Why ‘is’ is used

Please explain why ‘is‘ is used.

 Chicken and dumplings is my favourite dish.

Why is is used with chicken and dumplings?

 I take it that “chicken and dumplings” is the name of a dish in which chicken is cooked with dumplings. In that case, the two nouns go together to form a single unit, and is treated as a singular noun.

Other examples are:

Toast, butter and jam is what I normally eat at breakfast.

Nasi lemak and sambal is delicious in the morning, but it makes us sleepy.

Fish and chips is a typically English dish, and tastes best when it iswrapped in paper.

A blouse and skirt looks nice on you.

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