What could be more comforting than Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings? This recipe is one of the best you will try!
Forget the canned soup and prepare this fresh Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings recipe. The comforting meal contains fresh ingredients, such as cubed chicken breasts, carrots, and celery!
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and dumplings are a flavorful comfort food consisting of a creamy base with chunks of chicken, assorted vegetables, and a biscuit-like, soft dumpling. If you have ever had it in a can and enjoyed it, try making this Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe. It is easy to prepare because you will add all your ingredients to the slow cooker and allow the meal to cook on its own. Serve it in a bowl by itself or with a side salad and garlic bread.
Which type of chicken should I use?
It is best to use chicken breasts for this Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings recipe. You can cut the chicken breasts into cubed pieces before adding them into the slow cooker with other ingredients. If you do not have chicken breasts, you can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs chopped into pieces.
Can I make my cream of chicken or cream of celery soup?
You can make your own cream of chicken or cream of celery to add to the slow cooker too but just using broth here works just fine! When you want to prepare a quick and delicious meal, use your favorite brand of canned cream of chicken soup and cream of celery soup to add more flavor to this meal, totally optional. This will get very thick if you leave it sitting. Add more chicken stock to loosen it up if needed.
Can I use cream of broccoli instead of cream of celery?
If you do not want to use cream of celery, you can swap it out for cream of broccoli soup. It may alter the taste of your Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings just a bit, but the dish will still taste immaculate.
How long does it take to make?
The length of time it takes to make this meal will depend on the settings you choose to use. If you would like to make it faster, you can set your slow cooker to high and prepare this meal in four hours. If you would like to cook it longer while you are working or handling other tasks, set it to low and allow it to cook in the slow cooker for eight hours.
Do I have to use Pillsbury biscuits?
The Pillsbury Grands biscuits are fluffy and flavorful, making them a great addition to this meal. However, you can use the generic version of these biscuits and still prepare a delicious homemade Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings. Just chop them up into 4 cubes each biscuit. Use the biscuits you have available to make this meal more convenient for you. So simple yet delicious! Substitute your own dumpling recipe in place of the frozen variety. I used these DUMPLINGS.
Can I add more vegetables to the slow cooker?
There is nothing wrong with adding a few more vegetables to the Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings. Both frozen corn and frozen peas will taste great with the chicken and dumplings. You can grab a frozen bag of each and pour them into the slow cooker after your broth.
Can I freeze it?
The best way to freeze the Chicken and Dumplings in Crock-Pot is to add all your ingredients, except for the biscuits, to a large freezer bag. You can chop pieces of chicken and toss them into the freezer bag with the diced carrots, celery, and more. When you are ready to make this meal, simply empty the freezer bag into the slow cooker, add the biscuit dough on top, and then attach the lid to your slow cooker.
How to store the leftovers
If you have any leftovers after preparing the Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings, put them in a food storage container. You can store your leftovers in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat the leftovers in the microwave for a minute or less to get them hot enough to eat. Be sure to reheat your food in a microwave-safe bowl beforehand.
Will it feed a large family?
The Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings does provide more than enough servings for a large family. If you want to make this meal for a family gathering because it is just that good, you can always double the recipe to make sure you have enough for everyone to enjoy it.
Dinner doesn’t have to be long and complicated to have a delicious and filling hearty meal! This is just throw it all in the pot and come back to a full dinner hours later! Easy peasy!
This is a recipe you will be sure to come back to time and time again, the family will want this a few times a month for sure!
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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
- 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 small onion, medium diced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 64 ounces chicken stock
- 24 ounces frozen noodle style dumplings OR you can use Pillsbury and chop them up uncooked into cubes
- Fresh chopped parsley for garnish, optional
Cook Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
- Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of a large slow cooker (I used an 8-quart slow cooker). Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the chicken.
- Add the onion, carrots, and celery on top. Pour the chicken stock on top. Place the cooker on low for 4 hours or high for 3 hours.
- Shred the chicken and add it back to the pot.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Break the dumplings into thirds and add them one at a time to the pot.
- Stir them in after every 5 or so dumplings you add in.
- Place the cooker on high and cook an additional 1 to 1 and ½ hours, stirring every 15 minutes, this will help prevent the dumplings from sticking together and sticking to the pot.
- It is ready when the dumplings are tender, puffed up, and the broth is thickened.
- Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, optional.