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Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings is the best kind of comfort food. Instead of slaving over the stove all day let this meal slowly simmer away in your slow cooker for extra ease and ultimate taste after a busy weekday or a lazy weekend.

white bowl filled with celery, carrots, shredded chicken, and dumplings

It’s basically winter everywhere right now which means that just about everyone could benefit from a big bowl of Chicken and Dumplings. It’s the ultimate winter comfort meal in my humble opinion and I love doing it in the crockpot because it’s so much easier that having to watch the stove and I love the smell of carrots, celery, and onions simmering away for hours. In most recipes you’ll find cream of chicken soup, but here it’s all homemade with simple ingredients.

blue napkin under white bowl filled with chicken, dumplings, carrots, celery, and a silver spoon

I grew up on Chicken and Dumplings and honestly, dumplings in just about any type of soup. My mom would throw dumplings in her beef stew too. They were little pockets of perfection to me. If I had to choose only one meal to eat in the winter. It’s Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings, folks. There’s no competition. The dumplings recipe is so easy! You’ll be a pro before you know it.

close up photo of chicken and dumplings in a white bowl

Now if you grew up on Chicken and Dumplings and you’re looking at this like, “what in the world are you trying to tell me right now?” because I’ve got little round lumpy pillows in that bowl instead of flatter strip like thick noodle things. I know. I know.

My mama is the queen of easy in the kitchen so when she made her dumplings she just mixed up a little flour, milk, and water. Instead of rolling out and cutting dumplings she just dropped those suckers in. I don’t even think my mom owns a rolling pin. You will not find my mom rolling out dough and cutting it into strips. Not when practically the same thing can be accomplished by dropping it by spoonfuls into the pot. Haha

I’ve made them both ways and honestly don’t care which way they are made as long as I can eat them. Stat! Doing the drop dumpling method is most definitely easier and makes for less clean up. I know yall appreciate that so let’s do it that way in this recipe, alright?

How to make Chicken and Dumplings!:

chopped onions, celery, and carrots on a black cutting board with a knife

Start off my choppin up one cup of carrots, celery, and onion.

sautéed onion, celery, and carrots

Optional, but recommended. I like to sauté the vegetables just for maybe 5 minutes before adding them into the crockpot. Now this is an extra step and I know so many of yall appreciate and super simple crockpot recipe, but tiny things like this make a difference especially in such a simple flavor profile recipe like chicken and dumplings. I say all this to also say, give me a bowl of chicken and dumplings where the vegetables weren’t sautéed first and I’ll still scarf it down so it’s optional. You’re welcome.

crockpot with chicken, vegetables, and container of better than bouillon

Grab your slow cooker (here’s the one I use) Place boneless skinless chicken breasts (or chicken thighs!) in the crockpot and cover it with the chopped onions, carrots, and celery. In place of chicken broth, pour 5 cups of water over everything then add in about two heaping tablespoons of my favorite “not so secret ingredient”. Stir it up just a bit then set your crock pot to low for 6-7 hours or on high for about 3-4 hours.

Better than Bouillon is actually my mom’s favorite ingredient too so I learned this trick from her. I’m pretty sure there was ALWAYS a jar in our fridge growing up. Now there’s ALWAYS a jar in my fridge too. I use this to make super quick semi homemade gravy. I also add a couple teaspoons to pasta, sauces, soups, etc for a instant flavor boost.

Tip: It’s kind of like a sticky goop. Spray your measuring spoon with cooking spray before scooping it out. It’ll come out with no problem at all.

Completely random, but I just looked up the definition of goop to make sure I was using it properly because I remembered Gwenyth Paltrow calls her lifestyle website thing “Goop”. Confused why she calls it goop, but I know some people are like what the heck does “skinny-ish” mean? so it’s fine. I’m just typin’ out loud here. Haha.

shredded chicken in a bowl

These next couple steps are important!

If you set your slow cooker to low switch it to high and place the lid back on immediately. The liquid needs to be as hot as it can be so please don’t forget to put the cover back. Cooking the dumplings and thickening up the liquid a bit will not work as well or it will take longer.

Remove the chicken (place the crockpot cover back on immediately) and lightly shred it with two forks or chop it up. Return shredded chicken to the crockpot and then put the cover back on.

Measure out 1 and 3/4 cup cold milk and then whisk in 4 tbsp of cornstarch. Be sure the milk is cold and straight outa the fridge and hasn’t been sitting on the counter. This helps the cornstarch dissolve better and prevents clumps!

Pour the milk mixture into the crockpot and stir in well. Place the cover back on tightly.

bowl with flour, whisk, and milk being poured into the bowl

Whisk 2 cups of flour together with 1-1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt then slowly mix in 3/4 cup milk, and one tablespoon of melted light butter (I use land o lakes). If you think it needs it you can add 1-2 tbsp of water.

dough in a mixing bowl

I mix together until its pretty well incorporated.

teaspoon with dough inside

Now I just scoop little teaspoons full and pop them into the crockpot with the chicken mixture and cover the crockpot each time so that the liquid stays hot enough to cook these dumplings.

