Welcome to the realm of ultimate comfort food with Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings! This classic dish brings together tender chicken, hearty vegetables, and fluffy dumplings, all simmered in a rich and flavorful broth. It’s a recipe that embodies warmth, simplicity, and the joys of a home-cooked meal. Join us on this culinary journey as we delve into the magic of Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings.
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs (900 g)
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 3 stalks celery, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups chicken broth (960 ml)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (120 g)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk (120 ml)
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- In a crockpot, place the chicken thighs, diced onion, sliced carrots, sliced celery, minced garlic, chicken broth, dried thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Stir gently to combine.
- Cover the crockpot and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours, until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the milk and melted butter, stirring until just combined.
- Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture onto the surface of the chicken and vegetables in the crockpot.
- Cover the crockpot again and cook on high heat for an additional 1 hour, or until the dumplings are cooked through and fluffy.
- Gently remove the bay leaf from the casserole before serving.
- Ladle the warm Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings into bowls and savor the comforting flavors.
- Feel free to customize the recipe by adding herbs or spices that you enjoy, such as parsley, thyme, or paprika, to enhance the flavor profile.
- For a creamier version, you can stir in a splash of heavy cream or half-and-half during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
- If you prefer a thicker broth, you can mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with a little water and stir it into the crockpot during the last hour of cooking.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The flavors will meld together even more, making it even more delicious upon reheating.
- If the dumplings absorb too much liquid and become too thick, you can thin the consistency by adding a little extra chicken broth or water when reheating.