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Homestyle Chicken and Dumplings

A rich and hearty chicken and dumplings recipe made over the course of a day in a slow cooker.
Servings 8 Bowls
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 6 hrs


  • Instant Pot Slow Cooker
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Rubber Spatulas
  • Food Processor


For the Chicken

  • 1 Spanish Onion Diced
  • 10 Oz Cream of Chicken Soup One can of condensed soup is fine
  • 10 Oz Cream of Mushroom Soup One can of condensed soup is fine
  • 1 Tsp Poultry Seasoning See above for recipe
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme Optional
  • 4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Sliced Carrots
  • 1 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 1 Cup Peas
  • Black Pepper to taste

For the Dumplings

  • ¾ Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Egg
  • 10 Ounces All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ Tsp Baking Soda
  • Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tsp Poultry Seasoning See above for recipe
  • Black Pepper To taste
  • 4 Tbsp Salted Butter Divided into quarters


Starting the Chicken

  • In the pot of your crock pot or Instant Pot, spread the diced onion across the bottom.
  • Lay the chicken breasts across the bed of onions.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together the Cream of Chicken soup, Cream of Mushroom soup, poultry seasoning, and black pepper. Pour this mixture over the chicken.
  • Add the chicken broth and the sprig of thyme. Cook on high for 4 hours.

Making the Dumplings

  • In one bowl, beat together the buttermilk and egg to combine.
  • In a food processor, add the butter, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, poultry seasoning, and pepper, then pulse to combine well until no large chunks remain.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixing bowl and mix to create a sticky dough.
  • Divide the dough into roughly six equal portions (more or less depending on the surface area of your slow cooker).

Combining and Finishing

  • Add the carrots, celery, and peas to the soup mixture and stir to mix.
  • Gently add the dough globs to the top of the soup.
  • Continue to cook for about an hour and a half, or until the dumplings are done.
  • Shred the chicken (fishing it out with a spoon, or shredding directly in the slow cooker), then stir it all together. Serve and enjoy!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken, Dinner, Dumplings