Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
For a no-fuss version of comfort food, try crockpot chicken dumplings. Whether you prefer your dumplings soft and pillowy or noodle-like and thick, these easy recipes for crockpot chicken dumplings will take your cooking to a new level.
Intimidated by dumplings? Don't be! This slow cooker stew makes them easy. Two ingredients easy!
Practically all cultures have their own version of a dumpling. From Italian gnocchi to Asian potstickers to Indian samosas, dumplings are a universal comfort food, and many were invented as a way of stretching dishes to feed just a few more people or use up bits of leftovers. It's fair to say that chicken and dumplings is the American "dumpling" of choice. The dish is most commonly associated with Southern cooking, though history indicates the recipe may have actually originated with the Pennsylvania Dutch.
Adding dumplings to a slow cooker stew is a cinch when you use purchase gnocchi. These Italian dumplings blend beautifully with the chicken, parsnips, and sweet potatoes in the sage-seasoned broth.
In the 1950s, almost everyone's mother or grandmother knew how to make dumplings. Their popularity may have had to do with the way the feathery light, steamed or boiled dough balls helped to extend soups and stews. You could feed more people if you added dumplings to your stew, so they were common on American tables. Stretching your food dollars is still a good idea, but nowadays, dumplings are more likely to be enjoyed as the homey comfort food of a simpler time.