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Cooked low and slow and super comforting this Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings is a family favorite meal that will fill you up and make you happy!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings in white bowl in front of slow cooker.

I love a good slow cooker dinner. Even now when the weather is cooling down, I love to utilize my slow cooker as much as I can, it feels like comfort to me.

This Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings is one of our most made cold-weather food. It’s always been a hit in our house and it is SUPER easy.

You pretty much just fix it and forget it, and when I can do that and have dinner waiting for me after doing other various stuff then I am one happy gal.

The flavor in this recipe is absolutely the best, everything compliments one another and you really just can’t go wrong with Chicken and Dumplings in any way, shape, or form!

It is just one of those meals that you really feel like it brings a family together and they were meant to sit down and eat that with one another.

Some of my other favorite slow cooker recipes that we have on our site include: Slow Cooker Chili, Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches and Slow Cooker Marsala Chicken Thighs.

Chicken and Dumplings on ladle coming out of slow cooker.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • Using frozen dumplings it saves the time and hassle of making your own.
  • This makes a nice large hearty batch to serve a whole family.
  • It is super simple and a breeze to put together so when you’re in a rush this is the perfect recipe.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Chicken breast
Kosher salt
Black pepper
Onion
Carrots
Celery
Garlic
Chicken stock
Frozen noodle style dumplings
Parsley for garnish, optional

Ingredients needed to make Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS:

  1. Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of a large slow cooker (I used an 8-quart slow cooker). Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the chicken. 
  2. Add the onion, carrots, and celery on top. Pour the chicken stock on top. Place the cooker on low for 4 hours or high for 3 hours.
  3. Shred the chicken and add it back to the pot. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  4. Break the dumplings into thirds and add them one at a time to the pot. Stir them in after every 5 or so dumplings you add in. 
  5. Place the cooker on high and cook an additional 1 to 1 and ½ hours, stirring every 15 minutes, this will help prevent the dumplings from sticking together and sticking to the pot. 
  6. It is ready when the dumplings are tender, puffed up, and the broth is thickened. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, optional.

Step by step photos on how to make Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

DO I HAVE TO USE FROZEN DUMPLINGS?

We use frozen dumplings for the ease of the recipe, we like to keep things quick and family-friendly and this is how we did that. 

You can absolutely make your own dumplings for this, or you can even use biscuits as well. There are different options that you can use.

If you do decide to go with the biscuits or homemade dumplings you will still add them in at the same time as we do frozen for this recipe.

WHAT KIND OF CHICKEN CAN I USE?

We like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts as we usually have them on hand, but we have used boneless skinless chicken thighs as well.

The thighs are dark meat and contain a little more fat, you can absolutely trim the fat off of them or leave them on, but they do provide another delicious flavor to this recipe.

Overhead of white bowl full of Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings.

HOW TO STORE:

This recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Remove and reheat in slow cooker on warm or quickly on the stovetop.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • We like to use frozen dumplings out of convenience but you can also make your own homemade or use biscuits.
  • We use chicken breasts for this recipe, but chicken thighs can be substituted.
  • If you want to play around with vegetables you can, add in some other ones that you like, peppers, mushrooms, peas, etc.
  • This makes a hearty batch, if you want to double it you will need to make it in 2 8qt slow cookers.
  • Chicken and Dumplings get thicker as they sit, you can add some chicken broth to thin it up.

Spoon holding up some Chicken and Dumplings from white bowl.

If you want that perfectly easy, absolutely tasty comfort meal then you have to make my Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings!

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5 from 6 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 hours 30 minutes
Total: 5 hours 40 minutes
Cooked low and slow and super comforting this Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings is a family favorite meal that will fill you up and make you happy!
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breasts into the bottom of a large slow cooker (I used an 8-quart slow cooker). Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the chicken.
  • Add the onion, carrots, and celery on top. Pour the chicken stock on top. Place the cooker on low for 4 hours or high for 3 hours.
  • Shred the chicken and add it back to the pot. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Break the dumplings into thirds and add them one at a time to the pot. Stir them in after every 5 or so dumplings you add in.
  • Place the cooker on high and cook an additional 1 to 1 and ½ hours, stirring every 15 minutes, this will help prevent the dumplings from sticking together and sticking to the pot.
  • It is ready when the dumplings are tender, puffed up, and the broth is thickened. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, optional.

Notes

  1. We like to use frozen dumplings out of convenience but you can also make your own homemade or use biscuits.
  2. We use chicken breasts for this recipe, but chicken thighs can be substituted.
  3. If you wan't to play around with vegetables you can, add in some other ones that you like, peppers, mushrooms, peas, etc.
  4. This makes a hearty batch, if you wan't to double it you will need to make it in 2 8qt slow cookers.
  5. Chicken and Dumplings get thicker as they sit, you can add some chicken broth to thin it up.

Nutrition

Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 832mg | Potassium: 970mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2651IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe but I add Better Than Bouillon chicken flavoring. I eliminate the salt and use low sodium chicken broth.

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