Another thing you could do is lay out a piece of parchment paper and scoop all the teaspoons of dough and keep them on there then place them in the crockpot all at once. Either way works.

Tip: Spray the teaspoon with a little cooking spray so that the dough doesn’t stick to the spoon and comes off easily.

Be sure the cover is on the crockpot tightly and that it’s set on high temp then let it go for another hour so that the dumplings can cook.

Note: Some recipes will call for canned biscuits instead. Homemade dumplings are non-negotiable for me, but you can definitely use them if you’d like a short cut. I would still do the same amount of time for cut up refrigerated biscuits.

chicken and dumplings in a bowl

When it’s done scoop up a big bowl and chow down! This really doesn’t need anything but a lil bit of pepper, maybe a pinch of salt. Taste and see. It’s the perfect meal. So hearty, so delicious. I wanna marry it. Season it with a little salt and black pepper!

slow cooker chicken and dumplings

Wanna know what’s even better about this? Its better the next day after it’s sat in the fridge, MY FAVORITE KIND OF MEAL. I love to make a big crockpot full of this over the weekend and then eat leftovers throughout the week.

crockpot chicken and dumplings in a big bowl

Make this soon, friends. It’s just so yummy.

If you make these please comment below and let me know how it went!

Stay warm, y’all.

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Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings is a hearty and soul warming crockpot meal that's filled with vegetables, chicken, and homemade dumplings.
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white bowl filled with celery, carrots, shredded chicken, and dumplings
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:8 hrs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced celery (about 3 large celery ribs)
  • 1 cup diced carrots (about 3-4 large carrots)
  • 1 cup diced onion (about one medium)
  • lbs chicken breast, raw
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tbsp better than bouillon chicken base (small jar- found in any grocery store near the cans/cartons of broth- look at blog post for photo of it if not sure what it is)
  • cups cold low fat 1% milk (2% or whole milk will do fine, have not checked with skim milk or unsweetened almond milk yet)
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • cooking spray
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Dumplings

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt (your favorite seasoned salt is fine, but just make sure the flavors will work with something like this.)
  • 3/4 cup low fat 1% milk (add 1-2 tbsp of water if the dough needs it)
  • 1 tbsp melted light butter (i use land o' lakes brand)

Instructions

  • Optional, but recommended: Heat a large skillet and spray with cooking spray. Add the diced celery, carrots, and onions and cook until softened. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add chicken, chopped veggies, water, bay leaf, and better than bouillon to a slow cooker. Stir a bit together then cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • When done cooking remove chicken breasts, turn the slow cooker on high, then place the cover tightly back onto the slow cooker, and then shred with a fork or chop up. Then add the chicken back in and place then place the cover back on.
  • Whisk together cold milk and cornstarch. Pour into crockpot with chicken and veggies and stir together. Put the cover back on the crockpot.
  • Make the dumplings(see notes below): In a medium bowl add flour, seasoning salt, and baking powder whisk together then slowly pour in the milk and melted butter and stir until combined well and there's no crumbs of flour dough in the bowl and makes a dough ball shape in the bowl.
  • Take a teaspoon measuring spoon, spray with a little bit of cooking spray(just makes it so no dough sticks), and scoop out little teaspoons worth of dough into the slow cooker. Cook on high for one hour.
  • Salt and pepper to taste, serve, and enjoy!

Notes

Serving size: heaping one and a half cup

WW Points: 6

320 calories, 3g fat, 0.7g saturated fat, 423g sodium, 38g carbohydrates, 2.4g dietary fiber, 5g sugar (0g added sugar, 0g Sugar alcohols), 38g protein

Notes:
You can either scoop the teaspoons of dough and put directly into the slow cooker (but just make sure to cover the slow cooker back up each time so that the liquid inside stays hot) OR you can scoop all the dumplings out, set them aside, and then add them all at once. Just be sure when adding all at once you give it a good stir after you add them so that they aren’t clumped together.
Its very important to keep the slow cooker cover on all the time unless opening it to put something in or take something out because you want the liquid to remain hot as can be so that the dumplings cook up properly. 
 
Servings: 7
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish
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220 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The best comfort food dish! So easy and delicious! Great for a winter dinner.

  2. So good! Definitely a repeat recipe! I love that it’s hearty and healthy! My whole family loved it!

  3. 5 stars
    holy. crap. so freaking good!!! it’s so good that i can’t believe that i’m the one that made it. another hit skinnyish recipe!!!!

  4. i made this today and it is soooo good the family loves it,cant wait to eat another bowl tomorrow.. 🙂

  5. here’s a helpful hint: place warm (has to be hot/warm) chicken in your stand mixer and turn on low – it’ll shred beautifully in seconds !!!

  6. 5 stars
    Love this. I make it on the stovetop and if I am short of time throw in a package of gnocchi instead of making the dumplings.

