Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings is an amazingly easy crock pot recipe! It’s a warm, cozy chicken soup made with simple ingredients and a few shortcuts!

Looking for more Crockpot Chicken Recipes? Try my Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie or my Crock BBQ Pulled Chicken!

A bowl of slow cooker chicken and dumplings with shredded chicken

It’s that time of the year where I feel like my Slow Cooker is on permanent rotation! Of course I use it all year round, but when the kids go back to school in the fall is when my Crock Pot really gets a work out. And today’s recipe is one I know you will be making all year long!

Easy Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings is a Family Favorite!

I’ll be the first to admit this recipe definitely uses some shortcuts, but I won’t apologize for them! I have made Chicken and Dumplings from scratch TONS of times, and it’s fantastic, but there is also a place in my life for time savers on busy nights. And since my family loves this version of classic chicken and dumplings so much I thought I would share it with you too!

Creamy Chicken and Dumplings made in a Crock Pot

Crockpot Recipes Are Time Savers!

Not only is this recipe delicious, the prep time is super quick! Slow Cookers can really come in handy when you know you won’t have a lot of time to get dinner on the table in the evening. And with this chicken and dumplings recipe you really only need a few everyday ingredients.

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How Do You Make Chicken and Dumplings in the Slow Cooker?

This is truly an easy chicken recipe from start to finish. There are just a few quick steps you need to do before you turn your slow cooker on.

What Kind of Chicken Do You Use?

I use boneless, skinless, chicken breasts in this recipe. They are lean and shred beautifully after being slow cooked.

You certainly COULD use boneless chicken thighs as well, but they typically have more fat to trim, and this recipe really doesn’t need additional fat to make it delicious. But yes, you could use them if you wanted!

And yes, of course you could use bone-in chicken and then pull the meat from the bone…but why would you want to? ha!

Why Does the Recipe Say To Microwave the Onions?

Ok, so the first step in my recipe is to microwave diced onions. You CAN skip this if you really want to, but I just like to get the onions cooking a little bit…soften them up…before placing them in the slow cooker.

Onions don’t always soften up in the slow cooker, and I really, REALLY dislike crunchy onions in soups and stews. So cooking them in the microwave gets the process started. It’s a lot like if you were to sauté them…it just gets that crunch gone!

Do You Have To Use Canned Biscuits?

You can absolutely make your own homemade biscuit dough and use that in this recipe. I just like using canned biscuits in this recipe because it’s a time saver!

What Vegetables Do You Use in Chicken and Dumplings?

I like the combo of peas and carrots in my chicken and dumplings, but you can honestly use just about any type of veggies you prefer!

A bowl of chicken and dumplings with peas and carrots

Do You Have To Use Condensed Soup In This Recipe?

For this recipe I believe that you condensed soup is the best option, as they hold up and keep their consistency well in the heat. Dairy can curdle and separate in the slow cooker, and you want this to be as creamy as possible.

You can absolutely use low-sodium condensed soup if are trying to watch your sodium intake!

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Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield Yield: serves 6 1x
  • Category Category: Soup
  • Method Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dinner


This easy slow cooker chicken and dumplings recipe is quick to prep and the perfect comfort food for busy evenings!



  • 3/4 cup diced yellow onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 (10.75- ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots (alternately 1 cup of each)
  • 1 (16- ounce) can buttermilk biscuits


  1. Place the diced onions in a medium microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 1 minute. Stir and heat for another 30 seconds, or until the onions are softened and slightly translucent.
  2. Place the onions in the bottom of your slow cooker. Arrange the chicken breasts on top of the onions.
  3. Sprinkle with pepper and thyme.
  4. Spread the 2 cans of condensed chicken soup evenly on top of the chicken and add in the chicken broth and garlic.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until the chicken is tender.
  6. Using two forks, shred the chicken in the slow cooker and stir in the frozen peas and carrots. Alternately you can remove the chicken to shred and place it back in.
  7. Tear or cut the biscuits into 1- inch pieces and drop into the slow cooker.
  8. When all the biscuits are added, stir to coat them evenly in the soup mixture, making sure they are all pressed into the liquid.
  9. Replace the lid and cook for 1 more hour, or until the biscuits are cooked through, stirring once halfway through. Serve warm.


Store airtight for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. If you prefer a more soup texture, as opposed to thick stew add in 1/2 – 3/4 cup more chicken broth.

Nutrition Information:

1.9 g
578.6 mg
6.9 g
18.9 g
40.8 g
114.9 mg

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October 9, 2021 12:30 am


Morgan R McCormick
December 16, 2020 2:59 am

This recipe turned out SOOO good! It is now a favorite in my house and even though I just made it I already want to do it again! Thank you so much for the recipe. ❤❤❤

I would double the recipe because 4 of us cleaned it out so quickly there was no room for anyone to have seconds. We will be having tbis again soon!

