Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Chicken and Dumplings (Crock Pot)

I used to love Sunday dinner at my Grandma Fair's house when the whole family would be gathered to enjoy some of my Grandma's good ol' fashioned comfort food!  The cousins would be scattered around the house with tv trays because there usually wasn't room for everyone around the big dinning room table, but no one seemed to mind, everyone just talked laughed ate and had a good time just enjoying being together!

Eating dinner together as a family is really important as you are raising kids.  It is a scheduled time where everyone sits down, relaxes, and shares the joy's and burdens of their day.  I know it is not always easy to gather a family around the dinner table together but John and I tried to do it for most of the time we were raising kids, and we are really glad we made the effort. Now our children are grown, but we still try to schedule "family dinner" times.  It is not always easy, but it is so worth it! 

Tonight is one of those nights that I think everyone will be home for dinner.  It has been really cold here in Michigan lately, and we have even broken records for the most snow recorded in January and even the coldest temps I think.  So tonight as we gather around the table to enjoy a Sunday night dinner together I wanted to make something warm and comforting as everyone comes in from the cold and I thought chicken and dumplings would be a perfect choice! It's not only is a classic comfort dish, but one I can remember enjoying around my Grandma's table. Even though this is not my Grandma's recipe, it turned out delicious, and I think everyone loved it!

Chicken and Dumplings
3 or 4 large chicken breasts
3 cups chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 TBS. butter
seasoning (I used Montreal chicken seasoning)
salt and pepper
dried parsley flakes
1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables (or bag of peas and carrots)
Bisquick mix

Directions:  Turn crock pot on high, and spray with non stick cooking spray, season with salt and pepper and seasoning blend of your choice (I used Montreal chicken seasoning).  Dot with butter, and pour chicken broth and cream of chicken soup over chicken. Sprinkle with parsley flakes.  Cover and cook on high 3 hours until chicken is cooked tender.  After 2 hours add the bag of frozen mixed vegetables.  When chicken and vegetables are done (about 3 hours), remove chicken pieces and cut into chunks and return to crock pot.  Mix dumplings according to package directions: 2 cups Bisquick mix with 2/3 cup water until soft dough forms.  Drop dough by spoonfuls onto top of hot liquid in crock pot. Press dough into liquid gently with back of spoon.  Cover and let cook on high for about 45 to 50 minutes more, until dumplings are cooked (dry in middle).

Place chicken in sprayed crock pot, season with salt and pepper
and seasoning mix, dot with butter.

Mix 3 cups chicken broth with cream of chicken soup, and parsley 

Pour broth/soup mixture over chicken in crock pot and 
cover and cook for 2 hours

Add 1 lb. bag of frozen mixed vegetables

Cover and cook about another hour until chicken is cooked and tender

Remove chicken from crock pot and cut into chunks and 
stir back into liquid in crock pot

Add 2 cups Bisquick and 2/3 cups water in a medium size bowl

Mix until a soft dough forms

Drop by spoonfuls on top of hot liquid in crock pot

Gently press dough with back of spoon into hot liquid

Cover and cook on high about another 45 to 50 minutes until the
dumplings are cooked (dry on the inside).  
Total cooking time is about 4 hours. 
Scoop dumplings out and serve with chicken and vegetable mixture over top.

Go ahead and make the effort, no matter what stage your family is in, make a point to sit down and enjoy dinner together... you will be glad you did!

It's Dinner Time!

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