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.


Recipe: Popcorn

Whirlypop popcorn. This is one thing that will be a regular feature at my campsite. The Whirlypop makes perfect popcorn on a Coleman stove. I’m sure shaking a foil tin of Jiffy Pop over the campfire works too, but I’ll take my Whirlypop.

Perfect popcorn
Perfect popcorn

Base measurements:

1/2 cup organic Jiffy Pop popcorn

3 Tablespoons of peanut oil. I use peanut oil because it has a high smoke point and no taste.

Place popcorn and oil in the Whirlypop. Fire up the camp stove, turn down to medium heat. Turn the handle on the Whirly pop slowly. When the corn starts popping, steam will come out of the steam vents. When there’s 2 seconds in between pops, the popcorn is done.

Serve with melted butter and salt or any seasoning you like.