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Comforting & Easy Chicken & Dumplings

Yes it’s possible to make uber soul-satisfying chicken and dumplings for a weeknight dinner with little effort – even if you’ve never made dumplings before. Couldn’t be easier in a slow cooker. While you can use low-fat soup, it is better with regular.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 min



1 whole chicken
6 to 8 bone-in skinless chicken pieces
10 oz can cream of chicken soup
1 ½ tsp poultry seasoning
1 large onion
1 cup baby carrots


1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp dried leaf thyme or rosemary
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp cold butter
½ to 2/3 cup (125 to 180 mL) milk

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. If using a whole chicken, remove skin. Then remove backbone and save for soup. Cut legs into drumsticks and thighs. Slice breasts into a total of 4 pieces. If using thighs, leave whole.

  2. Turn slow cooker to high and add soup and poultry seasonings. Stir to evenly mix. Then chop onion and add with carrots. Stir until coated with soup. Place chicken pieces on top, bone-side up. Press into the soup mixture. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.

  3. After chicken has cooked 3 hours, continue to cook on high while you prepare dumplings. In a large bowl, stir flour with baking powder, thyme and salt. Coarsely grate in butter, then gently stir it in. Gradually stir in ½ cup (125 mL) milk. Dough should be very moist. If some areas are still dry, stir in more milk, a tablespoon (15 mL) at a time.

  4. Stir chicken and vegetables, making sure you turn the chicken pieces. Drop rounded large spoonfuls of dough on top of creamy mixture, leaving as much space between them as you can. It will make 8 to 9 dumplings. Do not push them into the sauce. They should be about half submerged. Cover and continue cooking 15 minutes. Do not lift the lid during this time. Serve in wide bowls, sprinkled with parsley if you like.

Nutrition Info

Per serving Amount
Protein53 g
Fat19 g
Saturated Fat7 g
Carbohydrate37 g
Fibre2 g
Sugar5 g
Cholesterol174 mg
Sodium1456 mg
Per serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A48
Vitamin C13
Vitamin B647
Vitamin B1231