Packed with delicious flavor, including oodles of tender chicken pieces and pillowy soft dumplings in a rich creamy sauce, this slow cooker chicken and dumplings recipe is Southern comfort food at its finest.
One of my son’s favorite suppers in the entire world is chicken and dumplings. Now, I’ve previously shared my recipe for easy chicken and dumplings with biscuits here. Over the years though, I’ve come up with a few different ways of making it that suit my schedule a little better. Enter, this crock pot chicken and dumplings recipe, which is even easier to make.
It’s packed with delicious flavors, like two different types of creamy soup, chicken broth, and poultry seasoning. Add in tender chicken pieces and pillowy soft dumplings and you have a recipe for success! Nothing beats that rich creamy sauce. The best part is, it’s the easiest chicken and dumplings recipe you’ll ever find. Simply add the ingredients to the slow cooker and walk away. Come back in 4 hours to slowly add the dumplings and in no time at all it’s ready to serve.
Let me tell you, all it takes is one bite, and the next thing you know your plate is empty. It’s just one of those recipes. I love to make chicken and dumplings in the winter, as it’s one of my favorite cozy and comforting main dishes. Luckily my family agrees! Now, let’s get cooking and make this your family’s new favorite supper as well!
- Chicken broth
- Cream of chicken soup
- Cream of celery soup
- Poultry seasoning
- Onion powder
- Salt and pepper
- Boneless skinless chicken thigh and chicken breast
- Carrot (I sometimes omit this)
- Frozen dumplings
How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
In a 5-quart slow cooker, combine the chicken broth, cans of soup, poultry seasoning, salt, onion powder, and pepper; stir well.
Then stir in all of the chicken and diced carrot. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
Add the frozen dumpling pieces, one at a time, to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high, stirring twice, until dumplings are tender, approximately 1.5 hours.
Sprinkle with additional pepper, if desired.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight before reheating as above.
- Recipes for homemade cream soup can be found in my second book, Come Home To Supper (click here).
- If you like, just add an extra boneless skinless chicken breast in place of the thighs for less fuss.
- If you’d like to add more flavor to your crock pot chicken and dumplings, here are some variations:
- Add 3 chopped celery stalks, 1 cup of diced onion, or 2 diced leeks.
- Substitute the carrot for 2 cups of defrosted frozen vegetables.
- Add more seasoning, like 2 bay leaves, 3 minced garlic cloves, and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste.
- Serve with a garnish of chopped fresh parsley or a sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese.
- Instead of frozen dumplings, you can also use a can of refrigerated biscuit dough or make your own homemade flaky biscuits. Here’s my easy drop biscuits recipe.
Can you put raw chicken in the slow cooker?
Yes, you can put raw chicken straight into the crock pot for this slow cooker chicken and dumplings recipe. The extended cooking time ensures it will be cooked by the end.
How do you check if the dumplings are done?
If you want to double-check the dumplings are cooked, you can insert a toothpick in the center. When it comes out clean, you’re good to go!
What do you serve with crock pot chicken and dumplings?
This is already a great family-friendly main meal. But if you like you can make the leftovers stretch further and serve it over mashed potato or rice.
Here are more easy crock pot chicken recipes:
AMAZING & EASY Crock Pot Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Crock Pot Chicken and Cornbread Dressing
Cheesy Chicken And Rice (Crock Pot Version)
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can cream of celery soup
- 3/4 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces *
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces*
- 1 cup chopped carrot I sometimes omit this
- 1/3 package frozen dumplings about half a pound, broken into 3 pieces each
- In a 5-quart slow cooker, combine the chicken broth, cans of soup, poultry seasoning, salt, onion powder, and pepper; stir well. Then stir in all of the chicken and diced carrot. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.3 cups chicken broth, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of celery soup, 3/4 tsp poultry seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs, 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 cup chopped carrot
- Add the frozen dumpling pieces, one at a time, to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high, stirring twice, until dumplings are tender, approximately 1.5 hours. Sprinkle with additional pepper, if desired.1/3 package frozen dumplings
Do you have a new cookbook?
