Chicken Stew Recipe
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Chicken Stew Recipe

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Rely on this slow cooker stew on busy weekends when you'd rather not be in the kitchen. Chicken, vegetables and seasonings give this stew great flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4-1/2 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4-1/2 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 can (6 ounces) no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 193 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 11 ingredients; cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
  2. Mix water and cornstarch until smooth; stir into stew. Cook, covered, 30 minutes more or until the vegetables are tender. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Stew in Country Woman March/April 1996, p36

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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rosky02 User ID: 8946513 254972
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2016

"Had a very nice flavor, however I do not recommend putting the cornstarch in it. It does not thicken chicken broth and leaves the broth very chalky. Will fix again but ditch the cornstarch."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 253867
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"As a volunteer field editor for Taste of Home magazine I thought this was a delicious recipe. The chicken breast meat is very tender if you follow the directions in the recipe. There is absolutely no need to substitute meats or sear the meat, as another reviewer suggested. With the sage, thyme, and paprika I found the recipe to be plenty flavorful. If, however, you think it's too bland, try adding fresh thyme. But my family loved this recipe exactly as written and I was happy to see it in the Halloween issue. Thanks for sharing!"

Rosedubbs User ID: 8589219 235715
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"Great base recipe, though it needs some work, so I did make some changes. First it's always best not to use lean meats in a crock pot, so I used boneless chicken thighs instead. Secondly, it's very important to sear your meat before adding to crock pot. This not only seals in the juices making it more tender and moist, but it also prevents all those chicken juices from oozing out into the stew making it less watered down and bland. For those of you that commented on the recipe being too bland this was probably the problem. Not your fault though as the recipe did not specify. So I seared my boneless thighs in a bit of oil on both sides before adding to crock pot. When I opened the lid and stirred,I found my chicken thighs melted apart beautifully; didn't even have to cut them up. Thirdly, I love rice in my stew, so I added about a cup of uncooked brown rice at the beginning. Because of the rice I had no need for extra water or cornstarch. The consistency was perfect. Finally, In addition to spices above, I also added minced garlic, basil, parsley, curry powder, and seasoned salt. The curry powder gave it a little kick. Will make again. :)"

Daisysdesigns User ID: 7557443 3631
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"Made this for Christmas dinner. I used yams instead of potatoes. And fresh rosemary. It was good but a little bland. I added curry powder and it was SO delicious!"

deannasnz User ID: 6542477 5755
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"so boring, there are better things to make with these ingredients"

MBO'R User ID: 5344974 19207
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"<p>Easy, tasty, & family love it.</p>  Used organic chicken stock from a carton instead of canned stock.  Chose to leave out celery and didn't miss it.   Have used mini potatoes and baby carrots to make it even faster to make.  "

vpg1954 User ID: 3001312 20690
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Too bland even by doubling the paprika and browning the chicken."

aluvlyangel User ID: 3541841 3629
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"My husband and I hate stews! But this recipe is so amazing. I make it every time the weather starts to get cold."

azneongirl User ID: 1085196 20687
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"I accidentally doubled the paprika, and cooked on low for 7 hours instead, but my family (including an 11 year old) really enjoyed this last night!"

robertsguthriew User ID: 5300951 10308
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2010

"chicken needs to be browned before putting into slow cooker, something missing in this recipe, potatoes tasted good"

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