I wanted to share this easy and yummy recipe. Since we finally had our first snowstorm this winter in northeastern Massachusetts, I thought some good, warm comfort food would be fitting.
I’m always on the look-out for a good slow-cooker recipe. I don’t know about you, but I find it a bit of a challenge to find a healthy meal made from the slow-cooker. Before finding this recipe I made a similar one that calls for a can of cream of chicken soup and Pillsbury Grands. It definitely tasted good, but not the healthiest meal in the world. And whenever my oldest ate it his lips would get puffy and tingly – that can’t be good.
So I set out to find a chicken & dumpling recipe for the slow-cooker that was a bit healthier and didn’t use any condensed soup. And this is what I found on food.com.
1 potato , peeled and chopped
2 carrots , chopped
1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs , cut into 2 inch pieces
1 (9 ounce) package frozen baby peas
1 ½ cups baking mix
½ cup milk
1. In a 3-4 quart crock pot, mix potato and carrots.
2. In medium bowl, combine chicken broth, flour and spices and blend well until smooth.
3. Pour over vegetables in crock pot.
4. Add chicken.
5. Cover crock pot.
6. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours until chicken is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center.
7. Add peas and cover again.
8. Cook on HIGH for 20 minutes until peas are hot.
9. In small bowl, combine baking mix and milk and mix just until combined.
10. Do not over mix.
11. Drop by tablespoons onto hot chicken mixture in crock pot.
12. Cover and cook on HIGH for 20-25 minutes until dumplings are cooked through, are fluffy, and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Personally I think it could use a bit more liquid and will adjust for that next time I make it. Also, I used the Heart Smart Bisquick for the baking mix. Next time I think I’ll try a homemade biscuit mix instead. I also used chicken breasts instead of thighs.
Normally this would make me a little nuts – paint can cover – supper cooking right next to it. However, in this situation it means stuff is getting done!
Note: This meal scored a 2 out of 3 on the cherub meter. But I must note that the one cherub dismissed it before even tasting it (not uncommon). I got her to try it and she ate 3 bites on her own free will. I do think this meal has the potential to become a 3 out of 3!
I’d love to hear about your healthy slow cooker recipes.