Master the Art of Easy Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re a fan of comfort food, there’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of chicken and dumplings. This classic dish is not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make with the help of your trusty crockpot. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of creating tender chicken and fluffy dumplings that will have your family asking for seconds.

Preparing the Chicken

The first step in making easy crockpot chicken and dumplings is preparing the chicken. Start by gathering all the ingredients you’ll need: boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, diced onions, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, dried thyme, and chicken broth.

Begin by seasoning your chicken with salt, pepper, and dried thyme. This will add flavor to the meat as it cooks in the crockpot. Next, place the seasoned chicken in your crockpot along with diced onions and minced garlic. These aromatic ingredients will infuse your dish with a rich flavor.

Once all the ingredients are in the crockpot, pour in enough chicken broth to cover the chicken completely. The broth will keep everything moist while it simmers for hours on end. Set your crockpot on low heat and let it cook for 6-8 hours or until the chicken is tender enough to shred.

Making the Dumplings

While your chicken is cooking away in the crockpot, it’s time to prepare the dumplings. For this step, you’ll need flour, baking powder, salt, milk or buttermilk, and butter.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in cold butter using a fork or pastry cutter until small crumbs form. This will create a light and flaky texture for your dumplings. Gradually add milk or buttermilk to the mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in tough dumplings.

Once your dough is ready, remove the lid from the crockpot and drop spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture onto the surface of the simmering chicken and broth. Make sure to distribute them evenly across the pot. Replace the lid and let the dumplings cook for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until they are cooked through.

Serving and Enjoying

After patiently waiting for your easy crockpot chicken and dumplings to cook, it’s time to serve up this comforting dish. Using a ladle, carefully scoop out a generous portion of chicken, dumplings, and broth into individual bowls.

Garnish each bowl with freshly chopped parsley or thyme for added freshness and color. The aroma of this dish alone will whet your appetite before you even take your first bite.

Easy crockpot chicken and dumplings is a complete meal on its own but pairs well with a side salad or some warm crusty bread. Serve it hot and watch as everyone at the table eagerly digs in.

Storing Leftovers

In case you have any leftovers (which is unlikely.), it’s important to store them properly to maintain their freshness. Transfer any remaining chicken and dumplings into an airtight container once it has cooled down slightly.

Refrigerate within two hours of cooking to prevent bacteria growth. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. When reheating, add a splash of water or chicken broth to prevent dryness.

To freeze leftovers, place them in freezer-safe containers or resealable bags. Properly labeled containers will ensure easy identification when you’re ready to enjoy them later on. Frozen chicken and dumplings can be kept for up to three months.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of easy crockpot chicken and dumplings, it’s time to enjoy this classic comfort food whenever you’re in need of a hearty and delicious meal. Whether it’s a cold winter night or a cozy Sunday dinner, this recipe will warm your heart and satisfy your taste buds.

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