Are you looking to make the best ever slow cooker chicken stew? Nothing beats the flavor of this popular comfort food.
My slow cooker chicken stew will warm your bones just like homemade chicken soup, without the extra work. Get that slow cooker dusted off because I'm showing you how to make chicken stew in a slow cooker today!
This slow cooker chicken stew will be a family loved meal idea. I especially enjoy making this slow cooker chicken stew whenever we've grown tired of beef stew.
You'll notice that my chicken stew is made within just 8 hours with only 15 minutes prep time. This is the perfect stew for a cold winter night that requires minimal prep time.
Can you put raw chicken in a slow cooker?
You can put raw chicken in a slower cooker for other recipes. My chicken stew recipe slow cooker calls for browning the chicken breasts on both sides before place in your crock pot.
I highly advise you follow the exact instructions for preparing your chicken breast for this chicken stew recipe.
The best way to get a nice, moist chicken in your slow cooker is to brown it on both sides. Place some olive oil in a skillet and heat the pan.
Place your chicken breast in the skillet and brown on both sides. This takes approximately 5 minutes.
Browning the chicken will help hold in the juices. Allowing your chicken stew to have tender chicken chunks with every bite.
Does a slow cooker need water in the base?
No! Do not add any additional liquid to your slow cooker. This recipe has chicken stock plus the natural juices from chicken breast.
Adding water to the slow cooker base is never a good idea. Please only add the ingredients instructed or you'll have a watered-down slow cooker chicken stew.
You'll find that you have most of the chicken stew ingredients on hand. This recipe calls for potatoes, celery, carrots, and chicken broth as well as other seasonings.
Can you speed up a slow cooker recipe?
You can speed up a slow cooker recipe by cooking for about half the time on the high setting. To be honest, changing your chicken stew slow cooker recipe from low to high will reduce the flavor.
It's best to follow the cooking instructions. Cooking your chicken stew on low for 8 hours will give you a better burst of flavor with each bite.
Some people like to cook the slow cooker recipe on high for a short period of time and then switch to low. I don't recommend this.
Switching the chicken stew to a high setting will cause a noticeable reduction in flavor.
The low setting for 8 hours will allow you to have tender, moist chicken and vegetables in your chicken stew.
Is it better to slow cook on low or high?
Now that brings to me another important question. Is it better to slow cook on low or high? Many swear that there isn't a difference between cooking on low or high with a slow cooker.
The theory is that a high setting will cook your recipe quicker, while a low setting allows your slow cooker recipe to cook a little longer.
I recommend you allow this slow cooker chicken stew cook on low for 8 hours for the best taste.
Go-To Meal for Busy Nights
This is one of my favorite go-to meals on a busy night! I can get the ingredients, put them in the slow cooker and set on low. Nex thing I know, I have a full-course meal in just 8 hours.
This slow cooker chicken stew is a wonderful comfort food during the cold winter season. The perfect recipe to warm your bones after a cold day outdoors.
The kids will enjoy eating up their entire bowl of slow cooker chicken stew. You'll enjoy watching them get their veggies for the day.
This is a total win/win slow cooker recipe idea for the winter season.
You'll only need a few extra minutes before placing all of your ingredients in the slow cooker.
Browning your chicken and sauteing the vegetables adds that extra flavor burst to your homemade chicken stew.
Why is my slow cooker meat dry?
Sometimes your slow cooker meat can be dry. This won't happen if you opt to brown the chicken breast before placing it in the slow cooker.
You'll find that the leaner the cut of meat is, the dryer it can get in a slow cooker.
Your best bet is to sear both sides of meat before placing it in your slow cooker. This helps hold in the moisture for leaner meats to reduce the risk of having dry meat in your slow cooker recipe.
Recommend Tools for Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
There aren't too many tools required for this slow cooker chicken stew recipe. However, here are some basic tools you should have on hand for this recipe:
- 6 Quart Slow Cooker
- Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons
- Sharp knife for cutting vegetables and chicken breast
- Storage container for leftover slow cooker chicken stew
You may also want to have soup bowls for serving your chicken stew slow cooker. Soup bowls make it easier to get a decent serving size of this chicken stew.
What do you serve with stew?
While this slow cooker chicken stew has everything you need for a full course meal, you may want to know what you can serve with stew.
Here are some ideas to serve with your slow cooker chicken stew:
Many people opt to have some sort of bread with their slow cooker chicken stew. You could have garlic bread, simple bread and butter or any side that sounds delicious to you.
The ideas above are the most popular sides to serve with stew.
How do you make Chicken Stew in a Slower Cooker?
Are you ready to make the best ever slow cooker chicken stew? I'm getting hungry just writing about this delicious stew.
Gather up the list of ingredients on the recipe card below. Follow my step by step instructions below to make the best ever slow cooker chicken stew in your life.
Heat some oil in a skillet and brown your chicken on both sides.
Add your chopped celery and onion into the skillet.
Saute for about 5 minutes.
Combine all of the ingredients, except parsley, in your slow cooker. Here, we used our Instant Pot Duo Crisp slow cooker function. If you have limited kitchen space, this one kitchen appliance can work as a sous vide, slow cooker, air fryer, and pressure cooker!
Stir the chicken stew ingredients until well mixed.
Cook on low for 8 hours.
Add parsley before serving for mealtime.
How do I thicken my slow cooker stew?
The best way to thicken your slow cooker chicken stew is to add cornstarch. Mix one tablespoon of cornstarch or cornflour into one tablespoon of water.
Stir together until the mixture looks like a paste. Stir the paste into your slow cooker chicken stew. Cook until the pasty mixture is fully blended into your chicken stew.
Can I leave chicken stew out overnight?
No, you cannot leave your slow cooker chicken stew out overnight. Your chicken stew is only good for about 2 hours at room temperature.
I highly recommend you allow your stew to cool and then place in an airtight container. Store your slow cooker chicken stew in the refrigerator to enjoy leftovers within a few days.
You can also store stew in the freezer and eat it within a few months.
Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
- 3 celery stalks chopped
- 1 medium white onion about 1 cup, chopped
- 3 large carrots peeled and cut in chunks
- 24 ounces colorful gold red and purple potatoes, halved or quartered
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon crushed rosemary
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- 4 cups chicken stock
- ½ cup chopped parsley to garnish
- Heat oil in a skillet and brown the chicken on all sides.
- Add chopped celery and onion and saute for 5 minutes.
- Combine all ingredients except the parsley in the slow cooker and stir together.
- Cook on low for 8 hours. Add parsley before serving.