Easy Camp Chicken and Dumplings

Easy Camp Chicken and Dumplings

A pot of steaming chicken and dumplings is one of the great American comfort foods. Tender bites of chicken swim in a creamy sauce with vegetables and light, pillowy dumplings. Here’s an easy version to make in camp.


I batch of Bisquick biscuit recipe.

1 chicken breast, or three chicken thighs, or shredding rotisserie chicken.

5 cups of chicken broth, bullion, canned, it doesn’t matter.

1 can of Veg-All, or 1 can of carrots and peas.

dash of thyme and sage.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Olive oil.

Add some olive oil to a pan and heat over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned and done.

While the chicken is cooking, bring 5 cups of water, some chicken stock or bullion, to a boil. Add Veg-All and lower to medium-low. Add the cooked chicken.

Now, prepare Bisquick biscuit mix according to directions on the package. I got a bit off in my measuring, so I’m going to say, wing this one. Just get it to a stiff dough like this.

Drop dough by the spoonful onto the bubbling stock, chicken, and vegetables. Cover and cook 20 minutes on medium to low heat. More on the low side as you can get on a camp stove. You won’t have to add any thickener, the stew will get nice and thick on it’s own.

The finished product. Makes about three servings. Give or take.

Indonesian Fried Rice-Nasi Goreng

Indonesian fried rice

This is one of my favorite recipes for a quick, on the go lunch. Say you’re traveling, you’ve loaded water, propane, and groceries before heading out boondocking.  You’re on a budget, so you want to avoid eating out a lot.  Just make up some Indonesian fried rice.


1 small container of fried rice at the grocery deli

Some vegetables of your choice. I used 1 red pepper, 1 baby bok choy, and some julienned carrots.

1 packet of ketchup from a fast food placew

1 packet of soy sauce from a fast food place

1 Tbsp olive oil

I used my MSR Windburner stove for this recipe. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add in the vegetables, cook until beginning to soften. Add the fried rice, ketchup, and soy sauce. Cook until everything is heated through.

Makes one very delicious, filling meal.


Camping and Meal Planning


It’s mid-February and the long months of winter have past since I last updated this blog. The weather department promised a hard winter with below normal temperatures and above average rain, and this time, they sure delivered.

Western Washington is still struggling out of winter’s shackles, and that means cabin fever is reaching a peak for most outdoor types. So what do you do when winter doesn’t want to seem to let go and cabin fever is driving you batty?


Late winter is a good time to start planning trips and getting an idea for some good camping meals. About now, a lot of backpackers are working their dehydrators in preparation for summer trips.

I know personally, when I plan a camping trip, I spend way too much money, buy way too much food, and throw way too much away when I get home. I also buy too much firewood. A campfire is nice, but does it need to be so big it can be seen from space?

So, I do need to plan my meals better. Here’s some tips I thought up.

  1. Plan real meals. Not just walking into the grocery store and grabbing hot dogs and canned beans, but plan meals as if you were at eating at home. The good part about car camping is that you can pre-cut and marinate things before the trip. For RVers, they have it even better. A full kitchen on the go.
  2. Be mindful of buying junk. Sure snacks are nice, but way too often its walking down the aisles and buying chips, donuts, Ho-Ho’s, way too much sugar. You don’t have to be a Food Network gourmet in the outdoors, but eat sensible, well thought-out meals. Especially if you’re going rafting, or hiking, a load of sugar isn’t going to give you energy for strenuous activity.
  3. Buy just what you need. Think of serving sizes and how big appetites are to minimize wasting food. But do bring enough to keep everyone fed.

With a thought to some basic meal planning, you can have simple, nutritious meals that “taste better outdoors.