Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

This simple recipe for slow cooker chicken & dumplings will knock your family's socks off  – without you slaving away in the kitchen!

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings Recipe

Of all the recipes I've posted here on Passionate Penny Pincher, these Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings (and of course everyone's favorite Italian Beef) are consistently the ones people mention to me.  In fact, I notice folks searching for them almost daily on PPP. 

These are just so easy, and while I love to make these old fashioned homemade Chicken and Dumplings in this recipe here (so good too!), you can't beat these for a busy weeknight.

(You can also try out this Chicken & Dumpling Casserole  . . . can you tell we like some Chicken & Dumplings around here?) 😉


How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings


  • 1-2 pounds chicken breast
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 10 oz. can chicken broth
  • 1 can water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cans inexpensive biscuits cut in quarters


  1. Place chicken breast, soup, broth, water, salt, garlic powder, pepper & onion in crockpot.
  2. Cook on low six hours.
  3. Two hours before dinner time, add quartered biscuits to crockpot. Gently stir in biscuits so that they’re covered. (I used 1 and 1/2 of the two small cans of biscuits – enough to fill up the top of my crockpot. . .you can use any leftover biscuits to bake and enjoy with your meal!)
  4. Cook two more hours on low.
  5. Serve and enjoy!



If you’ve tried out a great slow cooker recipe I’d love the recipe. . . there are so many good ones, and since I’m planning to keep Mrs. Potts busy this month, I’d love to try out a few of your suggestions! Leave a comment to share your tips.  And if you're looking for more slow cooker recipes, here are several more in the series:




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  1. Hi Laurie! This recipe looks really good. Question–can I use already cooked, shredded chicken? Should I reduce the cooking time if I do that?

    • Hi Melissa! You could, but you would definitely reduce the cooking time. Maybe cook on low just 2-3 hours (that should be plenty), and then add in the dumplings and continue the recipe. Hope that helps (let me konw how it goes!) 🙂

  2. Do I cook the biscuits before puttin them in the crock pot?

  3. Just made these and they are delicious. Will definitely make them again and some of the other slow cooker recipes. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Excellent recipe! Easy to make. Family said its a keeper. Can’t wait to try your other slow cooker recipes.

  5. Oh, meant to say THANKS! 🙂

  6. Christina says

    Do I cook on low for 6 hrs, then add biscuits and cook for an additional 2 hrs for total of 8 hrs? Thanks Trying it now!

  7. Christina says

    How can you tell when this is done…biscuits browned? Thanks

    • They don’t really brown – they’re more dumplings (so kind of doughy like at Cracker Barrel?) You don’t want them “wet” on the inside, but they will be moist. Hope that helps! 🙂

  8. Have you ever subbed one cans of cream of chicken ? I have 1chicken broth & 1cream of chicken … To sub I have cream of celery or a golden mushroom??

  9. Would frozen dumplings work in lieu of the biscuits?

  10. I started this late…not realizing it had to cook 2 more hours after adding biscuits. Can I cook on high for less time?

    • Hi Nicole! Yes – turn it up to high and cook at least 40 minutes to maybe an hour – I did that the last time I made them b/c I was in a hurry too!

  11. Do you cut the chicken breasts in pieces or cook them whole? Also, dice the onions? Thanks!

  12. Samm Barnhart says

    Hi Laurie! Could you make homemade dumplings with dough and put in the crockpot instead of canned biscuits?

  13. Laura Behrens says

    Do you dice chicken before putting in crock pot or after? I'm thinking to put this on before work..therefore I'd start with whole,frozen chicken breast.

    • Hi Laura! Even with whole frozen chicken breast I think it will have plenty of time to cook – just pop them in the crock pot frozen and they should easily shred when you get home!

  14. Would it work with my own home made biscuits?

  15. I'm amazed! I think I make it cheaper! I do 1 10 oz. bag of any mixed vegies you like, 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup, 2 soup cans of water, 2 chicken breasts, cut up. Bring to a boil and then use 1c. bisquick mixed with 1/3 milk and drop by teaspoonfuls into boiling chicken mixture–boil for 10 minutes uncovered, then 10 minutes covered. Dinner in 30 minutes! (I add pepper, but not salt because the soup has enough) Just made it today!

  16. I’m on hour three after adding the biscuits and they are still so doughy and still look like raw biscuits?? They are beginning to “string” and come apart when I stir. I’ve turned the crockpot up to high to see if that helps. Help!

  17. Is that onion powder or chopped and how much?


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