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Chicken & Dumplings. | Life's a Batch

Chicken & Dumplings.

I’ve got no picture for this, as we were in much too much of a hurry to dig in. Trust me, though – it was SO tasty!

A few times before, I’d made “Chicken and Dumplings,” but I had used a packaged meal to do it in my CrockPot. Since we’ve moved, however, I can’t find the Banquet® package in the freezer sections of ANY store. We were craving the comfort food, so I had to come up with my own recipe.

This was an absolute HIT on the first try! In fact, it tasted even so much better than the other that, even if I ever find it, I won’t be tempted to go the easy way again.

For my records and for a few others who have asked:

Chicken & Dumplings

  • 3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ chunks
  • 3 cans chicken broth
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
  • 5 large carrots, cut into coins
  • 6 ribs celery, diced
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1 Tbsp. whole peppercorns

Pour the broth and soup into a large CrockPot. Stir well, blending the soup. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and peppercorns. Slowly add the chicken chunks (I had to be careful not to splash liquid!). Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. shortening
  • 2/3-3/4 cup milk
  • scant tsp. ground pepper
  • scant tsp. salt

Combine flour, baking powder, pepper, and salt; cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly. Add milk, stirring until dry ingredients are moist. Roll dough out on floured surface (I omitted the flour and used a sheet of waxed paper instead) until 1/8″ thick. Cut in 1″ strips, and then cut cross-wise into 1-1/2″ pieces. Add one dumpling at a time to CrockPot (so they won’t stick in clumps). Stir gently once all have been added. Cook for an additional 20 minutes.

Now, I like mine to be thicker/less soupy. If that’s the case for you as well, there’s a bit more to do before serving.

  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 5 T. cornstarch

Mix the cornstarch into the water until well-dissolved. Once it looks like milk, add it to the CrockPot. Pour very slowly, and stir constantly while doing so. Within 1-2 minutes, the soup will have thickened to a nice mixture. Serve with a big ol’ smile on your face!

Serves 8-12, depending on the size of your bowls.

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