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Turkey Dumpling Stew

My mom made this stew when I was young, and it was always a hit. Since it's not time-consuming to make I can fix it on a weekend for our children, who love the tender dumplings. —Becky Mohr, Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 bacon strips, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds turkey breast tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 small onions, quartered
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup reduced-fat biscuit/baking mix
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
  • Optional: Coarsely ground pepper and chopped fresh parsley


  • In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Reserve 2 teaspoons drippings.
  • In drippings, saute turkey over medium-high heat until lightly browned. Add vegetables, herbs, 1-3/4 cups water and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, 20-30 minutes.
  • Mix flour and remaining water until smooth; stir into turkey mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in salt, pepper and bacon.
  • In a small bowl, mix biscuit mix and milk to form a soft dough; drop in 6 mounds on top of simmering stew. Cover; simmer 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in dumplings comes out clean. If desired, sprinkle with pepper and parsley before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 284 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 822mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • gremaux
    May 21, 2020


  • fhquilting
    Nov 10, 2019

    Grammy5, the recipe is not labeled "Healthy Turkey Dumpling Stew", so why would you render a determination that the recipe is not healthy? No one has asked you for that! The reviews are informative to all of us about the quality, taste and substance of the recipe.

  • Maxdog1
    Nov 25, 2012

    This recipe is very tasty. I added frozen peas and corn just before finishing cooking carrots.

  • teri396
    Apr 12, 2012

    very good, used drums and wings to make broth, a bit more bacon grease than suggested. sprigs of fresh rosemary and tyme and gluten free flour and mix.

  • bjsilve0
    Oct 28, 2011

    Excellent flavor and easy. I use the jars of real bacon and then use non-stick spray to saute the turkey.

  • coffee64
    Aug 21, 2009

    It is healthy if you use the reduce sodium bacon. I think this is a keeper! Negetive comments should be kept to oneself. Nice people don't do that.

  • Grammy5
    Mar 8, 2009

    This is not a healthy recipe when it contains bacon