Now that the weather has begun to turn cooler, it is the perfect time to make our Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings recipe.

There is just something about eating a warm bowl of Chicken and Dumplings soup on a chilly Autumn day that makes you feel so good.

It is one of the most popular comfort meals sold at restaurants. And it is so easy to make yourself.

slow cooker chicken and dumplings
One of our favorite comfort meals is Chicken and Dumplings. And it couldn’t be easier than making them in the Slow Cooker.

And because this is a slow cooker recipe, there is no need to stand over a hot stove until everything is cooked to perfection.

Instead, place the ingredients in a slow cooker and let the magic happen!

But the absolute best part about this Chicken and Dumplings recipe is that it does not require any canned soups. And, the dumplings are homemade!

How To Make Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Every good Chicken and Dumplings recipe starts with a good chicken soup base.

That includes using either boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. The choice of which one to use is up to you.

chicken breast in slow cooker
Chicken breasts in the slow cooker, ready to be made into Chicken and Dumplings.

Because the chicken is cooked in broth, both will provide you with moist and juicy chicken pieces once cooked. Therefore, I typically choose to make this recipe with chicken breasts.

Next will come the typical chicken soup vegetable ingredients. Diced onion, celery, carrots and garlic are used to help make this a hearty soup. But the addition of thyme is what gives Chicken and Dumplings that classic flavor!

However, unlike our Rustic Chicken Soup Recipe, this recipe has a creamy soup recipe. Therefore add in some evaporated milk to make the cream base.

Evaporated milk makes the soup creamier than when using whole milk. Plus it is healthier than using heavy cream.

diced onion celery garlic
Diced onion, celery and carrots are great additions to any chicken soup recipe.

The soup is now ready to be cooked! Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, or LOW for 7 hours.

Of course, the cook time will depend on the brand of Slow Cooker that you have. We have a Crock Pot 6 quart Programmable Slow Cooker and the chicken was cooked in just 2 1/2 hours on HIGH. However, I find that our slow cooker cooks hotter than most.

Shred The Chicken and Thicken The Sauce

Once the chicken is cooked through and tender, remove the chicken pieces from the slow cooker into a shallow bowl or on a cutting board.

The chicken can now easily be shredded using two forks. Next, set the shredded chicken aside and thicken the sauce.

shredded chicken
Once cooked, the chicken can easily be shredded with two forks.

Make a slurry of cornstarch or arrowroot powder. In order to do this, place the powder in a small bowl and slowly add the liquid from the slow cooker and whisk until smooth.

You do not want to add the powder directly into the slow cooker. Doing so will cause clumps of powder throughout your Chicken and Dumplings soup.

Once the slurry is smooth, add it to the rest of the liquid and mix together. Then add the shredded chicken and stir.

Making the Dumplings

Now it is time to make the dumplings. Don’t be scared, it is easy to do!

Simply whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and thyme until well incorporated.

Next make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the milk and melted butter.

chicken and dumplings
Cook the dumplings until they are cooked through the middle.

Using a silicone spatula, mix together until a dough forms. The dough will be clumpy, and that is okay.

Use a cookie scoop to add dumplings to the slow cooker. Once they are all in, push down on the dumplings to get the tops slightly submerged in the liquid.

All that is left to do is cook the dumplings! In about an hour, your Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings will be ready!

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

A creamy chicken and dumplings recipe made without creamed soup and with easy to make, homemade dumplings. The perfect comfort meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced sweet onion
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 4 cups chicken stock low sodium
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder optional
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder

Homemade Dumplings

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted

Instructions

  1. Add chicken, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, evaporated milk, chicken stock, thyme, pepper, salt and cayenne pepper (optional) to in the slow cooker. Cook for 3 hours on high or 7 hours on low.
  2. Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker, shred with two forks, and return to crockpot.
  3. Turn Slow Cooker on HIGH setting.
  4. In a small bowl add the cornstarch or arrowroot powder. Slowly add 4 tablespoons of the liquid from the slow cooker into the bowl, whisking constantly until smooth. Add the mixture back into the slow cooker and stir.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, pepper, salt and thyme. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and slowly pour the milk and butter into the center of the well.
  6. Using silicone spatula, stir together until a dough ball forms. If the dough seams too dry, add an additional 1 tablespoon of milk.
  7. Using a medium sized cookie scoop, scoop dough and drop directly into the simmering soup in various areas.
  8. Once all dumplings have been added, gently press them down so they are slightly submerged in the liquid.
  9. Place the lid on your crockpot and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Check to make sure the center of a dumpling is cooked by cutting it in half. Continue to cook until the dumplings are light and fluffy in the center.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings Recipe
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