Slow cookers, also known as crockpots, are without a doubt one of the easiest kitchen appliances to use for making lunch or dinner. Just toss in the ingredients, turn it on, and let everything cook for several hours. If you’re making dinner, the food will smell great all afternoon until time to eat. That’s why this mom’s smooth, creamy chicken and dumpling recipe is a family favorite.
This is everyone’s favorite meal
One of the best parts about this mom’s recipe is all the shortcuts involved. Of course, you can always make delicious chicken and dumplings the traditional way…from scratch. But everyone has busy times in their life when they just need something fast. This is a great version of chicken and dumplings that everyone will love.
Slow cookers save lots of time in the kitchen
Not only is this mom’s recipe amazing, but it’s also super-fast to make. If you don’t have much time to get dinner on the table for your family, a slow cooker will come in handy. The best part? You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen.
How do you make chicken and dumplings?
The whole recipe is easy from beginning to end. There are just a few things to do before turning on your slow cooker. For the most part, this mom’s recipe involves layering the ingredients, turning the crockpot on, and then stirring it partway through.
The best type of chicken to use
This mom uses skinless, boneless chicken breasts. She loves them because once they’re cooked, the meat shreds easily. Now, you can use boneless chicken thighs if preferred. But remember, there’s extra fat on them and you really don’t want that for this particular recipe. But if you love dark meat, go ahead and use them.
Another option is to use bone-in chicken. But that means you’ll have separate the meat from the bones. Why add an extra step to this busy-day recipe when you don’t have to?
You’ll notice the first step in this mom’s recipe is to microwave the onions. Now, if you’re just not feeling it, you can skip this step. But microwaving them makes them a little softer. It’s sort of like sautéing them, except easier.
Onions don’t always soften when cooking them in a crockpot. But if you have a thing for crunchy onions in your dinner, you could skip the microwaving part altogether.
What about the biscuits and vegetables?
One of the ingredients on this mom’s recipe is canned biscuits although she says you can make homemade dough, as well. Keep in mind, canned biscuits will save you time. As for the vegetables, this recipe calls for carrots and peas. But you can try other veggies if you like. Maybe you could toss in some corn for a little bit of sweetness.
Using condensed soup
This mom loves using condensed soup and thinks it’s the best option. Why? It maintains its consistency and holds up well in a slow cooker. The problem with dairy is it can separate and curdle, making it unappetizing. You want this recipe as creamy as possible. If you want to limit your salt intake, simply use a low-sodium type of condensed soup.
Here’s the full recipe of what you’ll need
- 3/4 cup diced yellow onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 (10.75- ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups frozen peas and carrots (alternately 1 cup of each)
- 1 (16- ounce) can buttermilk biscuits
- Heat diced onions in a microwave-safe bowl on high for 1 minute. Stir and heat for another 30 seconds until the onions are softened and slightly translucent.
- Put the onions on the bottom of the slow cooker then add chicken breasts on top. Sprinkle with thyme and pepper then spread 2 cans of condensed chicken soup on top of the chicken. Add your chicken broth and garlic.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours until you see that the chicken is tender.
- Shred the chicken using two forks and add frozen peas and carrots.
- Cut the biscuit into 1-inch pieces and drop them into the slow cooker. Once the biscuits are added make sure you mix them to coat them evenly in the soup mixture.
- Cover with the lid and cook for 1 more hour or until the biscuits are cooked through. Be sure to stir once at the halfway mark.
- Enjoy this delicious recipe from Cookies and Cups!
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