Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

This Slow Cooker Chicken Stew is the perfect meal to warm you up this fall. Bonus, it cooks in the slow cooker all day, and is ready just when you need it on a busy weeknight.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew - a rich and hearty crockpot meal that is the perfect comfort food for a cold night.

Soups are my absolute favorite way to warm on cold fall or winter’s night. We don’t get many of them here in Southern California, but when we do, soups are my go-to. There’s nothing like a big heaping bowl of steaming hot soup, with tender vegetables and meat in a savory broth.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew - a rich and hearty crockpot meal that is the perfect comfort food for a cold night.

Soup recipes transfer really easily from stove-top to slow cooker, too. Need it quick? Cook it on the stove. Planning ahead? Throw the ingredients in your slow cooker. Easy peasy.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew - a rich and hearty crockpot meal that is the perfect comfort food for a cold night. Slow Cooker Chicken Stew - a rich and hearty crockpot meal that is the perfect comfort food for a cold night.

Chicken Stew is basically my favorite chicken soup recipe with the pasta swapped out for potatoes and a little cornstarch slurry to thicken it up, making it super rich and hearty. This soup recipe has lots of veggies, and you could change those up, too, based on your personal tastes or what’s in your fridge.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew - a rich and hearty crockpot meal that is the perfect comfort food for a cold night.

I don’t often use chicken thighs, but I really like them in this chicken stew. Because they have more fat than the super lean chicken breasts, they can stand up to the longer slow cooker time without drying out. The potatoes can take a long time to cook, so this makes thighs the perfect choice. Plus they have a richer flavor and texture for a more luxurious feel.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew - a rich and hearty crockpot meal that is the perfect comfort food for a cold night.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew - a rich and hearty crockpot meal that is the perfect comfort food for a cold night.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

Made with chicken thighs and loaded with veggies in a flavorful broth, this Slow Cooker Chicken Stew is the perfect meal for a cold night.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 456kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 Celery Stalks, sliced slices into 1" pieces
  • 3 Large Carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Small yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 15 ounce Canned diced tomatoes
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt more or less to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper more or less to taste
  • 2 cups Low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato paste
  • 3 pounds Boneless skinless chicken thighs about 6-8 thighs
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh chopped parsley

Instructions
 

  • Place the vegetables in the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker. Pour in the chicken broth, then add the Italian seasoning, bay leaf, salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper and add the tomato paste.
  • Sprinkle chicken with a little salt and pepper then add to the slow cooker on top of the vegetables.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours, or until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked through.
  • About 15-30 minutes before serving, whisk together cornstarch and milk in a small bowl until cornstarch is dissolved. Pour into the slow cook and gently stir until combined. Cover and turn to low or warm setting until ready to serve (within 30 minutes).

Notes

  • Refrigerating: Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
  • Freezing: Cool completely and store in airtight freezer safe containers and freezer for up to 4-6 months. Keep in mind that the texture of the veggies and potatoes may be a little mushy upon thawing. Thaw before reheating.
  • Reheating: I recommend reheating in a small saucepan on the stove top. You can also microwave for 60-90 second, stirring halfway through. 
  • To make on the stove top, heat melt some butter and saute the vegetables. Add the herbs and seasonings and saute for another minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil, then add the chicken and potatoes. Reduce to a simmer and cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until chicken and potatoes are cooked through. Add cornstarch slurry and heat for an additional 5-10 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 456kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 50gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 215mgSodium: 631mgPotassium: 1770mgFiber: 7gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 10847IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 5mg
Keyword crock pot chicken stew, slow cooker chicken stew

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew - a rich and hearty crockpot meal that is the perfect comfort food for a cold night.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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