  7. 5 stars
    Star! You’ve done it again for our family and my reputation as a cook in our home lol! This dish was so comforting and delish! Well done. I am so glad I gave it a try. Yum yum yum!!!

  8. 5 stars
    Wow. WOW! This was just incredible. So much flavor and the absolute perfect thing for a cold day.
    We just finished the last of the leftovers, and I’m a little sad.

    1. Best part about it is that you can always make more. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Erin! Thanks for coming by and rating it. Have a great weekend!

  9. 5 stars
    Sooooooo good! I didn’t know I was such a great cook! All your recipes are spot on! Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    Fabulous!!! This is such a great recipe and the macros are just right! These chicken and dumplings were so good. I really love the small size dumplings – just the right size to absorb the flavor of the sauce. Will definitely make these again and again!

  11. Great recipe for our cold weather. My husband had seconds. Thanks again for your fabulous recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    This was a HIT!!! It’s so difficult to find a dinner that all 3 kids will eat at the same time! My hubs and I loved it too! Thanks soo much for sharing! And definitely make the dumplings yourself, they’re worth it!

  13. Making this right now! I didn’t have better than chicken but had chicken broth (we have several inches of snow so not going to the store) so I used that in place of the water. Can’t wait to eat this!! Thanks.

  14. Oh, I can’t wait to make this! My Grandma made her dumplings the same way, but with with a Bisquick recipe. I’love thosse soft, puffy mounds!

  15. 5 stars
    I was honestly very skeptical of this as I’m not used to veggies in dumplings. But this was good! Got the approval from my husband too. My dumplings seemed undercooked but I think it was my fault. Either way, it didn’t mess up the recipe and we will definitely have it again. Anytime my picky husband likes something, it feels like a triumph. Thanks, Star!

  16. 5 stars
    This is so easy to make in the morning and absolutely delicious. My husband and three boys all devour it! Now on our weekly winter rotation 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    Prepped this for lunches this week and it was so easy, tasty, and filling! Can’t wait to keep it in a regular rotation!

  18. Prepped this for lunches this week and am blown away. Not only was it super easy but it’s delicious and filling! Will definitely be on a regular rotation!

  19. 5 stars
    This recipe made my Southern heart happy. This is definitely going into rotation in my house!

  20. Still in the crockpot so I haven’t tasted it yet, but looks and smells wonderful! I’m always looking for freezer lunches. Do you think this would survive the freezer or would it “get weird”? Haha!

  21. So this recipe is delicious and definitely husband approved. The only question I have is that mine tired out more white and yours appears more yellow. I made it exactly how the recipe says. I did do it on high for 3-4 hours not low, not sure if that contributed to the color. I measured out 2 tbsp of the better than bouillon but do you think you use more?

  22. 5 stars
    So warm, cozy and delicious on a cold winter night! Gives me my comfort food fix and allows me to stay on track! Thank you!
    How many points on ww blue?

  23. I looked so long for a chicken and dumplings recipe like this definitely #top2021 and top for a long time!

  24. Adding this to my list of must-try, and I think January is the month to do it! (Went from 70s to snow and 37 overnight,brrr) #top2021

  25. 4 stars
    This was a very comforting meal! I will definitely make it again maybe add some mushrooms. I am not sure what I did incorrectly but it was on the thinner side

    1. not sure, it needs to be kept super hot might have been cooled off too much. Glad you enjoyed even if it was a lil thin!

  26. 5 stars
    Tried this for the first time recently and I do not know what took me so long!
    It’s phenomenal and I’ll be making it again soon!

  27. 4 stars
    Hi! I made this and my dumplings fell apart after the last hour. Tastes great but no delicious dumplings, just thick soup. Any idea how to stop this from happening? Thanks!!

    1. I haven’t had that kind of feed back. I’m sorry. The only thing I can think of is that the soup wasn’t hot enough when you added them. It needs to be very hot so the lid needs to be kept on.

  28. 5 stars
    I make this on busy Sundays when we are having my parents over… its ALWAYS a hit! #top2021

  29. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness this soup is DELICIOUS. Can’t get enough!! Excited it’s winter so I can make it regularly! #top2021

  30. 5 stars
    This is def one of my top favs of yours! So filling and so comforting. Okay, aaaaaaand now I wanna go make it right now! #top2021

  31. 5 stars
    I just tried this recipe for the first time a few months ago, and it is definitely a keeper! In fact, I have it on the menu to make again tomorrow! #top2021

  32. 5 stars
    I love a crockpot recipe and this does not disappoint! It’s so delicious and creamy! Another favorite for my family! #top2021

  33. 5 stars
    I made a double batch of this recipe (found out the hard way my crock pot wasn’t big enough ) and shared with my friends on a chilly night. Everyone loved it, including the kids – and everyone asked for second helpings. Highly recommend this recipe! So easy to put together & all bowls will be licked clean

  34. 5 stars
    This was so good! Nice thick, creamy base and hearty serving size! The only changes I made were omitting the celery and I used skim milk. Otherwise followed the recipe as written and it turned out fantastic. Felt like a real cozy, warm you up kinda meal! I will definitely make this again!

