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Meal Review: Dottie’s Chicken and Dumplings

Dottie’s Chicken and Dumplings is a newer dinner being offered by Packit Gourmet. High in protein, super filling and lightweight to carry in your pack.

The meal can be prepared either one pot style or in the outer bag (Ala FBC style).

Due to my sodium restrictions I swapped out two of my lower sodium broth sticks from Trader Joe’s for the 2 included. The meal has 950 mg sodium per each of the two servings, which isn’t horrid but a bit more than I would want to eat. By doing my swap I took off about 1/3 of the sodium.


In the bag is the dried vegetables/meat/seasonings and dried dumplings. The Toastees™ are in a second bag.


For the one pot method you bring 3 1/2 cups water and the broth concentrate to a boil. I covered it, lowered the heat to a simmer and let it go for 5 minutes. Turned off the stove and let sit tightly covered for 7 or so minutes. A person could as well add everything to the cold water, bring to a boil and then put the pot in a pot cozy for 10 minutes.

The bag method is similar to FBC style meals – add in the broth sticks and hot water, stir well and cozy for 10 minutes. Easy!


Topped with the Toastees™.


The meal makes plenty for 2. At 18 grams of protein per serving you will feel satisfied afterward. As well, being a stew/soup the water content makes it great for after a long day where you need to drink more.

An excellent meal for those who love thick soups – I enjoyed it very much!