Review of Sam's Choice Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings

by StevenHelmer

I purchased this product the other day and made it for dinner Friday night. Read to find out what I thought of it.

Product Description: Frozen chicken and dumplings slow cooker dinner from the Sam's Choice brand, prepared by adding hot water to the contents in the bag and cooking in a crock pot. I purchased this product last week at our local Wal-mart for $9.99 and cooked it as a dinner-for-two for my wife and me Friday night.


I actually do very little grocery shopping at our local Wal-mart, mostly because it is a bit out of the way and I can't shop there in the mornings (my favorite time for grocery shopping) without being late for work.

However, I had to make a trip there last week because I needed some garden supplies and, while there, I did stop in the grocery section in search of something for dinner. I ended up buying a package of Sam's Choice Slow Cooker Chicken & Dumplings for $9.99.

This product as actually more expensive than I was looking to spend. But, my wife actually had Friday night off for a change and I figured this would be a somewhat unique dinner-for-two for the two of us without having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. as it turns out, this product was OK. But, I'm not sure it was worth the money.

Sam's Choice Chicken & Dumplings
Sam's Choice Chicken & Dumplings
Photo by Steven Helmer

As far as dinner preparation goes, I had no complaints. All I had to do was empty the contents of the bag into our slow cooker, add some hot water and cook on low for about 6 hours. As a result, I was able to do the prep work while I was home for lunch and this was ready to be eaten by dinner time.

I'll also say the frozen chicken and dumplings proved to be thicker than expected. Usually, I purchase something like this and it turns out to be very watery. That was not the case this time, mostly because of some of the larger pieces of chicken in it, I think.

My biggest problem with this product was the price. I probably could have lived with the $9.99 price tag if the package had this product offered a bit more in terms of overall quality. However, while the chicken and dumplings, admittedly, exceeded my expectations, it was pretty obvious this was a frozen, pre-processed dinner and not homemade.

The overall quantity was also lacking. My kids had actually had dinner a little earlier in the evening so I only had to worry about feeding my wife and myself. While this did prove to be enough for two of us, that was only because we also had a salad to go with it. It was definitely not a product I would buy as a family dinner because I would need to buy two packages. And, if I'm going to spend $20 on a frozen dinner, I might as well just take my family out to eat.

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Final Opinion

It's an OK frozen dinner and was easy to make. However, I don't think I would purchase this product again unless it came down in price by at least a couple dollars.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 04/25/2016, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/17/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for product lines, pretty pictures and practical information.
It's disappointing to find out that such attractive packaging contains something not equally attractive in servings and taste.

Was the salad a more rewarding culinary experience for you all?

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