Optavia Lean and Green Chicken & Dumplings

Do you love the comforting taste of chicken and dumplings but want to stick to your Optavia Lean and Green meal plan? Well, you’re in luck! With a few simple substitutions and adjustments, you can enjoy a delicious and nutritious version of this classic dish that fits perfectly into your Optavia diet.

Optavia Lean and Green Chicken & Dumplings is a satisfying and flavorful meal that will keep you on track toward your weight loss goals. By using lean chicken breast, low-carb flour alternatives, and fresh vegetables, you can create a lighter, healthier version of this beloved comfort food.

So, let’s dive in and learn how to make this Optavia-approved twist on a timeless favorite.
In this recipe, I will walk you through the step-by-step process of making Optavia Lean and Green Chicken & Dumplings, including all the necessary ingredients and cooking techniques.

Get ready to enjoy a delicious and guilt-free bowl of chicken and dumplings that won’t derail your Optavia journey.

Optavia Lean and Green Chicken & Dumplings

This comforting Chicken Stew with Cauliflower Dumplings is a wholesome and flavorful dish. Tender chicken is simmered in a savory chicken stock with mushrooms and asparagus, then mixed with creamy low-fat cream cheese. The star of the show is the golden-brown cauliflower dumplings, adding a delicious twist to the traditional stew. Perfectly satisfying and packed with nutrients, it's a hearty meal that will warm your soul on any day.

Type: Lean and Green Main Course

Cuisine: Modern American

Recipe Yield: 4 Serving

Calories: 300 Calories

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 30 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups button mushrooms, cut into quarters
  • 1 1/2 cups asparagus cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup low-fat cream cheese
  • 3 cups riced cauliflower
  • 1 large egg

Recipe Instructions:

Dumplings Directions::

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

Spread the riced cauliflower on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool. Keep the oven on at 400°F (200°C) and set the baking sheet aside for later use.

In a kitchen towel, squeeze the cauliflower to remove any excess moisture. Mix together the squeezed cauliflower with the egg and 1/4 tsp salt.

Shape the cauliflower mixture into 8 little dumplings and place them back on the baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes.

Chicken Stew Directions::

In a pot with a tight-closing lid, combine the chicken, chicken stock, and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for about 20 minutes until the chicken is tender.

Remove the chicken from the stock and set it aside.

Add the mushrooms, asparagus, and cream cheese to the stock. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pull the chicken into bite-sized pieces and return them to the sauce, heating through.

Serving :

To serve, place 2 dumplings into each bowl and top with an equal amount of creamy chicken stew, about 1½ to 2 cups per bowl. Enjoy this comforting and flavorful dish!

Editor's Rating:


  • With the use of low-fat cream cheese and cauliflower dumplings, this recipe offers a lower-calorie alternative to traditional chicken stews with dumplings.


  • Depending on the chicken stock and condiments used, the sodium content in the dish may be relatively high. People on a low-sodium diet should exercise caution or use low-sodium alternatives.

Cooking Tips For Optavia Lean and Green Chicken & Dumplings

If you can, buy mushrooms whole and slice them yourself. Pre-sliced mushrooms can lose moisture and flavor faster. Also, brushing them clean instead of rinsing helps maintain their earthy flavor.

Cauliflower can vary in moisture content. When baking, if you notice it’s not browning evenly, consider extending the baking time slightly. Golden brown patches will not only add flavor but also ensure a firmer dumpling texture.

When cutting asparagus, bend each stalk gently until it snaps. This naturally breaks off the woody end, giving you the tenderest parts for your stew. Apart from that, it’s all good. We love this Optavia chicken dish. This graph shows you macros for this recipe.

macros for optavia chicken dumplings recipe