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Pj Maclayne coverHello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, P.J. MacLayne, and her recipe for Chicken and Dumplings along with an introduction to her paranormal romance, Wolves’ Pawn. Please join me in welcoming P.J. and savor her recipe for Chicken and Dumplings as you read about her new book!

Dot Mackenzie, the heroine of my book, Wolves’ Pawn, frequently misses out on meals as she runs from place to place. But it’s just the kind of food her mother, if she were still alive, would have taught Dot to cook.

Warning: This is comfort food, filled with calories, and although it’s an easy recipe, it takes all afternoon to cook. I love making it on a cold winter’s day when the smell of the cooking chicken fills the house and makes it seem extra cozy. By the time you’re ready to eat, your taste buds can hardly wait for you to dig in.


Chicken and Dumplings


1 Whole Chicken, skin on, cut up

Wide Egg noodles (amount you use depends upon how much water is left after the cooking time, how many people you are wanting to feed, and how thick you want your soup. I use around 2 cups of noodles.)

2 cans Cream of Chicken soup (condensed)

2 cups Bisquick (or substitute your own dumpling recipe)

Put the chicken in a large pot (4 qt. or larger) and generously cover with water. On the stovetop, bring to a boil over high heat, and then cover, and turn heat down so the liquid continues to boil at a low rate. Cook chicken until it is done. (I usually let mine cook for 3 hours, so that the juices from the chicken have time to mingle with the water used to cook.) As long as you’ve used plenty of water to start with, you shouldn’t have to add more.

Take the cook chicken out of the pot, watching for any little bones that might have separated during the cooking process. Stir the condensed soup into the water and bring back to a low boil.

Remove the cooked chicken from the bones and cut into bite-size pieces. Put the chicken meat back into the pot.

Turn the heat up and bring the mixture back to a full boil.

Make your dumplings according to the Bisquick recipe or whatever recipe you want. I use water instead of milk when making mine.

Add your noodles to the pot and stir. Making sure your liquid is at full boil; drop your dumpling batter on top of the liquid. Cook for 10 minutes, the cover and cook for 10 more.

When done, I put the pot right on the table and let my family dig in. This serves a small army. You can easily feed 6-8 people and still have leftovers. The dumplings don’t keep well, but I save the stew and make lunch out of it during the week.


Dot McKenzie is a lone wolf-shifter on the run, using everything available to her to stay one step ahead of her pursuers. When she is offered a chance for friendship and safety with the Fairwood pack, she accepts.

Gavin Fairwood, reluctant heir for Fairwood pack leadership, is content to let life happen while he waits. Old longings surface when he appoints himself as Dot’s protector and becomes more than a friend.

Dot goes into hiding again when her presence puts the pack and her new friends at risk. When old enemies threaten the destruction of the Fairwood pack, it will take the combined efforts of Dot and Gavin to save it. But can anything save their love and Dot’s life when she becomes a pawn in a pack leader’s deadly game?


“So what are your plans for tomorrow?” Gavin asked as he walked Dot back to his sister’s home. His arm was draped around her shoulders because he didn’t trust himself to touch her anywhere else.

“Elder Blackhaw wants me to come talk to her about my mother’s family, Dr. Tracy mentioned something about getting a full physical, and Dmitri wants to work on my bike. He said he heard it missing when he geared down.”

“Sounds like a full day. Think you can save some time for me?”

“What did you have in mind?”

“Supper.” They had reached the door of Raven’s house, but he was reluctant to say goodnight just yet. “And then maybe watch a movie or go for a walk or something.”

“Are you asking me for a date?” Dot grinned.

He smiled and lightly stroked her cheek. “I guess I am.”

“Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve been on a date? I think I was seventeen the last time a guy asked me out. Other than truckers wanting a one night stand.” She wrinkled her nose. “They don’t count, do they?”

“Absolutely not.”

“Good. Because I turned them all down.”

He bent to kiss her again when the door opened. “I thought I heard voices out here,” Raven, a tall, brown haired woman, said, “Say goodnight, Gavin. Dot has had a long day.”

“You sound like Dad,” Gavin grumbled, but he smiled at his sister. “Goodnight, Dot.” He placed a soft kiss on her forehead. “Sleep well.” Before he could change his mind, he turned and strode away into the darkness.

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Meet P.J. pj maclayne pic

P.J. MacLayne is a computer geek by day and an author by night. She grew up among the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, and finds inspiration for her books from that area. She currently makes her home in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.

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