Slow cooker chicken and dumplings garnished with parsley in a white and brown bowl with a brown towel behind on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Make a quick and easy version of chicken and dumplings using the slow cooker and a can of biscuits for a warm weeknight meal.

One of Justin’s favorite meals is homemade chicken & dumplings. But it takes so much work to make it from scratch that I only do it a few times per year. In the meantime, this recipe for easy slow cooker chicken and dumplings will hold him over.

When I recently made this meal, I also made my own Cream of Chicken Soup. The soup was easy to make and the flavor was so much better than buying it canned! At this point, the only thing I don’t make from scratch in this recipe is the biscuits. But overall, most of this meal is made with real foods.

Plus, slow cooker meals are the best when it’s cool outside. Or when you have a busy day ahead and want dinner ready in the evening. Or maybe both. The only work you have to do comes about an hour before the recipe is ready.

Of course, if you are making your own cream of chicken (which I highly recommend) then you need about 30 minutes to do that. I made the soup the night before and refrigerated it until I needed it for this meal and it worked just fine.

Step by Step

Place the chicken in the slow cooker and top each with a piece of butter.

Two pieces of raw chicken topped with a piece of butter in a black slow cooker on a black and white marble surface

Add the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, onion powder, and parsley. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours or high for 3 hours.

Raw chicken topped with butter with chicken soup and chicken broth sprinkled with seasonings in a black slow cooker on a black and white marble surface

Shred the chicken and place it back in the slow cooker.

Cooked shredded chicken on a round white plate on a black and white marble surface

Cut the biscuits into quarters.

Refrigerated biscuits cut into quarters next to a pair of kitchen shears on a black and white marble surface

Place them on top of the chicken mixture in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour until the biscuits are done in the center.

Quartered biscuits on top of cooked chicken soup in a slow cooker on a black and white marble surface

You can either stir the biscuits into the mixture before serving or scoop it out as-is with the biscuits on top. Sprinkle with pepper and serve warm. Optional: garnish with parsley.

Slow cooker chicken and dumplings garnished with parsley in a white and brown bowl with a brown towel behind on a wooden surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: February 7, 2019

Last Updated On: March 2, 2020

Slow cooker chicken and dumplings garnished with parsley in a white and brown bowl with a brown towel behind on a wooden surface

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Make a quick and easy version of chicken and dumplings using the slow cooker and a can of biscuits for a warm weeknight meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuits, chicken, slow cooker
Servings: 6 cups
5 from 4 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 21 oz cream of chicken soup
  • 14.5 oz chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 8 biscuits (homestyle)
  • 1 tsp pepper

Recommended Equipment

Instructions

  • Place the chicken in the slow cooker
  • Cover each chicken breast with 1 tbsp of butter
  • Pour in the cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, onion powder, and parsley
  • Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 7 hours
  • Once the chicken is cooked through, shred it and place it back in the slow cooker
  • Mix the chicken into the soup
  • Cut the chicken into quarters and place them on top of the soup mix
  • Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, until the biscuits are cooked through
  • Either stir the biscuits into the mix before serving or serve with them on top
  • Sprinkle with pepper and garnish with parsley if desired
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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 1408mg59%
Potassium 474mg14%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 376IU8%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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44 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings”

  1. I love using a slow cooker, it makes mealtimes so much easier. I really love the slow cooker during the winter months as you can make such wonderful comfort food meals. This chicken and dumplings definitely says comfort food to me!

    1. My other recipe is on here, too, if you search for it. The recipe requires making homemade dumplings by mixing the dough together, rolling it thin, cutting it, and boiling it all together. It’s a lot more work!

  2. Oh, Stephanie, this looks soooo good!!! The weather has turned colder here today, so all I can think about is warming up and comfort food. This looks like the perfect answer on both counts! 🙂

  3. Today is cold and rainy and this is the absolute perfect recipe for this weather! I really need to start using my slow cooker more.

  4. I haven’t owned or used a slow cooker but have been thinking of getting one for my ratatouille and vegetarian chilli. The meal looks perfect for the cod season.

    1. I put raw meat in the slow cooker all the time. It always cooks through and we’ve never had a problem with it. I’ve tested a few times with a thermometer and the meat always gets to a high enough temperature as long as you cook it long enough.

  5. yummy. My grandmother used to make us chicken and dumplings whenever we visited her. They were one of my favorites, but I actually haven’t tried making them one my own. Time to fix that!

    1. This is the easy version, I have the regular, fully handmade one on here too. But sometimes I need something easy and it’s a great place to start as the other version takes a lot more time.

  6. Oh yeah this is definitely quicker and easier than the chicken dumplings recipe we usually do. Looks so good! Can’t wait to try it out.

    1. Hah, yeah, much easier. It’s not quite the same, but it’s a great way to have the meal when you don’t have all the time it takes to make homemade dumplings.

  7. Melanie williams

    With the super cold and wild weather this kind of comfort food is just what is needed. Love how all your guides are so clear and step by step too xx

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