On days I bake, I don’t like to cook and on days I cook, I don’t like to bake. I am always on the lookout for fast alternatives to meals that don’t need a lot of preparation. Today I tried Chicken and Dumplings by CrockPot.
“This is a traditional Chicken & Dumplings mix, with large chunks of chicken in a thick, creamy chicken gravy studded with carrots, onions and peas. Just before serving time, the stew is topped with dropped biscuit dough which is braised/steamed to create the dumpling. This mix makes 8 1-cup servings.”
- 1 pkg. seasoning mix (included)
- 1 pkg. vegetable mix (included)
- 1 pkg. dumpling mix (included)
- 4 cups chicken broth*
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 3½ lbs.)*
- 2 cups whole milk (divided)*
- 2 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into pea-sized pieces*
* not included in the package. You will need to provide these items.
- Place the seasoning mix in a Crock-Pot® slow cooker and then slowly whisk in the chicken broth. Add the chicken and cover and cook for 8 – 10 hours on low or 4 – 6 hours on high.
- Forty-five minutes before the end of the cooking time, remove the chicken and roughly shred into large chunks. Return to the Crock-Pot® slow cooker along with 1 1/3 cups of the milk and the vegetable packet. Stir to combine well.
- In a medium bowl, combine the dumpling mix with the butter pieces and remaining 2/3 cup milk. Stir with a spoon until just combined. Drop 6 – 8 portions of dough over the top of the stew, about 1/4″ apart. Cover and cook for 30 – 35 minutes, until the dumplings have doubled in size and are soft on the exterior, but cooked through.
- I used six boneless, skinless chicken thighs with a total weight of 1.5 pounds. I am a little confused by the recommendation to use 8 thighs for a total of 3.5 pounds. Those are some mighty big chickens! I would say to use as many thighs as you need to feed your family, up to 3.5 pounds total. There was plenty of room for more chicken in the pot. Six worked well for me and Michael with some extras for Tucker.
- The seasonings and vegetables mixes are very assertive in flavor. If you like a little more of a lighter touch I would suggest using half of each packet. The herb flavor definitely overpowered the chicken broth.
- The dumplings are the dense type of dumpling with a little crunch of cornmeal? If you are looking for a light, airy dumpling this isn’t it. Michael, the original Dough-Boy, loved the dumplings. He deemed the chicken and dumplings “da bomb.”
- I will definitely stock this product in my pantry, but may tweak it to make a soupier broth, less herb flavor, and lighter dumplings. That being said, we enjoyed this meal and, if I made it again exactly the same, we would enjoy it again. I just can’t change the recipe tweaker in me.