Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cooking Attempt: Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Hamilton Beach 33967 Set 'n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow CookerI have to be honest.  I am not the world's greatest cook.  I also am not very motivated to remedy that problem.



If I see a recipe with too many steps or ingredients I do not even attempt it.  Time is also a factor.  If it takes more than 5-15 minutes to prepare I will probably not do it.  My stove and oven are rarely used.  If microwaves didn't exist I would probably starve to death!  I am always on the quest to find truly quick and easy recipes.  I have bought countless "easy" recipe books or few ingredient books.  I always browse through the recipes only to find 30 minute prep time and ingredients I have never even heard of.  I also do not want to spend hours wandering around grocery store aisles searching for an ingredient without having any clue what section it might be in.  Is it a fruit or a type of bread?  Maybe a spice?

Yesterday I made Chicken and Dumplings in the Crock Pot.  It was so easy.  Chicken and Dumplings is my husband's favorite meal but he is used to his grandmother's exemplary cooking.  I am not such an talented cook.  I have been known to burn and under cook the same dish.  In fact I think one of the meals I managed to destroy in such fashion was my first attempt at Chicken and Dumplings.  Needless to say I have avoided attempting it again at all costs.  A friend of mine however encouraged me to give the Crock Pot version a try.  I was a bit skeptical since my husband has been spoiled by his grandmother's version.  I finally decided that maybe he would appreciate the attempt even if it was not an outstanding success.  

This is how I made it.  I took a family sized can of Cream of Chicken soup and dumped it in the Crock Pot.  Then I added a large pack of chicken tenders.  I did not cut them up or anything.  I added a little water to cover the chicken. Then I turned the Crock Pot on high for 6 hours.  After about 4 hours I took a fork and knife and cut up the chicken in the Crock Pot.  Then about 1/2 hour before it was done I added 4 cans of biscuit dough.  I just bought the four pack and added all of it pinching off small pieces.  Next time I think I will dump in a bag of frozen peas and a bag of baby carrots.

That was it.  The hardest part was remembering to time it 6 hours before dinner time.  It was a great success.  My husband loved it and the kids actually ate it!!!  It made a huge pot and between dinner last night and leftovers for lunch today it is almost all gone.

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