If there’s something you need to try for a filling supper this Fall, it’s cheap and easy southern chicken and dumplings. Oh, baby.
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. Beyond 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.
Full recipe and instructions below.
I bought some chicken at Walmart and got a great deal. I paid $1.99 a pound, which is a great deal. If you plan ahead, you can get chicken from Zaycon Fresh, freeze it, and save a ton of money, too.
Zaycon Fresh is like your local co-op, but online. Here’s how it works:
- You order online, for a super low price (as of this post, they are $1.99 a pound, and they always have coupons for more savings if you sign up for their emails).
- The chicken comes frozen and pre-packaged. They come as a 40-pound package.
- You order online and select a pickup date and location. When the time comes to pick up the chicken you don’t even have to get out of the car (which is great if you don’t want to get kids in and out of the car). The delivery person will open your trunk and place the package inside.
- If you’re budgeting or trying to save money, you can actually help out at the delivery and get a really good discount on your meats the next go around. That’s what I call a savings!
- The chicken comes direct from the processing farm, so it’s fresher than ever!
- You can click here to sign up and check out their deals. They also sell ground beef, shrimp, and so much more.
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.
Yum, yum, yum! And this meal is about $11 with all of the savings.
Grab the recipe below. Be sure to let me know how yours turns out. I’d love to hear from you.
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- 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)
- Add the chicken breasts to the Crock Pot.
- In a medium-sized bowl mix the condensed cream of celery soup, condensed cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, water, onion, salt, and pepper.
- Add to the Crock Pot and cover the chicken.
- Set the Crock Pot for 6 hours on medium high, or 8 hours on low.
- One hour before the timer goes off, shred the chicken with two forks. Add the peas and carrots.
- Add pieces of the biscuit dough.
- Cook for 1 more hour.