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Slow Cooker Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings

Just like chicken noodle soup and macaroni and cheese, there are dozens of ways to make chicken and dumplings, a classic comfort food in many households. The variation we made today includes a happy Southern twist, using cornbread biscuits instead of the traditional flour biscuit. And to make it even better, we made it in the slow cooker, so you won’t have to watch it on the stove for hours. Instead, let it cook while you’re at work and drop in the dumplings when you get home. In just 30 minutes, you’ll enjoy a tasty family meal at the dinner table.

Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings

Yield: Serves 6
Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen


  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 1 3/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 cans (10.75 oz. each) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) cans chicken broth
  • 1 package (6 oz.) cornbread mix
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon minced jalapeño
  • ⅓ cup water


  1. Place onion, carrots and celery in slow cooker crock. Top with thyme sprigs.
  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Sprinkle salt, pepper and poultry seasoning onto both sides of chicken. Place over vegetables in crock.
  3. Whisk together soups in a large bowl; pour over chicken and vegetables in crock.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 7 hours.
  5. Remove thyme stems. Remove chicken and shred with a fork. Return to crock and cover while preparing dumplings.
  6. Stir together cornbread mix, cheese, jalapeño, and 1/3 cup water in a medium bowl. Drop tablespoons of dough into mixture. Cover and cook on HIGH for 30 to 35 minutes longer or until dumplings are cooked through.
  7. Separate dumplings with a spoon and ladle into bowls. Sprinkle dumplings with additional Cheddar cheese, if desired.

For “one-pot” simplicity, nothing beats slow cooking. But when it comes to bringing hot meals to parties and potlucks, spills can be a concern. With the travel-friendly Set & Forget® Slow Cooker, messes aren’t an issue.

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