I believe I originally read this in a Literature or English textbook. I believe this was when I was in Elementary School, probably between 8-11, in the early 80's.
A con-man becomes the royal chef because he claims to be able to make Dragon Stew. Luckily for him dragons have become extremely rare, so his claim is never tested.
He has no skill as a chef, but the king loves to do so, so he basically just does exactly what the king tells him to do, or just lets the king do it.
One day, however, the royal hunters return with a dragon!
It is a small, pudgy thing, about the size of a large dog, with stubby wings. It is put in a cage in the kitchen, and everyone else is ordered out by the king, who then also leaves so that the chef's "secret family recipe" will be protected.
The chef begins to panic and cry which prompts the dragon to to ask what he has to cry about. He tells his story and the dragon admits to being a very skilled chef.
So the "Dragon Stew" that the chef takes out to serve the king, is then revealed to be called that not because it has dragon in it, but because a dragon made it.
Does anyone know where this story might be found? I thought it was titled "Dragon Stew", but the one that comes up on a search with that name appears to be about 5 bored vikings trying to drag a stubborn dragon back to make stew.