Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe: our favorite homemade chicken and dumplings with easy homemade dumplings and a secret ingredient to make it extra creamy!

Chicken and dumplings in a large white bowl.

The number one recipe request I have received lately is for a crockpot version of my now famous homemade Chicken and Dumplings.

And I am proud to say, I finally got it right and I am ready to share it with all of you. 

Just like the original, this Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings has a deliciously creamy chicken soup base with lots of flavor.

Then we whip up a quick batch of big fluffy homemade dumplings and drop them with a cookie scoop. 

Read below to find out all the tips and tricks to make my families favorite Chicken and Dumplings recipe in the crockpot! 

Chicken breasts in a crockpot.

Chicken

With the original Chicken and Dumplings recipe made on the stove top, I used already cooked shredded chicken.

For that recipe, it’s easier and keeps the total recipe time a little shorter. You can also grab a rotisserie chicken and shred that. 

However, with the crockpot version, time is on your side. You are going to let it sit all day already!

So I used chicken breasts that cook along with the veggies in the creamy broth. Then we shred them. 

Homemade Dumplings in Chicken And Dumplings with a bite taken out of it.

Homemade Dumplings From Scratch

Don’t get nervous, I promise these homemade dumplings are incredibly easy to make. 

You literally whip all the dough ingredients together in a bowl and then drop it into the soup with a cookie scoop. 

There are no eggs required, no rolling out of the dough, just mix it and drop them by the scoopful into your crockpot!

To cook the dumplings, you will need your crockpot set to high and they will take about an hour to cook through. 

In my crockpot, they took 50 minutes, but it tends to run a little hotter than most. 

Chicken and Dumplings in a bowl in front of a crockpot

On another dumpling related note, as you may already know, I am dumpling obsessed.

You may want to try your hand at my homemade Chinese Dumplings (also commonly called Potstickers)!

I promise the recipe for these homemade Chinese Dumplings is also super easy (and extra delicious) too! 

Or, I even have a couple of sweet dumpling recipes that will rock your world: Rum Apple Dumplings or Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings!

Chicken and dumplings in a large bowl with homemade dumplings from scratch!

The below recipe calls for fresh thyme and it really adds a wonderful mild flavor to the Chicken and Dumplings. 

We add it to the soup as well as the homemade dumplings dough, but it is optional! If you are not a fan of thyme, feel free to leave it out or substitute an Italian herb mix instead.

This Crockpot Chicken And Dumplings recipe is based off the number one recipe on my site for homemade Chicken And Dumplings.

I personally still prefer the original stove top version, because that is how I grew up making it. However this crockpot version is absolutely delicious as well! 

Try them both and let me know which version your family prefers. Make sure and leave your review in the comments below!

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe: our favorite homemade chicken and dumplings with easy homemade dumplings and a secret ingredient to make it extra creamy!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 oz (1 can) evaporated milk
  • 32 oz (1 quart) chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper (or to taste)
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

HOMEMADE DUMPLINGS:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon, baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz) whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Add chicken, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, evaporated milk, chicken stock, thyme, pepper and salt to crockpot. Cook for 3 hours on high or 7 hours on low.
  2. If not already set to high, set crockpot to the high setting. Remove cooked chicken from crockpot, shred and return to crockpot.
  3. Make a slurry: place cornstarch in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of broth from the crockpot into the cornstarch and stir. Continue adding broth 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach 4 tablespoons total of broth added. Stir the slurry into the soup, this will help to thicken the soup.
  4. Dumplings: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, pepper, salt and thyme. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the milk and butter into the center of it. 
  5. Using a wooden spoon (or rubber spatula), stir together until dough ball forms. If your dough seems too dry, you can add an extra tablespoon of milk.
  6. Using a medium sized cookie scoop, scoop dough and drop directly into the simmering soup. Place them around the pot, not all in the same place. 
  7. Once all dumplings have been added, gently press them down so the soup runs over just the tops of them. 
  8. Place the lid on your crockpot and let cook for 1 hour and then cut one dumpling in half to make sure they are cooked through. (Your dumplings will possibly bake together on top in your crockpot, if this happens, just gently break them apart into large chunks again with your spatula. They will still taste exactly the same!)
  9. If the dumplings are cooked through, serve hot and enjoy! If not, cook an additional 15 minutes and check again. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 servings Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 552 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 111mg Sodium: 997mg Carbohydrates: 56g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 14g Protein: 38g
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