Sure do! It comes out this fall. Stay tuned for lots of info on it soon!
Can you tell me what the original magazine had on it’s cover, I probably have it already but want to make sure!
It had chocolate pudding with meringue on top 🙂
Christy, do you think this dish will freeze well? Reason I’m asking, my Mom died several years ago, and when I visit my Dad, I always take him frozen meals (portioned) in small, plastic containers so he can easily heat it up in the microwave. I know he will love this recipe!
I think it would but the only caution I would give is to thaw it in the fridge a bit before heating, rather than heating from frozen. You’re the best kind of daughter!
I never knew frozen dumplings existed…where?
sybil, I’m with you … never heard of frozen dumplings before. Never seen them in any of the stores I shop at. Where do I purchase a box or bag of them???
They come in a red and white bag near the frozen rolls where I live. I believe the brand is Mary B’s 🙂
Walmart carries them.
Yes there by the biscuits and garlic bread at walmarts I use them all the time
So does Kroger. They are right beside her bags of frozen biscuits.
What brand of frozen dumplings do you use in this recipe? Do you thaw them first before adding to crock pot?
I use Mary B’s. Just toss em in frozen 🙂
Mary B’s??? I didn’t know there was another brand…kinda like grits. why Aunt Jemima of course
How long do you cook this after adding the dumplings? 1 1/2 hours? If I can’t find frozen dumplings, how long would you cook them using fresh?
Yes. 1.5 hours. Fresh would take close to the same time but make sure you have them coated well in flour. I always use frozen in this because they hold up better.
I have never seen frozen dumplings?Be
I absolutely love those frozen dumplings. My life has become much easier after finding them.
Thanks for the recipe. I’ve made chicken and dumplings before and in the crock pot before, but I’ve never used frozen dumplings I wasn’t sure how long to put them in. Thanks a bunch
LOVED the chicken and dumplings in your first book. Will have to give this one a try. Do you think it would work just as well to use with pre-cooked chicken? I usually buy up a lot of chicken breast when they are on sale and go ahead and cook them, shred them, then freeze. Makes it super fast to fix a chicken dish when I have the chicken already cooked.
Absolutely, this recipe works great with that! Great thinking!
What are ozen dumplings? Are they a southern dish? I’ve seen chicken dishes that use refridgerator biscuits.
Hope you’re having a great day. Was there a typing error in your question? I’m not sure what ozen dumplings are but it may just be something I’ve never heard of. I make them with biscuits myself most of the time, canned, just like you mentioned. Here is my recipe: https://www.southernplate.com/2008/07/how-to-make-southern-chicken-and.html
oh goodness, I just caught on! You must have meant frozen dumplings. You can get them in the freezer section near the frozen rolls and bread dough here in Alabama. I’m not sure if they are available in other areas outside of the southeast.
where can i buy your cook books ?
Hey Beverly! The best prices are usually found on Amazon but your local bookstores likely have them as well. Here is an amazon link 🙂 http://amzn.to/2G0OVbK
Can you use dry dumplings for this recipe?
in the recipe above the onion powder amount is not clear as It show me 1 sep 1/2 teaspoon and on he frozen dumplings I see the same 1 sep 1/3 (1.5-pound) pkg so I was wondering what the actual amounts for these items were as this appears to be a typo or overtype of these number amounts.
Yes, most of the fractions are showing incorrectly for me… at first I thought it was 3 and 1/4 poultry seasoning until I saw the rest of the fractions. I am about to make this, so will go with the fractions as if the larger-sized number is little and above the slash (3/4 poultry seasoning). Christy confirmed that the cooking time was one and a half hours for the dumplings in another answer, and it is showing for me as 11/2, so I know I am on the right track.
Thanks for letting me know y’all! I fixed it 😀 Appreciate your help!
Is it 1 and a half hours after the dumplings are added? I’m not sure what 11/2 means
Sorry saw the answer after I asked