Salsa Verde Chicken with Herbed Cornmeal Dumplings

by Alice Currah on August 11, 2010. Updated August 19, 2010

While flying home Sunday from New York City, I was very glad I packed Pam Anderson’s new cookbook, Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers in my carry-on bag.  I received her cookbook in a bag of goodies from an all-day food blogging workshop in Pam’s summer home.  While soaking in all the beautiful photos and recipes in her latest book, I started to make mental notes of which recipes I wanted to try first.  I plan on writing up a formal review in a post soon, but for right now all I can say is this book is gorgeous and practical – my kind of book.  I’ve already cooked out of it three times and I’ve only been home for a few days!!

{UPDATE-August 19} My formal review of Pam’s new cookbook is up along with a sweet giveaway of three copies of her new cookbook.

This recipe for Salsa Verde Chicken is so different in the most comfort food sort of way.  The herbed cornmeal dumplings add a special unique touch to this creamy chicken dish.  It was also very easy to put together.  Although the recipe calls for using the chicken from store bought rotisserie chicken, I used cooked chicken breasts I happen to have in my freezer.  After I had prepared the recipe as written, my kids asked if I could mix in some cooked rice.  I thought this was a creative variation on their part. I definitely plan on making this again in the near future.

As I mentioned above, I will be doing a formal review of this cookbook and… drumroll… I will be giving away three copies!   Stay tuned because you won’t want to miss this one- the cookbook hasn’t even been released yet!

Many thanks to Pam and her publisher who have given me permission to re-print one of her recipes.  If you need dinner tonight, this would really be a great one to serve your family and friends!

Salsa Verde Chicken with Herbed Cornmeal Dumplings

Printed with Permission from Pam Anderson’s Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers

Serves 6

This stew can be made 2 days ahead up to the point of making the dumplings.  Reheat it before topping and baking.  If you wan to double the recipe, use a large heavy roasting pan set over two burners.


1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 can (14.5 ounces) chicken broth

1 jar (15 ounces) salsa verde (2 cups)

1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk

1 large rotisserie chicken, meat deboned and left in large chunks (about 6 cups)


1 cup whole milk

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

1 tablespoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion greens

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Chicken:  Heat butter over medium-high heat in a large (11 – 12 inch), deep ovenproof skillet or 5-6 quart Dutch oven.  Whisk in flour to make a paste.  Mix broth, salsa verde, and evaporated milk and whisk in all at once.  Whisk, vigorously at first, until mixture simmers and thickens to sauce consistency.  Stir in chicken, heat through, and cover to keep warm.  Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees.

Dumplings: Heat milk and butter in a small saucepan until steamy.  Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, scallions, and cilantro in a medium bowl with a fork.  Stir in milk mixture to form a smooth, firm dough.  Pinch off Ping-Pong-ball-size peices of dough with your fingers and drop onto chicken mixture.  Return chicken to a simmer over medium-high heat.  Cover and transfer pan to oven and bake until dumplings are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.  Serve.

Drink Recommendation:  A good aromatic while like Viognier or Argentine Torrontes

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ How Sweet August 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

This is a recipe that my husband would just LOVE. It sounds delicious.


Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Oh, boy, does this look amazing, Alice! Warm and comforting — definitely a keeper! Can’t wait for the cookbook giveaway.


Wenderly August 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Just lovely Alice! Now I MUST make that too!


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm

this is seriously one of the coolest recipe ideas i have seen in a long time! i can’t wait for it to get cold out so i can try it!


Tracy August 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I can’t wait to try this recipe too! Perfect comfort food for sure!


Eliana August 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm

This looks oh so comforting and delicious. I love it.


Aimee @ Simple Bites August 11, 2010 at 7:35 pm

We LOVE ‘one-pot wonders’, as we call them around here. This is totally going on the fall repertoire.

Sounds like a fantastic cookbook, Alice, I can’t wait to see what else you’ve been cooking up from it!


