Creamy cup of cozy! This easy and delicious crockpot meal is perfect for a Fall and Winter family meal. These Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings with Biscuits will become a new family favorite!
Fall is officially in full swing! Here in Wisconsin it went from cool to cold basically overnight. My family and I have broke out the long sleeves, boots, and my favorite, the crockpot! Once the leaves start falling and the air turns crisp I immediately start craving hearty soups, stews and all the warm comfort foods.
One of our favorite of those foods is this Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings with Biscuits. I love how quick and easy, filling, and tasty it is. This makes a perfect weeknight meal with little prep work, and the best part is that the crockpot does most of the work. Get yourself a big blanket and curl up on the couch and enjoy a big bowl of creamy deliciousness!
Chicken & Dumplings Ingredients and Kitchen Tools
The kitchen tools you will need for this easy slow cooker chicken and dumplings are:
- A Crockpot: A Large 7 or 8 quart slow cooker will work well.
- A Knife and Cutting Board
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
The ingredients you will need for this slow cooker chicken and dumplings recipe are:
- Chicken Breasts: Chicken thighs can be subbed in as well.
- Cream of Chicken Soup
- Milk and Butter
- Chicken Broth
- Spices: I use a combination of sea salt, pepper, ground thyme, oregano, crushed rosemary and crushed red pepper to give this recipe lots of flavor.
- Peas and Carrots: Frozen or fresh veggies work best, but canned can also work in a pinch.
- An Onion
- Canned Grands Biscuits
How To Make The Best Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
The key to the best Chicken and Dumplings with Grands Biscuits recipe is the combination of spices, the dumplings, and the add-ins. My grandma will say that the key lies in the dumplings. Which she was taught to hand-make and hand roll. While I adore her dumplings it is not realistic to roll my own on a regular basic.
Therefore, I came up with a quick and easy alternative that packs flavor and saves time. I love that this slow cooker chicken and dumplings recipe can accomplish so much with so little effort! That being said there are a few key points that make this chicken and dumplings recipe perfect.
Simple Step By Step
- Combine all ingredients (expect the biscuits and milk) into a large 6-9 quart crockpot.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or 6 hours on LOW.
- Once cooked, remove the chicken breasts and shred or cube them. Then return it to the slow cooker.
- Cut or tear biscuits into small pieces (about 1 inch chunks) and add to the crockpot over the top, then add the milk.
- Cover and cook on HIGH in the slow cooker for 1 hour, stirring halfway through.
- Stir the chicken and dumplings with biscuits before serving warm.
See recipe video below for a more detailed look at prep for this easy crockpot chicken and dumplings recipe.
Tips and Tricks
Forget the Homemade Dumplings
I use Grands Biscuits for this crock pot chicken and dumplings with biscuits recipe. It doesn’t matter if they are off brand or name brand just make sure they are the big guys. I love using biscuits as the dumplings because it saves so much time and prep work. I have a great appreciation for making things from scratch, but in this case I like the shortcut better.
The flavor is buttery and the texture is creamy. Honestly, it tastes like you had spent hours homemaking them. When in reality you saved a ton of time without having to lose out on flavor. I have made this recipe for multiple members of my family and they all agree that the biscuits are a genius hack! If you are looking for a from scratch biscuit, give Grandma’s Classic Southern Biscuits and Sausage Gravy a try. No corners cut there!
Season it up!
I love the combination of spices that are happening in this easy crock pot chicken and dumplings. The main notes coming through are thyme and rosemary. These two blend for a perfect combo and give this easy chicken and dumplings a punch of flavor. My issue with a lot of other recipes I have tried is that they are bland and under-seasoned.
Therefore, years ago when I set out to make my own chicken and dumplings recipe I wanted to be sure that it didn’t blend in or fall flat. The other spice that I love in this recipe is the red pepper flakes. This is an odd one for most I am sure, but the subtle spice it gives really brings the whole thing together. Don’t worry, this is not melt your face spicy!
Thick and Creamy
The texture of this Chicken and Dumplings is so rich and creamy. One of the biggest sins I see people doing is making slow cooker chicken and dumplings watery, like a soup. To me, the perfect chicken and dumplings is thick and creamy. That is why I use milk, and butter in this recipe. I use five cups of liquid total which I feel yields the perfect consistency.
If you like your chicken and dumplings more runny, then add another half to full cup of water or chicken broth to the chicken & dumplings. The biscuits will also thicken the recipe up after they are added. So don’t panic if it looks runny after the chicken is cooked through.
Pro Tip: Just make sure not to add the milk at the beginning of the cook time, or the milk to get too hot and begin to curdle.
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Common Chicken & Dumpling Questions
Can I make this slow cooker chicken and dumplings ahead of time?
Yes, you can combine all ingredients (except the biscuits and milk) and store the chicken and dumplings with grands biscuits the fridge for up the 24 hours. When ready to cook the crock pot chicken and dumplings follow recipe instructions.
Can leftover chicken and dumplings with grands biscuits be frozen?
Yes, the chicken and dumplings can be frozen.
Cooked Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings: To freeze place cooked leftovers in a freezer bag and store flat. The chicken and dumplings will stay fresh for up to 2 months. To re-heat let defrost in the fridge overnight and warm in the microwave, or place in crockpot on WARM until ready to serve.
Un-cooked Chicken and Dumplings: Place all ingredients in a large freezer bag EXCEPT THE MILK AND BISCUITS and store flat in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to cook let chicken and dumplings defrost overnight in the fridge. Add milk and freezer bag contents to a large crockpot and follow recipe instructions.
How long do leftover Chicken and Dumplings stay fresh?
When stored in the fridge in an airtight container this recipe will stay fresh for up to 4 days. Re-heat leftovers in the microwave (2-3 minutes) until warm, stirring halfway to make sure everything warms evenly.
Do I have to add in the vegetables?
No, you do not. I like the veggies in there and it is a way I can get my son to eat some, but they are no required if you prefer to leave them out. Another swap you could do is leave out the onion and use onion powder instead.
Can I use a different type of vegetable?
Sure, if peas and carrots aren’t your thing you can swap them out. Some alternative options are small baby potatoes, corn, and celery. Note that any swaps and substitutions you make will change the overall flavor of the crock pot chicken and dumplings with biscuits.
Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings with Biscuits
- 2 Large Chicken Breasts
- 1 Medium White Onion Diced
- 1 Cup Carrots Chopped
- 1 Cup Frozen Peas
- 1 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp Thyme
- 1/2 Tsp Crushed Rosemary
- 1/2 Tsp Oregano
- 1/2 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes Optional
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1 10 Oz Can Cream of Chicken Soup
- 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 2 Cups Milk
- 3 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 1 Can Grands Biscuits
- Combine all ingredients, except the Grands Biscuits and milk, into a large crockpot and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 4 hours on HIGH of 6 hours on LOW.
- Once cooked remove the chicken and shred. Then return the shredded chicken to the crockpot and stir.
- Tear or slice the Grands biscuits into small pieces (about 5 per biscuits) and add them to the crockpot along with the milk. Stir to combine. Cover and cook for another 1 hour on HIGH or until biscuits are cooked through. Stir before serving warm. Enjoy!
- Leftover Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Rewarming Instructions: Warm leftovers in a microwave safe bowl for 2-3 minutes in the microwave stirring halfway through. Depending on the size of your bowl you may need to warm the chicken and dumplings for a longer or shorter period of time.
- Freezer Option: Place all ingredients (except biscuits and milk) in a freezer bag and store for up to 2 months. When ready to cook let de-thaw in the fridge overnight, add milk and follow recipe instructions.