101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: Simple Crock Pot Chicken Stew

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Simple Crock Pot Chicken Stew

Simple Crock Pot Chicken Stew from 101 Cooking For Two
The idea of a crock pot is to make your life easier. Not much is easier than this family pleasing stew. Using things you probably have on hand anyways, you spend about 10 to 15 minutes prep time and eat in 8 hours.

This is a simplified version of several slow cooker recipes that is not only delicious but extremely simple to make. Like most of the soup/chili/stew recipes, I'm "cooking for two with leftovers". 

Rating:
I liked it a lot and my wife loved it. It is so easy and really quite excellent.

Notes: I left the mushrooms out of my version of this recipe. We have food allergies in the family so we never do mushrooms. I have listed them as optional. There was also a suggestion to add a drained can of diced tomatoes if you want a tomato based stew. Also included as an option.

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Prepare veggies
Clean, trim and then cube chicken. Place all ingredients in crock pot except peas. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Add peas 20-30 minutes prior to end of cooking.






Simple Crock Pot Chicken Stew


The idea of a crock pot is to make your life easier. Not much is easier than this family pleasing stew. Using things you probably have on hand anyways, you spend about 10 to 15 minutes prep time and eat in 8 hours. This is a simplified version of several slow cooker recipes that is not only delicious but extremely simple to make. Like most of the soup/chili/stew recipes, I'm "cooking for two with leftovers".
Ingredients
3 skinless boneless chicken breast - about 2 pounds - trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes1 large onion - diced4 carrots, pealed and cut into 1 inch slices2 celery stalks diced4-5 potatoes, pealed and cut into 1 inch cubes8 oz. mushrooms, cleaned and halved-optional1 cup frozen corn2 - 14 oz cans chicken broth1 - 14 oz can diced tomatoes drained if you want a tomato based stew1 t celery seed1 t dry thyme1/2 t black pepper1 cup frozen peas
Instructions
1) Prepare veggies2) Clean, trim and then cube chicken3) Place all ingredients in crock pot except peas4) Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.5) Add peas 20-30 minutes prior to end of cooking
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 servings

Updated

October 1 2011

Dan Mikesell

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26 Comments:

At January 13, 2011 at 8:12 PM , Blogger Jeffrey and Juli said...

Looks yummy!

 
At January 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM , Blogger Kelly Anne said...

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At May 5, 2011 at 8:36 PM , Blogger Martha (MM) said...

And this one too!!

 
At November 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM , Blogger Emily said...

What size crick pot do you use? It doesn't seem like much liquid is called for.

 
At November 19, 2012 at 8:52 PM , Blogger Dr Dan said...

This is a 6 1/2 qt. All Clad. I don't think it would fit in anything under 5 qt. The liquid is not much but you have the potatoes, meat and and veggies. I adds up.

I'm just starting a small crock pot series today with a 3 1/2 qt cooker and chicken noodle soup.

 
At December 16, 2012 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Diana Rodriguez said...

Can I use a 4qt crock pot for this?

 
At December 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM , Blogger Dr Dan said...

Not as written. This is a 6.5 qt. It is about 2/3 full. Generally a crock pot should be 1/2 to 2/3 full if possible. Cut it in half for the small crock pot.

 
At February 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM , Blogger Julie said...

I've been using this recipe for a few years and it's one of our favorites. I sear the chicken on both sides and don't cut it into pieces until the stew is finished cooking. Also, we prefer it without the tomatoes, so I'll add a little worcestershire sauce sometimes, as a little acidity really complements it. Thanks for postiing the recipe. The place where I originally saw (what looks identical) is no longer online. :)

 
At February 10, 2013 at 11:29 AM , Blogger Julie said...

Also, I add a little flour and cold water at the end of cooking, and stir over the heat until thickened to form the gravy.

 
At February 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM , Blogger Dr Dan said...

