Chicken and dumplings is one of the best comfort foods around, warm and savory — and when you make this recipe in a slow cooker, you turn it into one of the easiest ways to get dinner on the table. The heart of the dish remains chicken, onions, and boiled biscuits (or dumplings) cooked to juicy tenderness in broth.
The History of Chicken and Dumplings
While food historians disagree over whether chicken and dumplings originated in French Canada or in the American South, they all agree that it was a popular way to feed a lot of people during difficult economic times. By adding the filling dumplings, a single chicken could be stretched to feed an entire family for two dinners instead of just one. Early versions of chicken and dumplings added ingredients like turnip greens, and more modern versions incorporate herbs and spices into the dumplings.
How to Make Chicken and Dumplings
Making chicken and dumplings in a slow cooker is incredibly easy and produces a result that’s amazingly delicious. Here’s how to make it happen:
•Chop 1 onion, and sprinkle it over the bottom of your slow cooker.
•Pour in 2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup and 1 can of chicken broth.
•Toss in 2 chopped stalks of celery, 2 chopped carrots, and a handful of frozen peas.
•Sprinkle in 2 teaspoons of thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 3 cloves of garlic (or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder), and 1 bay leaf.
•Lay in 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into big chunks. Stir up all the contents of the slow cooker so the chicken is coated in the soup mixture.
•Cook in the slow cooker for 3 hours. Remove the bay leaf, stir the contents of the slow cooker again, and place 8 refrigerated biscuits on top of the chicken mixture.
•Cook 1 more hour until the biscuits are done, and serve generous portions.
Variations to Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
If you want to add your own touches to your slow cooker chicken and dumplings, consider making some of the ingredients from scratch. For example, homemade cream of chicken soup or biscuits made from scratch, though they take a bit more time, help make your chicken and dumplings a real standout.
For a spicier take on chicken and dumplings, add a little chili powder, cumin, and other Mexican spices, and substitute cut-up flour tortillas for the dumplings.