Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings – An easy version of the comfort-food classic that simmers away all day in the crockpot. You will love this simple and delicious recipe!

For more easy Crockpot Recipes, be sure to check out my Old Bay Shrimp Boil, Crockpot Chicken and Noodles, and Mississippi Pot Roast.

A bowl of chicken and dumplings.

Chicken and dumplings has to be the epitome of comfort food.

And when you want a bowl full of home cooked goodness, but you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen preparing it, Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings is the way to go.

a spoon holding chicken and dumplings out of a bowl.

As much as I love scooping up delicious spoonfuls of it now, Chicken and Dumplings was never really a meal that we ate growing up.

My mom is a good cook, but there are were only a few select meals that I can remember her making. I think part of that comes from her trying to keep things as simple as possible while raising four kids!

A bowl of chicken and dumplings.

The first place I discovered my love for Chicken and Dumplings was actually at Cracker Barrel. The delicious dumplings and gravy….SWOON!

A bowl of chicken and dumplings.

Now, I love to make this easy version of Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings at home. The dumplings are actually made from prepared biscuit dough, and let me tell ya: they are SO darn good! It’s hard to stop at just one bowl!

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

  • chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • unsalted butter
  • onion
  • dried parsley
  • seasoned salt
  • garlic powder
  • poultry seasoning
  • chicken broth
  • cream of chicken soup
  • canned, regular size buttermilk biscuits
ingredients in bowls and chicken on a cutting board.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings – Step by Step

Step 1: Add ingredients to crockpot

To get started, simply add some chicken, a chopped onion, spices, a little butter, chicken broth, and some cream of chicken soup to the bowl of your crockpot. Cook it all together on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-5 hours.

onions, soup, and chicken in a crockpot.

Step 2: Shred the chicken

After you’ve let it all cook for at least 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low, remove the lid and use a fork to break up the chicken, stirring everything well.

Step 3: Add the chopped biscuits

Chop up some refrigerated biscuits into quarter size chunks and add to the slow cooker. Push them down so that they soak up the gravy while they cook.

a crockpot full of chopped biscuits.

Step 4: Cook for 1 more hour

I also like to scoop up some of the gravy from the crockpot and pour it over the top. Put the lid back on and cook your crockpot chicken and dumplings for 1 more hour on high.

cooked biscuits in a crockpot.
a spoon holding chicken and dumplings out of a bowl.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings – Tips and Notes

  • Cream of chicken soup: I LOVE to use the Cream of Chicken soup made by Pacific Foods. It’s organic, it tastes good, and every ingredient is recognizable, which makes me feel a lot better about using it. It comes in a box instead of a can and can be found in the soup aisle.
  • Cook the biscuits for at least one hour. All crockpots cook differently, so your biscuits may require more time. Mine are done after an hour on high, but yours may need to cook for a little longer.
  • Avoid using flaky biscuits or Grands style. I recommend using REGULAR size buttermilk biscuits. Other types of biscuits will not always cook properly. Most store brands will carry a regular size canned biscuit. If you can only find Grands size biscuits, just cut them into smaller pieces and use about 4-5 biscuits total.
  • Add some veggies. A small bag of frozen vegetables can be added to the crockpot when you shred the chicken, right before you add the biscuit dough on top.
  • Storing leftovers: Any leftover slow cooker chicken and dumplings can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
A bowl of chicken and dumplings.

FAQs

How to make Chicken and Dumplings in the Instant Pot?

Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot except for the biscuits and stir well. Place the chopped biscuits on top and add the lid. Turn the valve to sealing and cook over manual high pressure for five minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally before removing the lid and serving.

Can I use frozen chicken?

Yes! You can use frozen chicken in either the crockpot or Instant Pot version.  You might need to increase the cook time by about 1-2 hours for the crockpot chicken and dumplings. For the Instant Pot version, increase the pressure time to 10 minutes.

Can I use chicken thighs?

Yes, feel free to use chicken breasts or thighs. They both turn out great.

A bowl of chicken and dumplings.
a spoon holding chicken and dumplings out of a bowl.

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A bowl of chicken and dumplings.
4.93 from 116 ratings

{Easy} Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 7 hrs
Total Time: 7 hrs 15 mins
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings – An easy version of the comfort-food classic that simmers away all day in the crockpot. You will love this simple and delicious recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2-2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cans, or boxes cream of chicken soup
  • 8-10 canned, REGULAR size, buttermilk biscuits

Instructions
 

  • Place chicken in the bottom of slow cooker, along with chopped onion and 2 TB butter. Sprinkle with dried parsley, seasoning salt, poultry seasoning, and garlic powder.
  • Add chicken broth and cream of chicken soup to crockpot, and stir all ingredients to combine. Place lid on top and cook over low heat for 6 hours, or high heat for 4 hours.
  • After cooking for at least 6 hours on low, or 4 hours on high, remove lid and stir mixture with a spoon or fork, breaking apart the chicken into smaller chunks.
  • Chop the biscuits into quarters and add to the crockpot. Push biscuit dough down into the crockpot a bit so that they will absorb the gravy as they cook.
  • Replace the lid and continue cooking for 1-2 more hours over high heat until biscuits are cooked through and begin to turn golden brown. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Cream of chicken soup: I LOVE to use the Cream of Chicken soup made by Pacific Foods. It’s organic, it tastes good, and every ingredient is recognizable, which makes me feel a lot better about using it. It comes in a box instead of a can and can be found in the soup aisle.
  • Cook the biscuits for at least one hour. All crockpots cook differently, so your biscuits may require more time. Mine are done after an hour on high, but yours may need to cook for a little longer.
  • Avoid using flaky biscuits or Grands style. I recommend using REGULAR size buttermilk biscuits. Other types of biscuits will not always cook properly. Most store brands will carry a regular size canned biscuit. If you can only find Grands size biscuits, just cut them into smaller pieces and use about 4-5 biscuits total.
  • Add some veggies. A small bag of frozen vegetables can be added to the crockpot when you shred the chicken, right before you add the biscuit dough on top.
  • Storing leftovers: Any leftover slow cooker chicken and dumplings can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Cuisine: American
Course: Main
Calories: 318kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 67mg, Sodium: 1300mg, Potassium: 492mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 240IU, Vitamin C: 6.2mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2.3mg
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