Oh, my... chicken pot pie. This stuff is delicious! If you love chicken pot pie from KFC or the frozen Marie Calendars...You'll LOVE this stuff. Our latest crock pot chicken pot pie creation has NO biscuits.
Don't get me wrong...I love the classic chicken pot pie made with biscuits. I've got recipes to make it in the slow cooker and in my cast iron both...BUT I wanted a change.
AND I was cruising the aisles at the grocery looking for ideas...or inspiration...whatever tag you want to put on it. I found these dumplings.
They may not look like much in the package but I figured the frozen egg noodles had worked out so well with the Crock Pot Beef & Noodles; it was worth a shot.
Boy, oh boy and I glad I tried it! This stuff rocks! When I was a kid I LOVED the frozen chicken pot pies. I was always excited when I could talk my Mama into buying me one. As an adult, I tried them again. Not that I can't make stuff from scratch or semi-scratch but life gets in your way sometimes and emergency meals are a Godsend at times.
Ugh. I was so disappointed. Either my taste buds had matured or quality had gone way downhill. Knowing the way things work, probably a little of both.
So then I found the Marie Calendar's (yeah, I'm talking several years ago, not recently) and thought "score"! Yep, except it took like 6 if them to feed my family. Delicious but way too steep for the budget. So I started making this
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie. It's delicious and goes together in a flash but it still wasn't the same.
So Here's My Happy Dance (Chicken Pot Pie Video)
Did I say I'm doing a happy dance? You betcha! 'Cause now I've found a way to make ANY kind of creamy, cheesy, deliciously yummy pot pie I want...anytime!!!
These dumplings are the key. And like I said before, they don't look like much in the package but boy, oh boy they are yummy once you cook 'em 🙂
Key Notes on Dumplings
Two things about these dumplings. This is just to save you time and frustration, 'cause it took me a couple rounds to get this recipe right. Hopefully, this will help you not become frustrated and have to toss out dinner.
- Check your dumplings about 6 hours in. If they are doughy, cook longer. Until you know how your crock pot is going to cook this dish, it'll be a bit of an experiment.
Why do you need to check your dumplings so often the first time you make this dish?
All crock pots cook differently. The time gap (aka 6 to 8 hours) means it all depends on your crockpot. Your crock pot isn't going to cook at the same speed mine does. They vary drastically with age and brand. Heck, I've got two of the same model and they don't cook at the same speed. It's just the nature of the beast.
2. Let them completely thaw before you attempt to separate and use them. For the love of your own sanity, please listen to me on this one. They do NOT come apart even partially frozen. Learn from my epic fail on this one, please...
Next time, I'll be adding more meat. I just happened to have 2 chicken breasts in the freezer when I did 14 Freezer Meals in less than 1 Hour and used them. The recipe as pictured shows two chicken breasts, the recipe as written calls for 3 to 4. That's the only change I'd make...
Oh, one last note. This WAS a freezer meal. And for some items, that means they separate. This sauce separated. It does NOT affect the taste or the end results. It recombines beautifully, but the prep pictures look a bit weird in places. As long as you can get past that little oddity, you'll get one of the yummiest crock pot chicken pot pies I've ever eaten 🙂
Give this recipe a shot, give us a shout out on the Facebook page and tell us how it worked for you. 'Cause it's just another one of those yummy recipes that'll totally rock your crock 😉
Step-by-Step Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie
Gather Your Ingredients...
Mix the soup, milk, broth and seasonings, toss in the chicken and dump the mixture in a freezer bag (do this part ONLY if you're making up a freezer meal).
Stack It Up, Tape, Label & Freeze...
Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before cooking.
Layer Your Ingredients...
Don't forget to check your dumplings. They're pretty gross if they are still doughy. They SHOULD be gooey a bit, but not doughy. You'll be able to taste the difference.
Pinnable & Printable Recipes for Our Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie...Enjoy!
Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into chunks
- 2 cans cream of chicken soup
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 16 ounce bag frozen stew veggies potatoes, carrots, onions & celery
- 1/2 16 ounce bag frozen peas and carrots
- 2/3 package frozen dumplings
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2-1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- Pepper to taste
- 2 cups shredded cheddar
- Spray or butter the crockpot insert
- In a separate bowl mix the soup, milk, broth and seasonings. Toss in the chicken chunks and stir.
- In the crockpot layer half of each ingredient in the following order: Vegetables, dumplings, chicken & sauce mixture, then the shredded cheese
- Repeat the layers then cover and cook on low for 5 to 8 hours