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Colorful Chicken Stew Recipe

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In Galax, Virginia, Ila Alderman relies on chili powder to spice up this hearty stew brimming with chicken and fresh-tasting veggies. Since it simmers in a slow cooker all day, it's wonderful to have it ready when you walk in the door.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 5 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 2 low-sodium chicken bouillon cubes
  • Artificial sweetener equivalent to 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups cold water

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving equals 123 calories, 209 mg sodium, 25 mg cholesterol, 16 gm carbohydrate, 11 gm protein, 1 gm fat, 3 gm fiber. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 2 vegetable 1/2 starch


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir into chicken mixture. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until chicken and vegetables are tender. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Colorful Chicken Stew in Quick Cooking January/February 2000, p45

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Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"This is really bland... we didn't care much for it."

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