Venango County Recipe of the Day: Slow-Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

| October 5, 2022

Venango County Recipe of the Day: Slow-Cooker Chicken & Dumplings – Sponsored by Top Tier Federal Credit Union.

Here’s a homey dish that people just can’t wait to dive into!


6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 celery ribs, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth, divided
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme


2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons melted butter


-Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker.

-In the same skillet, cook celery, carrots, and onion until tender, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic, tomato paste, and remaining salt and pepper; cook for 1 minute. Stir in flour; cook 1 minute longer. Whisk in 2 cups chicken broth; cook and stir until thickened. Transfer to slow cooker. Stir in bay leaves, thyme, and remaining chicken broth.

-For dumplings, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in milk and butter to form a thick batter. Drop by 1/4 cup over the chicken mixture. Cook, covered, on low until bubbly and dumplings are set, 6-8 hours. Discard bay leaves. Remove insert and let stand, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

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