Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS



We're deep in winter and you're probably thinking "Man, she loves comfort food and her Crock-Pot." Yep. It's all that gets me through the week sometimes. I can't remember where I found this recipe, but I make it so much I want to preserve it on my blog so I can find it easily. I don't make the dumplings anymore because they seem to take forever to bake. Instead, I bake frozen or from-scratch biscuits and serve this stew atop them.
 
SLOW COOKER CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch pieces 
2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups) I get mine from Davis Bros. Farm.
2 cups whole baby carrots
2 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup)
2 10 3/4 ounce can  Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Regular or 98% Fat Free) 
1 cup water 
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed 
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups all-purpose baking mix 
2/3 cup milk
  1. Place the chicken, potatoes, carrots and celery into a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Stir the soup, water, thyme and black pepper in a small bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the chicken and vegetables.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours* or until the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Stir the baking mix and milk in a medium bowl. Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto the chicken mixture. Increase the heat to HIGH. Tilt the lid to vent and cook for 30 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked in the center. *Or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.
Serve with spinach salad; baby spinach leaves topped with orange sections, dried cranberries and raspberry vinaigrette.

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