  35. 5 stars
    As a sourthern transplant i’ve always been intimidated by chicken and dumplings as I know they are a labor of love.
    Well with this recipe I have now conquered my fear and had NO LEFTOVERS! Seriously, this recipe is *Chef’s Kiss.* Thanks for the easy directions as this meal will be a damn staple. So good, mouth watering now. I could eat this every night!

    1. You can use flour. You’ll need to replace 3 tablespoons of flour for every 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. It also might need a little more time to cook off the raw flour flavor, but should work just as well.

  36. 5 stars
    Tried this, not being a fan at all of Chicken and Dumplings in the past, was blown away!!!!! Entire family devoured it. Only thing I would do differently for myself would be add more carrots, and celery, and make the dumplings smaller than 1 tsp size as they grow–I prefer smaller bits of dumpling. So delicious. I made it on the High setting, made all the dumplings ahead of time to minimize the heat lost from taking lid off and dumped them all in at once. Family requested this again soon!

  37. 5 stars
    My husband LOVES his mama’s chicken and dumplings. He asks for it every year on his birthday. I’d make her recipe, but she doesn’t cook with a recipe. She cooks from memory and seasons everything “to taste” and I’m more of the kind of cook that likes measurements for a recipe. I decided to try this recipe tonight because I really have loved everything I’ve ever made by you (umm…the crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili is a staple in our home). I can honestly say that my husband was blown away by this recipe! He said that it is far better than his mama’s and wants me to make it again, and soon! I also thought that it was absolutely delicious and our 16 month old daughter inhaled her little bowl of it too. Thank you for creating delicious healthyish foods that are not too difficult for an inexperienced cook like myself to make!

    1. Yes totally! Not as good in my opinion, but still tastes yummy for extra quick and easy! I would cook them for the same amounts of time all together. Cut the dough into small pieces. =)

  38. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! Been wanting to make chicken and dumplings for years and finally came across your recipe..they turned out so perfect! Thank you!

  39. I’m making this for dinner tonight. Do you think I could prepare the dumplings in advance (and store them uncooked in the refrigerator) so I only have to drop them in when I get home later today? I’m trying to prep everything I can now vs.later.

  40. Hi thank you for sharing your recipe, the soup looks very good & comforting. I really want to make it tonight but I’m wondering if I can cook it on the stove cuz I just broke my crockpot.

  41. 5 stars
    OMG I’m in love. it’s so creamy and yummy and the dumplings are pillowy goodness. will be heavy in our rotation! Thanks, Star!

      1. I’ve seen a couple of people use almond milk and have success and you can just skip the melted butter part in the dumplings.

  42. 5 stars
    Just had a piping hot bowl on this first chilly fall evening and it is delicious! I used skim milk because that’s all we buy, and stirred in about 1/3 cup of light (not fat-free) sour cream just to add some fat to the soup. Worked perfectly!

  43. The sauce is awful thin. I’m used to a thicker consistency. I’m making this today. I don’t know how to thicken up the sauce.

    1. Hi Joanna. I’m just wondering if you actually had made this recipe before or just thought it was thin by looking at the photo? Since you said “making this today”. It didn’t seem like you had made it yet. Anyway, if the instructions are followed the soup thickens up quite nicely after the cornstarch/milk and dumplings are added. Make sure it stays hot by keeping that cover on. Hope it works out. Have a lovely weekend! =)

  44. Made this last night and it is fabulous! I’m a southern girl and have always considered my chicken and dumplings to be excellent but about a whole afternoon’s ordeal on the stovetop. I honestly was a little wary that the dumplings would get done but they did and this recipe is perfection! My husband raved over it. We can’t wait to make it again!! Just make it, you won’t be disappointed!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Terri!! Thanks so much for stopping back to leave your review too =)

  45. 5 stars
    This is the perfect dish for a cool night, a busy back to work/school night or any night.
    It just screams warmth and comfort and love.

  46. Oh my! I am so excited to make this one. Chicken and dumplings is a fall/winter time favorite in my family.

  47. 5 stars
    I have never made chicken and dumplings before so I was a little nervous trying this recipe. It turned out so good. The directions were easy to follow. My whole family loved this recipe. Will definitely make again.

  48. 5 stars
    I’ve never had Chicken n Dumplins so I have nothing to compare it to…but holy heaven on Earth! Not only a simple recipe to make, so tasty. Just the comfort I was looking for on this Sunday!

  49. This is cooking at my house right now! Always a favorite, especially on a rainy day. One of my many favorites of Stars! ❤️⭐️

  50. 5 stars
    Truth: I have always hated chicken and dumplings. Never was a fan. But this recipe totally changed my mind! The whole family absolutely loved it. Thanks for another delicious, family pleasing recipe!

