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slow cooker chicken and dumplings in white bowl with white and blue napkin

Freezer Meal: Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

This Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings satisfies all your cravings for comfort food without spending hours in the kitchen, it couldn't be easier or more delicious! Make a batch now and one for later, perfect for those busy nights or weekends!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 50 minutes
Servings 8 large servings (4 servings per bagged meal)
Calories 574kcal


  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 ½ cups mushrooms cut to bite size pieces
  • 1 ½ cups carrots peeled and cut to bite sized pieces
  • 1 ½ cups parsnips peeled and cut to bite size pieces
  • 1 ½ cups yellow onion cut to bite size pieces
  • 1 ½ cups corn I used frozen
  • 1 ½ cups peas I used frozen
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth (for later) used to make one meal
  • ½ cup heavy cream (for later) used to make one meal
  • 1 lb dried gnocchi (purchased at Target, 17.6 oz, for later) used to make one meal
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch (mixed with 2TBSP of water, for later (optional)) used to make one meal


  • Prepare 2 gallon size freezer bags by labeling and propping open
  • Cut chicken into bite sized chunks or leave whole and shred after cooking
  • Add 1 pound of chicken to each freezer bag
  • Add ½ of each vegetable, ¼ cup of flour, and half of each seasoning to each bag
  • Seal and remove all air and shake to coat flour on ingredients evenly
  • Place in fridge for up to 2 days or freezer for up to 6 months
  • To prepare as a meal thaw one freezer bag overnight
  • Place thawed contents in slow cooker along with with chicken broth
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8
  • Shred chicken if desired
  • Stir in cream, gnocchi and cornstarch mixture
  • Cover and continue heating on high for 15-30 minutes or until gnocchi is cooked tender and cream is heated through and sauce is to desired thickness


5 quart crockpot used.


Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 148mg | Sodium: 1671mg | Potassium: 912mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4765IU | Vitamin C: 37.5mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 6.9mg