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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Dear readers, I’m thrilled to share something really special with you today! It’s a heartfelt thank you wrapped in the comforting embrace of a classic dish. I’m talking about Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings—a recipe that is as much about warmth and comfort as it is about convenience and flavor. I’ve received so many requests for easy, hearty meals that can bring families together without hours spent in the kitchen. So, here it is, a dish that promises all of that and then some. Let’s dive into this culinary delight that has a special place in my heart and, I hope, soon in yours too!


To make this heartwarming dish, you’ll need:

  • Chicken: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Vegetables: 1 cup of diced carrots, 1 cup of diced celery, 1 large onion, chopped
  • Chicken broth: 4 cups (enough to cover the ingredients)
  • Cream of chicken soup: 2 cans for that rich, creamy texture
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, thyme, and a bay leaf for that herby touch
  • Dumplings: 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup of milk (to mix)

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

  1. Prepare the Slow Cooker: Place the chicken breasts at the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add Vegetables and Seasonings: Toss in the carrots, celery, onion, salt, pepper, thyme, and bay leaf.
  3. Pour in Liquids: Add the chicken broth and dollops of cream of chicken soup. Do not stir!
  4. Cook: Set your slow cooker to high and let it cook for 5 hours.
  5. Shred the Chicken: Remove the chicken, shred it with forks, and return it to the slow cooker.
  6. Make the Dumplings: Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in milk to form a dough. Drop spoonfuls of dough into the slow cooker.
  7. Cook the Dumplings: Cover and cook on high for another hour until the dumplings are puffed and firm.

Helpful Tips

  • Don’t Stir: When you add the soup, resist the urge to stir. Let the heat and steam blend the flavors.
  • Dumpling Size: Keep the dumplings small; they will expand as they cook!


  • Gluten-Free? Swap the all-purpose flour with your favorite gluten-free blend.
  • Vegetarian Option: Use vegetable broth and substitute chicken with a mix of beans and root vegetables for texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use chicken thighs instead? Absolutely! Chicken thighs are juicier and more flavorful, making them a great alternative.

Can I cook this on low? Yes! Cook on low for 7-8 hours before adding the dumplings, then cook for another hour.

Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until hot.

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Thank you for joining me in the kitchen today! I hope this Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings brings as much joy and comfort to your table as it does to mine. Isn’t it wonderful how some dishes have the power to transform a simple meal into a memorable gathering? Keep cooking, keep sharing, and remember, the best meals are the ones that bring us together.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Hello, dear friends! Today, I’m sharing a recipe that’s close to my heart—Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings. This dish is more than just a meal; it’s a hug in a bowl, perfect for those days when you crave something warm, comforting, and effortlessly delicious. Join me as we turn simple ingredients into a feast that fills your home with its irresistible aroma!


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • Salt, pepper, and thyme to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker.
  2. Top with carrots, celery, onion, salt, pepper, thyme, and a bay leaf.
  3. Add chicken broth and spoonfuls of cream of chicken soup; do not stir.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours.
  5. Remove chicken, shred, and return to the pot.
  6. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix in milk to form a dough.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of dough into the slow cooker.
  8. Cook on high for an additional hour until dumplings are cooked through.


  • For a thicker broth, whisk a tablespoon of cornstarch with water and stir into the slow cooker during the last hour.
  • Feel free to add more herbs like parsley or rosemary for added flavor.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Slow Cooking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: Approx. 350
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 870mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg

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