Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dinner Tonight: Chicken and Dumplings


Chicken and dumplings.  Is there any meal more comforting than that?  Growing up, this meal was a staple in the Lowe household.  We had it every time it was chilly outside.  This recipe is so easy, you'll think I left something out.  I didn't.  Trust me.  My mom always makes this on the stove top but I did mine in the slow cooker.  The only thing better then chicken and dumplings is chicken and dumplings cooking while I'm away all day.  You just have to make this.  Soon.

Shopping List
1 pound of chicken breasts (uncooked...frozen or thawed, it doesn't matter if you're using the slow cooker)
4 cups of water
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 can of refrigerated biscuits (I use Grands)

Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker.  Top with water and both cans of soup.  Add in black pepper.  

Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.  Remove lid about 15 minutes before you're ready to eat, shred the chicken in the slow cooker with two forks.  

Take your biscuits and quarter each one (I just tear them with my hands but you could cut them).  Add in your biscuit pieces into the slow cooker.  Cover and continue to let the biscuits cook another 15 minutes.

Serve.

That's it.

Now...if you're not a regular to chicken and dumplings...here's the thing.  They're dumplings...not crusty biscuits.  Dumplings have a doughy texture...your biscuits will be cooked but they're not going to fluff up like biscuits.  I just wanted to make that clear :).  If you want to do this on the stove top, simply cook your chicken over medium-high heat with the 4 cups of water, then shred in the pot, add in your soup and cook about 10 minutes.  Then add in your biscuits and cook another 10 minutes.  Dinner is done.


A sweet boy to cuddle with on a chilly night.




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28 comments:

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

I LOVE chicken and dumplings, but I don't like all the work. These sound soooooooooo easy!

Tab & Erika said...

Yummy!! This looks so good! I must try! Glad you posted this recipe but a little sad we're not seeing your hot mama legs today!! :)

Maureen W. (Maryland) said...

I never had chicken and dumplings growing up, but recently tried a crock pot recipe for them and those grands biscuits make the best dumplings! The recipe I followed called for leek soup as the base and we threw in some carrots and frozen peas to "veg" it up. I will try your version next time since it sounds so creamy and comforting.

Anonymous said...

I would love to make this but my family can't eat a lot of dairy - any ideas to replace the creamy soup?!
Also quick question - do your kids eat your dinners every night? This is something I really struggle with. My kids eat healthy dinners but not what I make - they eat easy food (carrots/dip, hummus, turkey deli meat, fruit, nuts etc) but I would love them to eat what I make!!

Mix and Match Mama said...

Hi there! You could do a little cornstarch/water combo with some chicken broth instead of soup. Just add more salt and pepper too. This will thicken the soup up without using a cream based soup. As for my kids, they eat what I serve about 50 percent of the time. I consider that good. As long as they're trying new foods and eating healthy most of the time, I don't worry about it. They're kids...a lot of it is about control. One of these days, I anticipate big eaters. I try not to stress. Have a great day!

Rachel Tapscott said...

Hi Shay, I'm embarassed to admit that I'm a 20-something who doesn't own a crock pot! I went to buy one at Target but there are so many options! What size? What color? Do I get one with a picture of Hello Kitty on it? So many choices to make! Can you please help! What would you recommend? Thanks so much and I love your blog!

Rachel

Mix and Match Mama said...

Hi Rachel! Great question!!! The standard size for a slow cooker is 5 to 6 quarts. I would just make sure the one you pick has a low and a high setting. Oval shapes are good because they handle longer cuts of meat (like brisket) really well. Make sure you buy slow cooker liners to go in there too (they're next to the baggies and such). They make clean-up time a breeze! Whatever you do, don't tell my daughter I could buy a Hello Kitty slow cooker...she would go nuts!

Kim Turner said...

I made these last week on Columbus Day for my family and invited my parents over to share with them as well. These were absolutely delicious and nothing was left uneaten!
One change I made was rolling and cutting the biscuits very thin. I'm sure they are just as tastey thicker also! We will be enjoying these on a regular basis this fall and winter! :)

Anonymous said...