Jenny August 12, 2010 at 6:49 am

This looks delicious – I think I’ll try this one gluten-free sometime! =D

Tiny thing I noticed – did you mean to write “wine” in the beverage pairing instead of “while”?


The Rowdy Chowgirl August 12, 2010 at 8:35 am

This really does look like the ultimate comfort food. I think I’ll have to give it a try some Sunday afternoon this winter, then eat dinner in front of the fireplace. Yum!


Jessica August 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

That looks fabulously delicious! Can’t wait to try it.


Kasey August 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I have been OBSESSED with making chicken and dumplings lately (perhaps this foggy, cold San Francisco summer is inspiring me). This definitely looks like a new take I’d like to try.


dining room table August 13, 2010 at 1:32 am

This Salsa Verde Chicken with Herbed Cornmeal Dumplings is just so good. I will try it this coming weekend. It looks so easy to do and I think I can do it myself. I just wish I can make it perfectly.


grace August 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm

i want bowls and bowls and bowls of this! those dumplins are perfect for the spicy, flavorful chicken–well done!


Beth August 15, 2010 at 6:27 am

This looks amazing..I’ll be trying it soon when I can corral my friends for a get together!


Chris August 15, 2010 at 6:49 am

I presume this isn’t the same Pam Anderson from Baywatch, right? (ha ha)

Great sounding dish, a neat spin on chicken and dumplings. I love salsa verde and have 1 lb of tomatillos ready to make a batch today, maybe I’ll use it in this recipe.


Margaret August 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand and a Potluck dinner to go to last night. This sounded soooo good, and it was new and different. I gotta tell ya, I was the center of attention last night! EVERYONE wanted the recipe. This was a smashing hit!!!!
I have a chili /cornbread cook off to attend next month at our boat club and this is going to be my entry. I’ll let you know how it goes.


alice August 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Isn’t this recipe a keeper? Glad you had a chance to make it. Hope you win!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Ooh… I totally forgot about this cookbook! We left for vacation immediately after the potluck, and my swag bag is still tucked away upstairs in my office. I am definitely pulling out this cookbook and trying a few recipes this week!! Thanks for the reminder.

PS – Your version of the dish looks amazing! Love all of the photos :)


Becca J August 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Made this for supper tonight and it was fantastic. I especially loved the cornmeal dumplings. Thanks to both Alice and Pam for the sneak preview.


Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer October 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Oh yummy! My family will absolutley love this one!


Michelle June 26, 2011 at 9:06 am

I made this for my son and my parents last night. They all loved it! My father really loved the sauce. I added too much cilantro and scallion greens, but it actually ended up alright. The scallion greens made the dumplings have a little more kick. I love it, so I’ll be making this again. Thank you!


Corinna September 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I tried this recipe for the first time tonight. It was very tasty, but my husband thought it might taste better with smaller dumplings so that you can get enough chicken, soup, and dumpling in each spoonful. I also found that my taste preferred more much additional broth and evaporated milk should I increase to do this, do you think?


bianca February 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

This.was.AMAZING. So glad I finally tried it! I use broth concentrate so I rounded up to 2C broth, then my salsa verde from Trader Joes was only 12oz, and I used a full 12oz can of 2% evap milk. The sauce was plentiful, thick, and soooo yummy. Thank you!


Kelley February 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I made this for dinner tonight. My husband has been unimpressed with my past attempts at chicken & dumpling recipes, but when he put one forkful of this into his mouth, he said, “hey, this is good!” Haha. :) I’ll definitely be making this again. I’d like to find a way to thicken the sauce with cornstarch instead of flour and butter, though, to lighten it.


maria September 30, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I doubled this recipe and made it for dinner last night. I loved the flavor of the soup/dumplings, but I think that one batch of dumpings would have been enough. The next time I make this (and there will definitely be a next time), I will make smaller dumplings and add a little more broth/water as the dumplings soaked up a lot of the liquid.


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