Another kid-favorite chicken dinner recipe, a delicious crockpot chicken & dumplings recipe that your entire family will love.
This recipe for my Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings first appeared on my friend Amanda’s site.
The last time my daughter was really sick, the only thing she wanted to eat was chicken and dumplings.
I don’t have to tell you that when kids are sick, the last thing you need (on top of all the extra laundry, sanitizing, catching up on lost work, and comforting little bodies that you’re already doing) is a recipe request that involves making from-scratch dumplings, gravy sauce, and perfectly cooking both a protein and vegetables…
But, how can you say no to them when they are soooo sick?
So, of course, I agreed – but I set out to whip up a low-fuss slow cooker chicken and dumpling recipe. Something with minimal prep and clean-up that would make LOTS of servings so we could eat it for a couple of days. (Because, naturally, it was the only thing she wanted to eat.)
But can you blame her? Chicken and dumplings has got to be one of the ultimate comfort foods, with creamy, rich gravy that can be justified as soup, fork-tender chicken, soft dumplings that just soak up all that delicious gravy, and every kid’s favorite vegetable medley (small enough to pass inspection in many cases).
This recipe easily made about eight servings, and can be spread even further if you decide to make a side salad to go with it… although I think it’s a complete meal on it’s own. I also made probably double the amount of dumplings that most people would make because that’s our family’s favorite part of the meal!
Ooh, just writing about it right now is starting to stir up some serious cravings…
If you’re a fan of chicken and dumplings, I have to tell you – it’s even better when it’s practically effortless!
It took me about two or three minutes to haul the crockpot out of the cupboard and assemble the first set of ingredients.
About 3 hours later, I shred the chicken with two forks and then whipped up the dumplings – you can even use pre-made biscuit dough if you have a tube in the fridge!
All in all, even with from-scratch dumplings, this recipe took less than 10 minutes of active work from me yet it tasted like I had worked on that flavor for hours.
Whether you’re going for our instant pot chicken and dumplings or this crockpot version, you’re in for a delicious, low-prep recipe that requires little more than assembling the ingredients! You can even skip vegetable prep by buying that quintessential frozen veggie mix with peas, beans, carrots and corn. (I’ve never had a daycare child turn up their noses at it!)
Ingredients to Make Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings
- 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can cream of bacon soup
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2-3 cups frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corns and beans)
For the dumplings:
- 2 1/2 all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk or cream
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful:
- Crockpot Liners <– I haven’t used these but I have several friends who SWEAR by these for easy clean up
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Ladle or measuring spoon
This is the crockpot that I use the most often – it has a thermoshield which not only prevents little fingers from being burned if the kids touch the outside of the crockpot, but it’s also great for bringing along to potlucks. I also like that I can set the cook time on it, so if we end up taking too long playing outside (or running errands) I don’t have to worry about the food burning.
How to Make Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings
Place the chicken breasts in an even layer on the bottom of the crockpot.
Combine the cream of chicken, cream of bacon and broth and pour over the chicken.
Cook on high for 3 hours.
Remove the lid and shred the chicken using two forks.
Stir in the frozen vegetables.
Place the lid back on and start whipping up the dumplings.
Stir the dry ingredients together, and cut in the butter until coarse and crumbly.
Stir in the buttermilk until a wet dough forms. Drop 2 Tablespoon-sized lumps into the crockpot.
Cover and cook for an additional hour.
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This slow cooker chicken and dumpling recipe is a family favorite and the ultimate easy comfort food!