Holy crap. It’s COLD in my neck of the woods!! So cold, that my teens requested canned Chicken & Dumplings for dinner the other night. They agreed on a dinner. Just so you know, that’s a very big deal. I complied because 1) when your teens agree on a dinner you must comply and 2) chicken & dumplings are freaking delicious.
But deep down, I didn’t feel good about feeding them C&D from a can. Not because I’m any kind of anti-canned-food fanatic, obvs. But because I felt like C&D would probably be a relatively easy thing to make if I had a jumping off point.
As I guiltily stirred the canned goodness, I text my Bestie, a bonafide Southern gal, betting it was something she would know how to make. After all, she taught this Yankee how to make real Sweet Tea. Of course she did. She then text me a recipe, apologizing for it’s housewifey-ness but promised it would be delicious. I’ve made it twice in less than a month. In my crockpot. Who am I??
Bone-Warming, Teen-Pleasing, Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings
For me, this recipe makes one dinner & one lunch for me & 2 teens.
- 4 good-sized boneless, skinless frozen chicken breasts (or the equivalent amount in tenderloins)
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 qt chicken broth or stock (I used my own homemade stock)
- medium white onion, diced
- 2 ribs celery, diced (optional)
- 2 carrots, diced (optional)
- 2 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 can of 8 Grands flaky biscuits (traditional or buttermilk)
- Kosher salt & black pepper to taste
- Place chicken in the crock pot.
- Cut up the butter and put on top of the chicken.
- Sprinkle diced onions & veggies over top of chicken & butter.
- Add the soups & broth/stock. It’s going to look very moist right now. Don’t fret, the gravy will form. Stir them in a little, but don’t worry if there are still chunks of soup. As it cooks they will blend together.
- Sprinkle your parsley over the top and give it a stir.
- Cook on low/slow cook setting 4-6 hours until chicken is no longer pink.
- Pull out the chicken & shred it up. I was able to use 4 forks to do the job. Throw the shredded chicken back into the crockpot.
- Open your can of biscuits. Cut each biscuit into eighths. The first time I made this recipe & bought 2 cans of biscuits because in biscuit-form there’s no way 1 can would cut it for my kids. But once I cut up 1 can I realized that was a lot of dumplings & 1 can would suffice.
- Drop the dough into the crock pot and mix it in so it’s coated in the gravy. Cook 30-40 mins for doughy dumplings, an hour for firmer ones.
- Stir before serving. Season to taste with salt & pepper, if desired. I found that the salt level was fine & I didn’t need any more.