3-Dish Chicken

Susan Feliciano


This chicken should be good for 3 different meals if your family is not too big. It's how I make chicken stock, too, which is always good to have on hand.

1 - Chicken and dumplings
2 - Chicken Pot Pie
3 - Chicken Salad

Be sure to use the largest chicken that your crock pot will hold. Mine holds about 4 1/2 pounds.

Of course, if your family is big and/or really hungry, you can just serve the whole chicken with dumplings or biscuits.


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
8 Hr


  • 1 (4-5) lb
    chicken, whole or cut up
  • 1 small
    onion, sliced
  • 3 large
    cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 stick
    celery with tops, roughly chopped
  • 2
    carrots, peeled and sliced into large pieces
  • 10
    black whole peppercorns
  • several
    sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ·
    water to come part way up sides of crockpot
  • ·
    salt (optional)

How to Make 3-Dish Chicken


  1. Prepare your chicken as if for roasting - push wings to back and tie legs together if desired. Be sure to remove giblets first. May be cooked with giblets in the water if stronger flavor is desired. Place chicken in crockpot set to high power.
  2. Push the prepared vegetables and seasonings down around and under chicken wherever they will fit. I leave a few slices of onion on top of the chicken. Add water so it comes about half or 2/3 of the way up the sides of the crockpot. The chicken releases more liquid as it cooks and you don't want it to overlfow.
  3. Cook on high for 1-2 hours, then switch to low power and cook 6-7 more hours. When done, remove chicken, cool, and pull meat off bones. Strain the stock.
  4. 1 - for chicken and dumplings, use about 1/2 the stock and 1/3 of the chicken and a little salt if necessary. Use any biscuit or dumpling recipe. Heat chicken and stock in a large pot to a slow boil, drop dumplings into boiling stew, cover and cook 15 minutes or until dumplings are thick and cooked through.
  5. 2 - for chicken pot pie, use about 1/3 of the chicken and place in an unbaked 9" pie crust. Add mixed vegetables, salt and pepper, and gravy (made with your chicken stock) or cream of chicken soup. Cover with vented top pie crust or biscuit dough, and bake at 375° about 35-40 minutes, or until piecrust is done.
  6. 3 - for chicken salad, use remaining chicken meat chopped fine. Mix in 1/4 cup chopped celery, some chopped green onions, chopped almonds or pecans, and grapes or raisins if you like. Stir in mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste. Chill and serve cold.
  7. I posted this mainly for those who wanted to know what I use to season my stock. I do not put salt in my stock, because it gives me the option later on to salt a dish to my liking, as each of the 3 dishes presented here would be seasoned differently. The FRESH rosemary is what makes the difference, in my opinion.

Printable Recipe Card

About 3-Dish Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken

Show 8 Comments & Reviews

Five Ways to Cook Potatoes

Five Ways to Cook Potatoes

Potatoes are a popular side dish in my house because they’re inexpensive and can be made in a variety of ways. A baked potato with butter, sour cream, and a bit of bacon makes my mouth water. Did you know there are thousands of varieties of potatoes? But, not all are equal and there are […]

18 Recipes for Roasted Fall Vegetables

18 Recipes for Roasted Fall Vegetables

Brussels sprouts and potatoes and butternut squash – oh my! These roasted vegetable recipes are everything you need for the perfect fall side dish. Easy, healthy and flavorful, you’ll use produce that’s in season to make these tasty dishes. From garlic to balsamic to apples, the tasty additions to these roasted fall vegetables are winners!

17 Sweet and Savory Butternut Squash Recipes

17 Sweet and Savory Butternut Squash Recipes

All hail fall’s favorite veggie – butternut squash! Well, technically it’s a fruit because of its seeds but most treat it a vegetable. Come cooler weather this sweet and nutty winter squash first makes an appearance on our produce shelves. Super versatile, butternut squash can be stuffed for a main meal, incorporated into a quick […]