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A close up photo of slow cooker chicken and dumplings in a crockpot.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 5 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


Slow cooker chicken and dumplings is a classic family meal with tender chicken and fluffy, delicious dumplings in a comforting creamy gravy.


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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (10 oz.) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 (10 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 cups water / low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 1 (16 oz.) can refrigerated homestyle buttermilk biscuits, about 8 biscuits
  • Chives or parsley, to garnish (optional)


  1. Add chicken breasts to a 6 qt. slow cooker.
  2. Top with onions, garlic, butter, thyme, pepper and bay leaf.
  3. Whisk cream of celery and chicken soup, poultry seasoning in some water, or chicken broth until smooth.
  4. Pour soup mixture over chicken and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or until chicken is fork-tender and shreds easily.
  5. Remove bay leaf. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and shred into bite-sized pieces. Add shredded chicken back to the slow cooker along with peas and carrots and stir to mix well.
  6. Cut each biscuit into quarters and add to a slow cooker. Push the biscuits halfway into the gravy to submerge them so they absorb some liquid while cooking. Spoon gravy over the top of the biscuits.
  7. Cook on HIGH for 1 1/2 -2 hours or until the biscuits are cooked through to your desired doneness.
  8. Sprinkle with chives or parsley (optional) and dish and serve hot.
  9. Enjoy!


  • This recipe uses a shortcut method with refrigerated biscuits as drop dumplings. If you have a go-to recipe for dumplings, feel free to use that instead of the refrigerated biscuits. The cooking time should remain the same.
  • The dumplings are cooked and ready to eat when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Add more veggies – Add more veggies like celery or mushrooms.
  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 hours 30 minutes