The cooler weather makes me crave comfort food and recipes that are made in the crock-pot. I had been wanting to make Chicken N’ Dumplings for the longest time and when our lovely Jessica told me she had made it I needed to immediately. We followed the recipe of our favorite food blog How Sweet it is. It turned out delicious, the dumplings where both thick and fluffy at the same time. Chicken N’ Dumplings is a pretty bland dish, so I added a little hot sauce to my serving to spice it up, my husband’s idea.
So simple and so good.
1 sweet onion, diced
1 cup chopped carrots- I didn’t have carrots so I left them out,
2 garlic cloves, minced
2.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon flour
56 ounces low-sodium chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup half and half
1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup milk (whole, 2% or 1%)
In the bottom of your crockpot, layer onions, carrots and garlic. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper then lay them on top.
Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once sizzling, whisk in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes to create a roux, until it’s golden in color. Add in 2 cups of chicken stock and mix well, bringing to a boil. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring, then remove from heat and pour over the chicken and vegetables. Add remaining chicken stock, put the lid on and cook on low for 6 hours. **I cooked it on high for 3-4 hours, just watch the chicken you want it to pull apart easy.
After 6 hours, turn the crockpot heat onto high. Using forks or kitchen tongs, lightly shred the chicken breasts. (This should be easy since they have cooked so long.) Stir half and half into the crockpot, then recover while you make the dumplings. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper. Crumble in butter with your fingers and rub into the flour until evenly dispersed and coarse crumbs form. Add in milk, stirring well just until a sticky dough forms. Use a tablespoon measure and add small scoops of the dough into the crockpot, starting by placing them around the outside first, then the inside. Cover and cook for another 1-1.5 hours, until dumplings are cooked but soft and not longer raw in the middle. Taste and season additionally if desired.