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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Are you tired of spending hours in the kitchen preparing elaborate meals? Do you crave a comforting dish that requires minimal effort? Look no further than slow cooker chicken and dumplings! This classic dish is not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and a slow cooker, you can have a hearty and satisfying meal ready to enjoy in no time.

The Magic of Slow Cooking

Imagine coming home after a long day to the mouthwatering aroma of chicken simmering in a rich broth. The slow cooker does all the work for you, allowing the flavors to meld together and create a comforting dish that’s perfect for any time of year. It’s like having your own personal chef, tirelessly cooking away while you go about your day.

Tender Chicken

One of the best things about slow cooking is that it results in incredibly tender and juicy chicken. The long cooking time allows the chicken to become fork-tender, effortlessly falling apart at the touch. No more dry and tough chicken breasts – with slow cooking, you’ll always have succulent and flavorful meat.

Flavorful Broth

The broth is the heart and soul of any chicken and dumplings recipe. As the chicken cooks low and slow, it releases its juices, infusing the broth with a rich and savory flavor. Add in some aromatic vegetables and herbs, and you have a broth that’s bursting with deliciousness.

The Simplicity of Dumplings

Now let’s talk about the star of the show – the dumplings. These fluffy and tender morsels are a comforting addition to the chicken and broth. They are incredibly simple to make, requiring just a few basic ingredients like flour, baking powder, and milk. The dumplings cook right in the slow cooker, soaking up all the flavors of the chicken and broth.

Perfectly Balanced

The dumplings add a wonderful texture to the dish, offering a contrast to the tender chicken and velvety broth. They are like little pillows of comfort, providing a satisfying bite with every spoonful. The combination of the chicken, broth, and dumplings creates a perfectly balanced meal that will warm your heart and soul.

FAQs: Your Burning Questions Answered

Q: Can I use frozen chicken in this recipe?

A: Absolutely! You can use frozen chicken in the slow cooker, but make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Frozen chicken may take longer to cook, so be sure to check for doneness before serving.

Q: Can I make this recipe with boneless, skinless chicken thighs?

A: Yes, you can use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer. They will add a rich and slightly fattier flavor to the dish, making it even more delicious.

Q: Can I add vegetables to the slow cooker?

A: Of course! Feel free to add your favorite vegetables, such as carrots, celery, and peas, to the slow cooker for added flavor and nutrition. Just make sure to chop them into bite-sized pieces before adding them to the pot.

Q: Can I substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative?

A: Absolutely! You can use a gluten-free flour blend in place of all-purpose flour to make the dumplings gluten-free. Just make sure to check the packaging for any additional instructions or measurements.

Q: Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

A: Yes, you can easily make a vegetarian version of this dish. Simply omit the chicken and use vegetable broth instead. Add in your favorite vegetables and let them simmer in the slow cooker until tender. The dumplings will still be just as delicious!

Q: Can I freeze the leftovers?

A: Absolutely! This recipe freezes well, so you can enjoy the leftovers on a busy day when you don’t have time to cook. Just store the chicken and dumplings in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Q: Can I make this recipe on the stovetop instead of a slow cooker?

A: Yes, you can adapt this recipe for stovetop cooking. Simply cook the chicken and broth in a large pot over low heat until the chicken is tender. Then, drop spoonfuls of the dumpling batter into the simmering broth and cover the pot. Let the dumplings cook for about 15 minutes or until they are cooked through.

Q: Can I add herbs and spices to the broth?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to customize the broth to your taste by adding herbs like thyme, rosemary, or parsley. You can also spice it up with some crushed red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce. Get creative and make the recipe your own!

In Conclusion

With its simplicity and delicious flavors, slow cooker chicken and dumplings is a meal that will satisfy your cravings without the fuss. The tender chicken, flavorful broth, and fluffy dumplings come together to create a dish that’s perfect for any occasion. So dust off your slow cooker and give this recipe a try – you won’t be disappointed!

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup of water (or adjust as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 skinless , boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 can (10.75 ounces) of low-sodium chicken broth (divided)
  • 1 large onion , finely diced
  • 3 carrots , chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery , chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 can (10.75 ounces) of reduced-fat condensed cream of celery soup (such as Campbells®)
  • 1 can (10.75 ounces) of reduced-fat condensed cream of chicken soup (such as Campbells® Healthy Request)
  • ½ teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 package (10 ounces) of refrigerated biscuit dough , torn into pieces

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, combine water, poultry seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Whisk until well combined.
  • Place the chicken in the bowl and turn it around to ensure it is coated with the seasoning mixture.
  • Pour half of the chicken broth into a slow cooker.
  • Add the seasoned chicken to the slow cooker, making sure it is evenly distributed.
  • Layer onions, carrots, and celery on top of the chicken in that order.
  • Dot butter over the vegetables.
  • Pour both condensed soups and the remaining broth over the vegetables.
  • Sprinkle rosemary on top of the soup mixture.
  • Cook on High setting for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks.
  • Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker.
  • Add pieces of biscuit dough to the chicken mixture.
  • Cook on High setting for an additional 1 1/2 hours.
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