  51. 5 stars
    Comfort food! This reminds me of my childhood. This will definitely be going in my rotation.

  52. 5 stars
    Winner winner chicken dinner! Loved this meal! Super easy to come together and perfect comfort food any time of the year.

  53. 5 stars
    I Absolutely love this and the kids do too!!! Simple and delicious. Also doubled the recipe before adding in the milk/cornstarch took half out then used later in the week for chicken noodle soup just added noddles.

  54. 5 stars
    Hands down my absolute FAVE WW recipe. This is delicious, filling, and the perfect comfort food. My only recommendation? Make this sooner than later. You’re missing out otherwise!

  55. 5 stars
    My mouth is watering, as soon as I get one whiff of fall air, I’m pulling out my crockpot and making this

  56. 5 stars
    I love all the flavors and I don’t usually have chicken and dumplings with carrots and celery in it, but I really appreciated the flavor and texture values they brought to the dish.

  57. 5 stars
    This was yummy! Love all your recipes! Just wanted to leave a note that I did unsweetened, plain almond milk as a substitute in both parts of the recipe, and it turned out great! Lessened the points and tasted great! Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Thank you for letting me know about the substitution, Nichole!! It’s great to know especially for those who need a dairy free alternative.

  58. 5 stars
    Great flavor! Easy to follow recipe. My kids liked this almost as much as grandma’s. The Skinnyis Dish is the first place I look when I am meal planning.

  59. 5 stars
    WOW! So delicious. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this – I’ve never had chicken and dumplings! – but this recipe was so clear and easy to follow. And my house has smelled great all day! I was a little nervous about the dumplings; I was worried they had formed one mega-dumpling while they cooked for the last hour. But I resisted the urge to open the lid while they were supposed to be cooking, and as soon as I stuck a spoon in at the end to serve the monster dumpling separated right back into the individual scoop-sized dumplings – perfectly cooked! My husband called this recipe “a keeper” – as he’s called every skinnyish dish we’ve tried. I don’t even think he can tell the recipes are lightened up! So good, will definitely be making again. Cant wait for the leftovers tomorrow!

    1. OH that makes me so happy!! I’m so glad yall enjoyed. Cannot believe you’ve never had chicken and dumplings, but I am so happy you have now! It’s a big ol hug.

    2. 5 stars
      This is not Chicken and Dumplings! Closer to Chicken pot pie. A true Southern cook knows vegetables do not go in any Dumplings. And yall is not even that! Ya’ll is two words in one. Slang for “you all”.

      1. Dear “Granny”, You must be a JOY to be around. I never said these were southern chicken and dumplings. These actually ARE chicken and dumplings, just not YOUR chicken and dumplings. Sending you lots of love and hugs (vegetables too)! XO

  60. 5 stars
    Make this immediately! It was fantastic and so quick and easy to throw together in the morning and dinner is ready when you get home from a busy evening of running the kids around! The whole family loved it!

  61. 5 stars
    This was a winner with our family of 4. My
    Picky kids loved it! My son who normally hates chicken dishes loved it. My daughter finished off her bowl and asked if I could make it again soon. I just so happened to make it on the perfect day, it was cold and rainy. Absolutely delicious!

  62. This looks fantastic trying it tonight but instead of dumplings I’m going to toss in some gnocchi. Thanks for all your recipes!!

  63. Hi! Love all of your recipes! Can you please tell me if this could be made in an instant pot? Thank you so much!

  64. What can I use instead of the better than bouillon chicken base? I don’t believe we have this product in Canada… Love your recipes and can’t wait to try this one!

    1. We do have it in Canada, just a little tricky to find. I get mine at Costco. They keep it with the spices

  65. If I’m using an instant pot slow cooker setting, rather than the crock pot, would I simply follow the same recipe or would there be differences in preparation?

  66. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday for my meal prep this week. Absolutely delicious! I love comfort food with the healthy twists. I didn’t have white flour, so I used wheat. I also used a cookie scoop to make my dumplings. They were big! Ha! But they cooked all the way through. Yum! I’m going to try to freeze my leftovers… we’ll see how that goes! Thank you, Star!

  67. Made this for dinner tonight, cold, rainy Sunday night, so yummy! Thanks Star for all your great recipes.

  68. 5 stars
    Chicken and dumplings have always intimidated me but this is an easy recipe to follow with such yummy results!!

  69. Amazing!! I made this for my son and his girlfriend, and he asked for the leftovers and she asked to take the recipe home. That’s a win! So now I have to reprint it! I’m making it again, with half the dumplings to reduce the points since it’s just for me. Yum!!

  70. has anyone made this without a crockpot? I’m one of the crazy people who doesn’t own a crockpot yet. I checked her website to see if she had another version of the recipe but I didn’t see anything. I would think you would need less liquid but I’m not entirely sure, I haven’t ever tried to convert a recipe myself. Thanks in advance for the tips!

