Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings is a hearty and soul warming crockpot meal that's filled with vegetables, chicken, and homemade dumplings.
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!
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 clumpled 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.