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Cheap and Easy Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Y’all will love these cheap and easy southern chicken and dumplings because they are so full of flavor. You can get the slow cooker started in the morning, add some biscuits in the evening, and have dinner ready in no time.

Cheap and Easy Southern Chicken and Dumplings that You Need To Try this Fall

Ya know, it’s funny. I wasted a lot of my time being a picky eater when I was a kid. In all truth, I’m still pretty picky, but not as bad as I was in my childhood.

I refused to eat chicken and dumplings. I mean, who does that? 

A few years ago, one of the ladies at church brought some chicken and dumplings for Vacation Bible School volunteers, and I was pretty hungry, so I ate it.

And it was good. Reaaallllly good.

My taste buds felt like they were having a party. Why in the world would I ever turn this stuff down?

Not long after, I was craving chicken and dumplings, but in all honesty, I was scared to make it.

As a kid, I remember my mom slaving over it. Well, not really, but it seemed like it. So, I had this idea in my head that it was going to be super hard to make. 

It wasn’t. At all. In fact, it’s one of the easiest meals to make. And to top it off, it was pretty cheap, too–a super budget-friendly meal. I love meals that are not only budget-friendly but filling. And it’s filling. 

If you’re like me and forget to thaw the chicken, don’t worry about it. You can still stick it in the Crock Pot frozen. Believe me, it will be done after a few hours. 

If you love southern recipes, give this southern peach cobbler a try.

What do I need to make chicken and dumplings?

  • Chicken breasts
  • Can of condensed cream of celery soup
  • Can of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • Chicken broth
  • Water
  • Onion (diced)
  • Frozen peas and carrots
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Buttermilk biscuits (or a homemade biscuit recipe)

Full recipe and instructions below.

I’ve bought chicken at Walmart and gotten a great deal on it. I also shop at a local grocery store that has a sale on chicken each week, so I buy it and freeze it. It’s a great way to save. 

Cheap and Easy Southern Chicken and Dumplings that You Need To Try this Fall

To cook the chicken and dumplings, add the chicken, broth, condensed soups, water, salt, pepper, and onions to the Crock Pot. Cook on medium or high for 6 to 8 hours, and add the biscuits at the end. 

I decided to save even more money this time and make my own biscuits. I have used Cooking Maniac’s Flaky Buttermilk Biscuit recipe quite a few times, and no matter what, it comes out awesomely delicious. 

One hour before the Crock Pot timer is set to go off, add the peas and carrots and the biscuit dough. I made up the biscuits and spooned pieces onto the top of the chicken and broth mixture. 

Cook another hour and it’s done. It’s that easy! 

The picture is a little dark, but you get the idea. I’m always amazed that the biscuits can cook in all the liquid. 

For more delicious recipes, give this slow cooker chicken and Spanish rice a try.

Cheap and Easy Southern Chicken and Dumplings that You Need To Try this Fall

Yum, yum, yum! And this meal is about $11 with all of the savings.

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Cheap and Easy Southern Chicken and Dumplings that You Need To Try this Fall

Check out the chicken and dumplings recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! This is a wonderful and filling dinner and I know you’ll  love it.

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Yield: 8 servings

Cheap and Easy Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Cheap and Easy Southern Chicken and Dumplings that You Need To Try this Fall

Y'all will love these cheap and easy southern chicken and dumplings because they are so full of flavor. You can get the slow cooker started in the morning, add some biscuits in the evening, and have dinner ready in no time. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1-10.5 oz. can of condensed cream of celery soup
  • 1-10.5 oz. can of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup onion (diced)
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can of 8 buttermilk biscuits (or a homemade biscuit recipe)

Instructions

    1. Add the chicken breasts to the Crock Pot.
    2. In a medium-sized bowl mix the condensed cream of celery soup, condensed cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, water, onion, salt, and pepper.
    3. Add to the Crock Pot and cover the chicken.
    4. Set the Crock Pot for 6 hours on medium high, or 8 hours on low.
    5. One hour before the timer goes off, shred the chicken with two forks. Add the peas and carrots.
    6. Add pieces of the biscuit dough.
    7. Cook for 1 more hour.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 1555mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 26g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Debi

Monday 21st of August 2017

Very Good! I used 3 bone in & skin on breast. I cooked for 3 1/2 hours. Took them out and shredded. I then put the veggie and biscuits in for 1 hour. I then put chicken back in for just a bit to heat it all up. Chicken was not dry and we loved this recipe.

Next time I am trying frozen biscuits.

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 29th of August 2017

Hi Debi! Somehow I missed this comment. Sorry about that. It's a really good and easy recipe. I love it, too! Let me know how the frozen biscuits work out and how long they take to cook. Thanks for sharing!

Kelly @ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

Pinned! What a perfect recipe for busy weeknights and for those cool fall evenings :) YUM!!!!! XOXO

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

Thanks, Kelly! I appreciate it! We had so much leftover, too! I can't wait for some cool evenings. :)

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