotisserie chicken a 10 oz. can of Cream of Chicken soup, a container of layer biscuits, 32 oz. chicken broth, flour, salt and pepper.

Shred all the meat off your rotisserie chicken.

Pour the chicken broth into a pot, and let come to a boil.  Stir in the can of cream of chicken soup and dump in the chicken pieces.  Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Take each biscuit, and separate length-wise, so you have two thinner biscuits.  Dip each piece into a pile of flour, then cut into quarters.  There should be about 8 biscuits in your can, but I think I only used 5 or 6.

Place the biscuit dough in the soup and let cook for maybe 10 minutes.  Don’t really stir it, or the dumplings will break apart.  I would just poke the dumplings under, every now and then, and carefully stir the underside of the soup.

Just cook until the dumplings are done.  Eat up!  Easy, huh?  This is one of those recipes that is easy to switch up, however you want.  Toss in some peas and carrots, maybe a bay leaf…or, just have it plain.  Also, this didn’t make very much, maybe 5 servings, so I would double it next time, for sure.

Chicken and Dumplings
Adapted from Southern Plate

EASIEST Chicken ‘n Dumplings
  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken
  • 32 oz. Chicken Broth
  • 1 10 oz. can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can layer biscuits
  • 1 cup flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Shred the meat off the rotisserie chicken.
  2. In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil.
  3. Add the cream of chicken soup and the chicken pieces. Mix well.
  4. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Take the biscuits and split them lengthwise, so you have two thinner biscuit rounds for each biscuit.
  6. Dip them in a plate of flour and cut them into quarters.
  7. Place them onto the top of the soup. Gently poke the dumplings down, randomly, while cooking for about 10 minutes. Be careful of stirring because it can break the dumplings apart.
  8. Once the dumplings are cooked, you're done!
Optional: add carrots, peas, a bay leaf, or whatever you like in your soup!




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Mariel (mahr-eeee-elle) is a mother to six, wife to one. Loves homeschooling, golfing, cupcakes, traveling, cuddling, non-fiction books, gardening, James Taylor, and family time. This is her blog. Enjoy!
21 Comments On This Topic
  1. Traya Terranova
    3 years ago

    I have made this twice. Got from pinterest. Best recipe for chicken and dumplings ever! The second time i doubled it and over stirred the dumplings but it was still yummy.

  2. Chris
    3 years ago

    Wow, I just popped over to get a soup recipe, but felt like I was reading some crazy Vegas crime drama! So glad your husband was home that evening. Must have been quite frightening! (all of the incidents that is!)

    Thanks for the yummy and easy recipe, as I am always looking for something to whip up midweek after a long day at work. :-)

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Ha! Sometimes I just have to tell my crazy stories! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. tammigirl
    3 years ago

    I found this from Pinterest, and came because of the recipe. But your story touched my heart.

    And the recipe I was hoping for? Well, those canned doughs are terrible for kidneys? I didn’t know this until my kidney function was not well and I had to learn what is bad for it. Turns out refrigerated dough is terrible for the kidneys. Terribly disappointing for me. While I never used them a lot I did use them occasionally – and I certainly would have done this recipe. Dangit.

    Tell your husband he’s one of the great ones – my husband would have done the same thing.

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      I’ve never heard that before! I’ll have to look it up. It’s pretty simple to make the bisquik dough… that would work just as good, I imagine. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
    3 years ago

    OH MY, Mariel! That is super creepy!!! I always leave my doors locked when we’re home and my hubby teases me that we’re on constant lockdown. I am so telling him this story!! Ok, enough about that, the chicken & dumplings look delicious and perfectly easy. Thanks for the recipe!!

  5. Alisha
    3 years ago

    Marie, that was a creepy story and I’m glad you and you family are safe. I am trying this recipe I love dumplings!

    • Alisha
      3 years ago


    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Thanks, Alisha!

  6. DIANA
    3 years ago

    wow ! Good thing no one was hurt. Just frayed nerves.. and the nerve of some people scraping at your backdoor. Maybe they thought you would think its a dog or cat and open the door.

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Ya, it was SUPER weird!

  7. Therese
    3 years ago

    I have made your recipe several times and I LOVE it! Especially how easy it is. I always add a bunch of veggies too. So I am making again tonight since I have a few with colds in the house and wanted to give them something comforting. I was thinking of making a bunch extra and freezing it. I just don’t know how well this would freeze and re-heat. Have you ever frozen this recipe before?

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      I’m glad you like it. I actually haven’t frozen it before… we always eat it too fast! But, I’m not sure. Maybe you could just freeze the soup without the dumplings, then add the dumplings when you reheat it? I really don’t know… but, if you try it, I would love to hear if it works or not! Thanks for stopping back!

  8. Ashlyn
    3 years ago

    Hi Mariel!
    I was wondering if you have a crockpot version of this? I know it’s super easy and quick, I just wanted to know if you had a good crockpot recipe for dumpling or if you could throw this one in the crockpot?

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Hmmm… I don’t know. The dumplings cook because of the soup boiling on the stove. You could definitely keep it warm in the crock pot, but I think you would need to make it on the stove. But, maybe someone else knows better than me. :)

  9. Katherine
    3 years ago

    Wow! What a story girl – I was scared just reading it. So glad your husband was there to protect you and demonstrate his kind heart towards that lost soul. You’re not alone, I have crazy stories too! Thank you for the recipe and for sharing your adventure. I look forward to reading more ; )

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      Ha, thanks for the sweet comment, Katherine! I would love for you to stick around and read more. :)

  10. Judi
    3 years ago

    How do you know when the biscuits are done? How long? What should they look like since they’re not in the oven?

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      They don’t change appearance much, but they do puff up. I would just let them cook for about 10 minutes with the stove on med/high, and they should be done after that. You could always taste one, but they do cook pretty fast.

  11. Connie
    3 years ago

    This sounds great and I can’t wait to try it. One hint my great grandmother after picking the chicken off the carcass would then boil the bones skin and all in a pot of water then strain it to get the broth. I do this with chicken and turkey then freeze the broth to have on hand. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Mariel
      3 years ago

      I’ll have to try that. Thanks, Connie!

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