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instant pot with the raw ingredients for chicken stew in it and cold butter cubes on top

Chicken Stew with Dumplings in the Crock Pot

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 5 hours 20 min
  • Yield: Serves 6


Chicken Stew with Dumplings is a hearty slow cooker meal that is full of veggies, meaty chicken, and simple dumplings for a hearty meal!



For the Chicken Stew:

  • 1 cup small-dice carrots
  • ⅓ cup small-dice celery
  • ½ cup small-dice yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 5 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup frozen peas

For the Dumplings:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, minced
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Add carrots, celery, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and chicken broth in a slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and chicken broth. Add mixture to the slow cooker.
  3. Lay chicken thighs on top of vegetables and broth.
  4. Add rosemary, thyme, and butter on top of the chicken.
  5. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  6. Make the dumplings while the stew is cooking. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, rosemary, and thyme. Add milk and melted butter and stir until combined and a loose dough has formed. 
  7. When the stew finished cooking, remove chicken thighs. Shred chicken and add it back to the slow cooker.
  8. Stir in the heavy cream, milk, and peas to the slow cooker.
  9. Drop rounded tablespoons of the dumpling dough onto the stew, placing it evenly over the top. Cook the dumplings for an additional hour on high. 
  10. Serve hot.


  • The dumplings will look damp on the edges, but will be cooked all the way through on the inside.
  • This recipe is from my friend Alli’s new cookbook! You can purchase the full cookbook, Rustic Farmhouse Slow Cooker from this link. 
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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