Sure, here’s a basic recipe for Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings:
For the Chicken Stew:
- 2 lbs (about 1 kg) boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into chunks
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups sliced carrots
- 1 cup sliced celery
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup frozen peas (optional)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
For the Dumplings:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- Prepare the Chicken Stew:
- In the crockpot, combine the chicken chunks, sliced carrots, sliced celery, diced onion, minced garlic, dried thyme, dried rosemary, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.
- Pour in the chicken broth, ensuring that the ingredients are well submerged.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours, until the chicken is tender and the vegetables are cooked.
- Make the Dumplings:
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the milk and melted butter to the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. The dough will be slightly sticky.
- Add Dumplings to the Crockpot:
- About 30-45 minutes before serving, drop spoonfuls of the dumpling dough onto the surface of the chicken stew. Make sure to space them out evenly.
- Cover the crockpot again and let the dumplings steam and cook. They will puff up and become fluffy as they cook.
- Finish the Stew:
- After the dumplings have cooked for about 30-45 minutes and are cooked through, remove the bay leaf from the stew.
- Stir in the frozen peas (if using) and the heavy cream or half-and-half. This adds a creamy texture to the stew.
- Ladle the chicken stew with dumplings into serving bowls.
- Garnish with additional fresh herbs if desired.
- Serve the Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings hot and enjoy this comforting and hearty meal!
Remember that cooking times may vary depending on your specific crockpot model, so be sure to adjust accordingly. This recipe is quite flexible, so you can also customize it by adding other vegetables, herbs, or seasonings that you like.