Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday Morning Pick Me Up: Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

Who doesn’t love food?  You don’t have to be a foodie, but good food is good times.  A cool fall Monday morning is always made better when you know that there’s some delicious food waiting for you at home.  This is why I love my slow cooker.  Even on Monday nights, which are always crazy for my family with Girlie and Boyo’s simultaneous activities.  Yes, that’s right, they both have activities at the exact same time.  Thank goodness for supportive, involved grandparents!

Today’s pick me up isn’t a poem, it’s a recipe, along with another little glimpse into my life.  I love to cook.  I’m pretty good at it too, if you believe my family.  Now, I’m no food blogger, so you’re not going to get step by step pictures, but I’ll take you through my process.  Given that it’s a slow cooker, it’s pretty easy:

  1. Throw most of the ingredients in before work. Even before coffee. 
  2. Turn on the slow cooker.  
  3. Go to work. (And get coffee) 
  4. Come home.  
  5. Add the final ingredient.  
  6. Help the kids get changed for their sports.  
  7. Eat delicious food.

I realize that it takes 7 steps, but you have to admit, they’re pretty easy steps.  I have confidence that you can handle them.  Feel free to adjust the steps where I go do other stuff while the food cooks to whatever activity you prefer.  You could go shopping instead of going to work, binge something on Netflix, or watch an afternoon of football. It’s your call.  Basically, go do something for a few hours the first time, then go do something for about a half an hour after the final ingredient goes in.  I trust you to find something worthwhile.

This recipe is very forgiving.  Sometimes I add other veggies.  Over the summer I like to use a dozen ears of fresh local corn.  I’ve got the basics below, but please tweak it as you see fit, and if you create a masterpiece, let us know what you did differently!  I’d love to make a new and improved version of a family favorite.

Chicken & Dumplings
-4 Chicken Breasts
-2 15 oz cans Cream of Chicken Soup
-2 15 oz cans Chicken Broth (or water)
-1 15 oz can Creamed Corn
-1 15 oz can Sweet Corn
-1 tube refrigerated ready to bake biscuits/rolls

  1. Place all canned ingredients in slow cooker & stir until combined.
  2. Place chicken breasts on top of mixture
  3. Turn slow cooker on, cook on low for about 8 hours or high for about 4 hours
  4. Mix all ingredients, shredding the cooked chicken
  5. Shape biscuit/roll dough into half inch balls, toss into slow cooker and mix.  
  6. Cover & cook for another 30 mins on high, stirring once or twice.
  7. Serve and enjoy!  Watch out, it’s hot.

Chicken and Dumplings - This recipe is da bomb!!! :D  Tastes just like Mom used to make only much quicker and easier!!! I have actually made these and they are soooooo good!!! The Ultimate Comfort Food!
(Another option, but I'd add corn to this.)

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