Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Background and History:

Chicken and dumplings is a cherished comfort food with deep roots in Southern cuisine. This hearty dish typically consists of tender chicken, vegetables, and fluffy dumplings in a creamy broth. It’s a classic that has been enjoyed by generations, offering warm, satisfying flavors reminiscent of home-cooked meals.

Serves: 6-8

Time:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 4-6 hours (slow cooker)

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans (10.75 oz each) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instruction:

  • Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker.
  • Add chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, chopped onion, sliced carrots, sliced celery, minced garlic, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken is tender and fully cooked.
  • About 30 minutes before serving, shred the chicken with two forks and return it to the slow cooker.
  • In a mixing bowl, prepare the dumpling dough by combining flour, baking powder, and salt. Add milk and melted butter, and stir until a soft dough forms.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling dough onto the simmering chicken mixture in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through.
  • Stir in frozen peas and corn. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the vegetables are heated through.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories: Approximately 350-400 per serving
  • Protein: Around 20-25g
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 35-40g
  • Fat: About 12-15g

Notes:

  • The creamy, rich sauce is a hallmark of this dish, making it a filling and comforting meal.
  • Feel free to customize by adding other vegetables or herbs, according to your taste.
  • Serve this dish hot, and enjoy the deliciousness of classic chicken and dumplings with minimal effort.

Allergy Warning:

  • Check ingredient labels for potential allergens, especially in canned soups and any specific dietary requirements.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings is a timeless favorite, perfect for cozy family dinners. With its simple preparation and delicious results, it’s no wonder this dish has stood the test of time.

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