Do you mean 1tbsp or 1 tsp of pepper? I made it with
1 tbsp pepper and it seemed to be too much. Other
than that, really good recipe! I love spicy foods, but
the pepper seemed to be a lot at 1 tbsp. Thanks
for an awesome recipe!

Mix and Match Mama said...

I mean one tablespoon. I know it sounds like a lot but it's the only spice in the entire dinner...and that's how my mama always made it :). You could always use less and adjust as needed.

AmyJo said...

I made these and they were great! I added a bag of mixed veggies with carrots, corn, and asparagus, and it was the perfect dinner. Threw it all in the pot in the morning, added veggies and biscuits later in the day, and dinner was ready and waiting for us. Thanks!

Aubs said...

made this one last week and it was FABULOUS!! not going to lie...i was concerned it wouldn't have much flavor but it was sooo good!!! i should really know better...you've never let me down w/ your recipes! i'll never doubt again! =)

Laura said...

Hey! I made this tonight and the flavor was really yummy but is it supposed to be more of a soup (as opposed to, say, a casserole)? When I make it again I'll probably use two cups of water rather than four for a thicker texture. Or is that much water needed to cook the chicken?

Mix and Match Mama said...

It's supposed to be like a soup...just make sure you have enough liquids in your slow cooker to cover your chicken while it cooks.

paigecparker said...

Shay,
I mentioned this recipe and your blog in my blog ( http://sanityamongstchaos.wordpress.com ) today! LOVE your recipes and your blog. Keep up the good work.
God Bless,
Paige

mel @ the larson lingo said...

I have never made chicken & dumplings before!!! I will absolutely be making your recipe! Looks easy & delicious! Thanks for linking up! xoxo.

Shesabigstar said...

I have to agree with the other comment about too much pepper! I was concerned that it would be too much but went along with it since there were no other seasonings... but that much pepper made it inedible for my kids. I don't mind it, but it is definitely a strong pepper taste. If you have picky little ones that may not like a strong pepper taste I'd definitely recommend cutting back on that. The flavor of the soup is great otherwise and I'll definitely be making it again... just with a little less pepper!;)

Deana said...

This was absolutely delicious!! My husband said it's the best dinner we've have in a while, I guess I should start looking at more of your fabulous recipes!! Thanks so much!

Mallory Dyer said...

This dish is AMAZING!!! My very favorite!! Thank you for this recipe!!

Maggie said...

I made this yesterday for dinner. Yummy!! It was a hit in my house of picky eaters. Perfect comfort food for the cold, rainy evening.

Anonymous said...

That much water is to cook the chicken :)

Anonymous said...

I don't add the pepper I'll let my family add it to there dish cuz I like mine spicy plus I have kids too so its easier to wait just a suggestion

Dawn said...

We're super duper snowed in here and I am out of canned biscuits. Do you think I could make biscuit dough using Bisquick and use it in place of the refrigerated biscuits? I don't want to mess up a yummy dinner :)

Mix and Match Mama said...

Totally try making homemade dumplings! The dumplings will be delish either way! Enjoy your warm dinner on your snowy night!

Lora G said...

This was the first recipe of yours that didn't go as planned for me, the dumplings were kindof slimy, do you put them down into the slow cooker or leave them on top? Can you overcook or undercook them? Trying to figure out what went wrong because we were kindof disappointed :( Thanks for the great and EASY recipes, I love them!

Mix and Match Mama said...

Slimy dumplings are the goal. Sometimes, i think people expect them to bake up like biscuits but that's not how dumplings are...they're (for a lack of a better word) slimy. Sorry this was a miss for you!

JDeffenbaugh said...

Hi Shay! Just surfing your recipes as I meal plan for next week, my usual routine :) Anyways I've made this once before and it was sooo good. I can't wait to have it again! I can't remember if I served anything with it last time. Do you consider this a full meal on its own or dish up something with it? Thanks! :)

Mix and Match Mama said...

This is totally a full meal! We serve it with a salad on the side. Enjoy!

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