Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
With the weather turning colder, it is time to break out some of my all-time favorite old fashion recipes! I love finding and creating recipes that take only those ingredients that would have been available 100 years ago. This old fashion crockpot chicken and dumplings recipe is perfect! Its ingredients are ones that any homemaker would have in her pantry.
Now, I do realize that our ancestors did not have the convenience of a crock pot, but I can just smell it simmering in a cast iron pan, on a wood burning stove, just waiting for the family to return from a hard days work.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to fill your house will the wonderful aroma of Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings:
Step #1 – Gather your ingredients. You will need a crockpot; 2 cloves of garlic, 1 cup of chopped onion, 1 cup of diced carrots, 1 cup of diced celery, 1/2 whole chicken, 2 small bay leaves, 1 teaspoon of dried basil, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 4 cups of chicken stock.
Step #2 – Lay the chicken in the bottom of the crockpot and pour 4 cups of chicken broth over it, and add the diced vegetables and spices. Mix all ingredients and turn your crockpot on high. Time for 4 hours.
Step #3 – After 4 hours check your chicken. If it is falling off the bones it is ready to be removed from the crockpot. Return the cover and continue to cook the broth and vegetables while you work on de-boning the chicken. Once you have pulled all the meat off the bones return the shredded meat back to the crockpot.
Step#4 – While the chicken and broth are still cooking mix up your dumplings. You will need; 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 6 tablespoons of cold butter, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 2/3 cup of milk. Cut the butter into the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. Once it resembles fine sand add the milk. Your dough will be sticky.
Step #5 – Drop rounded large tablespoons of dumpling mix into the hot chicken broth, replace the cover, and time for 30 minutes.
Step #6 – Depending on your crockpot it should not take any longer than 30 minutes to turn your dumplings into a fluffy goodness. They may still look sticky on the outside, but they will be done on the inside.
This is the perfect…invite your neighbors to dinner meal! At our house, it wouldn’t be chicken and dumplings without old-fashion apple pie for dessert.
- 1/2 whole chicken
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup of diced onion
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 minced cloves of garlic
- 2 small bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons cold butter
- 2/3 cup of milk
- Dice onions, carrots, celery, and mince the garlic. In the crockpot layer chicken vegetables and spices. Pour 4 cups of chicken stock over them and stir until combined. Turn crockpot on low for eight hours or on high for four.
- After the four or eight hours check to see if the chicken can easily be removed from the bone. If so, remove the chicken from crockpot and pick all the chicken from the bones. Keep the lid on the crockpot to retain the heat of the soup mixture while de-boning the chicken.
- Add the shredded chicken back to the crockpot. With the chicken soup still cooking mix up your dumpling batter.
- Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a separate a bowl. Cut in the cold butter with a pastry blender or two forks until it resembles fine sand. Slowly add the milk with the flour mixture until it is combined. Your batter will be sticky.
- Remove cover from the crockpot and drop large tablespoons of dumpiling mix into the hot chicken soup. Return the cover and let stem for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes they may still look sticky on the outside, but they will be flaky and done in the center.
- My family loves this better the second day. The dumplings will have soaked up much of the broth and left a thick yummy chicken mixture. Enjoy!
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I am definitely going to try this recipe. Your right with a little chill in the air its time for those tummy warming recipes to come out of hiding. Thank you for sharing Tracy as always. God Bless,
These sound heavenly! Can’t wait to try them.
This is a great idea. I’d be tempted to thicken the juice the first day though.
I bet you could thicken it the same day, but if you leave it for the next day it thickens all by itself!
This sounds delicious, I will definitely make it. I found you because I follow One Ash Dairy and Farm Supply in Ridge Spring, and know the Perez family personally. I see you are in the Batesburg area, that is great, we have a farm in Monetta area with goats, pigs, turkeys, guineas, chickens, ducks and a Great Pyr. Glad I found your blog!!
It sure is a small world! I was just at LeeAnn’s yesterday getting milk! We live in a great farming community! I am so glad you stopped by…
I’ve never used the crockpot to make chicken and dumplings but I will now! I have a chicken in the freezer just waiting for dumplings later this week! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Home Matters Linky. I always look forward to your posts!
I use my crockpot all the time and it makes it so easy to throw everything in there and walk away and not be tied to the stove. You have to try this recipe it is so easy!
I am originally from Maine and of all the culinary delights the South has introduced to me, nothing is better than chicken and dumplings! This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for the post!
I was raised in the North, but I have learned how to make so many Southern dishes that we now prefer them to my Northern recipes:)
This looks awesome! And I love that it’s done in the crock pot.
Found you on Fabulous Finds. Thanks for sharing!
This recipe is one of the easiest things to make in a crockpot and my family loves it. They are always asking for it!
Tracy – This looks so good! It’s still 90’s here in FL but it is rainy at this moment so I can imagine how yummy this is!
I grew up having chicken & dumplins with a side of mustard greens from the garden and some fresh sliced tomatoes. Oh my now I’m hungry!
Thanks for a warm memory and new goal – making those little dumplins grain -free so we can have them again!
Angelia please let me know how it turns out if you make it grain free. I would love for you to share that with us, since so many have to be grain free these days!
This looks delicious! The perfect meal for our home-grown chickens! I will be pinning and making this soon! 🙂 Thanks for sharing all your wonderful posts on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Your blog is a favorite of mine!
Jes thanks for stopping by and I bet your family will love this recipe…mine does!
Looks great, I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this post on my blog this week at Tuesdays with a Twist link party. Please stop by for a peek. 🙂
Thank you Debra I will be sure to check it out!
Chicken and dumplings is one of my all time favorite comfort foods! I have never made them in the crockpot, but that is an excellent idea!
This looks wonderful! I’m putting this recipe on the menu for next week.
In the winter I make this every week!
This is great. Made the way I like it. Best dumplings, a little fresh parsley can be added if available.
I’ve made this many times. It’s delicious. The kids love it. Ya think I could add corn?
I think corn would be a great addition. We love corn and I bet its sweet taste would work great.
I call this comfort food and a perfect dish for the upcoming chilly/cold weather. Thanks for sharing.