Slow Cooker Chicken and “Dumpling” Noodles

My great-grandmother made the most amazing “Thanksgiving noodles” in the world.

What are “Thanksgiving noodles?” 

They are kind of like chicken and dumplings, only the “dumplings” come in “noodle” form.  And the chicken is actually turkey. 

Make sense? Thinking smile

She made these noodles from scratch, and the recipe has been passed down from generation to generation.

I’ve watched my mom make these noodles for years, but I haven’t quite worked up the courage to make them myself.

The recipe below is not for my great-grandmother’s noodles.  That recipe will follow after Thanksgiving (when I can photograph my mom’s handiwork and take credit for it myself Winking smile).  But this recipe is my attempt to come close to the flavors I remember from my childhood. Red heart

Slow Cooker Chicken and “Dumpling” Noodles

Adapted from this recipe.

Serves 6

Ingredients: 001

  • 3 large, partially frozen chicken breasts (or use 4 medium chicken breasts)(Note: mine where partially frozen, but you could have them completely frozen or just out of the fridge!)
  • 2 (10 ¾ oz) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter (I used unsalted)
  • 1 stick celery (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (10 oz) package refrigerated biscuit dough
  • Flour


  • Salt and pepper chicken breasts.


  • Put chicken, chicken broth, condensed soup, butter, and whole celery stick in slow cooker. Refill the chicken broth can with water and pour water into the mixture. Set slow cooker to “low.”


  • Lightly flour countertop. One at a time, roll out biscuits with a rolling pin


  • Cut dough into thin strips (maybe ½ inch). Note: Make the strips thinner than you see in this picture.  Mine turned out a little too thick, so next time I’ll cut them thinner! Smile


  • Lay strips onto a clean, floured dish towel until ready to use (I let mine lay out for about 3 hours, but you could set them out for longer). Season noodles with salt and pepper.


  • After about 6 hours, take out chicken and shred. Add back to slow cooker.


  • Add noodles and stir to combine.


  • Let cook another 2 hours.
  • Remove celery stick. Season with more salt and pepper, as desired (don’t be afraid to be generous, especially with the pepper!).


  • Serve and enjoy!


This is true comfort in a bowl.  Simple, classic flavors that warm you from the inside out!


Brandon really seemed to love this recipe, and I think it was the perfect “cure” for his case of the sniffles! Winking smile

You need to make this because it’s just too easy and too delicious not to try.  And then come back after Thanksgiving so that you can see how the real deal is made. Thumbs up

Question for ya …

Favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

What foods do you like to eat when you have a cold?

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13 Responses to Slow Cooker Chicken and “Dumpling” Noodles

  1. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    my grandma used to make the BEST turkey dumpling soup every thanksgiving! this soup looks wonderful for a sick day!
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  2. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    This recipe looks awesome, Kristen! I love the idea of using refrigerated dough in the slow cooker to make dumplings. Now if only I can find a wheat-free premade dough… :D
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  3. Theresa

    I am saving this recipe right now for when I own a slow cooker eventually. i cant believe i dont own one by this point, i’m sure it would make cooking alot easier.

    i’m really excited to see the family recipe, it sounds delicious.

    favorite thanksgiving recipe is hands down, pumpkin pie. ok, and stuffing. I eat about 10 pounds of each that day :)

    i really love eating soups when I have a cold, i’m surprised that I havent been eating more of them with this crappy cold i’ve been battling this week :(
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    • notsodomesticated

      Girl you gotta get a slow cooker! I think mine was like $20 at Walmart haha! It’s the best!

  4. Andrea @ Andrea Out Loud!

    Oh that look so good!! I absolutly love dumplings (or anything “doughy” really!)
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  5. Sam

    i’m a mashed potatoes and stuffing kind of girl! yum.

    this recipe sounds so good. great comfort food for fall :)
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  6. Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats

    I think I know what you mean about Thanksgiving noodles. We just use egg noodles from the freezer section though. :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha Julie it’s so funny that you say that … my aunt uses the egg noodles, and my mom gets so mad and says, “it’s not the same!!” But I personally am fine with the ones from the freezer section. Homemade is better, but they can be a pain to make! ;)

  7. Kat

    ok this is so interesting!! and might I add mighty tasting looking!! my hubby has a thing for that dumpling soup at olive garden, so I bet he would love this one!
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    • notsodomesticated

      It’s very tasty … I’m sure he’d like it! And I like the soup at Olive Garden, too. Yum!

  8. Diana

    I made something very similar last night, except I used bisquick instead of refrigerator biscuits. Yum! My picky husband even loved it!

    My great-grandmother used to make chicken or turkey soup with home made noodles and I’ve never had the courage to make noodles form scratch either. Maybe I’ll try it after you post your great-grandmother’s recipe.

    • notsodomesticated

      Ooh I like the BIsquick idea, too!!

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