  71. Your blog wording says 3 tbsp of corn starch but the instructions below say 4. Does it matter either way?! Making it now I did 3 until I say the bottom said 4. Thanks!

  72. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazingly good! The whole family enjoyed it. Will be definitely making this one again soon!

  73. 5 stars
    This soup was delicious! Even my naysayer husband loved it…he went back not once, but twice, for more!! I made with unsweetened almond milk and it was sooooo good!

    1. I’m so happy you and your husband enjoyed it! And thank you also for letting me know it worked well with unsweetened almond milk too! I use that in a lot of recipes, but have actually never tried it in chicken and dumplings (and i don’t know why!)

  74. I am making this tonight – I was a little confused about the cook time. It says cook on high 3-4 hours. Does that mean you cook it 3 hours, take chicken out, cut it up, add dumplings and cook another hour – or – does it mean to cook 4 hours then do the chicken cut up and add dumplings for a total of 5 hours of cook time? Looking forward to eating this dish 🙂

    1. Hi Heidi! Sorry for the confusion! The 3-4 on high hour mark is for the cook time before adding the dumplings to cook for the 1 hour. I say 3-4 hours because crockpots can range in the cook time a bit. If your slowcooker cooks faster then the chicken would probably be done at the 3 hour mark and then you can continue into the dumpling stage which is another hour. I hope that helps! I will try to clarify that so it’s easier to understand too

  75. I love your recipes!
    The flavor of the chicken and dumplings was perfect, but the texture came out all wrong despite my following the recipe exactly. The dumplings disintegrated and the dish took on the the texture of thick mashed potatoes. Not sure where things went awry…

    1. I’m so happy you enjoy the recipes. Thank you for being here!
      But, Oh wow, that sounds… very weird, honestly. I haven’t had that kind of feedback yet so I don’t even know to answer this to help.
      That’s definitely never happened to me. I mean if you followed the recipe exactly the worst that could have happened is your little dumplings didn’t get to cook long enough (or at a hot enough temp) so they will be a bit undercooked but not disinegrate.

      The only thing I can think of (because I’ve done this a handful and a half of times) is that when your chicken was done cooking the first round of cooking (before dumplings went in) did you by any chance have the timer on? For my crockpot when the timer is completed the crockpot turns off and SOMETIMES when I have a second step situation like cooking the dumplings for instance then the crockpot is cooling because its now turned off so my final product doesn’t work because I didn’t turn it back on. I’m not saying thats what happened, but honestly that the only thing I can think of!

  76. I’m making this right now. I have Pillsbury GRands in the frig so I’m going to skip the dumplings and have this over biscuits I hope it’s just as great!!!

    1. You can cut the canned biscuits into quarters and use them for dumplings! Just drop them in the pot and cook according to this recipe. Good luck!

  77. Thank you for another fabulous recipe! My husband has fond memories of his grandmother making chicken and dumplings for him and I’ve always wanted to make them for him. It came out delicious and we both loved it!

  78. 5 stars
    Made this last week and it was amazing!!! Easy, delicious, healthy and the whole family loved it. Will be making again for sure!

  79. I’m curious if these make a heavier dumpling or a lighter airy dumpling?
    I normally make drop biscuits on the stove and am looking to try this recipe for my daughter’s birthday dinner.

    1. Honestly, I’d have to say in between! They’re not super light and airy, but totally not dense/heavy. I’m sorry if that’s unhelpful, but I just have to say they’re in a happy middle place between the two.

  80. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday and it was AHHHMAZING! I’ll be honest, I was skeptical that the dumplings would be any good, but holy wow they were perfect! Starr is a genius! I’ll be making again soon!

  81. 5 stars
    This was INCREDIBLE! Honestly, I had low expectations only because chicken n’ dumplings are my favorite, and I have memories of my mom making this meal for me every year on my birthday- and I didn’t think it was possible to come close to how good hers were, let alone top it, but these are OUT OF THIS WORLD! I am ecstatic that I’ve found a recipe this good, and that it still fits well within my daily points ( I’m on WW)
    – Make this!!! You will not regret it!

  82. In the step-by-step picture part of your recipe it says mix three tablespoons of cornstarch into the milk. In the recipe part it says four tablespoons. Which one is the correct measurement? I just made mine and it’s too late to fix but wanting to know for the future!

      1. 5 stars
        I never liked chicken and dumpling soup growing up but my husband has been begging me to make it for 15 years. I made this soup tonight and it was SO GOOD!!! Thank you Star for another amazing recipe!!!

  83. Plan to use as pot pie filling what do you think.I just won’t make the dumplings when I make it that way.

  84. 5 stars
    All of her recipes are great, and in some ways have taught me more about cooking… basic flavors, technique, and style. This one is delicious and will replace my current chicken and dumplings recipe. I used the instapot, and it worked fine.

