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Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

by Heather

Crockpot chicken and dumplings are comforting, super easy to make, and always a crowd favorite! This recipe is dairy-free, and made using whole wheat flour in the quick dumplings! Start your crockpot in the morning, and enjoy this cozy meal by the evening. Enjoy!

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

Crockpot chicken and dumplings

Did you grow up enjoying chicken and dumplings? I sure did! It always felt like such a special meal whenever my mom would make it.

Whenever we have this crockpot chicken and dumplings, I am taken back. That’s the beauty of cooking, it brings you back to special memories.

My slow cooker recipe is super easy to make, and something you can enjoy any day of the week!

slow cooker chicken and dumplings

Can this be made on the stovetop?

Yes, it most definitely can! Here’s how:

In a large pot, sauté the vegetables first. Add the chicken and thickened broth in, and simmer until the chicken is cooked. Shred the chicken, and mix up the dumpling mixture. Add the dumplings on top of the chicken/broth mixture, cover with a lid, and cook for 15 minutes.

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How to make crockpot chicken and dumplings

  1. In the bottom of your crockpot, layer the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Season the chicken with sea salt and pepper and lay them on top of the vegetables.
  2. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add the butter. Once sizzling, whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until it is golden in color to create a roux. Add in 2 cups of chicken broth and mix well using a whisk, bringing to a boil. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring, then remove from heat and pour over the chicken and vegetables. Add the remaining chicken broth, place the lid on and cook on low for 6 hours.
  3. After 6 hours, turn the crockpot heat onto high. Using forks or kitchen tongs, lightly shred the chicken breasts. (This should be easy since they have cooked so long.) Stir the milk into the crockpot, then recover while you make the dumplings.
  4. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, sea salt and pepper. Crumble in the butter with your fingers and rub into the flour until a coarse crumbs forms. Add in the milk, stirring just until a sticky dough forms. Use a tablespoon measured add small scoops of the dough into the crockpot, starting by placing them around the outside first, then the inside.
  5. Cover and cook for another 1-1.5 hours, until dumplings are cooked but soft and not longer raw in the middle. Enjoy!

Substitutions or more tips

Need some substitutions? Here are some common ones:

Chicken breast – use chicken thighs instead

Chicken bone broth – regular broth or stock works as well. You can also use a vegetable broth

Whole wheat flour – substitute in all-purpose flour, or an all-purpose gluten-free flour mixture

Coconut milk – use whole milk or heavy cream as a substitute

Butter – use ghee to keep it dairy-free

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Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

Crockpot chicken and dumplings are comforting, super easy to make, and always a crowd favorite! This recipe is dairy free, and made using whole wheat flour in the quick dumplings! Start your crockpot in the morning, and enjoy this cozy meal by the evening. Enjoy!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, crockpot meal, slow cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Dumpling Ingredients

Instructions

  • In the bottom of your crockpot, layer the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Season the chicken with sea salt and pepper and lay them on top of the vegetables.
  • Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add the butter. Once sizzling, whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until it is golden in color to create a roux. Add in 2 cups of chicken broth and mix well using a whisk, bringing to a boil. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring, then remove from heat and pour over the chicken and vegetables. Add the remaining chicken broth, place the lid on and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • After 6 hours, turn the crockpot heat onto high. Using forks or kitchen tongs, lightly shred the chicken breasts. (This should be easy since they have cooked so long.) Stir the milk into the crockpot, then recover while you make the dumplings.
  • In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, sea salt and pepper. Crumble in the butter with your fingers and rub into the flour until a coarse crumbs forms. Add in the milk, stirring just until a sticky dough forms. Use a tablespoon measured add small scoops of the dough into the crockpot, starting by placing them around the outside first, then the inside.
  • Cover and cook for another 1-1.5 hours, until dumplings are cooked but soft and not longer raw in the middle. Enjoy!

Notes

Can substitute in whole milk or cream for the coconut milk
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!

Nutrition

Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 1011mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3801IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3mg
Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

If you try this recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

Originally published October 2012. Updated December 2021.

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12 comments

Jade October 18, 2012 - 10:31 am

Looks fantastic. I have been looking for more crockpot chicken recipes!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 18, 2012 - 11:24 am

I saw a chicken & dumplings recipe somewhere about a month ago and have been wanting to make it ever since but just keep forgetting about it. I’ve never made it myself before but this recipe seems easy enough! I think it’ll be on our meal plan for next week! 🙂

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Erica October 18, 2012 - 11:43 am

oh my gosh drool! What a fabulous dinner

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Erika October 18, 2012 - 11:59 am

I love dumplings. We call them “dough balls” though. I don’t think I’ve ever had them with chicken – always with beef stew. This does sound very good so I plan on trying it this winter.

Today is rainy, cold and windy. And makes me not want to do anything other than lay on the couch under a blanket, but there is no time for that!

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Elaine October 18, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Love dumplings! It looks so good.

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Jentry Nielsen October 19, 2012 - 11:04 am

Oh my goodness this sounds so delicious, I love a good comfort food come the winter months! ha Can’t wait to try this one out!

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Whitney August 10, 2020 - 6:20 am

I made this over the weekend, and it was an instant hit with my family. My 4 year old ate an entire bowl full, and she rarely eats all of her dinner. Thank you for sharing.

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Heather August 10, 2020 - 6:45 am

That’s such a win! So glad you guys enjoyed the meal!

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Erin January 8, 2022 - 1:16 pm

Hi there! I made this a week ago and it was easy and a big hit with the fam jam. Thank you for sharing!

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Heather January 9, 2022 - 7:18 am

Fantastic!

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Erin January 8, 2022 - 5:36 pm

This was so easy and delicious!

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Heather January 9, 2022 - 7:18 am

Glad you enjoyed it Erin!

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