Thanks to the frigid temperatures, the crockpot is making its annual reappearance (and we couldn't be more thrilled). True to form, we're turning to Pinterest to find our go-to comfort food recipe of the season, and this crockpot chicken and dumplings recipe from Spend With Pennies definitely fits the bill.
"Chicken and dumplings are probably the ultimate comfort food," writes creator Holly on her blog. Her recipe calls for "tender, juicy shredded chicken and soft dumplings in a rich, creamy brothy gravy." What's more is that it takes no more than five minutes to prep. With over 146,000 repins on Pinterest and almost 500,000 shares directly from her blog, we have no doubt that this is one of the best crockpot recipes. Below we detail how to make it and share four more of the best crockpot recipes we're cozying up with this season.
Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings
Large onion, diced
Cream of celery soup
Cream of chicken soup
Black pepper to taste
Skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Low-sodium chicken broth
Frozen vegetables or peas and carrots, defrosted
Refrigerated biscuits (buttermilk, country, or homestyle)
Add onion to the crockpot and top with chicken breasts.
In a small bowl, combine cream of celery soup, cream of chicken soup, parsley, poultry seasoning, and pepper. Spread over chicken breasts. Top with chicken broth and cook on high for five hours.
Approximately one hour before serving (after four hours of cooking time), roll each biscuit thin and flat. Cut into four strips. Add vegetables to the slow cooker and stir. Add biscuit strips on top. Replace lid as quickly as possible.
For the full recipe, head over to Spend With Pennies.
Slow and Golden Lentil Soup With Coconut, Spinach, and Lime
"Once you measure up your spices and grab a few pantry staples, this soup is pretty much in the bag," says recipe creator Laura of The First Mess who assures that the lentils keep their shape in this recipe, despite the long cooking time. She runs a sweet potato and onion through a box grater "so that the wispy shreds slowly melt around the lentils, eventually forming the body of the soup."
Recipe creator Claire of The Kitchy Kitchen describes this chili as "intense, rich, and definitely spicy. Like very, very spicy." The comfort food staple boasts ingredients like jalapeño peppers, roasted tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce. Claire notes that it's also super easy to make and perfect for a crowd.
Slow-Cooker Sriracha Meatballs
"I honestly don't think I've ever been at a buffet table where I've not heard exclamations of delight at the mere sighting of a crockpot loaded with the little orbs of meaty bites," confesses Heidi of Foodie Crush. Whether you're serving up these flavorful slow-cooked pork meatballs as a party appetizer or making a meal for dinner, these tender bites are sure to be a hit.
Crockpot Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bolognese
Believe it or not, this delectable recipe calls for cooking the spaghetti squash right in the crockpot with the Bolognese sauce. "You literally just add everything to the crockpot, slow cook all day, and come home to an amazing dinner," admits Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "No boiling water, no turning on the oven, none of that."
This story was originally published on October 2, 2017, and has since been updated by Dacy Knight.