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Dinner Tonight? Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Delish UK logo Delish UK 24/09/2020 Lauren Miyashiro

Q: Is there anything more comforting than chicken & dumplings?

A: Nope!

How do you make chicken & dumplings in a slow cooker?

This recipe is broken down into two parts: cooking chicken and cooking dumplings. First, you lay boneless skinless chicken breasts over a bed of onion in your slow cooker, then pour cream of chicken soup and chicken stock on top. Once the chicken is cooked, it's time to add the vegetables and dumplings. That's it.

Why does this recipe use cream of chicken soup?

Nothing quite beats the creamy texture and savoury flavour of cream of chicken soup. You can absolutely make your own copycat recipe from scratch, but we lean on the canned stuff for convenience here.

How do the dumplings cook in the slow cooker?

So first you cook the chicken mixture, and then for the last hour you cook the dumplings. The heat in the slow cooker will help the dumplings rise and "bake". They'll need a lot longer in the slow cooker though—about an hour to be fully cooked through.

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Can I use dumpling dough from scratch?


Yields: 4

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 4 hours 10 mins


  • 1

    onion, chopped

  • 500 g

    boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 tsp.

    dried oregano

  • salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2

    (400g) cans cream of chicken soup

  • 500 mL

    low-sodium chicken stock

  • 4

    sprigs fresh thyme

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • 2

    stalks celery, chopped

  • 2

    large carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 150 g

    frozen peas, thawed

  • 3

    cloves garlic, crushed

  • 450 g

    ready made dumplings


  1. Scatter onion in the bottom of a large slow cooker then top with chicken. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pour over soup and stock then add thyme and bay leaf. Cover and cook on high untilthe chicken is cooked through, about 3 hours.
  3. Discard thyme and bay leaf, then shredchicken with two forks. Stir in celery,carrots, peas, and garlic.Cut dumplings into small pieces, then stir into chicken mixture. Spoon liquid over any dumplings at the top. Cook on high untilvegetables are tender and dumplings arecooked through, about 1 hour more.

The bottoms of the dumplings will be feel a little doughy, which we kind of love. But don't worry—they're still cooked.

a close up of a bowl of food on a plate: Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings Horizontal © Ethan Calabrese Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings Horizontal


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