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!
Servings 8 large servings (4 servings per bagged meal)
Calories 574 kcal
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 Calories: 574 kcal | Carbohydrates: 72 g | Protein: 32 g | Fat: 17 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Cholesterol: 148 mg | Sodium: 1671 mg | Potassium: 912 mg | Fiber: 7 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin A: 4765 IU | Vitamin C: 37.5 mg | Calcium: 107 mg | Iron: 6.9 mg