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Oct 4, 2011 12:22 PM

Bland but good chicken recipe, that's not fried, not roasted, doesn't involve pastry and doesn't call for tonnes of cream? Thinking about attempting at Chicken & Dumplings....

Need to make something on the bland side tonight. Don't want to make a pot pie. Thinking about Chicken & Dumplings, possibly this recipe:

Anyone have any other suggestions?

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  1. Take a look at Nigella Lawon's Praised Chicken (Google will get you there). I haven't made it, but my sweetheart's been dropping some broad hints ever since we saw it somewhere on TV. Maybe now I'll get going with it! In any case, it seems to meet your criteria.

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    1. Well, chicken and dumplings doesn't have to be bland but it can be if you need it to be.

      I've never used a recipe (learned by watching my Grandmother as a kid,) but I think any recipe where you place dumplings into simmering chicken stock will do. I find the addition of cream in that recipe odd. I also don't use sherry but don't see why you couldn't. I'd skip it if you're looking for bland, though.

      1. Maybe a nice chicken and rice dish?

        1. If you have arborio rice, you could do this (you could do it w/ regular rice, too), poor man's risotto:

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          1. re: chowser

            This was going to be my rec! Simple, tasty, but not spicy in the least.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              Were you the one who posted this recipe here? It's become a quick go-to in my house.

              Yes, just found it:


              Thanks for posting it!

          2. Depends on your definition of bland. My go-to chicken dish is piccata, which I could easily have once a week -- love the zippiness of the lemon & wine, and the brininess of the capers.

            Easy, fast, not fried or roasted. But bland, it ain't.

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            1. re: linguafood

              thanks linguafood....

              guess bland wasn't the right adjective (although it was the adjective used by the person I was cooking for tonight)- could be flavourful, but would have to be gentle to a sensitive digestive system.

              Ended up making a coq au vin- wasn't bland, but wasn't spicy. Might try the piccata next time.

              1. re: prima

                i have found i prefer this dish made with white wine. a much lighter final product.