It came, I thank, from one of the recipe sites. But I found the same identical recipe on many sites. My contribution was to simplify things and I changed from cups of the veggies to the 4 carrots or 2stalks of celery etc. The worcestershire sounds good and I think I will try the flour when I do this again.

 
At May 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM , Blogger Carey said...

Made this tonight... my 5 year old asked for seconds! Which is HUGE!!! Really good stuff! :)

 
At May 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM , Blogger Carey said...

I did, and it came out perfect! 4 hours on high.

 
At May 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM , Blogger Dan Mikesell said...

I assume you mean a 4 qt. I tried to add it up and thought it was just about 4 qts. How full was it?

 
At May 6, 2013 at 8:40 PM , Blogger Dan Mikesell said...

This is one of my favorites. The 5 yr old actually eating second is good stuff.

 
At June 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM , Blogger Donna Diamond said...

I'm going to try this recipe today! Does anyone know how big a serving size is?

 
At June 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM , Blogger Dan Mikesell said...

I'm going on memory but I believe the 8 severing are 12 -16 oz (1.5 to 2 cups). I don't do small servings... There is a lot.

 
At June 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM , Blogger Donna Diamond said...

Ok thanks! I'm preparing it right now, we can't wait to try it!!

 
At June 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM , Blogger Gail Keller said...

Tried this recipe yesterday and I think it would be much better without the thyme. The 1t was way too overpowering (taste and smell) for us. Will try again without the thyme.

 
At June 27, 2013 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Dan Mikesell said...

There is definitely a thyme taste and smell that I'm fine with but thanks for the comment that may be useful to others with the same taste. Cut it back or out and post a comment about how it went if you would.

 
At July 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Susenna Singh said...

I went home during my lunch hour to check on it as it was my first time making and i found it really bland... I followed the recipe exactly ... so im not sure whats happening. Before leaving... I did add a bit of salt and a can of Cream of Broc soup to hopefully give it a bit more flavor. Hopefully dinner will turn out *Yikes*

 
At July 26, 2013 at 1:40 AM , Blogger Shandi paul said...

Made this for the first time ever, husband told me that it was the best stew i've ever made. Thanks, I will be making this again for sure. Only found this site two days ago.

 
At July 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM , Blogger Ash said...

I found the flavor to be good; I didn't have any thyme, but I did have a poultry seasoning blend that listed thyme as the first ingredient so I used it instead. The consistency was very watery though..like a soup instead of a stew. What would you recommend to thicken it up? I tried adding a flour slurry at the same time as the peas but it didn't make a difference. Maybe add the flour from the beginning?

And just a side note, I used both breasts and very well trimmed boneless, skinless thighs because that's what got defrosted. The thighs were much better than the breasts, which I found to be a little dry despite the watery consistency.

Ok one more sidenote, because it sounds like I'm bashing the recipe and I don't mean to. It was good, just needs some tweaking

 
At July 30, 2013 at 9:29 PM , Blogger Dan Mikesell said...

I have never had much luck thickening in a crock pot. With the usual flour or corn starch, it don't work for me without boiling. I understand arrowroot works at lower temps and may try that some time. You can thicken by reduction, try the top off for the last hour and turn them temp up... Maybe a cup of instant potatoes. Or just cut out a can of broth.

Regarding the breast/thighs, I'm kind of your low fat, doctor type person and has never been a big thigh guy. With the extra fat in the thigh, I would think they might hold up better.

Thanks for the comments

 
At August 1, 2013 at 9:22 AM , Blogger BobRob said...

Bland, bland, bland. A waste of time. We had one serving and trashed the rest.

 
At September 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM , Blogger Niyair said...

Pretty bland i had to add a lot of other seasoning to it to give it some taste. I would cut the broth down also in the future. Smells good though

 
At September 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Dan Mikesell said...

Yep... a bit bland for some but just right for a lot of people. To spice up some, I would add 1-2 t of chili powder and 1 tsp of cumin. Then if doing tomato add a can of RoTel or 1-2 cups of salsa.

 

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