This Slow Cooker Chicken Stew is a healthy, easy dinner made in less than 10 minutes of prep time! Paleo, Whole30 friendly and loaded protein/vegetables!
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You are going to serious LOVE this Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Stew. It’s one of my absolute favorite meals for a few reasons.
Why we love this chicken stew:
There’s alot to love about this slow cooker chicken stew! Here’s why it is one of our favorites:
- Loaded with protein and veggies – This has chicken, carrots, celery, onions… all the goods.
- Ridiculously easy to make– Do you have a slow cooker and 10 minutes? If so, you’ll be good to go
- Delicious – It’s crazy to me how a few pantry and fridge staples can taste so yummy when mixed together
- COZY – Is this a weird way to describe a meal? IDK, but this is the kinda thing you want to eat while curled up in a blanket on the couch. Soooo comforting.
Slow Cooker Chicken Stew Video
This stew is one of my Gram’s specialties- and I know you will enjoy it just as much as my family does!
Now, like I mentioned.. this stew is only made with a few pantry/fridge staples that you probably already have on hand.
Ingredients for slow cooker chicken stew:
To make crockpot chicken stew you’ll need:
- potatoes, carrots, celery, onion
- chicken breasts
- frozen peas
- canned tomato puree
- chicken broth
- tomato paste
The best part about this healthy chicken stew recipe is probably how ridiculously simple it is to make.
How to make slow cooker chicken stew:
To make slow cooker chicken stew:
- Combine all ingredients except for the peas and stir together.
- Set your crockpot to low for 6 hours and you’ll be good to go!
- When finished cooking, stir in frozen peas & enjoy!
People are always looking for substitutions or ways to tweak recipes, here are some things you can do to customize it.
SUBSTITUTIONS FOR CHICKEN STEW
This chicken stew is easy to customize depending on what you have on hand.
Potatoes – You can sub in halved fingerling potatoes for this recipe. I have not tried sweet potatoes in this recipe, but I think they would become too mushy!
Peas – You can omit peas from this recipe.
Tomatoes – You can substitute homemade tomato sauce for tomato puree
Meat: You can substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the chicken breasts in this recipe. You can also substitute beef for chicken in this recipe or we also have a Healthy Beef Stew recipe and an Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe
Wine – A 1/3 cup of red wine adds a nice depth of flavor to this recipe – although it’s totally not necessary. If you are doing a Whole30 do not add wine.
Rosemary – If you don’t have fresh rosemary you can substitute the same amount of dried rosemary.
Can you freeze this stew?
Yes you can freeze chicken stew! This stew freezes very well. In fact, I usually get 3 or 4 small containers and divided the leftovers from the crockpot once we’re done eating it for dinner.
When you’re ready to eat simply defrost the night before or pop in the microwave.
Can you thicken this chicken stew?
This stew gets pretty thick naturally, but if you prefer you can add corn starch or arrowroot powder.
Mix one tablespoon of either corn starch or arrowroot powder with one tablespoon of water.
Stir in the slurry to the stew during the last 30 minutes while it’s cooking and allow it to thicken.
Chicken Stew FAQ
Yes you can! Raw chicken needs at least 4 hours to cook usually. This recipe calls for 6 hours on low and results in delicious, perfectly cooked chicken
No! The chicken cooks completely fine on it’s own in the slow cooker. Some recipes call for browning meat before adding to the crockpot put that’s not necessary for this stew.
No, you don’t need to add water to a slow cooker stew. We use chicken broth in this recipe. The vegetables/potatoes naturally release water – so don’t add any more liquid!
When cooking chicken in the crockpot you’ll want to usually do a minimum of 3 hours on high or 4 hours on low. Every crockpot is different so you can check if the chicken is done by using a thermometer.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
- 1.5 lbs boneless chicken breasts cut in cubes
- 1 cup onion chopped finely
- 1 cup russet potatoes cut in ½ inch pieces
- 1 1/2 cups carrots chopped finely
- 1 1/2 cups celery chopped finely
- 15 oz can tomato puree
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups chicken broth low or no salt
- 1 cup frozen peas Reserve until ready to eat
Slow Cooker Instructions:
- Chop all veggies + cut raw chicken into cubes. In slow cooker insert, stir all ingredients together except peas.
- Cook on low for 6 hours. When ready to serve, stir in peas until defrosted (omit if strict paleo or Whole30™)
- Chop all veggies + cut raw chicken into cubes.
- In a large pot heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add chicken cubes in + sear for 1-2 minutes (does not have to cook through).
- Add all onion, carrots + celery. Sauté for 5 minutes until fragrant and slightly soft.
- Add all remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Cook on high heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat so stew comes to a simmer + cook for additional 30 minutes.
- When ready to serve, stir in peas until defrosted (omit if strict paleo or Whole30™)
Instant Pot Instructions
- Cut chicken and veggies.
- Set instant pot to sauté, 10 minutes. Add olive oil to the pot. Sear the chicken for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned on all sides. (Doesn’t have to be cooked through, just a little cooked).
- Add onions, garlic, celery and carrots. Saute for 4-5 minutes until fragrant and slightly translucent.
- Add all ingredients except frozen peas. Cover instant pot and set to Sealing, Manual Pressure for 12 minutes. It will take the pot about 5-7 minutes to come to pressure.
- Once finished cooking, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure.
- Discard bay leaf, stir in frozen peas and enjoy!
- Potatoes – You can sub in halved baby potatoes for this recipe. I have not tried sweet potatoes in this recipe, but I think they would become too mushy!
- Peas – You can omit peas from this recipe. If you are doing a Whole30 you need to omit the peas to make this compliant.
- Tomatoes – You can substitute homemade tomato sauce for tomato puree
- Meat – You can substitute boneless, skinless chicken thighs for the chicken breasts in this recipe. You can also substitute beef for chicken in this recipe or also have a Healthy Beef Stew recipe.
- Wine – A 1/3 cup of red wine adds a nice depth of flavor to this recipe – although it’s totally not necessary. If you are doing a Whole30 do not add wine.
- Rosemary – If you don’t have fresh rosemary you can substitute the same amount of dried rosemary.