  85. Do you think you could make the dumplings ahead of time? I’m a nurse and work night shift. I’d love to throw this in the crockpot when I get home from work and throw the dumplings in when I wake up. Thoughts?

  86. Hello. Making this for my mother in law. Will be taking it to her house after making it the day before. Any reheating suggestions?

    1. I reheat in a pan on the stove over medium heat and stir every so often. It should take no more than about 15 minutes if even to reheat. I hope she enjoys!

  87. Can I make this in the instant pot?

    I would sauté veggies before a d make the dumplings separate.

  88. 5 stars
    Wowzers!!! You never disappoint with your comfort food Star! It’s so flavorful and filling. My husband and I loved it. Question – can this be frozen?

  89. 5 stars
    This was delicious and perfect on this snowy night. Thanks for the easy-to-follow instructions, Star!

    1. You’re so welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed and thought the instructions were easy. Thanks for stopping back to let me know, Heather!

  90. 5 stars
    @nancyt424 made this for dinner tonight It’s delicious! i am not a person who really likes soup but this was bomb.com

  91. Has anyone tried freezing this? I live alone and want to try it but I know that’s a lot of servings for just me

    1. Hey Jenny! I haven’t had a chance to freeze this one yet and test it out, but I promise to update the post as soon as I do! My first thoughts though are to just half the recipe by cutting each ingredient in half then you’ll have less servings! It also reheats super good too and I love to eat it for lunch throughout the week.

    2. Hey Jenny. I actually did try freezing this. NOT RECOMMENDED. My husband and I love this recipe, but I made some and froze it for a quick dinner later in the month and while it still had the flavor, the texture was way off. It was thicker and the consistency just wasn’t right. It was almost difficult to eat because the texture really threw us both off. Needless to say, I’ll be making this again in the future, but not as a freezer meal.

  92. I made this because my mouth started watering when I saw the picture seriously such a hearty, comforting meal, without leaving you too full. This is now a staple in our house, thank you!

    Instagram : _kaseypowers

  93. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! I knew I would like it but was worried what my husband would think (he’s more of a meat and potato guy ). Happy to report that he finished one bowl and happily went back for seconds! Looking forward to eating the rest for lunch over the next couple days. Thanks for another winner!!

  94. 5 stars
    This recipe called my name!! I’ve never made my own dumplings and might have been a little nervous – ha! I bought a can of ready-made biscuits, just in case. This was really easy to make start to finish, and the dumplings were delicious! This will definitely be made again!

  95. 5 stars
    Sometimes you just need comfort food and this is one of our favorites! We eat chicken and dumplings year round!

  96. 5 stars
    This was SO good! So warm and comforting for the cold weather and hearty enough to be a meal. Looking forward to eating the rest for lunch this week.

  97. What about using frozen carrots? I don’t have fresh, but I do have frozen. My only question is when should I put them in the crockpot?

    This sounds so good and I definitely want to try it! I love your recipes!

    1. Frozen should work just fine! I would add them with the other vegetables in the beginning

    1. My dad is allergic to carrots—my mom substitutes either butternut squash or sweet potatoes for chicken pot pie. I bet those could work here too!

  98. Dear Star,
    I just wanted to tell you thank you for this recipe Iam going to cook this week for me and my wife. I love the way you write, and especially the southern drawl that comes tbrough. Makes me feel as if my loved one is reading this to me. So God bless you Star, and thank you. Respectfully, Jason

    1. Hey Jason! I hope you and your wife love this one as much as I do. I hope y’all such a good week! 🙂

  99. Cannot wait to make this!!! All of your recipes are ah-mazing and this one looks incredible!!!

  100. 5 stars
    Made this last week when my oldest son did not feel well and wanted chicken and dumplings. This was a success and a hit with the whole family.

    IG- healthyjenn_happydressagehorse

  101. 5 stars
    I made this the other day and have been eating it throughout the week! It just gets better and better with time
    @kaleigh_bishop

  102. 5 stars
    Folks.!.!.! Run to your kitchens and make this for dinner, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!! Family of 4 with 2 teenagers – EVERYONE thought this was AMAZING!! So easy to make, easy clean-up, house smells so good when cooking and its WW friendly… What more could you ask for!! This will definitely be added to our families Skinnyish Dish fav’s!!

  103. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it is FANTASTIC! Everything is tender and warm and so satisfying. My teenagers came all the way out of their rooms for it and my husband asked me to marry him again so I declare it a winner! @alissapoto

    1. This is one of the best reviews! I have a teenage nephew so I know how tough it is to get them out of their room and your husband asking you to marry him again because of it!? Now, that’s a compliment.

  104. 5 stars
    @bethanybrooke82 (IG handle) this is my most recent favorite SkinnyishDish recipe!!!

  105. 5 stars
    So yummy and comforting on this cold February day. My kids loved it as well. I used garlic salt, extra garlic powder, and parsley in the dumpling mix. Love that it is WW friendly.

