Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

My happy place is curled up on the couch with my family watching Netflix and indulging in a bowl of warm, creamy, soul-soothing chicken and dumplings. Add homemade mashed potatoes and sweet corn and you’ve got a dinner as comfy as mom leggings and flip-flops.

{I may or may not have been but definitely was wearing mom leggings when eating my chicken and dumplings… I do not even care, man!}

Honesty minute: I don’t always think I’m a very good cook. When people say “but you have a food blog!” I always say “no, it’s a lifestyle blog!” Call me insecure, but I often worry that people won’t like what I cook. It’s really quite silly, I know. So many of us do tend to be very self critical, even in areas where we are skilled or at least have natural talent. *Hand raised*

My husband doesn’t generally gush over the things I make for dinner, but when I made this easy slow cooker chicken and dumplings last week, he made it quite clear that I hit the nail on the head with this recipe. His exact words were, “babe…”

Well, that’s just one word, actually. His mouth was full of chicken and dumplings.

I have zero insecurity about this recipe. Seriously, it’s perfection. I can’t even fake humility here.

Now, I cannot compare this chicken and dumplings recipe to your grandma’s. She wins. She always wins. I’ve had some crazy good homemade chicken and dumplings in my lifetime. This recipe I’m sharing with you now is a winner because you and I can actually make this. I almost never have the time, or let’s just be honest here… the motivation to make homemade dumplings. That’s a special occasion situation.

What I do have time for is tossing some frozen chicken breasts, water, chicken bouillon, and a can of soup into a slow cooker and letting it work its magic. Towards the end I do a little of this and a little of that with some refrigerated biscuit dough and BAM! Dinner on the couch is served! Dude… I rock.

Dear crunchy friends, calm the heck down about the can of soup. Just ssshhhhhh. You will not die, I am so sure. If you simply cannot deal, just hop on over to Pinterest to search “homemade condensed soup” and you’ll be in great company with other non-canned soup people. Or check out Living Well Spending Less by clicking here and you can try Ruth’s awesome condensed soup recipe that would work perfectly for this easy slow cooker chicken and dumplings recipe.

Are we good? I’ve just admitted a deep, dark insecurity right before shushing my healthy eating readers. Can we still be friends?

Okay, let’s just talk chicken and dumplings again…

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

All the yums right here…
Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings


  • 1 pound chicken breast (frozen or thawed, the recipe works either way)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 10.75 ounce can cream of celery soup (regular or light variety)
  • 2 ounces cream cheese (regular or reduced fat)
  • 7.5 ounce package of 10 refrigerated biscuits (basic refrigerator biscuits, not the type with layers)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the chicken breasts into a slow cooker. Add a chicken bouillon cube, water, and cream of celery soup.
  2. Set the slow cooker to low and cook for 4-6 hours, until the chicken is very tender.
  3. Remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker. Shred the chicken with forks then set aside.
  4. Place a colander into a medium size bowl. Pour the broth from the slow cooker into the colander to strain the broth. Pour the strained broth back into the slow cooker.
  5. Stir the cream cheese into the broth until melted. Add the shredded chicken and stir well. Place the lid on the slow cooker and continue to cook on low while you complete the next step in this recipe.
  6. Remove the refrigerator biscuits from their tube. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces.
  7. Add the cut up biscuit dough to the slow cooker one piece at a time. Gently push the dough pieces down into the broth, but do not stir.
  8. Cook the chicken and dumplings on low for 30 minutes stirring once after 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 servings

Enjoy with mashed potatoes and sweet corn plus the best apple crisp I’ve ever eaten for dessert… and a Netflix binge in your mom leggings, obviously. It’s an election year, so we all need this comfort in our lives.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Peace and Love,

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Dumpings

3 Comments on Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

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  2. Amama
    September 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Unfortunately, this dish was a disaster for me. The celery taste was a bit over the top. What’s worse is that the biscuit hunks stayed doughy, even after an extra hour (on top of the originally suggested 30 min). The liquid cooked up to be so thick that there was no “sauce” to speak of. It was more like a doughy, chicken-y slop. Boo.

    • Carissa
      October 12, 2016 at 9:22 am (1 year ago)

      Wow, that’s a bummer! I’ve never had a problem with this recipe. I just made it again this week and measured out the liquid. When I removed the chicken to shred it, I measured the liquid after I strained it. I had 2 1/3 cup. I would suggest measuring out the liquid if you think you have too much. I think anywhere between 2-3 cups of broth is perfect. Also, it’s important to not stir the biscuits because they’ll melt into the broth and make a mess. I just drop the biscuit pieces onto the broth and then use a spoon to gently push them down. Then I don’t touch the biscuits again until I can tell they’ve set.


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