December 11, 2020 5:31 pm

Biscuits have been cooking on high for over an hour now, I made sure they were saturated in liquid like instructions but they are still like dough???

March 6, 2021 9:38 pm
Reply to  Nicole

I had the exact same thing. slow cooker on high for 90 min after biscuits and they were still totally raw. Left on high another 90 min and it was only marginally better. Guessing “high” on my crock is just not hot enough. Will try recipe again using a Dutch oven in the oven so I can crank up the temp.

Jamie Bragg
May 26, 2021 8:17 pm
Reply to  Nicole

Same issue. Just had to send the hubby to Subway for last minute dinner as we cant keep waiting with school tomorrow. 🙁

July 16, 2021 8:50 am
Reply to  Nicole

I just had a similar issue. I was wondering if the temp of the frozen peas and carrots brought the temp down too much and that’s why the biscuits didn’t adequately cook. Otherwise, I loved the recipe. But next time I’m going to make sure it’s really hot before adding the biscuits. Also I don’t know if the shape of the slow cooker makes a difference but hers looks more spread out because it’s oval and mine is round so everything is more stacked.

December 9, 2020 5:50 pm

Is it normal for the biscuits to shred instead of staying in one piece?

November 22, 2020 10:29 am

What would your recommendation be for timing if the chicken is already cooked and shredded?

November 18, 2020 4:05 pm

So I love this recipe – it’s always a huge hit – and I love Shelly’s version. I have done this a little bit differently and it always comes out consistently good. I dice about 2.5 lbs of raw chicken thighs and breasts. For me – the dark meat makes a huge difference. I season the chicken chunks with Bell’s Chicken Seasoning, salt, and pepper, and then dice chunks of carrots and celery to add to the onion and place the chicken over that. I cover it with the cream of chicken soup – then out the other half of… Read more »

November 4, 2020 3:56 pm

So what’s the conclusion in the biscuits? 1 1/2 hr?

Debora Phelps
October 30, 2020 1:04 pm

Do I turn it down for the biscuits?

April 14, 2020 2:21 am

Can I use frozen chicken?

September 17, 2020 9:21 pm
Reply to  Jessica

I used frozen chicken breast and just added about 30-40 min to the initial cook time before shredding. Turned out tender and delicious!

February 20, 2020 12:00 am

This recipe tastes super good, I could’ve just shredded the chicken and put the sauce and chicken over rice , however, after adding in the biscuit pieces for the dumplings. I cooked for an hr like it said, but when I stir it and started to serve, the biscuits didn’t really turn to dumplings they just fell apart into mush. What did I do wrong? I did turn it back on high to cook for an hr. Should I have left it on warm or low? When my crockpot reaches the desired cooking time that I set it for it… Read more »

March 30, 2020 7:47 pm
Reply to  Micah

This happened to me to! I would love to know why because it was very good otherwise.

June 11, 2020 11:03 am
Reply to  Micah

I just made it last weekend and had left my crock pot on high for about 30-40 minutes longer than the recipe said. Biscuits were cooked although my wife wants to make her own dumplings when we do it again.

October 30, 2020 9:00 pm
Reply to  Micah

Same thing happened here :/

Susan Choquette
November 5, 2021 9:06 am
Reply to  Micah

Make your dumplings with the bisquick recipe always comes out great.

October 17, 2019 1:34 pm

Can you freeze this?

October 16, 2019 7:30 pm

This was so good! My entire family loved it. Thank you for the recipe!

Heather Myers
October 2, 2019 1:10 pm

Yum!! Can’t wait to make this….If I wanted to use a rotisserie chicken…when would you add that??

September 30, 2019 3:06 pm

Just realized this recipe says it was made in a six-quart slow cooker; I checked, mine apparently is a two-quart: Do you just divide all the ingredients by three?

October 1, 2019 11:51 am
Reply to  Shelly

Again, super glad I asked! And thank you, again!

September 30, 2019 1:19 pm

This looks amazing, someone gave me a slow cooker about four years ago and I’ve never used it, I am contemplating trying this. However, as an idiot, I truly do not understand this part: the instructions say to place the chicken in, pour all the gunk over it, cook, and then….. next part is to “shred the chicken”? If it is already in there with all that other stuff, are you saying dig out the pieces of chicken and….. take a knife & fork and cut them up into small pieces, then pour them back in the soup? Couldn’t I… Read more »

September 30, 2019 2:16 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Thank you, Shelly, appreciate it!!

September 30, 2019 6:13 pm
Reply to  gg

I prefer to cook on low, so what would be the time adjustments? Thanks, I can’t wait to try it!

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