  106. 4 stars
    I made this again today for the third time, the first time exactly as written it was “ok” second time I made a few adjustments thought I had it but not….so much. Today I made to me the final tweaks to make it a keeper in my book and to the rest of the family, starting if your using “better than bullion”which you should, thats enough salt!. I did the long version on low in the slow cooker so starting with the 5 cups of liquids is fine for the cooking process, but I pulled out about half when I got to the shredding of the chicken, my problem the first 2 times the dumplings didn’t cook through which if you read the recipe you can see might be a problem. I put the broth in a separate pot brought it to about a boil and cooked the dumplings and added them back at the end along with enough liquid for consistency, this makes the recipe a bit fussy but worth it in my book. I will add this to my winter comfort food rotation but in the future with at least half again more veggies at the request of the wife and it could benefit from chicken thighs or perhaps Pheasant. This was just what I needed to get started but I made it my own to suit our tastes.
    MS

    1. wow you made this THREE times since I posted it yesterday afternoon? that’s quite a bit of dedication to a recipe that didn’t work for you the first time. I don’t even have type of time. Haha!! I haven’t had trouble cooking the dumplings UNLESS i didn’t keep the cover on. That might have been the problem because if that cover comes off for an extended amount of time the liquid loses heat and takes awhile to warm back up to the correct temp. Never had pheasant before. That might work, but definitely wouldn’t be chicken and dumplings then. I’m not a huge chicken thigh person unless on the grill or crisped up a bit, but if you like them for sure try it out that way. Have a wonderful week, Mark.

    1. I’m sorry, I really don’t know much about gluten free flours to be able to answer this, but I’m going to order some of the Bobs Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking flour and see what I can do! I’ll update the post after I test it. I’ve heard really good things about this flour, but haven’t personally tried it out.

      1. I’ve been cooking/baking gluten free for years (my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease 10+ years ago) and I’ve found Cup for Cup to be the best alternative. You can find it on Amazon (of course ) or at Target!

  107. Hi! What if I wanted to do this with pre cooked chicken instead of cooking the chicken with it? What would I do different?

  108. Looks delicious and comforting for sure! I don’t have better than bouillon. What would you recommend in place of it? I do have other forms of bouillon such as cubes, powder, and liquid, but not sure if it will mess up the recipe. Thank you!!

    1. Go ahead and use the cube/powder just measure out the same amount as it says like “1 tsp (or cube) per 8 ounces/1cup”. Does that make sense? Then do however many teaspoons/cubes for 5 cups of water. I wouldn’t add any salt until it’s done cooking. To amp up the flavor a bit more since you’re not using the better than bouillon then add about 1/2 tsp thyme and 1 tsp garlic powder (or 1 tsp of poultry seasoning would work too) while cooking. Salt and pepper to taste when it’s finished cooking. =) I hope that helps!

  109. Ok I love your recipes but I am the laziest of lazy cooks!☺️ My mom makes a version of this that doesn’t even have any veggies in it but uses chunks of canned biscuit dough. I love how yours looks with all the veggies, any thoughts on using canned biscuits in it? (I have some that were BOGO in my fridge!)

    1. Some versions of Chicken and Dumplins don’t include veggies! In fact one of my favorite restaurant versions of chicken and dumplins is nothing like this one (no veggies and it has rolled out dumplings). I think the “style” of it has to do a lot with where you live to be honest. I’ve seen many recipes include canned biscuits! I just prefer homemade because it tastes more like my mama’s. I would do the same thing as the recipe states, just cut the canned biscuits into small chunks and add and then continue to cook all together for about an hour. Should work well! Let me know how it goes!

  110. I’ve never had chicken and dumplings….gasp! Am I human lol.
    This sounds and looks so good, my mouth is watering and stomach growling. Your recipe has me about to change this and I can’t wait!!

    1. Girl you need to remedy that!!! STAT!!! I wish I could mail them to you. I hope you enjoy!!!

  111. 5 stars
    I am SOOO making this tomorrow! My mom also made drop dumplings for chicken pot pie & every cobbler she ever made. I think I was in college before I ever tasted a flat dumpling!
    Thanks, Star, love your recipes!

    1. This looks delicious! I am putting this on my menu for the week and I’ll come back and rate it.

    1. Hey Kim All nutritional information is located in the “Notes” section in every printable recipe/recipe card at the bottom of every post. Hope you can see it! Let me know if not

  112. I rarely do this, but I ran right to the kitchen and it’s in my crock pot as we speak! Love the inclusion of the “real” dumplings, because my husband’s not a fan of the biscuit kind. I started WW again last week but have yet to track, trying to find the right mindset. I think this will help, because four years ago yours were my “go to” recipes to feed my family AND lose weight. I hope you’ll have a book someday, my binder is getting unwieldy! Thank you, I’ll let you know how it turns out.

    1. Could we use self-rising flour and skip the baking soda and reduce amount of Lawrys? This southern mama doesn’t keep regular flour on hand.

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