Slow Cooker Chicken Stew – Cooking For My Soul

Best slow cooker chicken stew recipe

This slow-cooked chicken stew with carrots and potatoes is such a tasty meal, perfect for a cozy winter evening.

This easy chicken stew starts on the stove to build great flavors from the caramelization of chicken, carrots and potatoes, as well as aromatics. The chicken is so tender and falls apart beautifully.

You’ll love this delicious and comforting slow cooker chicken stew! It will make you feel at home.

The weather is already getting colder, which means it’s time to take out my cooking pot and make comfort food throughout the season.

My favorite stew of all time is this Dutch baked beef stew, but lately I’ve been craving chicken stew. After many recipe tests, I think I have the best slow cooker chicken stew recipe I’ve ever made! This chicken stew with carrots and potatoes has been one of our favorite dinners this winter.

Why we love this slow-cooked chicken stew recipe

  • : It’s a complete meal on its own, as it has carrots and tender potatoes.
  • Full of tons of flavor! First we seal the chicken and vegetable base, and let the slow cooker cook cook everything.
  • The chicken is ultra tender and falls apart perfectly.
  • It’s future-friendly. In fact, it tastes even better the next day!

I love serving my slow cooker chicken stew with flaky butter whey cookies, mashed potatoes or egg noodles with garlic butter.

Looking for more comforting chicken recipes? Try this chicken cake with cookies or this classic chicken pie. For weeknights, this spinach-stuffed chicken breast is one of our options.

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: I tried throwing all the ingredients into my slow cooker and cooking it slowly. I also tried browning the chicken first and adding the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Both methods were actually meh, it was a bit bland. However, when I browned the chicken, aromatics, and vegetables first (along with the tomato paste and fresh herbs), the results were AMAZING!

Here are the secrets of a super tasty slow-cooking chicken stew:

  • Start browning chicken, aromatics, and vegetables on the stove. This process produces brown chunks that contain tons of flavor.
  • If you have a

  • slow cooker or a multi-pot that allows you to brown and sauté everything at once, definitely go ahead and do it
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  • Don’t rush the browning process. Let the flavors and caramelization develop.
  • Use bone-in chicken thighs (without skin). Chicken thighs are tastier and moister than breasts. Also, the bones will add GREAT flavor to the stew while cooking slowly.
  • Use fresh herbs, such as thyme and rosemary.
  • Finish cooking in ALTO for 4 hours to allow flavors to develop further. The chicken will crumble from the bone and be super tender!

I know, browning everything first is an extra step, but it’s worth it. Trust me in this. I’ve tried skipping this step and let’s say… I wish I hadn’t.

Ingredient Notes

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this slow-cooked chicken stew, plus some helpful notes. As always, the quantities of ingredients can be found on the recipe card below.

  • Chicken thighs with bone: Skin removed. The bones add a lot of flavor to the stew. The thighs are also moist and sensitive.
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Yellow onion and garlic: The aromatics to build the base flavors
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  • Carrots: What is a carrot-free chicken stew?
  • Tomato paste: Adds depth of flavor
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  • Potatoes: I use red potatoes, but yukon gold is also fine
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  • Thyme and rosemary: Use fresh herbs for best results.
  • Chicken broth
  • Bay leaves
  • : For an extra flavor.

  • Multipurpose flour: To thicken the stew at the end
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  • Frozen peas: Skip if you don’t want peas
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  • Italian parsley: to flavor and decorate.
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Here is an overview of the step-by-step process to make this delicious slow-cooking chicken stew. I use my trusted 6-quart Crockpot.

Step 1 | Brown the chicken

Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Seal the chicken on both sides until golden brown. The chicken will not be fully cooked. Transfer the chicken to the slow cooker.

Step 2 | Sauté aromatics and carrots

Don’t clean the pan, you’ll want all those brown pieces of chicken. Heat more oil and cook onions, garlic and carrots until fragrant and tender. While the onions sweat, scrape the brown pieces from the pan with a wooden spoon.

Tip: The moisture released as the onions cook should be enough to deglaze the brown pieces left over from the kitchen. But if it’s burning too fast, you can add a splash of broth and deglaze.

Step 3 | Add the tomato paste and herbs Add the tomato paste and

stir to cover. Add the herbs and cook for another minute or so.

Step 4 | Deglaze

Add over the chicken broth (or the necessary advertisement) and use a wooden spoon to deglaze the brown pieces stuck to the pan. This step unlocks a lot of flavor that we build with the browning process.

Step 5 | Slow cook

Transfer the onion and carrot mixture to the slow cooker. Add potatoes, bay leaves, salt and chicken broth. Top and cook in HIGH for 4 hours (3.5 hours after cooking time, you will need to add the flour – see next step).

Step 6 | Add the flour and finish


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After 3.5 hours in the cooking time, dissolve the flour with broth (at room temperature, not hot broth) to make a suspension. Stir it in the stew and combine. Cover and continue cooking for the remaining time.

Step 7 | Shred the chicken, add peas and parsley

Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and crumble sharply. Discard bones. Return the chicken and add peas and parsley, if desired.

And there you have it… A delicious, comforting and healthy chicken stew!

shredded chicken in the cooking pot with parsley and peas

How long to cook

Cook in HIGH for 4 hours. I tried cooking the chicken stew for 6 to 8 hours at LOW, and the chicken fell apart too much.

Chicken is best when cooked for 4 hours in ALTO. If it is cooked for too long, it will fall apart too much and become fibrous.

Pairing and serving ideas

There are so many side dishes to accompany this delicious slow cooker chicken stew! I almost always combine it with my favorite whey cookies, honey butter rolls, garlic and herb rolls, fluffy mashed potatoes.

Another idea is to serve with a simple vegetable salad or some hot bread with butter from your favorite bakery!

If you’re looking for more comfort food recipes, here are some of my favorites:

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